Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, brain-based biofeedback intervention that trains the brain to function in healthier, more efficient ways. With the assistance of a trained clinician, neurofeedback therapy allows an individual to tap into the brain’s innate capability to self-regulate and optimize itself. Over time, dysregulation is corrected leading to improved cognitive function, greater emotional stability, and increased quality of sleep.
Also known as EEG biofeedback, neurofeedback utilizes an electroencephalogram, a fancy word that translates from the Latin to “electric head picture.” This “picture of the brain” allows the therapist to read the electrical activity occurring underneath the scalp generated by the brain.
Neurofeedback training or therapy operates under a learning paradigm known as operant conditioning. Through the use of positive and negative reinforcement, the client is ‘rewarded’ when specified brain states are produced. The reward parameter is absent when the brain state is not met. Over time, the brain learns to produce the rewarded brain states in the absence of training, redefining a client’s baseline level of functioning.
Absolutely. At the basis of all neurofeedback training lies the biological principle of neuroplasticity, a discovery that the brain continues to grow, learn, and adapt throughout life. With neurofeedback the brain is safely engaged in new patterns of activity and connectivity that promote neuroplastic changes in brain function and neurochemistry. The result is experienced as shifts in behavior, improved symptomology and overall increased quality of life.
Our clinic utilizes the Neuroguide, NYU Brain Research Lab’s BrainDx, and QEEG Pro databases in our practice, equipping us to accurately assess and interpret QEEG brain maps.
There are several kinds of neurofeedback training that we offer here at Neurofeedback Services Of New York including Infraslow Frequency, Z-score, sLORETA, LORETA, Hemoencephalography, and traditional neurofeedback.
For an in-depth look into how neurofeedback works and to learn more about the various neurofeedback interventions we offer, take a few minutes to check out the following page:Types Of Neurofeedback →
I love this practice, it has been extremely helpful in many ways. I have been going through so many challenges in my life and i have been in and out of different therapy. With everything i have been through in my life i believe that Mark Smith and Neurofeedback have been the only things that have truly worked. Mark is a very funny, lovable enthusiastic person with an outstanding personality. Anyone would be lucky to work with him and his practice.
I have known Mark Smith as a clinician and instructor for fifteen years. He is open, candid, and professionally dynamic. An intensely knowledgeable practitioner, he has managed to develop a unique form of treatment and neurofeedback training that has been shown to achieve splendid results. He is intellectually honest and persistently refines his knowledge and techniques. His willingness to work with clients with complicated and chronic problems that other professionals have been unable to help is a testament to his dedication, determination, and compassion.
Neurofeedback has been a life-changing journey for me. I’ve had sleep problems since I was a kid, and for the first time in two decades, they finally feel manageable. Additionally, it’s reduced my overall anxiety to a staggering degree, and I’ve felt my overall alertness and creativity go up. Grateful for Mark, Noel, and Leila’s support.
I have only been performing ISF training for a few months, but I can say it is my personal and clinical opinion that this is probably the most powerful intervention ever known. With ISF, I have been working with people who thought they were beyond hope. They are getting significantly better, and finally getting back into the life they deserve. Mark Smith used the word “glücklich” in the ISF workshop, meaning that feeling of total euphoria, peace and happiness that sometimes comes upon someone during the training. I have not had this happen during my own ISF training, however I have lived this feeling in a very clinical way for the last few months because I am helping people in ways that I never dreamt possible. Each day I witness miracles. I have seen people that have been so depressed that they were frequently admitted to the hospital for suicidality. Now they're happy and going back to work or school. Clients with balance problems and mobility issues are walking again. A couple of my clients had asthma that interfered with their lives and sports performance, and now the asthma is gone. Other clients have had horrible gastric intestinal issues to the point where their lives revolved around accessing the bathroom or taking medications just to have normal bodily functions. These people have minimal gastric intestinal issues now. Two of my young clients have had horrific development trauma and are now playing and dancing like other children do. I spent thirteen years working in an inpatient psychiatric unit and saw some of the most dysregulated brains imaginable. Now I have some of these people in my private practice and they are getting better. I would not believe any of this unless I would have seen it on first-hand basis. It just doesn’t seem possible. On a personal note, my daughter had three concussions a few years ago. She spent a couple of years in bed and thought her life was beyond hope, then we discovered neurofeedback. She has had many sessions of surface neurofeedback training (both one channel and four channel Z score) and got her life back, but her gastric intestinal issues, temperature regulation, asthma, and sleep issues still lingered. Since she has been optimized through ISF, she is sleeping well, does not have asthma, and is eating foods that she was never able to eat before. Her GI functioning is fairly normal. I don't know that I can actually find the right words to express my feelings about ISF. Each day I experience “glücklich” because I witness miracles happening in the lives of others. I am very blessed to be providing this amazing treatment. Thank you Mark and all the others who have made ISF possible. We are changing the world, one client at a time. Rhonda Mateer Ross, Brain Advances BCN, LCSW, MED
In my opinion, Mark Smith and his staff should be the first call for treatment of ADD, ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety, trauma and migraines. He is kind and patient, not to mention very well trained and overall a great clinician. I have used Mark as a resource several times in my own practice. If you are in or near the city and have any interest or questions regarding neurofeedback, I would highly recommend reaching out to Mark before you go anywhere else.