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A Case for Group Therapy?

Although many clients feel as though their compromised emotional states are completely unique, similarities do exist. Often, clients feel ashamed of their inner turmoil and seek out individual therapy to work on a one-on-one basis and minimize the likelihood other swill know how much they genuinely struggle. Individual therapy has significant benefits and is appropriate for almost all forms of mental health treatment, however, group therapy can offer an unmatched and unique form of healing, as individuals can understand they are truly not alone in their suffering. Group therapy utilizes the power of healing through relationships in the present moment. …

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The Key to Happiness in the New Year

Although many of you will be making New Year’s resolutions, there really is only one thing that can truly provide happiness and well-being in the coming year. This thing can be allusive, difficult to maintain at times, stress-inducing, and require hard work, however, the more time and effort dedicated towards it, the closer you get to overall happiness and even joy. You guessed it; the key to your consistent well-being begins with relationships. The topic of adult satisfaction and development was first studied at Harvard in 1938. The longitudinal study has continued on the 19 living participants (now well into …

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What Does Suffering From Social Anxiety Really Mean?

Approximately 15 million American adults struggle with a debilitating social anxiety disorder, yet fewer than five percent of these individuals seek treatment. Often thought of as “social phobia,” many chalk the symptoms up to being shy, introverted or socially inept, however, the intense fear and discomfort felt in a group setting goes far beyond any personality trait. The disorder can interfere with work, school, interpersonal relationships and overall well-being. Social anxiety disorder is a clinical diagnosis distinguished by crushing anxiety and extreme self-awareness of one’s own actions, demeanor or behavior in ordinary social situations. The chronic fear of being watched …

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What is Neuroplasticity?

Simply put, neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to learn and adjust its functioning accordingly. Neuroplasticity is the ability for neurons and neural networks to change their connections and functions to adapt to any type of change, such as new information, development, stimulation, or damage. When one’s environment changes, or certain events are experienced repeatedly, neuroplasticity allows your brain to adjust to these changes or repeated experiences. In repeated experiences, your brain is repeatedly activating the same brain areas and neuronal connections in response to this experience. As a result, the neurons that are communicating strengthen their relationship over time to …

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Neurofeedback for Migraines

Anyone who has ever suffered from a migraine knows that the pain — and other associated symptoms — of this disease can be completely debilitating. This article from USA Today includes neurofeedback as one possible treatment. By teaching individuals to make subtle physical changes, such as relaxing particular muscle groups and reducing overall tension, as well as helping to calm the mind and reduce stress, the therapy can offer hope to individuals struggling with these headaches. To read more, click here.

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Neurofeedback and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a relatively common issue affecting approximately 1 in every 5 people today. Most associated with ringing in the ears, tinnitus is characterized by “hearing” sounds even when they’re not present, and can manifest as other types of sounds including roaring, buzzing, whistling, humming and more. While this is not a condition in and of itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem such as age-related hearing loss or ear injury, there is evidence to suggest that neurofeedback is an effective way for tinnitus sufferers to stop the ringing. This article contains some valuable biofeedback-based relaxation techniques designed …

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Helpful Tips to Decrease Procrastination

Research has consistently shown that our own thought patterns can have a profound impact on our behavior. A study by Dr. Erik Peper and colleagues looked at the way in which many people tend to respond to their own habits of procrastination: by beating themselves up. They found something interesting: while it is common for those who procrastinate to chastise themselves for their lack of productivity, usually assuming this will help them to correct the behavior in the future, the research shows that this actually makes the issue worse. As the researchers state in the article, “When we procrastinate or blame …

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Neurofeedback Helps Italian Soccer Players Stay on Top

Italy is a nation of soccer lovers — even its politicians have referred to it as “the soccer country in the world” — and members of Italy’s World Cup-winning team have used neurofeedback as a critical component of their training. Trainers from Melbourne-based practice The Mind Room used a multi-modal biofeedback system to monitor and assess the athletes’ physiological state, while guiding them through relaxation, meditation and visualization techniques to help them to achieve a state of quiet readiness. Using these techniques, athletes were better able to train themselves to get “in the zone” and stay performing at an optimal …

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How Neurofeedback Works for Peak Performance

Neurofeedback has been widely used to help treat mental health issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD and more. But even people without specific mental health concerns can benefit from the treatment’s ability to boost focus and create a sense of calm wellbeing. This article from the Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at how athletes are using it to achieve peak performance in their chosen sport. Neurofeedback isn’t just useful for athletes’ peak performance, though — it has been used by business leaders, artists, and just about anyone who wants to improve their focus and calm, even under stress. …

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Baseball Pro Using Neurofeedback to Improve Mental Focus

Major league baseball player Brian Barden was looking for a way to cut out distractions and self-destructive thoughts and take his game to the next level. He enlisted the help of Scottsdale, Ariz. psychologist and neurofeedback practitioner Sanford Silverman. By using neurofeedback to assess his brain function, Dr. Silverman can then help Brian practice his concentration using techniques such as the S.M.A.R.T. Brain Games program, a video game controlled by the player’s brain waves that was originally developed by NASA. Barden already credits the therapy for a clearer mind and better focus on the field. Click here to read more! …

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