- ==>Just released: The Neurofeedback Solution by Dr. Stephen Larsen. (March 28, 2012) "What is neurofeedback? How does it work? And how can it help me or my family? In this guide to neurofeedback,
psychologist and neurofeedback clinician Stephen Larsen examines the countless benefits of neurofeedback for diagnosing and treating many of the most debilitating
and now pervasive psychological and neurological ailments, including autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, stroke, brain injury, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and
post-traumatic stress disorder." (from Amazon.com)
- ==>An article by Emily Perlman on biofeedback for pain treatment is now available. See page 3 of the Montgomery County Schools Employee Newsletter - A Healthy Outlook.
- ==>The article “Neurotherapy of Traumatic Brain Injury/Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms in OEF/OIF Veterans" by Dr. Mary Lee Esty and Dr. David Nelson has been accepted for publication in the The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.
- ==>An article by Diane Badger and Dr. Mary Lee Esty on neurofeedback as a treatment for ADHD is currently in press and will appear in an upcoming issue of the Frederick's Child magazine.
- ==>Emily Perlman and Dr. Mary Lee Esty recently taught the "Psychophysiological and Brainwave Biofeedback (Neurotherapy)" course at Georgetown University's Master's of Physiology and Biophysics CAM Education Initiative. This is the
fifth year of being asked to teach this course.
- ==>Recently released: Migraine Brains and Bodies: A Comprehensive Guide to Solving the Mystery of Your Migraines by C. M. Shifflett (Oct 18, 2011).
This author does a great job at discussing the complexities of migraines and includes information about the power of biofeedback and neurofeedback in treating migraines.
DATELINE: December 15, 2009 Washington Post prints two articles on Neurofeedback in its Health Section....
"Study may show whether neurofeedback helps people with ADHD and other disorders" by Katherine Ellison
"Neurofeedback lacks strong controls" by Katherine Ellison
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING ADD/ADHD TREATMENT: We are receiving numerous calls about the article that recently appeared in the Washington Post about treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD. Please be aware that there are several types of neurofeedback. We treat symptoms of many conditions including AD(H)D here at the Brain Wellness and Biofeedback Center of Washington. However the article’s report of cost and number of treatments is not entirely an accurate representation of Neurotherapy as practiced in this office. Our treatments are usually shorter and therefore less expensive. We have kept records of over 250 clients we have treated with ADD or ADHD as a primary diagnosis. The average number of treatments for this group of clients is only 16. (Of course the number of treatments can vary depending on the client's history. Only a small percentage has required more than 25 treatments.) There are different types of brain maps with varying costs. The BWB charge is only $250, not $900. Our map helps determine if the Neurofeedback is appropriate for each individual, serves as a basis for individualizing treatment planning, and helps to predict the length and potential outcome of such treatment.
The Washington Post also included a sidebar emphasizing the importance of using a qualified practitioner. We are proud to say that Dr. Mary Lee Esty is a Senior Fellow with the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA), the national certification board for biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners. Emily Perlman is also BCIA certified and Diane Badger is currently working towards her BCIA certification.
We hope this additional information is helpful to you as you search for the best possible source of help for yourself or your child.
Dr. Esty was invited to give a Grand Rounds presentation by the Georgetown University Department of Psychiatry. “Reduction in TBI/PTSD Symptoms Following Neurofeedback with OEF/OIF Veterans” occurred on January 28, 2010.
The National Fibromyalgia Partnership invited Dr. Esty to present on the topic of “Pain Cognitive Fog and the Fragile Brain”, and Emily Perlman demonstrated Heart Rate Variability biofeedback for pain and stress-related problems. Fairfax, VA, September 13, 2009.
Dr. Esty was named one of the 2009 “Distinguished Alumnae” by Wichita State University. Her presentation, “From Waves of Grain to Waves of Brain” was given on Sept. 21, 2009.
This past spring and fall Dr. Esty presented research findings from the study of treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms with soldiers of the Iraq/ Afghanistan and Vietnam wars at prestigious venues. These are:
The North American Brain Injury Society annual meeting, Austin, Texas, and the American Neuropsychiatric Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
This study and other neurofeedback research for addictions and PTSD was presented at the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Biomedical Research Center, Intramural Research Program, Baltimore, Maryland.
The Lab School in Washington D.C. invited Dr. Esty to discuss neurofeedback and her research on AD(H)D. “Brain Bullies. Products of Central Nervous System Imbalances: Using Neurofeedback to Engage Neuroplasticity for symptoms of AD(H)D, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD”) is the title of the Nov. 4, 2009 offering.
A series of three workshops for The Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work on biofeedback and neurofeedback were well attended over the past year.
Dr. Esty and Emily Perlman gave a workshop and Biofeedback and Clinical Applications for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the National Association of Social Workers, DC Metro Chapter Annual Social Work Conference. Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. March 5, 2009.