I am waaaaaay overdue to post to my blog. Of course lots has happened recently...
I opened up for tele-health and shut down for in-person sessions in March due to Covid-19. I have been using Simple Practice for tele-health sessions. It is secure and does not require any special software- you just need a phone or computer with a camera. Easy peasy. Some clients prefer phone only sessions too.
Currently, I am very happy to announce that I am slowly re-opening for neurofeedback clients. I am following plenty of safety precautions to keep clients, myself and our families safe.
I took the time during the stay at home order to update my website. I would really appreciate it if you could share my website with others- Thank you!
When something goes BAD, there's always some GOOD that comes from it...
Look in the mirror... "Get up... Dust off... Reload... Recalibrate... REENGAGE... and go out ON THE ATTACK...
The power of belief is a great little video, watch and focus on the power of the word "YET!"
Strength doesn't come from what we can do.
It comes from overcoming the things we once thought we couldn't do.
A fixed mindset is one where we believe that our talent, abilities and intelligence are fixed. We are either smart or dumb. We are either talented at something (art, music, sports, math ) or we aren't. As soon as we face a setback, we find someone/something to blame.. We develop an irrational fear of failure and tend to take less risks because success & failure are so tightly tied to a sense of identity.
A growth mindset is one where we believe that everything about a person is malleable. Through resilience and effort, anyone can grow. There are no smart or dumb people — only those who have unlocked their potential and those who haven’t. In the growth mindset, we believe that success is a result of effort rather than just raw talent, so we work hard to grow and improve. Setbacks and mistakes are seen as part of any endeavor, and treated as opportunities for improvement.
Based on the work of Stanford psychology professor Dr. Carol Dweck, and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Great Links for you and your kids:
Mindset Toolkit for Parents
Amazon's Math I Can for Kids and Teens
Growth Mindset Tools For Kids
My work with clients often involves a focus on improving their sleep hygiene. About half of the clients I see struggle with falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too lightly. Kids and teens especially need to get adequate sleep! Sleep deficits can lead to problems with cognitive functioning, memory, weight, and overall health. Current research suggests that it may take months of regular sleep sleep to recover from sleep debt (don't expect teens to recover on the weekend!).
I frequently share my own sleep story with clients- All though high school, college and graduate school I napped for an hour midday , and this was after sleeping 9-10 hours at night! As an intern in graduate school I tried neurofeedback training to help my competitive surfing at the suggestion of my supervisor. Within 7 sessions I stopped napping completely and woke up in the mornings feeling alert and refreshed. To this day I am so thankful for how neurofeedback training has improved my quality o sleep!!
I usually get calls from moms looking to help their son or daughter with ADHD. I hear about how these kids struggle with inattentive symptoms, disorganization, and following direction. As the complexity and demand of school increases these kids struggle more. Parents that reach out to me either don't want to medicate their children, or have tried medication that didn't work, didn't manage all the ADHD symptoms, or caused more problems. I love to watch my clients improve, feel better and believe in themselves. Kids deserve to learn and watch their effort in school pay off!
I am so happy to see a mainstream embrace of Neurofeedback for ADHD. Here are a few links for you to check out...
American Academy of Pediatrics: Neurofeedback as Level 1 Best Support for ADHD
Current Research on the Effectiveness of Neurofeedback Treatment for ADHD