Why I am passionate About Neurofeedback
While working as a registered nurse in a pediatric private practice I was aware of the challenges facing women who were victims of intimate partner violence and traumatic bonding. I began volunteering with this marginalized population and realized that working with mental health issues was my passion. I went back to school and obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work, as well as my LCSW.
As I worked with patients in my private practice, it became apparent that while talking through issues, although important and helpful toward resolution of challenges, too often it simply was not enough.
My patients presented with anxiety and depression, focus and attention challenges, as well as PTSD and sleep issues. My patients were suffering and for some, relief was not happening fast enough. I began to research for effective interventions other than medication management that could provide my patients with respite and ultimately to be free of whatever was distressing them. I discovered that a number clinicians were utilizing a form of brain training called neurofeedback, and their patients were reporting feeling better; their symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, and depression were resolving.
Neurofeedback, which is considered a form of learning known as operant conditioning, had been studied and practiced for over 50 years. Learning how to apply neurofeedback in my practice became my new passion. I mentored with Dr. Richard Souter, a leading professional in the field of neurofeedback. I studied for two years and became nationally board certified in neurofeedback. The reward of seeing my patients feel better and function more optimally, was worth all the time and effort it took to master this daunting undertaking.
My patients reported improvement in their interpersonal relationships and other struggles as they learned to regulate the way their brain produced brainwaves. To them, neurofeedback feels like a miraculous intervention.
Thousands of patients across the country and around the world are training their brains and achieving outstanding outcomes. I too, trained my own brain and saw my levels of anxiety diminish, and I can agree, that it truly did feel like a miracle. Integrating neurofeedback into my own practice allows me to implement my training as a RN and psychotherapist to address a multitude of symptomatology and help my patients ranging in age from 5-95 get their lives back on track and feel joyfully alive.
Honey Sterzer, RN, LCSW, BCN