Mary Ann Farmer, EdS LPC NCC CCTP CH BCB BCN
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Individual counseling for anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorders, relationship distress, ADHD, PTSD, identity concerns and trauma. We also work with clients who want to establish goals and improve their overall performance levels in various areas of their lives.
I work with clients utilizing various theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Hypnotherapy, Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. I also do extensive assessments with individuals.
Biofeedback is a type of therapy that uses sensors attached to your body to measure key body functions. Biofeedback is intended to help you learn more about how your body works. This information may help you to develop better control over certain body functions and address health concerns.
Biofeedback is built on the concept of “mind over matter.” The idea is that, with proper techniques, you can change your health by being mindful of how your body responds to stressors and other stimuli.
Biofeedback is particularly useful for managing stress as well as symptoms of conditions that may be exacerbated by stress. We might use biofeedback to help patients control their response to stress. Chronic stress can have a wide range of negative health effects including decreased immunity, heart disease, depression, digestive problems, and sleep disorders. By learning how to manage the stress response using biofeedback, patients are able to decrease the harmful physical and psychological effects of stress.
A quantitative EEG (QEEG) is an assessment tool to evaluate a person’s brainwaves. The QEEG assists us in knowing if there are abnormalities in brain function that EEG neurofeedback might be helpful in treating, and lets us know how we can individualize neurofeedback to the unique problems of each patient. Some clinicians guess at what is wrong based entirely on described symptoms We listen and we look at your brain waves to determine what is going on and how best to treat it.
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG (electroencephalogram) biofeedback, is a therapeutic intervention that provides immediate feedback from a computer-based program that assesses a client’s brainwave activity. The program then uses sound or visual signals to reorganize or retrain these brain signals. By responding to this process, clients learn to regulate and improve their brain function and to alleviate symptoms of various neurological and mental health disorders.
Neurofeedback heals the brain. Psychotherapy heals the mind. Together, neurofeedback and psychotherapy can create lasting change and recovery. Neurofeedback improves brain function so you can better engage in the psychotherapy process and make more conscious, healthy decisions for yourself.
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, offers an additional treatment option for people with eating disorders, addictions, mood disorders, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. Neurofeedback is also great for improving performance. Neurofeedback has been around since the 1960's but it has not yet gained huge traction as a mainstream intervention, primarily because the pharmaceutical industry holds the market on medication interventions. In addition, Neurofeedback equipment is expensive, so many clinicians shy away from using it. Also many clinicians shy away from neurofeedback due to the extensive amount of training that is needed to become proficient. Neurofeedback brain training allows your brain to heal itself.
During hypnosis therapy you are guided into a relaxed state. As you relax, your brain waves slow. Suggestions are able to bypass the ever vigilant amygdala, or gatekeeper, and be delivered to the subconscious and superconscious mind, which are now receptive to new programming.
With slower brain waves comes a heightened state of concentration and focus. You are very aware of the visualizations and suggestions being made. You may feel as though you are more of an observer of thought and images instead of being a part of them.
In this state of deep suggestibility and concentration, the statements bypass the intellectual barriers of the left brain and make their way into the creative right brain. When your brain absorbs what the hypnotherapist says, the words will begin to guide your behavior.
These suggestions, implanted as images and words, help you let go of old negative or limiting patterns, beliefs and feelings, some of which you aren't even aware of. They are replaced with positive and affirming suggestions, creative ideas, and new insights aligned with what you want. It is much like overwriting an outdated computer program with an upgraded version.