I am often asked questions about what is the difference between biofeedback and neurofeedback. I will give a brief explanation here and I will talk at length about these modalities at a free educational talk at Mindspa on Tuesday, December 12, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Here is the basic explanation.
Biofeedback. This is a general term to describe a process of attaching a sensor to some part of the body to record physiological activity, such as heart rate, respiration, muscle tension, or finger temperature, to name a few. The information is then “fed back” to the individual so that bodily information becomes easy to see and manage. Combined with coaching, one can learn valuable self-regulation techniques.
Neurotherapy is a general term that covers many forms of brain-based treatment. In addition to neurofeedback we use various neuromodulation techniques to encourage the brain to make internal adjustments for more optimal functioning. Forms of neuromodulation include light stimulation, sound stimulation, cranio-electrical stimulation, and near infrared stimulation. We have many ways of delivering these modalities in a systematic and customized approach, guided by brain mapping.
Brain Mapping or QEEG is an assessment tool involving a recording of 19 channels of brain electrical activity under resting conditions. I can then analyze the data, compare the results to an age matched normative reference data base, and produce color coded topographic maps. Matching findings to symptoms ensures proper and effective treatment.
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Kendra Simpkins, MSW and Linda Ann Remley, CAP will present a final session in their three session series titled Freedom to Live Well on Monday, May 22 beginning 6pm. The theme is Dealing with Catastrophic Loss. Kendra Simpkins provides Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) to support veterans and other clients dealing with trauma and mental health issues. She owns Sarasota Rapid Resolution Therapy. Linda Ann Remley is a Certified Addictions Professional with 35 years of experience treating individuals, couples and families. Please RSVP at 941-378-9959.
Kendra Simpkins, MSW and Dr. Jon Connelly will present a Heal & Transform Workshop Saturday, June 3 from noon until 8pm. Dr Connelly is the founder and developer of Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) and Kendra is a RRT practitioner operating her business Sarasota Rapid Resolution Therapy at MindSpa. RRT helps to clear anxiety, guilt and grief associated with prior trauma. The cost for the full day workshop is $350. Please RSVP at 941-504-3040.
According to Kendra, the workshop benefits adults experiencing strong emotions and a sense of feeling stuck regarding a past or current traumatic experience. Each attendee will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with Dr. Connelly while benefiting from a supportive group environment.
Kendra Simpkins provides Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) to support veterans and other clients dealing with trauma and mental health issues. She owns Sarasota Rapid Resolution Therapy. Linda Ann Remley is a Certified Addictions Professional with 35 years of experience treating individuals, couples and families.
MindSpa will host a lunch and learn event for area veterans Monday, May 15 from 12:30 to 2pm. The event is free to veterans and their family members. Julie Cook Downing with Caregivers’ Comfort is the organizer. Please RSVP at 941-360-3580 or via email at CareGiverComfort@aol.com.
The special event will feature a panel discussion with Dr. George Rozelle, the owner of MindSpa, Dr. George Lindenfeld, the founder of the RESET Therapy Professional Institute, and a local veteran who has been successfully treated with RESET Therapy. Julie Cook Downing will serve as the moderator.
The free lunch and learn event will include a tour of MindSpa where guests can learn more about the center’s clinical and spa services, as well as its capabilities in supporting veterans, first responders and other adults dealing with the symptoms of PTSD and other conditions.
Chiropractic Physician Dr. Maddie Mo’Hyla has joined MindSpa. In addition to helping patients as a licensed chiropractor, Dr. Mo’Hyla is a nationally-certified personal trainer and health coach with expertise with rehabilitation exercises. She also provides nutraceuticals through NutraMetrix to help patients achieve their health and wellness goals.
Dr. Mo’Hyla graduated from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness from Buffalo State College. Prior to becoming a chiropractor, she started her own personal training and nutritional consulting company.
Dr. Mo’Hyla has worked with spinal injuries including disc herniation, pre-and post-surgical spinal care, sports-related injuries, headaches and migraines, trauma from work-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, nerve entrapment syndromes, and neurological conditions. Dr. Mo’Hyla uses rapid release vibration technology for scar tissue therapy and advanced myofascial release.
Dr. George Lindenfeld of the RESET Therapy Professional Institute in Sarasota has affiliated with MindSpa to continue supporting veterans, first responders and other adults dealing with emotional trauma. Dr. Lindenfeld is a Clinical Psychologist who served in the Navy Seabees prior to attaining his doctorate in Child and Developmental Psychology at Utah State University.
The RESET Therapy Professional Institute is dedicated to the permanent healing of emotional trauma. One of the Institute’s current projects, in collaboration with MindSpa, is a study of 36-combat veterans who served in various conflicts in Southeast Asia, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The study is examining the potential of a neuro-acoustical device and treatment protocol that helps veterans and other adults dealing with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other conditions.
Dr. Lindenfeld is also conducting research on additional applications of RESET Therapy including addictive disorders. The longer-term plan is to publish the findings of the various studies in a professional peer-reviewed journal.
Dr. Lindenfeld completed his Residency in Medical Psychology at the University of Oregon Medical School and holds a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology. He has been certified in EEG Biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and the Academy of Certified Neurotherapists. He has served in a variety of clinical settings in Altamonte Springs, Florida, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Danville, Pennsylvania.
Kendra Simpkins, MSW has joined MindSpa to provide Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) to support veterans and other clients dealing with trauma and mental health issues. She owns Sarasota Rapid Resolution Therapy and works with the founder of RRT, Dr. Jon Connelly. RRT is an integrative therapy that credentialed practitioners use to help clear anxiety, guilt and grief associated with prior trauma.
Kendra earned a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She’s currently a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern.
Kendra served in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst and was honorably discharged in 2010. During her graduate studies at Columbia, she conducted research in PTSD and trauma at Columbia Medical Center and provided therapeutic counseling to many veterans. Kendra has also served as a peer mentor with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Dr. George Rozelle, the owner of MindSpa, joined a panel of experts in Chicago last week to report the preliminary findings of a study of former NFL players dealing with the consequences of repetitive brain trauma. The venue was the annual meeting of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback (AAPB).
The team of researchers has been studying the use of Neurofeedback and Biofeedback to help patients improve cognitive functioning and emotional regulation. The panel found that a series of 20 neurofeedback treatments helped reduce the symptoms of participants in the multi-year study. The positive results continued for two-years following treatments.
The presentation included testimony from Joe DeLamielleure, a Hall of Fame NFL player, and his wife Gerril. Mr. DeLamielleure played for the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns. He was also an All-American player at Michigan State before joining the NFL in 1973.
Future studies will examine a more comprehensive treatment protocol. The AAPB is an international society for mind-body research, health care, and education.