LIGHTNING RELEASES 02/20/14 – Miami, FL – According to a recent estimate by the Center for Disease Control, nearly 90 percent of all doctor visits in the U.S. are triggered by stress. Though we know the extent to which psychological issues can influence our physical health, the common course of treatment remains a combination of therapy and medication that a patient may have to depend on possibly for the rest of their life.
Dr. Mary Weatherford is a licensed clinical psychologist and an expert in EEG Biofeedback, more commonly known as Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a safe, painless, and non-invasive train-the-brain process that helps people overcome many physical and mental problems related to the flow of information through nerve cells in the brain. Through practice and repetition patients learn to alter their own brain waves and keep adverse brainwaves under control.
“NeurOptimal Neurofeedback helps your central nervous system to be the best it can be,” says Dr. Weatherford. “When the nervous system functions well, everything else – the physical, mental, and emotional – falls into place.”
NeurOptimal Neurofeedback is neither a medical treatment nor is it considered therapy. It simply allows us to train our brain to self-regulate. NeurOptimal Neurofeedback training has been known to help patients’ brains learn to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, Head Injuries, Sleep Disorders, chronic pain and migraines. Recently, the American Academy of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry recognized Neurofeedback as an excellent modality to help children suffering from attention deficit disorders, autism and even seizures. There has even been improvement for seniors who might be experiencing cognitive decline. NeurOptimal Neurofeedback training is helpful for those desiring to achieve Peak Performance such as athletes, students, attorneys and performers.
During NeurOptimal Neurofeedback training, a patient reclines in a chair in front of a computer monitor while a computer is located behind the client where the clinician can read their electroencephalogram, or EEG, data. Sensors are placed on the scalp and ears while the patient listens to music and the feedback helps train their brainwave activity toward a more desirable, more regulated performance. This self-regulation is a gradual process, typically requiring as many as 24 sessions, but within the first five to-ten sessions, sleep patterns are often reset. Most importantly, it’s incredibly relaxing.
“I really enjoy seeing my patients with a smile on their face when the session is finished,” says Dr. Weatherford.
Dr. Weatherford was first introduced to Neurofeedback through a course in her doctoral program, where Neurofeedback had been discussed as a possible modality for patients who had suffered head injuries. Five years prior, Dr. Weatherford had been the victim of a brutal mugging and continued to suffer from post-concussion syndrome and PTSD that threatened to compromise her studies.
“It was five years after the mugging that I started with the training,” recalls Dr. Weatherford. “It was just miraculous. I was mugged, that’s part of my history, but it didn’t have the same charge and I was able to focus on my studies.”
Today, Dr. Weatherford helps patients reach their optimal potential in mind, body, and spirit through a combination of NeurOptimal Neurofeedback, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and/or Medical Psychotherapy.
Says Dr. Weatherford: “I’m most proud of being able to facilitate changes in my patients’ lives so they can establish a better quality of life. I am happy to say we have even begun offering psychotherapy via SKYPE and telephone.”
Close-Up Talk Radio will feature Dr. Mary Weatherford in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on February 22nd at 11am.
Listen to the show www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio. If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.
For more information on Dr. Mary Weatherford, visit www.maryweatherfordphd.com.