Gillette Law - October 2018

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As chairman of the board for the Center for Child and Family Services, Inc., I have the pleasure of working with passionate professionals and volunteers dedicated to empowering those in need in our community. Through quality counseling programs and support services, the center helps over 10,000 people of all ages every year with a wide range of issues, from behavioral health to personal finance. The center owes this success to constantly remaining open to new developments in the counseling field and finding solutions that work for the community we serve. One promising treatment modality the center has begun to offer is neurofeedback therapy. The process is far simpler than the name implies. Neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback, is the process of using sensors to monitor electrical brain activity. Neurofeedback may help individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addiction, anxiety, seizures, depression, and other types of brain conditions. During a neurofeedback session, the therapist attaches electrodes to the patient’s skin, and these send information to a monitoring box. The therapist views the measurements on the monitor, and, through trial and error, identifies a range of mental activities and relaxation techniques that can help regulate the patient’s bodily processes. Eventually, individuals learn how to control these processes without the need for monitoring. This developing method of treatment is still undergoing research in the medical community but has shown very promising anecdotal results in treating everything from seizures in children to PTSD in veterans. Several neuroscientists have started to recommend neurofeedback therapy as a potential treatment for migraines, chronic pain, anxiety, and stress. As a nonprofit organization that works with many children with cognitive and behavioral issues, the potential benefits of neurofeedback therapy are too great to ignore. Having a noninvasive, nonpharmaceutical means of helping a child with challenges like Having a noninvasive, nonpharmaceutical means of helping a child with challenges like ADHD is the kind of solution many counselors dream of.”

ADHD is the kind of solution many counselors dream of. We’d already purchased one neurofeedback machine when a book on the subject caught our eye. “A Symphony in the Brain” by New York Times contributor Jim Robbins delves into the theories and ongoing research in neurofeedback therapy. Using his skills as a veteran journalist and freelance writer, Robbins paints the ongoing history of this very promising field, detailing the efforts and theories of research and presenting case study after

case study of successful treatments. For anyone interested in learning more about the science behind this method of treatment, I cannot recommend this book more highly. After “Symphony” was passed around our organization, the board and I decided to purchase a second neurofeedback machine. Given the success that has already been seen in treating a wide range of mental and medical issues when paired with counseling, we are very optimistic about this new program’s success. We firmly believe that this noninvasive, nonpharmaceutical approach has the potential to do a lot of good in our community. If you believe you or someone you know could benefit from neurofeedback therapy, we’ve provided a resource for locating providers. As always, the Center for Child and Family Services, Inc. ( stands ready to help those in the Hampton- Williamsburg area, but there are plenty of other providers throughout the state who have begun using this treatment.

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Here’s to your health,

–Brian Gillette

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