Pathways to Sleep ID. From Health to Sleep The Mindfulness Pathways

Pathways to Sleep ID. From Health to Sleep The Mindfulness Pathways

Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that measures brain waves to produce a signal that can be used as feedback to teach self-regulation of brain function. Neurofeedback is about the direct training of one’s brain, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. There are several “over-the-counter” devices being marketed as neurofeedback devices that can be self-applied. We urge caution in the use of these devices by yourself. Someone with training is needed – especially because these devices will often activate the HPA Axis in response to re-emergence of traumatic memories. However, neurofeedback, along with specific mindfulness practices and biofeedback tools, might hold the answer for many people who struggle with getting a good night of sleep.

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Gay TeurmanGay Teurman, Psy.D., M.F.T., is an individual and group psychotherapist, pending BCIA certification as a Neuro psychologist. Dr. Teurman currently is the Director and founder of Brain Health Clinic in East Sacramento. The Brain Health Clinic is a health psychology clinic that specializes in Traumatic brain injury, memory loss, Post traumatic stress disorder, post concussive syndrome, chronic depression/anxiety and many other conditions with holistic treatment interventions. Dr. Teurman has extensive experience in the areas of program planning and development, and the formulation of state regulations and professional mental health standards as they relate to client treatment, patient rights and client/patient confidentiality, and related ethical issues. Dr. Teurman has substantial experience in conducting clinical assessments, co-occurring disorders, clinical supervision and health psychology. She frequently makes presentations to professional audiences on various psychological issues and provides training sessions on psychological assessment and research. Dr. Teurman has broad-based experience in government system analysis and implementation of community-based legislation.

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