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A Brief History of Neurofeedback: Where we’ve been & where we’re going

An interview I’ve been waiting for many years to see occur, capturing a greater understanding, a super summary, brief history and highlight on our dear friend and colleague Alan.  He was present at Cleveland Clinic back in the 1980s when they happened on the confirmation that EEG feedback to the patient actually aborted seizures. Cleveland dismantled the feedback setup so they could continue pursuing surgical applications for seizures, but Alan and others went on to develop further the field of non-invasive neurofeedback.

My own implementation of neurofeedback clinically, for myself & family began in 1999 where I conducted an informal in-house pilot study within a local hospital out-patient setting, which revealed to me amazing symptom resolutions and client self-transformations at a rate of success in day to day client care I’d not yet witnessed from the prior available tools of Psychology. To say I was intrigued by Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) would be an understatement.  In my early days I held onto my degrees of skepticism, my medical training voice saying this was all too good to be true’.  Yet day after day, client improvements soared and each day going to the office has continued to be a treat!  At that time many colleagues remarked of the reports I was making on client achievements as “preposterous”… I remember that meeting crystal clear.  It was challenging to remain within a mainstream medical facility under such scrutiny, but there were also very talented, credible physicians and medical staff who over time recognized the validity of these results.  For me it was obvious that something wonderful had been discovered and we had the privilege to be in positioto get this technology available to the community.   People who’d been diagnosed for over a decade as bi-polar, within 3-5 months of neurofeedback attendance no longer met criteria for mental health problems.  Students with OCD and performance anxiety who thought they ‘wouldn’t survive college so why even go’, well these incredible young minds found they no longer had that obstacle, went onto college and many stay in touch as they’ve graduated as lawyers, engineers, international business leaders, professors and more.  

This window into the brain, the ability to monitor and train brainwaves has been the single most pivotal piece to date in my career, allowing us to see data details on how each brain functions that simply wasn’t available before.  The patterns and connecting observations on how people develop brain related symptoms or simply find they’re not operating as fluently as they’d like, has lead to an astounding level of applicable information to assist people regain their best.   A big thumbs up on this article: