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Metabolism and Mental Health

Research has increasingly shown that metabolic health and mental health are deeply intertwined. One of the leading voices in this field, Dr. Christopher Palmer, a Harvard psychiatrist and researcher, has been pioneering the concept that mental disorders are, at their core, metabolic disorders of the brain.

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Why Choose Neurofeedback?

As research into the neural underpinnings of mental disorders continues to evolve, approaches like neurofeedback stand at the forefront, offering new hope for those who might find traditional talk therapy alone insufficient.

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The Power of Red Light Therapy

Photobiomodulation is a groundbreaking therapy that uses red and near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, and regenerate damaged tissue. At its core, it’s about energy transfer – similar to how plants use sunlight to create energy.

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Mental Health in a Complex World

In this 21st-century landscape, we are witnessing a significant shift – we are living longer than ever before. This extension in our lifespans is a remarkable achievement, but it also brings forth new challenges, particularly in the realm of mental health.

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New Year, New You: Leveraging Goal Setting for Real Change

As the New Year dawns, many of us are filled with a sense of renewed hope and a desire for change. It’s a time for setting resolutions and dreaming big. But how often do we find ourselves abandoning these goals, only to repeat the cycle year after year? The key to breaking this pattern lies in understanding the science of goal setting and learning how to commit to and achieve these objectives effectively.

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Helping Your Teen Overcome Anxiety

As parents, watching our teens struggle with anxiety can leave us feeling helpless. 
But there’s good news—therapeutic approaches like EMDR, DBT, CBT and talk therapy provide effective ways to support our children. Let’s delve into these therapies with real-life scenarios that might resonate with your teen’s experiences.

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Why Choose Neuroscience Informed Therapy?

Knowing how the brain works can make therapy more effective. It’s not just about changing behaviors but understanding how our brain can be our biggest ally in this process. Armed with the knowledge of neuroscience, therapists can guide clients out of loops of negative thinking and behavior into cycles of positivity, growth, and stronger mental health.

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The Discipline-Self-Esteem Connection

In the intricate tapestry of parenting, striking the right balance between discipline and unconditional love remains a paramount challenge. It’s crucial to recognize that discipline can play an integral role in fostering self-esteem, not just by encouraging accountability but also by teaching children valuable lessons in making relationship repairs and embracing imperfections. In this article, we’ll delve into the symbiotic relationship between discipline and self-esteem and how these elements are vital for a child’s growth.

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Positive Parenting: Unconditional Positive Regard

In today’s fast-paced world, parenting often comes with its unique set of challenges. One of the most crucial aspects of raising emotionally healthy and confident children is the delicate balance between discipline and unconditional love. Renowned psychologists like Gordon Neufeld and Carl Rogers have shed light on the profound impact of unconditional love on a child’s self-esteem. In this article, we’ll explore the relationship between self-esteem and unconditional love and discuss how parents can demonstrate approval for their children as individuals while addressing their behavior.

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Using Neurofeedback and EMDR Together

Neurofeedback focuses on training individuals to regulate their own brainwave activity. This can lead to improved self-regulation skills, such as better emotional regulation, increased focus and attention, and reduced anxiety or stress. These self-regulation skills can be beneficial in the context of EMDR, as individuals who have better control over their brainwave activity may be better able to manage their emotions and thoughts during the processing of traumatic memories or distressing experiences in EMDR sessions.

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Why Does Having A BCIA Certified Technician Matter?

Choosing a BCIA-certified practitioner for neurofeedback provides assurance of their expertise, adherence to professional standards, client safety, personalized treatment, and a results-driven approach. It helps ensure that you are receiving neurofeedback services from a qualified professional who has met the standards of the field and is committed to delivering effective and safe care.

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How does sleep affect health?

It is essential for cognitive functions such as memory consolidation, learning, emotional regulation, and problem-solving. Sleep also impacts mood, with sleep deprivation being linked to increased risk of mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Poor sleep quality or inadequate sleep can also exacerbate existing mental health conditions and contribute to the development of new mental health issues.

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Gratitude As An Effective Tool

Negative thought biases often cause individuals to focus more on negative aspects of their lives, situations, or themselves, while ignoring or discounting positive aspects. Gratitude practice involves intentionally shifting the focus towards positive aspects, such as recognizing and appreciating the good things in life, no matter how small they may seem. This helps to counterbalance the negative bias and cultivate a more balanced and realistic perspective.

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How to get the most out of your neurofeedback training

Getting enough high-quality sleep is essential for brain function and overall health. During sleep, the brain consolidates memories, repairs tissues, and removes toxins. Lack of sleep can negatively affect cognitive function, mood, and emotional regulation. By getting enough sleep, you can support the brain’s natural restorative processes and enhance the effects of NFB therapy.

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Strategies for Rewarding and Disciplining Your Child

One of the fundamental principles of effective parenting is setting realistic goals for your child. Unrealistic expectations can lead to frustration and demotivation. Your child should believe they can achieve their goals, or they won’t even attempt them. A general rule of thumb is that your child should earn their reward about 75% of the time. This ensures that they experience success and stay motivated.

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Yoga for Anxiety

Anxiety is typically thought of as a mental health challenge that needs to be conquered. However, it’s essential to understand that anxiety serves an evolutionary purpose. In essence, anxiety acts as our body’s alarm system, designed to alert us to potential threats and prepare us for action. This heightened state of alertness, known as the “fight or flight” response, can be both a blessing and a curse.
The key lies in learning how to use anxiety as a helpful tool rather than succumbing to its negative effects. One way to achieve this is through practices that engage the body’s natural relaxation responses, such as heart rate variability (HRV) and controlled breathing.

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