We offer skills training for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), biofeedback therapy, counseling, play therapy, and Neurofeedback training in Vancouver, Wa. Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback therapy which is very effective for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and has been used effectively for countless other disorders. Neurofeedback training has lasting results and can be given in conjunction with counseling.
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We are located at Alternative Behavioral Therapy
811 NE 112th Ave Vancouver, WA 98684
Near Portland, OR
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that involves training mental states and/or brain waves. An electroencephalograph (EEG) monitors brain function and feeds that behavior back to the individual through visual, audio, or tactile stimulation.
Neurofeedback was discovered by Barry Sterman while doing a study on seizures for NASA.
There are many different successful ways of practicing Neurofeedback. The more we learn about the brain and the better technology gets, the more ways we learn to interact with the brain.
Infra-low and phase training
My approach is mostly phase coherence training and infra-low fluxing wave training. This activity incorporates the training of alert mental states.
Alpha-theta training is a form of Neurofeedback that involves deep state processing. This is an eyes-closed training that helps resolve unconscious learned behaviors. This type of therapy may not be available to every patient.
Sensorimotor rhythm (SRM) training is the oldest form of Neurofeedback and is the same training used by Barry Sterman when he discovered Neurofeedbackd. This treatment has been used for sleep disturbance, focus, seizure reduction, and many other disorders.
There are many other approaches to Neurofeedback. Other approaches and protocols may be discussed as needed on a case to case basis. Biofeedback is occasionally incorporated into Neurofeedback to increase efficiency.
Biofeedback is the process of training of mental states and autonomic functions by monitoring some aspect of the body and giving positive and negative feedback through sensory information, such as sight, sound, tactile, and even smell. There are many different biofeedback approaches and tools.
Our most commonly used biofeedback approach is by using the Heart Rhythm Variability (HRV) to train conscious mental states, heart health, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance. Through a mobile handheld monitor and a finger/ear clip, an individual can train the head-heart connection. This training has been found to be especially beneficial when done in conjunction with Neurofeedback.
By giving feedback to heart rhythm variability and by practicing mindfulness techniques, we can calm the nervous system. This training provides three levels of influence.
Introduction to the Therapists
The counselors at Alternative Behavioral Therapy have a broad experience working with teens, parent coaching, military vets/families, sexual abuse, addiction, grief/loss, codependency, refugees, missionary families, and Third-Culture Kids.
Joshua and Michelle Moore both have a Master's in Counseling from Multnomah University. Joshua is Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN). Joshua and Michelle are Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associates (LMHCA) and receive supervision from local state-approved supervisors. Joshua and Michelle consult regularly with other clinicians and Dr. Lisa Black regarding counseling and Neurofeedback. Both Joshua and Michelle have several miscellaneous certificates for various practices, which are explained during the intake.
In 2007, Michelle and Joshua both began worked various residential counseling/skill coach positions. (2009) Joshua spent time in the Army Reserves as an Army Orthopedic Medic and served as the front line receiver for the injured soldiers returning from overseas at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2011-2012. Joshua and Michelle have spent time working overseas in several continents, including South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Joshua and Michelle's most recent trip was to Haiti, where they served in a medical clinic (2012). Joshua opened Alternative Behavioral Therapy in January of 2013 after completing an internship through Dr. Lisa Black for Neurofeedback. Also in 2013, Michelle participated in an internship where she specialized in sexual brokenness. In 2015, Joshua became Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN) and Michelle joined the practice of Neurofeedback.
The counseling process with an adult may take several forms. Our approach for adults is referred to as psycho-dynamic. This means that the relationship dynamics between the client and therapist are used as a basis for self-discovery. This may incorporate the therapist sharing how they experience the client in an effort to help them see how they may be experienced by others.
In some cases, it is appropriate to engage therapy in a narrative form with the use of journaling and reflection. This means that a client will go through their own lifetime experiences. This task should not be undertaken lightly, and could take a significant amount of time and effort to reach completion. This reflection experience helps the client gain insight into the impact of childhood experiences and begin to start the healing process from the point of origin.
While adults primarily process their feelings through verbalization, children more readily process their feelings through their play. This is because children don’t have the developmental advantages and cognitive tools that we see expressed in adults. Our approach with children is usually non-directive Play Therapy. In a therapeutic environment, the child experiences attunement, unconditional positive regard, and validation by the practitioner. The practitioner notices and validates character behavior, rather than product I.e. “you worked hard”. The practitioner’s goal is to help the child experientially understand, “I’m here. I hear you. I care. I understand” In this environment, the child can effectively process their experiences and feelings.
Skills coaching incorporates techniques and education on mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. This approach is not clinical counseling and does not incorporate exploration or analysis of the patient’s emotional health. This approach is commonly used in conjunction with biofeedback and Neurofeedback. Those who choose this approach do so because they wish to develop a better skills for self-regulation.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment for integrating and desensitizing traumatic memories. EMDR is offered only in conjunction with talk therapy.
Bio Acoustical Utilization Device (BAUD) is an emerging Reset Therapy for traumatic memories. BAUD treatments are offered only in conjunction with talk therapy.
Cranial Electro-stimulation Therapy (CES) is approved for use with anxiety, depression, and insomnia. For clients who qualify, treatments can be self-administered at home.
Neurofeedback Training and counseling in Vancouver, WA - Near Portland, OR