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    HEG Neurofeedback in Petaluma

    Hemoencephalography Neurofeedback (HEG) is a form of neurofeedback that trains blood flow in the brain. Whereas other form of neurofeedback, such as LENS and ILF, train the brain’s electrical activity, HEG neurofeedback teaches the brain to increase and/or decrease the oxygenation and metabolic activity of the prefrontal cortex. Increased blood flow to the prefrontal cortex is associated with increased activity in that region of the brain, just as decreased blood flow is associated decreased activity. With HEG neurofeedback we can increase and/or decrease activity by teaching the brain to direct its flow of blood to and/or away from the prefrontal cortex.

    Increasing Blood Flow with Concentration & Focus

    Increasing blood flow to the prefrontal cortex helps the brain improve concentration, focus, impulse control, executive function, decision-making, emotional regulation, and social engagement.

    Decreasing Blood Flow with Soft, Open Awareness

    Decreasing blood flow to the prefrontal cortex helps to reduce obsessive thinking and anxiety, and improves mindful awareness.

    Increasing and Decreasing Blood Flow

    In some cases, the client has symptoms associated with both too much and too little activity in the prefrontal cortex. Here the brain is trained to both increase and decrease activity in the prefrontal cortex, so that it can move blood flow more efficiently based on the current demands.

    HEG Training

    From an HEG perspective, symptoms are caused by the brain’s inability to efficiently move blood to meet the brain’s metabolic needs. By using a headband that contains an infrared sensor on the forehead that measures levels of cerebral blood flow, the client can learn, with the therapist’s coaching, to increase and/or decrease activity in their prefrontal cortex using a simple animated game. 

    After an HEG session, while in deep sleep, the client’s brain works to increase and/or decrease the number of capillaries in the prefrontal cortex which, in turn, causes permanent changes in activity.

    What Can HEG Address?

    HEG Neurofeedback can be helpful for a wide range of issues, including:

    • Migraine Headaches
    • ADD & ADHD
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Autism Spectrum Issues
    • Impulsivity
    • Emotional Dysregulation
    • Obsessive Thoughts & Worries
    • Stress

    Benefits of HEG Neurofeedback


    HEG is considered a very safe, non-invasive form of neurofeedback


    Engaging in HEG neurofeedback is easy with the guidance of a skilled clinician

    Broad Benefits

    By training the brain's executive center, HEG can provide many benefits