Neuroscience can help us understand the underlying molecular
factors behind mental disorders, as well as where and how to
Neuroscience can help us understand the underlying molecular factors behind mental disorders, as well as where and how to focus treatment.
Neuroscience and neurofeedback are offered at Honey Lake Clinic presenting clients a non-invasive method of recording and then evaluating their brain waves and brain rhythms to develop a more effective treatment plan for treating their mental health or mood disorders.
One of the many therapeutic programs available at Honey Lake Clinic, Neuroscience will be an extremely helpful component in many potential patients’ overall treatment plan.
Neuroscience focuses on the brain and its impact on behavior and cognitive functions, or in other words, how we think. By recording brain waves and brain rhythms, neuroscience investigates what goes on within the nervous system when we have neurological, psychiatric, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Neuroscience offers neurofeedback and neuromodulation which can lead to the development of new neuropathways which bring healing … and hope.
At Honey Lake Clinic, the Neuroscience track is overseen by J. Lucas Koberda, MD, PhD-board-certified Neurologist from Tallahassee, FL (KoberdaNeurology.com).
“We use brain-mapping technology to diagnose many disorders. Similar to an EKG, where the analysis of the electrical activity of your heart identifies irregularities, we analyze the brain’s electrical activity. Electrical imbalances may produce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health and mood disorders.”
Our brains are marvelous instruments. The brain organizes in rhythms. Brain waves are always firing, and those patterns form and govern how we think, act, and respond. Simply put, we are functioning well when the proper brainwave is dominant at the right time. We are not functioning when a pattern dominates at an inappropriate time.
Brain waves can be recorded, allowing us to see when our brains are stuck in a particular pattern and can’t switch in the right timing.
In order to determine which brain waves need to be addressed, and trained to increase or decrease their activity, and in which area of the brain, a quantitative EEG assessment (qEEG AKA brain mapping) is used. This assessment uses sensors on specific scalp locations to measure your EEG activity in real time.
Results can be compared, then, with a large database of other individuals in your age range. By identifying the brain waves and locations which are either over- and under-stimulated, neurofeedback can be used to help reduce or increase the specific brain waves. These instructions for neurofeedback training—which brain waves and locations to train—are called protocols.
Neurofeedback training has been offered in clinical settings for decades, and for many different purposes. It has been employed to treat memory problems, sleep problems, poor coordination, motor skills, and excessive stress. Artists, athletes, musicians, and executives have used neurofeedback to improve their performance, or to “stay on top of their game.” This form of neurofeedback is known as peak performance training.
A most effective use of neurofeedback—and how it is used at Honey Lake Clinic—is as a therapy to treat mental health disorders. The effectiveness of neurofeedback training on some disorders has been more thoroughly researched than others, but, in general, neurofeedback training has been found to be beneficial in treating a variety of different neurological disorders. Some disorders that are commonly treated using neurofeedback include: TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety, PTSD, autism, and depression.
The theory behind neurofeedback is that by training certain brain waves, you can improve your brain’s functioning. You can adjust your thoughts, moods, and your ability to relax or concentrate. We are always trying to regulate ourselves. These attempts we make become patterned. Neurofeedback is therapy which helps when these patterns are unhealthy, need to be addressed and adjusted. Neuroscience’s therapies go hand in hand with its discoveries.
You are a key part of the process. Neurofeedback involves discussion and the application of discoveries.
Should you choose to take advantage of Honey Lake Clinic’s Neuroscience tract, you will begin with an initial consultation with and evaluation by Dr. Koberda. Brain mapping—again, a non-invasive evaluation—takes about a half-an-hour. Afterwards, you will discuss various therapy options complimentary to the findings. Once those therapies are underway, you will be able to revisit the results—actually see the progress you are making—and adjust as needed.
Your experience of Honey Lake Clinic’s Neuroscience Services will include an initial evaluation and two follow-up visits.
During your initial consultation which will last approximately 30-60 minutes, Dr. Koberda will listen to your concerns and discuss your symptoms with you. He will also explain brain mapping and neuromodulation therapy as a potential treatment option.
The Neuromodulation Therapy a majority of patients will benefit from is known as LORETA (Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography) Neurofeedback (NFB), which is a self-regulation technique used to improve your brain and mind function (neuroplastic).
NFB sessions usually last between 30-45 minutes. During that time, improved brain connectivity is achieved, resulting in a reduction of depression and anxiety. Additionally, patients with memory and cognitive problems may see evidence of cognitive enhancement. An improvement of symptoms may be noted as quickly as after only two to three sessions of NFB. Typically, however, at least ten sessions need to be completed in order to feel a major relief of symptoms. NFB therapy is frequently administered 2-3 times a week.
Your first follow-up visit will be scheduled after 2 weeks of neuromodulation therapy. During this visit, Dr. Koberda will review your progress with you, and discuss whether any modifications to your neuromodulation therapy are needed.
Your second follow-up visit will be at the conclusion of therapy (usually a month). During this final visit, Dr. Koberda will discuss brain mapping findings during your neuromodulation therapy, and present you with recommendations for future treatment.
Our Neuroscience program at Honey Lake differs from other treatment facilities in that we recognize the importance of incorporating spirituality into every aspect of the treatment process.
Neuroscience can be applied anywhere, but when it is done in concert with God’s grace and in dependence upon the Holy Spirit’s presence and guidance, we believe the difference is profound.
Neuroscience is another example of the unique treatment options available at Honey Lake Clinic which enable us to help clients address their health across all three spheres—spirit, mind and body—offering each client his or her greatest potential for wholeness and transformative growth.
Your ability at Honey Lake Clinic to incorporate a wide variety of therapeutic programs and options into your care is truly unique. The neuroscience track, in chorus with other forms of therapy—Equine-Assisted, EMDR, Art therapy, Massage, for instance—not to mention the many and varied relaxing on-site amenities you will enjoy here—truly lead to healing.
At Honey Lake, we’re committed to providing you with compassionate care and the practical equipping necessary to significantly improve the condition which brought you to our program. A faith-informed model, experienced staff, licensed professional caregivers, individualized treatment—all in a beautiful and tranquil 650-acre lakeside setting—we’re here for you.