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You’re visiting the online resource center for Monica Michael, licensed professional counselor. Monica is a licensed health care professional, who uses state-of-the-art technology and dynamic interaction to help you achieve mental health and well-being. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and Othmer Method Certified (OMC) to deliver neurofeedback services and provide mentoring for clinicians seeking to become OMC certified.

Monica will work with you to regain balance, increase hope and release your productivity. You possess a tremendous capacity for change and ingenuity. Contact Monica today and start becoming the best you can be.

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Neurofeedback FAQs

What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that measures brain waves to produce a signal that can be used to teach self-regulation of brain activity.

How does Neurofeedback work?

We apply electrodes to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer, and we extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. (All brainwave frequencies are equal, but some are more equal than others.) We show the ebb and flow of this activity back to the person, who attempts to change the activity level. Some frequencies we wish to promote. Others we wish to diminish. We present this information to the person in the form of a video game. The person is effectively playing the video game with his or her brain. Eventually the brainwave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable, more regulated performance. The frequencies we target, and the specific locations on the scalp where we listen in on the brain, are specific to the conditions we are trying to address, and specific to the individual.

What are some uses of neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain disregulation. These happen to be numerous. They include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficts, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches, migraines, PMS, and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.

Does this involve any electrical stimulation?

No. At no time is there any electrical stimulation given to the brain. The brain is simply taught to behave in a healthier manner. Just like a muscle learns via repetitious training, the brain can also learn through continual practice and reinforcement.

Is this an event or a process?

couple-boxIt is not fair to assume that your spouse saw everything, heard everything and thought everything you just did about a given scenario and then expect them to come to the exact same conclusion you do. Your spouse really did bring a whole different set of perceivers and perceptions to the event. Your two experiences of the event may very well coincide, compliment and enhance each others. On the other hand, you may just as readily contradict, collide or conflict. Merging your experiences into a collaborative history is a process. One that takes work and one that is worth it.

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Complementary & Alternative ADHD Solutions

Exercise for the Brain

Your brain regulates everything you do and think. Much like the muscles in your body, your brain can be strengthened by directed exercise.

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Parents with children who have ADHD symptoms often feel overwhelmed before their feet ever hit the ground in the morning.

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Nutritional Strategies

Many parents and clinicians have found a number of nutritional strategies to be quite helpful in reducing ADHD-like symptoms.

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Grand Rapids, MI 49525