Its a beautiful summer day in Auckland, New Zealand, looking out of my office window to a view that inspires me and my clients every day.
Inspired by amazing and diverse work in the fields of therapy and neurofeedback, Lars Vala and Monique Chasteau are collaborating on a project which aims to help strengthen and cultivate this growing community. Monique Chasteau is a neurofeedback therapist from New Zealand and user of EEGer software for the last nine years. Lars Vala has been the go to person at EEGer support and sales since being asked to join by Howard and Patti Lightstone in August 2013.
Much of the world is facing a bewildering array of dire circumstances, where especially trauma plays an insidiously destructive role. There has never been a more critical time to raise consciousness about pragmatic and accessible tools that can help our lives to become healthier, our relationships to become more supportive, and our communities to heal.
Having seen the practical power of neurofeedback to help transform lives, we want it to become more accessible. To do this, we want to aim a spotlight on the creative ways people are using neurofeedback and other tools. Our goals are modest: we want to help create a worldwide culture of healing. and accessible tools that can help our lives to become healthier, our relationships to become more supportive, and our communities to heal.
How our idea took shape
One early morning in New Zealand and late afternoon in Florida, Monique and Lars began a conversation on Skype. It started with a practical issue about a license transfer but blossomed into a wide ranging discussion about making neurofeedback more accessible. We reflected that much more could be done. We explored some ways we might help both clinicians and clients. We want to help cultivate greater understanding of the basics of of our field, to provide resources for clients and clinicians, and finally to help stimulate the greater discussion of issues facing clinicians embarking on the journey of neurofeedback. For example:
- Does neurofeedback work?
- Who utilizes it?
- How does one learn to use the tools?
- How do you learn the brain science necessary to make informed interventions with neurofeedback?
- How can you integrate neurofeedback with other therapeutic approaches?
- How do you decide what protocols to use with neurofeedback?
- How do you assess progress with neurofeedback?
- How can you build a successful practice with it?
- How could we strengthen the professional voice of neurofeedback practitioners worldwide?
- How does one make a living as a neurofeedback practitioner as well as making neurofeedback accessible to the people who cannot afford to pay private practitioner fees?
- How do we discriminate and value professional neurofeedback services and equipment from the growing number of of simple DIY devices out there?
- Would it be possible to develop approaches that are inexpensive, versatile and designed specifically for the use of professionals?
How you can get involved with EEG Access
We have been approaching some of the key folks in and those aligned closely to our field. So far, we have video interviews of Monique talking to Howard Lightstone, the developer of EEger software and Jay Gunkelman, QEEG expert and mentor to many. We also want to talk to people who are starting out, those who work in isolated contexts, those who work specialise in particular client groups and those who integrate neurofeedback with other therapies.
What has worked in your community, in the lives of your clients, in your own life? We want to hear from those who are just starting and those who have been using neurofeedback for a long time. What got you started? What has been your most important aspect of learning? What are your most difficult questions? How to you integrate the science of the brain with the arts of therapy? What do you see as the biggest challenges to the field?
Monique will be writing articles and discussion pieces on a wide variety of topics. A few of examples of upcoming posts:
- Does content matter? How important is the type of feedback display used in neurofeedback?
- From the therapeutic alliance to the decorations in the room. Thoughts about the context for neurofeedback.
- Bodily correlates of brain states. How do we read the language of the body with our clients?
- Metaphors about the brain. How do we talk to our clients about brain function using images, metaphors and analogies? How do we listen to their use of figurative language?
Although we are EEGer users and EEGer is our business, we know that not everyone uses the same tools. We believe it is critical to investigate how the brain works, and to share what we learn. We are aware of and support the use of neurofeedback in a wide variety of contexts, in conjunction with other therapies and other neuro-modulation technologies.
We believe that supporting and enriching our field as a whole is more vital than getting side-tracked into ego-driven discussions about brands so we aim to be system-agnostic. This means that all open-minded seekers are welcome. For this reason, posts that are simply promotional will be removed
EEG Access will be free. A teaser link will be sent to everyone on the EEGer mailing list. (you will have the option to unsubscribe). We hope that it finds its way to prospective customers and clients as well.
We will be inviting our readers to donate in a small way so that Monique’s time can be covered practically.
Next post: More about Lars and Monique