Welcome to LynnBarrettStone.com , your local source for NeurOptimal ®
neurofeedback: the technology of peak performance, happiness and well being. Our
certified neurofeedback team specializes in brain training to address anxiety, depression,
trauma, grief, and health issues.
Join the millions of neurofeedback users who enjoy the benefits of reduced stress,
improved sleep and relief from conditions that used to hold them back from becoming
all they were meant to be.
Though based in technology, neurofeedback is a 100% non-invasive, drug-free, brain
training system that helps the central nervous system (CNS) make the best use of your
brain’s natural resources. NeurOptimal® is extremely powerful and effective. The U.S.
Food and Drug Administration has approved neurofeedback for relaxation training and the
American Pediatric Academy has endorsed neurofeedback as a “Level 1/Best Support”
treatment for children with ADHD.
If you are new to neurofeedback, you probably have questions. This website is a great
place to start your information search, but you can also contact us directly (via my
Contact Me link ) to discuss this further, and (via my Appointment Request link )
to schedule your neurofeedback brain training sessions.
As NeurOptimal® users and trainers ourselves, we will be happy to share our personal
and professional experience with you.
To learn more about neurofeedback here, please read the topics below or visit NeurOptimal ®
What is neurofeedback?
NeurOptimal®’s EEG biofeedback or neurofeedback system is a powerful technology that can greatly enhance your well-being and generally help you get the most out of life.
Brain training can unlock untapped cognitive potential and help you achieve long-held
goals and dreams.
Biofeedback has been around for almost 40 years, but its practical use was inhibited
by the scarcity of a practical delivery system. In the past, a neurofeedback interface
would require a room full of computers and technicians. Today, Zengar Institute, Inc. has
created a simple, interactive software that harnesses this powerful technology in an
easy to use program called NeurOptimal® that loads onto a laptop computer.
Because neurofeedback has been time-tested, it is also very safe. Respected
institutions such as the U.S. FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics have
The NeurOptimal® proprietary neurofeedback system is a highly personalized brain
training software that prompts the central nervous system to help make the best use of
your brain’s neural resources. Neurofeedback training for the brain is similar to physical
training for the body. Much of our suffering comes from pervasive recurring thoughts and
feelings in which our minds become emotionally stranded or cognitively “stuck”.
Neurofeedback prompts the brain to draw from its existing resources and pull itself out
of these mental “ruts”. The result is a more open and positive mindset in which obstacles
are more manageable and problems more resolvable.
Much like a mirror that promotes self-correction, NeurOptimal®’s proprietary
neurofeedback program monitors your brain waves and then provides “feedback” to your
central nervous system about what it has just done. When the software detects a tremor
in your brain wave pattern, it sends an audible signal that encourages the brain to “reset”
Why Should I Use Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback training provides a multitude of benefits for the brain and body,
including: improved sleep, heightened mental clarity and enhanced cognitive
Trainers and clients –millions and growing- have used the NeurOptimal® system to
address a number of physical, emotional and cognitive complaints with great success. These fall into a few general categories:
1. PHYSICAL, COGNITIVE AND EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES.
Adults, as well as children, have used NeurOptimal® neurofeedback to address the
negative effects arising from depression, anxiety, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, autism, sleep
disorders, misophonia and other complaints. The FDA has even approved neurofeedback
as effective for stress reduction.
As of November of 2012, the American Pediatric Academy has endorsed neurofeedback
aka EEG biofeedback as a “Level 1/Best Support” treatment for children with ADHD.
Furthermore, the APA has equated neurofeedback with medication in terms of efficacy
for resolving ADHD.
NeurOptimal® neurofeedback encourages an overall positive mental outlook and a
deeper understanding of the mind/body connection. For those looking to enhance their
daily health and wellness, neurofeedback training can be an excellent supplement to a
healthy diet and exercise routine.
Along with healthy lifestyle choices, NeurOptimal® neurofeedback can be a powerful
tool to mediate cognitive decline that naturally occurs as we age. Just as physical
exercise benefits the body, NeurOptimal® keeps the brain fit and resilient.
Neurofeedback can help improve memory, recall and increase overall cognitive dexterity
in older individuals.
A growing number of Olympic and professional athletes now use neurofeedback to
provide that critical mental edge which often results in gold medals and championships.
When competitors are separated by 100ths of a second, the improved mental focus and
physical performance neurofeedback provides can mean the difference between winning
and losing. But you don’t have to be a pro athlete to enjoy the benefits of neurofeedback.
Looking to improve your golf game? Want to be a better pitcher for your company
softball team? NeurOptimal® can help.
Because neurofeedback training enhances concentration and mental focus, students use
NeurOptimal® as a critical tool to improve their performance in school. Unlike so-called
“smart drugs” or neuro enhancing pharmaceuticals, NeurOptimal® is 100% drug-free
and has no known side effects (apart from improved sleep!).
What happens in a session?
A certified NeurOptimal® trainer may have you fill out a survey listing the complaints
and/or challenges that have brought you into his/her office.
You will next be placed in a quiet space and in a comfortable position. The trainer will
attach special sensors to your head that will feed your brain wave patterns into the
NeurOptimal® program’s software.
A neurofeedback training session is relaxing, enjoyable and typically lasts about 30
minutes. As the session starts, you will hear music play though headphones and perhaps
watch relaxing geometric images gently morph across a computer screen. You will hear
occasional “skips” or interruptions in the music – this is the signal that prompts your
brain to “reset” and optimize itself.
At the end of a session, you will most likely feel less stressed and more mentally clear. It
is unlikely you will experience any negative after-effects as NeurOptimal® does not
artificially “push” the brain in any specific direction. Many users experience deeper sleep
and vivid dreams after their very first session.
How is NeurOptimal® different from other systems?
There are a few key factors that distinguish NeurOptimal® from other neurofeedback
systems: NeurOptimal® is effective because it is designed to work best with your
individual brain. It does not attempt to “fix” predetermined conditions or pin down
specific problems. This was a limitation in many earlier neurofeedback systems. Often,
resolving one problem in one area could cause problems elsewhere. The heart of the
NeurOptimal® system -Dynamical Neurofeedback®- is a proprietary technology based
in neuroscience and specifically designed with the naturally non-linear function of the
human brain in mind. NeurOptimal® is built to harness the incredibly dynamic nature of
your brain in a way other systems simply cannot match. As a result, this neurofeedback
system can be used effectively to address a wide array of complaints without specifically
“targeting” them from the outset of the training.
NeurOptimal® neurofeedback is extremely safe. Research shows your own brain
“knows best” and therefore the NeurOptimal® brain training system does not force or
“push” the brain in any one direction. Basically, Dynamical Neurofeedback® provides
your brain with the information it needs to correct itself and function at its most optimal.
NeurOptimal® simply enables your own brain’s natural process of self-correction.
NeurOptimal® requires no effort on the user’s part. Some brain training systems
require the user to “interact” by playing games or solve puzzles during sessions. This
additional level of interaction is unnecessary with the NeurOptimal® neurofeedback
system. During a training session, you can simply relax and enjoy!
Psychotherapist, MSW, LCSW
840 Beach Dr. NE, St Petersburg, Florida 33701