I bring nine years of experience as an Emergency Department nurse into my neurofeedback practice. In my time in Emergency Medicine, I've seen how our established medical system does well at patching up a body system in crisis but often does poorly in preventing illness and nurturing individuals to true wellness. For years, I've longed to be part of a meaningful practice which goes beyond just patching failing systems and actually moves people towards thriving. I bring joy and passion about the restorative powers of this technology and its ability to change people’s lives.
The combination of my experiences in our established medical system and my own experience as a neurofeedback patient has inspired my desire to share this healing technology with others.
My personal experience with neurofeedback
About 20 years ago, I sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. Once my bruises receded and my bones healed, I thought I had recovered. Prior to this injury, I had also struggled with symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In the months and years after the injury, I began to suffer from severe and worsening symptoms commonly present in those with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sleep time became something I dreaded, spending up to 12 hours in bed at night, tossing and turning through nightmares, awakening from unfulfilling sleep in 2 or 3 hour intervals with my body aching and screaming with tension, but my brain seemingly trying to turn itself off. Daytime was consumed with anxiety, depression, and lapses into sleep anytime I sat still for more than 10 minutes at a stretch. I suffered cognitive issues as well, struggling with memory, attention and focus . The sleep issues were severe enough that my girlfriend insisted I be checked for narcolepsy.
I attempted every treatment I could find: prescription medications, cognitive therapy, diet and daily exercise combined with a rigorous meditation practice,. Despite all of this, my symptoms continued to worsen.
A friend suggested I look into neurofeedback. I had read extensively about it, yet my medical training and experience made me skeptical. The claims the field makes regarding its efficacy defied not only my own experiences with other forms of treatment but flew in the face of much of what I had been taught in school about brain healing and recovery, particularly with my own chronic and degenerative head injury.
Skeptically, I tried two initial sessions of infra-low EEG based neurofeedback. I went into the sessions neither optimistic nor hopeful after so many other failed treatments. The results were distinct, profound, and undeniable.
After the second session, I caught a flight home. For the first time in 20 years, I was awake for the entire duration of a plane flight! Not only was I alert for the entire trip, but I basked in a clarity of mind and calmness of spirit which had eluded my senses for years.
Since finding neurofeedback, my experience of life has profoundly changed. I sleep at night, all night, and wake feeling rested. I don’t fall asleep during the day. Anxiety, depression and attentional issues are no longer the defining elements of my daily life. I've regained a sense of peacefulness, quiet, and enjoyment of the rewards and beauty of being alive! Despite my deep initial skepticism, I’ve found the results of neurofeedback to be profound and lasting. Words limit my ability to describe the depth of the changes in my experience of life since gaining access to this treatment.
I've entered this field because I feel passionate about sharing with others the liberation and enrichment that it has brought into my life.
Pete Beaman, neurofeedback practitioner .