Stress, when managed properly, can be a real asset to performance.

However, prolonged exposure to stress strengthens that pattern within the brain. Just like with muscles, brain patterns grow stronger with use. Given enough reinforcement, these patterns can become ‘locked’ into place (see neuroplasticity), making it more and more difficult to return to a neutral, unstressed state. Stressed becomes the new normal.

When we are chronically stressed, we underperform at almost everything. It affects the tone of the central nervous system, affecting hormonal balance, supressing the immune system, imparing mental processing and emotional control.

Anxious thoughts are damaging to the physiological system, and can present physically in a myriad of ways. Migraines, fears, phobias, sleep trouble, irritable bowel, digestive difficulty, anger issues, adrenal fatigue, burnout; most every system in our body suffers when under prolonged stress.

Neurofeedback is a targeted and direct method to show your brain how to return to a natural, unstressed position.

I felt held and supported every step of the way. My partner says my whole demeanour is more confident and less anxious. My stress is definitely way down.
I only have one mind and I can't do much without it. You will never know how wonderful you and those weird machines are.
It literally does feel like turning a dial down or flipping a switch or just stopping/letting something go.
It’s like there has been a significant shift in the way i perceive myself and the world. It’s the difference between narrow, anxious, tight thinking and a gentler, more composed, relaxed, wider ranging thought. It’s like I’m the same person only it’s easier being me.

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Neurofeedback & Stress/Anxiety

Neurofeedback therapy is a useful tool in the arsenal of anyone looking to gain more control over their mind, and it has been shown in some studies to compliment alternative treatments for stress and anxiety.

If you are looking for a non-invasive and non-drug therapy program to help better control your mind then neurofeedback training could be a good option. However please note that if you have or think you may have a stress or anxiety disorder, your first step should be to consult with your doctor (including sharing details on the neurofeedback approach to intend to embark on).

Our Expert Neurofeedback Team

Christina Lavelle
Clinical Director, London Clinic
Christina Lavelle - Brainworks Neurofeedback
Christina, the founder of our neurofeedback clinic in London, oversees all aspects of client care. Boasting certifications from esteemed institutions like the Wurrke Institute of Neurotherapy and as a member of the Society of Applied Neuroscience, her expertise in neurofeedback is unparalleled.
Ingrid Valentin
Lead Neurofeedback Therapist, Home Clinic
Ingrid, with her credentials as a certified neurofeedback practitioner, possesses diplomas in Children’s Psychology, Medical Neuroscience, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. She is dedicated to providing our top-tier at-home neurofeedback training programmes.
James Roy
Technical Director, Client Coordinator, Operations
James, a board-certified Neurotherapist and co-founder of Brainworks, ensures the team is abreast of the newest technological advancements in our neurofeedback programmes. He pioneered one of the globe's inaugural professional at-home neurofeedback training platforms.