All Kinds of News for December 04, 2019
Solstice West, a residential treatment center outside of Salt Lake City, announces the launch of their in-house neurofeedback services for students. This will allow the program to better serve the needs of students through multiple therapeutic modalities. Neurofeedback is a tool used to help condition the neural pathways in the brain in an effort to improve regulation. Often, when people experience trauma, anxiety, or depression, the neural pathways in the brain have gotten confused along the way and are not functioning properly. Neurofeedback is a noninvasive way to reprogram the brain.
Like a form of exercise for the brain, students are hooked up to sensors that are tracking the behavior of the brain’s neural pathways while observing images on a screen. Biofeedback instruments quantify how a child’s brain reacts to certain stimuli. For example, the screen will get louder and brighter as the neural pathways are functioning well. When the neural pathways are not functioning properly, the screen will get smaller and quieter. Essentially, the brain is identifying positive and negative associations and working to repair pathways in order to have the most healthy experience. This teaches the brain how to regulate itself properly.
Beginning in December, every student will receive 3-4 sessions per month of neurofeedback as part of the Solstice West therapeutic program. Each session will be accompanied by 3 brain mappings (data processed into a visual representation of brain wave patterns). Neurofeedback work has been shown to provide long lasting, permanent changes.
Kami Black, MSW, LCSW, Executive Clinical Director at Solstice West, believes neurofeedback will provide an additional level of care for students. The goal of neurofeedback is not to entirely replace traditional forms of therapy, but instead allow the neural pathways in a student’s brain to integrate with other forms of therapy more effectively. “We’ve seen that students who receive neurofeedback typically have a shorter length of stay and many are able to decrease their use of medication,” said Black. “It’s an innovative and effective way to decrease issues like anxiety and depression.”
Going forward, all neurofeedback therapy will be done in-house at Solstice West and will be included in the cost of tuition, making it more accessible for students and their families. To learn more about therapeutic programming at Solstice West, please visit https://solsticertc.com or call 866-278-3345.
About Solstice West RTC
Solstice West RTC is a residential treatment center in Utah that helps girls ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship struggles. In additional to traditional therapy and adventure activities, their accredited academic program emphasizes creative expression and experiential learning. Solstice RTC is dedicated to teaching young women how to incorporate healthy habits into their lives and develop healthy relationships.
Call 866-278-3345 for more information about Solstice RTC or visit https://solsticertc.com.