“Will Neurofeedback work for me?” No one knows how far it will go for you. Just as with a medication prescribed for a condition, no one can predict with certainty exactly how Neurofeedback will work for you.
Our approach is uniquely customized as we use many different modalities for training, and the application of each modality is customized to the individual client. The aim is for the elimination of the “symptoms” you don’t like
“I started getting Dr. MV’s treatments about 6 months ago. The first change was that I became much calmer. The next week I became a calm driver, staying in the flow, no irritation, better focused. Then I started sleeping better. Much better. By the second month I had to throw away my expensive prescription glasses because I had no more astigmatism. It was in the brain, not the eyes. I keep getting better, and see the light at the end of the tunnel. My problems mostly stem from two accidents I had as a child, falling out of a tree when horsing around more than 12 feet off the ground, and getting bucked off a horse. A lifetime of dis-regulation in the brain is getting fixed!!! I refer all my friends to Dr. MV.”
— Kari Marchant
Family Lawyer, San Diego
“At 55 years old I found myself in the middle of a divorce, a recession that was crippling my company’s ability to sustain itself and I was having to come to the realization that I was going to lose a home which I had invested 15 years of love and work into. I had a 13 year old daughter who was the pivotal reason I had to hold it together, as my life spiraled out of control. I could barely function. I sought help from a psychiatrist who prescribed anti-anxiety medication and anti-depressants. This allowed me to get through the worst of it.
As the crises subsided and day to day living became the focus. I found myself mostly tired, not sleeping well and ambivalent about my life. There was this sort of low lying depression that was constant. Outwardly I functioned well and would have moments that I would describe as while, maybe not joyful, were certainly fun. I do love to laugh and joke and it was a release I tried to duplicate often. While it was a great feeling in the moment, it did not solve the real problem. I was plagued by a gnawing feeling that this was not going to improve without a major change or something and I barely had the energy to figure out what the something might be. I was not interested in talk therapy because I knew in this case it would not help. I had been in enough talk therapy and read enough self-help books that I could probably teach. I knew the process and the language, but that wasn’t helping me.
I would describe myself and my energy as kind of flat line. Not a lot of pain any more, but certainly not vibrant… treading water. I decided to wean myself off the anti-depressants, lose weight, exercise and get my body healthy, it helped, but it did not touch the primary issue. My world had been shaken to its core and I was not going to be easily convinced by some body talking to me, that I was going to be okay. My psyche had changed, my sense of safeness had been shattered and I was concerned that it was irreparable. I knew that as a young woman I had the vitality to recover from life’s train wrecks, but I was not young and the tiredness I felt, even after exercising and changing my diet, was at such a deep level that I didn’t even know how to begin. I was into this now about 5 years and I knew it was likely, at my age to just keep getting worse. I knew something was fundamentally wrong. I was still not sleeping well and consequently having trouble focusing on just about anything.
I came to Dr. Villanueva and the Alpha Theta Center, in the hopes of improving my focus and my sleep. Neuro feedback did that within a few sessions. What was and continues to be stunning are the residual changes. I became engaged in my life again. Interested at an energetic, passionate level (passion about myself had not been in the mix for some time). In the sessions, with the guidance of Doctor Villanueva, I was able to access parts of my psyche that I had protected to such an extent, that just to survive, I had silenced almost completely. I never heard that little voice everyone talks about because I had shut her off very effectively, with the psychological equivalent of duct tape.
In Neuro feedback and the other modalities we have worked with since- my brain woke up, my psyche has been recharged, and it has affected everything. The work isn’t easy but like exercising, through some discomfort, some pain, an epiphany or two, it’s working. Before Neuro Feedback my heart was pretty shut down and now my heart is engaged again in my life.
It’s is like having my best self-back, but even better. I have my vibrancy. That means I feel deeply and sometimes that is uncomfortable, really uncomfortable, but I’ll take it because, it totally trumps the low lying constant depression I felt before. I get “dancing in the living room, singing at the top of my lungs” happy and I have moments of “bringing me to my knees” sadness, but it is because I am connected to something that is too wonderful not to sing about or something so very deeply sad that I am required to emotionally process it and it’s the being connected that has brought me back to myself. Neither of these emotions lasts long and in between I most often feel centered in the moment and okay. To feel okay, in and of itself, is profound for me. I am forever grateful to Dr. Villanueva because the man just doesn’t give up. I am no longer just coping, but actively participating in my mental and emotional health. I would like everyone to experience this. It fills me with hope.”
Marketing and Sales Executive, Phoenix, Arizona