Clinical Neurotherapy

Clinical Neurotherapy

Application of Techniques for Treatment

1st Edition - September 15, 2013

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  • Editors: David Cantor, James Evans
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123972910
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123969880

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Neurotherapy, sometimes called EEG biofeedback and/or neurobiofeedback involves techniques designed to manipulate brain waves through non-invasive means and are used as treatment for a variety of psychological and medical disorders. The disorders covered include ADHD, mood regulation, addiction, pain, sleep disorders, and traumatic brain injury. This book introduces specific techniques, related equipment and necessary training for the clinical practitioner. Sections focus on treatment for specific disorders and which individual techniques can be used to treat the same disorder and examples of application and the evidence base for use are described.

Key Features

  • An introduction for clinical practitioners and psychologists investigating neurotherapy techniques and application
  • Includes coverage of common disorders such as ADHD, mood regulation, addiction, pain, sleep disorders, and traumatic brain injury
  • Includes evidence base for use
  • Includes training methods for new users


Clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and professionals working in clinical and rehabilitation settings.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors



    Chapter One. Definitions, Standard of Care and Ethical Considerations



    Guidelines for Ethical Practice and Liability Protection


    Chapter Two. An Introductory Perspective on the Emerging Application of qEEG in Neurofeedback

    Database Construction

    Concerns Regarding Normative Databases

    Other Factors Affecting Data

    Additional Analysis Methods


    Collection Methods

    Artifacts and Challenges to Collecting Data

    Reading a Map

    The Cortical Window and Default Mode

    Connecting Frequency Function to Location Function by Symptom

    Dominant Frequency


    Map Analysis Theory

    Discriminant Analysis

    More on Network Analysis

    Where IS IT Going?

    Approaches to Reading a qEEG Map

    Protocol Derivation

    qEEG Reports


    Chapter Three. Neurofeedback and Psychopharmacology: Designing Effective Treatment Based on Cognitive and EEG Effects of Medications



    Other Anxiolytics

    Stimulant Medications





    Chapter Four. Hidden Factors Thwarting Success: A Sociotechnical Field Theory Application for the Neurofeedback Therapist

    Thinking about the Field of Treatment

    The Sociotechnical Soiree: Sentient, Physical, Technical and Boundary Forces within and between Patient and Therapist

    ADD/ADHD as the Great Concealer

    The Family as a Hidden Factor

    Methodology as a Hidden Factor: Good Clinical Hygiene



    Chapter Five. Defining Developing Evidence-Based Medicine Databases Proving Treatment Efficacy


    Chapter Six. Treating Attention Deficits and Impulse Control


    A Case Report of Neurofeedback Treatment

    From Behavior to Brain

    Medication in ADHD: Treatment through Dopamine and Norepinephrine

    NONMEDICATION Neuromodulation as a Treatment Method for ADHD: Different Approaches to the Same Disorder

    General Comments Concerning Research on Neuromodulation Techniques with ADHD

    From Brain to Behavior

    Methods of Neurofeedback and the Framework of Attention

    From Brain to Behavior


    Further Reading

    Chapter Seven. Treating Mood Disorders

    Neurofeedback for Depression

    Auditory–Visual Stimulation

    Cranial Electrostimulation

    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

    Vagal Nerve Stimulation



    Chapter Eight. Diagnosing and Treating Closed Head Injury: Exposing and Defeating the Mild Huge Monster




    Diagnostic Tools

    Electroencephalography (EEG)

    Diagnosis of MTBI with EEG

    Treating the “Silent Epidemic”

    EEG Biofeedback

    Transcranial Stimulation Tools

    Intracranial Stimulation




    Chapter Nine. Treating Thought Disorders

    Thought Disorders, Psychosis

    qEEG, Neuroimaging Studies, VARETA, LORETA

    Psychopharmacological Treatment

    Scientific Evidence of NonMedication Treatment Models in Psychosis



    Chapter Ten. Treating Chronic Pain Disorders


    Chapter Eleven. Treating Addiction Disorders


    Studies of EEG Biofeedback in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Integrating Neurotherapy with other Therapies

    Rationale for Neurofeedback Application in Adolescent Substance Abusers with Comorbid Disruptive Behavioral Disorders

    Treatment Strategies for ADHD and Substance Abuse in Adolescents

    Neurofeedback-Based Intervention in Drug Abusing Adolescents with ADHD

    Further Research


    Chapter Twelve. Neurofeedback for Seizure Disorders: Origins, Mechanisms and Best Practices

    Origins of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Seizure Disorders


    Clinical Considerations


    Further Reading

    Chapter Thirteen. Diagnosing and Treating Developmental Disorders with qEEG and Neurotherapy


    The Role of qEEG in the Description and Classification of Developmental Disorders

    Single-Site Training and Emerging Neuroscientific Findings about Neural Networks

    Special Considerations of qEEG Assessment and Persons with Developmental Disorders

    General Considerations in Treatment Planning and Treatment for Developmental Disorders

    Principles of Planning Neurofeedback Treatment of Developmental Disorders

    Research on Neurofeedback Treatment of Specific Developmental Disabilities



    Chapter Fourteen. Nutrition for ADHD and Autism

    Nutrigenomics, Epigenetics, Nutrients and Lifestyle

    Omega-3 (n-3) and Omega-6 (n-6) Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) balance

    Zinc as an Essential Nutrient for Health


    Evidence-Based Prescribing of Nutrients


    Chapter Fifteen. Vision Therapy as a Complementary Procedure During Neurotherapy


    Vision Training

    Optometric Research


    Suggestions for Clinical Practice


    Chapter Sixteen. Future Considerations


    Classification of Neurotherapy Systems

    Individualized Assessment and Treatment

    Integration and Ease of Use

    Localization and Connectivity-based Methods

    Integrated Systems

    External Factors Affecting Neurotherapy




Product details

  • No. of pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: September 15, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123972910
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123969880

About the Editors

David Cantor

Affiliations and Expertise

Psychological Sciences Institute, Suwanee, GA, USA

James Evans

Dr. James Evans is licensed in clinical and school psychology. Following graduation with a bachelor's degree in education, and a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he taught in a public high school. Later he earned a master's degree in psychology. After working for six years at a state hospital and a county mental health center, he attended Peabody College of Vanderbilt University where he received a Ph.D. degree in psychology. He was on the faculty of the Psychology Department at the University of South Carolina for thirty years, and is retired from that position. He has completed postdoctoral work in neuropsychology at the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia. For over thirty years he also has maintained a successful private practice involving working with children and adults in hospital, school, prison, and private office settings. He has expertise in psychological, neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment, as well as years of experience in psychotherapy and neurotherapy. He is the author of thirty-five journal articles and nine book chapters, and editor or co-editor of ten psychology-related books, including Rhythmic Stimulation Procedures for Neuromodulation (2017) and Neurofeedback: The First Fifty Years ( 2019). Presently he is self-employed as a psychologist at the Sterlingworth Center in Greenville, SC.

Affiliations and Expertise

Sterlingworth Center, Greenville, SC, United States

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