Sustain and train your brain

Cognitive Performance & Health

Written by Karen Long | Photography by Visual Fusion Photographics

Three years ago, nurse Veronica Seberger's seven-year-old son was showing signs of social anxiety, and her husband, Dr. James Seberger, proposed that she learn neurofeedback.

"I didn't want to do it at first," she says, but the couple were exploring alternatives to medication for their child. After specialized education in measuring and training brainwaves Veronica had no second thoughts, and went on to become board certified in neurofeedback.

Cognitive training is now an additional service offered in Dr. Seberger's practice, formerly called Performance Health. Cognitive Performance & Health is an integrative, direct care practice. Instead of payment by outside sources, their membership model puts the patient at the center of care. Since the objective is early detection and intervention, patients have 24/7 access to the doctor by phone, text or email. Wait times are short and appointments long patients are encouraged to bring all of their questions.

Membership also includes an evaluation of cognitive function, and Dr. Seberger, a family medicine practitioner with a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology, has even been known to enjoy coffee or lunch with his patients and accompany them to appointments with specialists.

Brain power

The practice's cognitive services include brain mapping and training through neurofeedback. Clients lounge in a comfortable recliner with four to seven sensors placed on the scalp, seemingly watching movies or playing video games but they are actually engaging in a vigorous workout to augment or tone down specific areas of brain activity. Repeated practice addresses issues such as inattention, working memory, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, con- cussion, PTSD, sleep and irritability.

Veronica tells the story of one client, an executive who complained of racing thoughts that he could never turn off. He also exhibited problems with sleep, sensory overload and anxiety. In the initial consultation the nurse asked him start off by taking a moment to relax.

"Well, how am I supposed to do that?" he said irritably.

After a course of treatments, he called Veronica to let her know he'd just meditated at home for 40 minutes. Before brain training the executive had a reputation for interrupting co-workers; afterwards one asked him, "Are you okay? You've been awfully quiet."

"Sometimes it's good to just listen," he replied.

Neurofeedback helped the client's brain alter its own patterns, bringing specific areas into balance and creating sustainable change.

Better relationships in mind

After Veronica treated her son with neurofeedback, they now enjoy a closer relationship; he's more open and affectionate, and they can have a meeting of the minds when daily challenges arise. In fact, better relationships are one of the upsides of neurofeedback Veronica returns to over and over again, something she never imagined at the beginning of this journey. Dr. Seberger and Veronica are passionate about giving people another option, a hopeful, effective, research-based process to help them deal with sometimes perplexing and frustrating mental challenges without all of the negative side effects of medications.

"I can't believe that I, as a nurse, get to come in and do this every day. I love helping families like mine provide a better pathway to their futures the non-medicated way."

To read more about how neurofeedback is helping the Seberger's clients reach peak mental performance, see our web exclusive, The Cognitive Era.

Veronica Seberger

Veronica Seberger, RN, BSN, BCN leads an open discussion for the public in the CPH offices at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. This 90-minute talk is filled with fun discussion and snacks while learning about all neurofeedback has to offer.

Cognitive Performance & Health
10111 East 21st N, Suite 315
Wichita, KS 67206

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