Today we're talking to Olga Ward. She's a certified neuro-optimal neurofeedback provider. She's the owner of Beaverton Neurofeedback LLC, located in Beaverton, Oregon. She personally benefited from neurofeedback and was impressed by this technology so much that she changed her earlier career trajectory and opened her own private practice in 2018 to help many more people in her community and beyond. Hi, Olga.
OW- Hi. Thanks for having me, Jennifer.
LHC- Oh, thank you so much for being here. Let's just jump into it and let people know what neurofeedback is.
OW- Yes, a lot of people are familiar with it, but many more are not. So yes, I would just say this in very layman terms, even though there's a lot of science behind your feedback, but in very layman terms, I would say think of it like brain training training, or training of the brain, or physical therapy for the brain. Yes, it gives direct feedback to the brain about what the brain is doing so that the brain can tap into its own neuroplasticity and make positive corrections and changes.
LHC- It sounds very technical and complicated. Can you give me an idea of how you do that?
Yes, it used to be a very sophisticated machine. So I have equipment that was designed by a science team and by the Vanguard Institute, and the particular technology I use is called neuroptimal. So you pronounced it very well.
LHC- Oh good. I was wondering if I did that right.
OW- Yes, yes, there are many different styles of neural feedback, and as brain science and technology are continuing to evolve, so are the different offerings that we have the privilege of being exposed to. So your optimal is just a type of neurofeedback, but again, think of it as brain training. Yes, and I use the specific equipment that I'm trained on. I did not create this equipment. I am simply the end user and a power user, which I'm certified in. But the way it looks is that I attach special sensors to the person's ears and scalp, and then those sensors listen to the brain, what the brain is doing at the present time, and give direct feedback to the brain, similar to us looking in the mirror. When we look in the mirror, we can make adjustments automatically, so neural feedback is feedback to the brain.