Work with Children

Neurofeedback training is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics              and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

I have the privilege of working with children of all ages – from babies through adolescence. The child may not be required to do anything but rather sit relatively still in order for me to work. If they are nervous or scared they can play a game with Mom or Dad while I do neurofeedback. The treatment will still be and effective.

I work with children with a variety of conditions, including developmental trauma, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, learning disorders, self harm and substance abuse. Working with young people is exciting because neurotherapy often proves beneficial  more rapidly than adults. Their young brains are at their most adaptable and open to learning. Adolescence is particular is an incredibly active time for brain development. This also means neurofeedback can be a very rewarding experience with life-long benefits for teenagers.

Developmental Trauma

Developmental trauma is maltreatment during the developing childhood years. Early life abuse or neglect often causes life long mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. It is one of the most difficult conditions to treat but neurofeedback is showing to be tremendously successful. Many children who were adopted experienced developmental trauma before being placed with their forever families. It can be very difficult to treat even after years of psychotherapy, but neurofeedback is showing to be tremendously successful in resolving mental and physiological issues cause by early life trauma.

From my colleague Jeanette Yoffe, MFT, Psychotherapist, Foster Care and Adoption Expert:

“Neurofeedback may be the most effective treatment available for children and adults who have experienced early attachment separation/loss, maltreatment, and/or traumatic incidents. It helps to rewire stubborn early life templates in the mind that continue to re-enact memories as if they were happening today. Neurofeedback wires a new template of safety, belonging and connection in the world. This is life-changing for many individuals, doing what other therapies would take years to do, and Susan Smiley is a masterful practitioner.”