I started neurofeedback and counseling sessions in May 2010 – the combination of neurofeedback and counseling sessions was the stepping stone – the only thing that ever seemed to work and pull me out of my deep depression and substance abuse issues with alcohol. I had tried to seek out a number of therapists in the past, as well as trying several different medications for my ADD, anxiety, and severe depression but nothing ever seemed to relieve my symptoms.
Prior to going to BFW in May 2010, I was praying for a miracle. I was so depressed I couldn’t function, it was hard for me to get out of bed…and difficult for me to make friends and live a “normal” college life.
I am now back at college continuing to get my degree (with a minor in Psychology) as well as working and supporting myself. I have not had a sip of alcohol since July 2010.
Finding a therapist like Joan was a dream come true, and she has helped me stand up, deal with my issues and hurt, and grow as a person over the past year. Joan is very special to me …she continues to help me deal with my issues. Joan has been the only therapist I have bonded with and is one in which I can feel that she isn’t just a therapist listening to my problems – it’s the fact that she truly cares about me and understands. She is an amazing and brilliant woman, as she has – and always will have a special place in my heart.
I started neurotherapy after my primary-care doctor recommended that I get electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for my ongoing depression. I had been on a variety of anti-depressants and in therapy for over 10 years, but was stuck. I was in an awful job and an abusive marriage, but I didn’t have the strength to get out. My therapist and I both thought that ECT would not be a good solution for me; at the same time, a friend happened to mention neurotherapy. I had never heard of it before, but thought that if I was in such a bad situation that ECT was on the table, anything else was worth a try.
I’m so glad that I did! Within several weeks of beginning neurotherapy, I was in a much better emotional place than I had been in years. My anxiety lessened and I was able to get out of the house more often to try new things, including looking for a better job and finding a safer home environment. I can also bounce back from difficult situations more easily than I could before. I was gradually able to taper down on all my psychotropic medications. My psychiatrist is amazed. I cannot thank Joan and her staff enough for helping to alleviate my distress and bringing out the best in my brain, so that I can have the life I had dreamed of.