My 7-year-old son has just completed 20 sessions of EEG Neurofeedback with Skip LaFleur in Nelson. He was adopted as a newborn, and experienced a great deal of pre-natal trauma as well as the separation trauma of adoption. He is extremely intelligent, sensitive, and athletic, but since infancy he has struggled with sensory processing, attention, self-regulation, and impulse control. He is often described as “energetic” but also as “out-of-control”, with a hair-trigger fight-or-flight reflex. The act of teaching him (he is home-schooled) has been a tense experience, for both him and the teacher, as his inner tension would permeate his environment and all those around him. He just seemed to vibrate at a different frequency than everyone else.
He has been taking violin lessons for 8 months (his choice), and has been ready to quit for at least 6 of those months. After about 4 sessions of Neurofeedback, I noticed that he was suddenly able to hear himself play, without being distracted by all the other details like posture and fingering. Since then, his ability to focus on his lessons and practice have been gradually increasing, much to the amazement of his teacher! Last night, he performed in a public recital—including 2 solo pieces— and not only did he play very well, he actually enjoyed it. The best part is his increased confidence, and the desire to continue with lessons.
Other changes I have noticed:
- Increased control over his emotions (ex. keeping it together after losing a soccer game)
- Increased ability to remember and follow instructions to completion
- Neater handwriting
- Better relationships with others: His little sister actually said “my bother" starting to be a good brother now!” The tension is our home seems to be dissipating, which I see forming another kind of feedback loop, as his nervous system responds to our increased calm.
Skip also has a great deal of knowledge about holistic health in general and brain health in particular, which has also benefited him Throughout the process, Skip has been consistently available & flexible, kind, patient, and generous, taking a genuine interest in him as a person. He is glad to be “finished” with treatment (we may do more in the future), but he is sad to not have anymore “Skip Days.”
Thank you so much for all your time, patience, and expertise. We will be in touch again soon.
All the best,
Sarah, Nelson, BC
I don't normally write reviews or testimonials but in this case I'd like to share my experience with neurofeedback and how Skip has helped our entire family and in particular our son.
Upon discovering infra low neurofeedback and reading the research I was interested in trying it for our 8 year old son. Our son struggles with behaviour issues as well as developmental disabilities, inattentive ADD and absence seizures . Needless to say, all of this can be very difficult on the entire family. Before I met with Skip we had been to see psychologists, made changes to diet, changes to parenting methods etc etc but nothing ever really seemed to work well until we found Skip.
Skip is one of the kindest most caring individuals you will ever meet and he is very passionate about what he does. He is non-judgemental and truly wants to help people be their very best. He is a wealth of information, not only in neurofeedback but also in nutrition and overall mind body wellness.
When my son started sessions with Skip I was hopeful and optimistic considering everything I had read. Soon, however it became apparent that the results we were hoping for were not materializing and I was a bit sad and disappointed. Skip and I talked about the possible reasons for the slow progress and we agreed to stop sessions until my son was weened off of his anti seizure medications. In the meantime, I decided to see just what I got my son into and started neurofeedback sessions for myself. After the first session I felt fantastic; clear and level. I enjoyed my sessions so much that I thought, why not try it with my other child. My daughter also had a wonderful experience.
Finally, after my son was ween off his medication we returned to Skip for a new round of neurofeedback and wow, what a difference! My son was instantly reporting how happy he felt. He was definitely becoming more calm and easier to talk to when inappropriate behaviour did occur. He felt remorse and in general, he seemed to be becoming more self aware. We have been extremely please with the results of his neurofeedback sessions and grateful for all that Skip has done for us. Others have meant well but I believe Skip and the neurofeedback sessions have had the greatest positive impact on our sons struggles.
Our son is now entering grade 3, a healthy, happy 8 year old and we couldn't be happier.
Thank you, Skip
Hello Skip, I wanted to again thank you for your dedication in regards to my brain training. You have gone far beyond the call of duty. You have spent endless hours of your own time to help me be a better me. I thank you so much for that. I have never felt better in my life thanks to you and your dedication. Thank you so much, Skip. I will never forget what you have done for me.
Teri Schroeter, BC
I have had the benefit of doing over six months of Biofeedback with Skip LaFleur. He skilfully combines his considerable knowledge of Neurofeedback (Biofeedback), Nutrition, and Chinese Medicine depending on the needs of the client. As a practitioner, Skip presents as empathic, honest, and masterful, allowing his clients to relax into the experience of Neurofeedback. As a result of working with Skip, I feel tangibly more relaxed, balanced, and present.
Georgina Batchelor, Registered Psychologist
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the neurofeedback sessions. I am writing today because I want to share with you my noticeable differences since my sessions. Prior to booking appointments with you, I was suffering from a great deal of anxiety both driven by intestinal permeability as well, my central nervous system and adrenal insufficiency. This anxiety and nervousness contributed to some behaviors that I was having difficulty eliminating through other modalities. In example, I found myself with escalating OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). This was causing me to count telephone poles, trees and other markers as I drove, counting my steps as I walked, etc. This has been not only greatly reduced but as the urge creeps in, I notice it immediately and am better able to control it. Previously, this urge was always present but today, it’s only noticeable if I am under a great deal of stress. I have always been someone who not only enjoys reading but have been able to utilize my speed reading course skills and retain the information. I noticed this skill was fading prior to my neurofeedback. I am now able to successfully read and retain the information. While I have been working diligently on my diet and supplementation, my digestive issues caused a slowing in motility contributing to constipation. This motility has once again returned. My brain fog is less noticeable, my attention greater and my anxiety lessened thanks to my neurofeedback sessions. I am grateful to you for your time, knowledge and expertise in your field. If not for this time, I would be a cognitive wreck with no direction. Thank you Skip! I look forward to future appointments when our time allows as this was the most noticeable modality I have used to heal thus far.
Hello Skip, Thank you for advising me to stop eating gluten after my first Neurofeedback appointment. I wanted to say how much good a non-gluten diet has done for me. I have had stomach pain associated with eating all of my life, pasta, bread…was my staples. Now I sleep better, feel lighter and still feel satisfied after meals. Feeling this good I cannot imagine eating gluten again.
Frobe, Nelson, BC
Skip and Carola helped shape the way I look at health and healing. Their knowledge of nutrition is at the leading edge of the wedge of current research. I went to see Skip for Neurofeedback after my friend told me she hippetty-hopped down the road after her third Neurofeedback session. I'm an acupuncturist, so I wanted to know: what modality encourages a six foot tall, 62 year old, 180 pound woman to hippetty-hop home? I found Neurofeedback so helpful for my personal issues, that I've incorporated it into my health practice. Anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, brain injury, insomnia, emotional issues, cognitive function, early childhood trauma, behaviour issues, PTSD - Neurofeedback helps the brain learn to regulate itself again. Combine the Neurofeedback with Skip and Carola's knowledge of nutrition and you have a superior approach to healing.
Jill Swartz, Victoria BC
How EEG-Neurofeedback helped get rid of TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA
I had two clients who suffered from Trigeminal Neuralgia also known as Tic Douloureaux, a nerve disorder that causes unexpected, stabbing, electric-shock-like facial pains. Most generally the pain involves the lower face and jaw. Trigeminal Neuralgia is known as the “suicide disease”. Many experts say it is the most excruciatingly painful human condition.
In 2008 Hugh suffered from trigeminal neuralgia for years. The doctor put him on anticonvulsants, but he stopped because he did not like the side effects. When I told him how EEG-Neurofeedback could help he was skeptical because he tried other modalities with no relief. I made dietary, supplement and herbal recommendation to be taken while he did 20 sessions of Neurofeedback. After 20 sessions he was pain free. He continues to take the supplements and herbal remedies as needed. To this day he is still pain free.
In 2009 a client who was in her early seventies suffered from severe Trigeminal Neuralgia. With her doctors
advise after trying medication she had surgery. The surgery helped for one
year, and then it came back. She was seeing Carola for weekly massages to help
her with the stress she was feeling around the Trigeminal Neuralgia. Carola suggested she try
Neurofeedback because of how it had helped Hugh. She did a series of 25
sessions, as well as continued with weekly deep tissue massage and the Trigeminal Neuralgia was
gone. Nine month later she had mild Trigeminal Neuralgia pain, and began taking some of the
suggested herbs and doing the recommended dietary changes. She also connected the Trigeminal Neuralgia pain to her stress level. With that awareness she is able to maintain her
pain. Neurofeedback was very effective.