I hit my left temple in July 2019 and ended up with post-concussion syndrome that was so debilitating that I wasn’t capable of working. I had severe brain fog, severe headaches, moderate dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Severe sensitivity to light and moving light of any sort. Severe tinnitus also, and the only other way I can describe it is that my brain hurt... like it was infected.. not the headache or tinnitus, this was in addition to those symptoms. My brain literally felt infected. It was a lot of work just to concentrate enough to listen to someone talk. It was exhausting also. I had been doing floats, Hyperbaric, chiropractic, and supplements with a little relief, but I was still miserable and very scared.
I went to Ciarai and got Neurofeedback therapy on a Saturday afternoon about 3 weeks after the injury. I was so ill that day I wasn’t sure I wouldn’t end up back in the hospital by the end of the day, I was in bad shape.
Immediately after the first treatment, I felt pretty hypoglycemic. Ciarai said that can happen if you are hungry before treatment as brains use a lot of glucose when they’re injured or when they’re working hard. I went to the nearest restaurant and got a salad with chicken. As I ate, the hypoglycemia went away. Not long after that, I told my niece that I thought I was feeling a little better with the concussion symptoms. About an hour later, I felt better than I had since I hit my head. It was nothing short of miraculous. I got at least a 50% improvement after 1 treatment!!! No other modality even came close to that level of healing.
I cannot adequately express how much this has affected me. For the first time, it has given me hope that I might actually heal and be myself again. I would highly recommend Neurofeedback as the number one healing modality for brain injury and Ciarai is exceptional at it! She is a true healer that passionately believes in what she’s doing and cares deeply about her patients.
Anxiety and Recent Trauma
I came to Ciarai struggling with grief, loss, and PTSD from a recent trauma. Over the course of our treatment, I stopped having screaming nightmares, reduced the frequency and intensity of my panic attacks, lowered my heightened sensitivity to noise and startling, and increased my general sense of acceptance and well being. My strong desire to use alcohol to numb difficult feelings post-trauma also lessened, and I maintained my ten years of sobriety. I was even able to stop using medication to sleep, and I went from taking two daily anxiety medications to one.
I also have been able to travel via airplane much more comfortably, a lifelong issue.
In our later sessions, alpha-theta treatment gave me a unique sense of connectedness and peace. I strongly recommend neurofeedback to anyone dealing with anxiety, trauma, loss, or sadness.
Fear of Flying
I decided to try Neurofeedback because I have always experienced great anxiety when flying. After a couple of months of Neurofeedback therapy with Ciarai Gude, I was able to travel to Europe without anxiety. A first for me, and such a relief!
In addition, I am sleeping better and my overall anxiety is decreased. I am so thankful for the Neurofeedback therapy. It has made a big difference in my life.
I started neurofeedback with Ciarai to help with symptoms of depression and anxiety. Within the first few sessions, I started to feel an improvement in my outlook on life. Through my treatment, I have developed increased resiliency and it’s as if someone has completely turned down the dial on my anxiety. For the first time in over 10 years I am no longer taking an antidepressant and I feel great! As a medical physician, I firmly stand behind the science and efficacy of neurofeedback and can’t recommend it strongly enough.
I came to Ciarai after working for multiple years at a high pressure and high paced job that I was not happy with. The accumulated stress and strain had me feeling like I could not shut down and could not sit still. I had trouble interacting with people as just having to sit still would bring out agitation and keep me from proper focused communication. This was impeding my ability to interact with family, friends, and coworkers. I was struggling to feel positive emotions and connections to other individuals. I was also about to start a new job and did not want to bring the stress, attitude, and baggage from my previous job to the new one.
I had first tried neuro-feedback some years back and understood the concepts and approach. I also had read everything I could find on the topic. I knew that the most important aspect of neurofeedback is finding a well-trained, competent, and conservative professional therapist. You also need someone with the latest in equipment that does the ultra-low frequency training. The right therapist can get amazing results. Prior to coming to Ciarai, I contacted one of the best if not the best neurofeedback organizations in the country. I asked for a therapist in this area who was current in their training and experienced. For the questions I asked, Ciarai came to the top of the list.
I am really glad I found Ciarai. She knows how to utilize the latest tools, was careful in her approach and was consistent in making only minor incremental changes during my treatment. This approach enables her to quickly react to any minor issue that can arise. About halfway through my treatment, she narrowed in on the exact treatment that removed the feelings of agitation that had bothered me for several years. One day it was there and the next it was gone. Not everyone gets that dramatic of a change, but I am really grateful for the result. My interactions with my wife and children have improved a lot. We also worked on trying to improve or increase positive feelings. I did have improvement in this area but it was not as significant as the complete removal of the agitation I was feeling.
The final outcome is worth more to me than I can express. I feel more comfortable at home and in my new job. It is a priceless improvement for me. I would really recommend neurofeedback to others in a similar situation. I also strongly recommend that if you are seeking treatment for stress-related issues to visit Ciarai as I personally feel she is one of the best neurofeedback therapists in the Region.
When I first met Ciarai I was not in a good place. In fact, I was in deep despair. I was suffering from the cumulative effects of multiple traumas in my life: abandonment, grief, and cancer. My situation was exacerbated by a paradoxical effect of an anti-anxiety med which left me riddled with anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
It took many months but I am now successfully off pharmaceuticals and I am sleeping normally once again. My treatments with Ciarai helped reduce the tension I felt all day in my gut and decreased the obsessive thoughts, doom and gloom I was living with daily.
I found Ciarai a refreshing blend of being both knowledgable and compassionate. I have and will continue to refer her to health care practitioners and friends.
Mother of 11-year-old boy
My son has had a subtle form of Tourettes Syndrome since he was a toddler. His symptoms were mild and we were advised that he would grow out of the persistent eye blinking and minor tics.
Unfortunately, as he entered his middle school years, an increased level of stress exacerbated his symptoms to a degree that was interfering with every aspect of his life—he could no longer run down the basketball court without interruption, he had a hard time holding his body still during class, his sleep was restless, he developed a verbal tic, and he became very self-conscious. Not to mention the constant neck pain and headaches caused by persistent and severe full body tics.
After consulting with our pediatrician and neurologists, we were advised to start him on a drug that would lessen his tics. The well-known side effects of this particular drug include lethargy and loss of appetite. We were hesitant to give an overly exuberant boy who is already on the thin side a drug that might alter his personality. So, we decided to consult our naturopath who suggested we try neurofeedback therapy. This wasn’t an easy decision as our health insurance covers prescription drugs, but provides zero coverage for neurofeedback therapy.
Ciarai warned us that positive results would not happen overnight—that it would take months of consistent treatment before we could expect a 50% decrease in tics.. We decided to give it a shot and committed to 2-3 sessions weekly for six months.
After just a few sessions, my son woke up one morning and said, “Now I know what it’s really like to sleep—I’ve never slept like this before”. He began falling asleep by 9 pm rather than reading until midnight. He associated neurofeedback sessions with good sleep and a respite from tics—he would relax into the chair and experience a stillness that eluded him. He never missed a session.
About three months later, he suddenly grew calmer. We noticed that, especially in the mornings, the typical jerk-like movement that broke our hearts had lessened. We couldn’t believe it.
His physical and verbal tics have almost completely subsided—he’s regained control of his body and is focusing on the activities he loves. He continues less frequent NF sessions for maintenance reasons. We are unbelievably grateful and relieved to know that this therapy works and is available as he enters his teenage years.
Mother to a 6-year-old girl
Before neurofeedback with Ciarai, we couldn't socialize with other families without fear of our six-year-old daughter dissociating or become extremely aggressive or silly. She was very aggressive at school, was never verbally affectionate, and struggled with basic social interactions and protocols, such as greetings.
After spending a year doing neurofeedback with Ciarai, our life was transformed. No longer did we worry about what would happen while socializing with other families. Our daughter now has numerous friends, tells us she loves us, and verbally greets us when we see her. We are very, very happy that we found Ciarai.
I completed neurofeedback treatment after a rough few years of depression, anxiety, and physical illness. I finished treatment a couple of months ago. Since then, my mental health has been remarkably balanced and many of my physical maladies (for example, chronic moderate abdominal pain) have stabilized. My productivity in day-to-day life has increased quite a bit as well.
Neurofeedback, particularly the Alpha-Theta component of treatment, helped reduce the control that negative events have on my mental states. I feel more equipped to manage my response to stimuli, even if I can’t control everything that happens to me. After years of various treatments and therapies, this is the treatment I’ll go back to if my physical or mental problems flare again.
I’d also mention that Ciarai is a wonderful wealth of knowledge on a range of health-related issues. I certainly recommend having a conversation with her if you’re exploring neurofeedback treatment.
Anxiety and Panic
I decided to try Neurofeedback because I had extreme anxiety. It all started after the birth of my second child. Every day I had worst-case scenario situations play out in my head. If I walked down the stairs with the baby, I would slip, and drop her and she would die. I couldn't leave my then 4-year-old outside for more than 30 seconds without an adult because someone would take her. It was constant and it was deteriorating me. Then we decided to go to Hawaii and I had a panic attack on the plane there and back so I stopped flying. Then it became the ferries, then elevators and tunnels. It was so extreme that I knew if I didn't do something pretty soon, I wouldn't be able to leave the house at all.
I knew a little bit about Neurofeedback from my mom because her close friend in Europe has been treating children for several years using this method. I was fortunate enough to find Ciarai though my mother and decided I would go for it. I went twice a week. After a few sessions, I would feel a panic attack come on but I was able to talk myself out of it for the first time. After a few more sessions, my daily catastrophic thoughts started to melt away. I began to get better, and my brain was able to start healing itself.
Neurofeedback for me is like combining yoga, meditation and a relaxing vacation all in one. It is very therapeutic and sort of like a massage for my brain. I can feel my brain tingle with a cooling sensation throughout- like a shower getting all the dirt off. It just feels good. I look forward to my sessions because I know I will feel grounded afterward. My mind gets rejuvenated and cleansed. I also sleep so much better after my sessions- I am able to get that deep restful sleep that is harder and harder to come by as I age.
I was pretty amazed at the results I got from neurofeedback with Ciarai. I came in mainly for athletic performance enhancement, and while that did improve, I found other unanticipated benefits to be even more valuable. My sleep improved, which helps my recovery from my training sessions. My mood improved which helps me relax when I need to. My speech patterns and fluency of thought improved which helps tremendously during public speaking. My patience and tolerance improved which helps in lots of different ways in many different areas of my life.
Working with Ciarai was a pleasure and an eye-opener because she was able to point things out to me about myself that were very valuable to know. She was able to adjust the treatment based on my needs, results, and feedback so it was completely customized and individualized for my brain. I highly recommend neurofeedback to anyone who wants to improve their brain as well as significant areas of their life. I understand that the results gained are permanent, but I will be back for tune-ups when I feel I need them and for help in particularly difficult situations because I know I will be able to get through them easier and think more clearly, allowing me to make the right decisions. Thanks,
-PJ Glassey, CEO X Gyms
Mother to a 7-year-old girl
I am the mother of a sweet but anxious 7-year-old girl.
My daughter was adopted at 10 months after being institutionalized from birth. She is an anxious child and, therefore, has issues staying focused. It had been suggested to me numerous times that I have her evaluated for ADHD. I've always resisted pursuing a diagnosis and instead sought out alternative treatments for her anxiety, which is how I discovered NFB.
Despite all of the research I was still a bit skeptical and wanted to understand the effect it might have on my daughter so I tried a few sessions myself. If you've done yoga and are familiar with the relaxing calm one feels after doing yoga you will be able to relate to that same relaxed feeling coming over your mind. I experienced a calm and level of clarity at work I hadn't experienced before so decided to give it a try with my daughter. She started seeing Ciarai at Seattle Neurofeedback over a year ago and I'm very pleased with the results.
My daughter is less anxious in general and school improved dramatically with her being less impulsive and more focused. I find she does best when we can get two sessions in a week and my daughter will now ask for a NFB session if she's feeling dysregulated. If you are looking for an alternative to medication for ADD, anxiety or any of the other maladies NFB addresses I would encourage you to give it a try but I would also caution you to use an experienced NFB practitioner like Ciarai Gude as not all NFB practitioners are created equally. She has the experience and understanding to help you get the best results.
63-year-old woman with epilepsy
Ciarai Gude is the consummate professional. I have worked with other Neurofeedback individuals and Ciarai is by far the most educated, insightful, and effective practitioner. She has been helping me adjust and ultimately wean off my seizure medications. I've had no seizures for the past few years and I have dropped my medication by 1/3rd. I feel like I'm in very safe hands. The by-product of this type of work is that my anxiety levels and depression have decreased as well. I highly recommend Ciarai Gude.
-Happy on Queen Anne Hill
I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and my doctor wanted to prescribe anti-depressants. I wanted to seek an alternative, so I tried Neurofeedback. My anxiety has gone down dramatically and I am more successful in my daily life!
I just wanted to let you know my word choice in sentences is amazing now! I process my thoughts more clearly as well. My mind feels more organized.
Seattle Neurofeedback is fabulous, it helped me improve attention and diminish anxiety. I am more productive and feel really present. Before the neurofeedback, I felt like my brain was covered in a cloud. Even though my treatment is done, I still schedule sessions when I am dealing with a stressful situation, or when my schedule doesn’t allow me to take care of myself. Ciarai’s neurofeedback makes me put things into perspective.