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Mershona Parshall

Blog post   •   Oct 11, 2010 10:33 EDT

Mershona Parshall Training

1. Biological Synchrony/Affective Attunement refers to the primary caregiver’s ability to attune to the infant’s somatic and affective needs. This attunement between mother and infant/child builds the neural connections that are the infrastructure for relationships. Additionally, the infant’s nervous system develops the capacity to self regulate through the mother’s facilitation of the distress/comfort/calm cycle.
2. Secure Base – A secure base is the infant/child’s internal sense of security. The parent facilitates an infant/child’s secure base by being consistently and predictably responsive to his/her physical, sensory, and emotional needs. This predictability provides the infant/child with the security to develop natural curiosity resulting in the confidence to then explore his or her environment.
3. Internal Working Model – Over time the infant/child develops a template or internal representation of him/herself in relationship to others. Repetitive interactions between infant/child and caregiver will create the neurophysiologic template that becomes the child’s internalized model for relationships.
4. Selective Bonding - According to Bowlby, the infant/child prefers and seeks closeness to his/her mother above all. From an evolutionary biology perspective, this proximity seeking behavior was thought to insure the safety of the young from predators.

What conditions can neurofeedback help?

Neurofeedback was originally used for seizure disorders and then expanded as a treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder to improve attention, focus and concentration. As the field of NFB has grown, NFB is being used for a growing list of conditions that affect both children and adults.

These include:

* Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
* Sleep Disorders
* Anxiety
* Depression
* Attachment Disorder
* Addictions
* Autism
* Traumatic Brain Injury
* Cognitive Decline
* Bedwetting
* Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
* Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
* ADD/ADHD
* Chronic Pain
* Eating Disorders
* Tourette's Syndrome

Many people have experienced a reduction or elimination of medication (in consultation with their doctor) as a result of doing neurofeedback. Thus, neurofeedback offers a potential alternative to medication without the negative side effects of medication.

Mershona Parshall Info :What is Neurofeedback (AKA) EEG Biofeedback?

Neurofeedback (NFB) is an information feedback system using computer technology to teach the brain optimization skills by influencing the brain waves* through auditory and visual feedback. Neurofeedback is safe, non-invasive, and drug free.

NeurOptimal is a holistic and non-linear approach to NFB training. NeurOptimal NFB provides simultaneous feedback to a wide spectrum of frequencies, dynamically providing the central nervous system (CNS) immediate feedback on what it has just done. The CNS uses this information to reorganize in ways that improves the brain's dynamic ability to be more resilient, efficient, and stable. NeurOptimal NFB trainees consistently report improved functioning in many areas as well as feeling happier. Neurofeedback is an excellent tool for re-normalization and improving self-regulation for individuals who have been traumatized or who have challenges with their moods, thoughts, or behaviors.

Neurofeedback is an exciting and rapidly evolving field. Research continues to emerge and consistently supports the efficacy of neurofeedback. (see www.isnr.org for research)

*What are brain waves?

Brain waves are the visual representation of the electrical activity of the brain (EEG). Brainwaves are distinguished by their frequency (cycles per second) and amplitude (power). Brain waves generate various brain states for accomplishing any task from sleeping to intense concentration. Below are typical descriptions of some brain waves and states associated with those brain waves.

1. Delta (0-4 Hz) is associated with detached awareness, healing, and sleep.
2. Theta (4-7 Hz) is associated with meditation, intuition and memory.
3. Alpha (7-12Hz) is associated with relaxation, visualization, and creativity.
4. Beta (12-30 Hz) is associated with alertness, concentration, and cognition.

Mershona Parshall Grief And Loss Issues

Prior to my involvement in mental health, I worked as a professional studio and theater artist. In addition, I created, produced and performed in numerous multi-media performance art pieces in California and New Mexico. For many years I led intensive mask making workshops that were highly popular in the southwest. I used my art and expressive arts therapy skills to facilitate out door experiential workshops. Most recently I was artistic director for the "Let Rachel Speak" production performed in Cleveland, Ohio.

As an art therapist, I work with people of all ages and with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I am available for workshops that combine my years of experience in the arts, my knowledge of brain states, creativity and healing.

Mask making is an excellent example of an expressive arts therapy process involving the creation of a personal mask, story telling, the expression of the mask through drama, movement and music. Such experiences can be extremely powerful, integrative, and healing.

Mershona Parshall Grief And Loss Issues : PRIMARY DEVELOPMENTAL TRAUMA: FAILURES IN ATTACHMENT
A failure in attachment is the most elemental trauma a child can experience since attachment and bonding is the basis for all that makes us human. When an infant is neglected, meaning that his/her physical and emotional needs are not met, he/she may withdraw from human contact as a pleasurable and rewarding experience. This may lead to life long difficulties in forming healthy relationships. Further, since an infant’s brain organizes around his/her interactions with his/her primary caregiver, an impoverished attachment relationship and environment will produce an impoverished brain. An infant/child exposed to chronic stress states may develop in ways that are not relational but are instead survival based.

Mershona Parshall Info Following the assessment, treatment recommendations are provided the parents. Typically, once weekly or twice weekly sessions are recommended depending on the intensity level needed for optimal treatment outcomes.

Mershona Parshall Neurofeedback Prior to my involvement in mental health, I worked as a professional studio and theater artist. In addition, I created, produced and performed in numerous multi-media performance art pieces in California and New Mexico. For many years I led intensive mask making workshops that were highly popular in the southwest. I used my art and expressive arts therapy skills to facilitate out door experiential workshops. Most recently I was artistic director for the "Let Rachel Speak" production performed in Cleveland, Ohio.

As an art therapist, I work with people of all ages and with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I am available for workshops that combine my years of experience in the arts, my knowledge of brain states, creativity and healing.

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