Patricia*, 52, was having disruptive hot flashes several times a day. Of course they were embarrassing and inconvenient, but that wasn’t the only issue. As a psychotherapist she worried that a vulnerable client might be in the process of sharing a traumatic memory and would be confused to see her wiping her brow and having what might seem to be an emotional reaction to the story.
At night Patricia had other worries when the hot flashes were even more intense and more frequent.
“I kept ice packs and peppermint oil beside my bed to put on the back of my neck to help cool me, but they didn’t help much,” she recalled. “The hot flashes would last for 45 minutes to an hour, and I’d have to get up and shower and try to get back to sleep. The lack of sleep was affecting how I felt during the day, and I worried that it might impact my ability to help clients.”
A couple of Patricia’s family members had gone to Center for Brain for other issues, so she decided to contact the director, Mike Cohen, to see if neurofeedback could help.
“I saw an improvement after the third session,” Patricia said. “The first change was that I could go longer during the day without sweating and had fewer, less intense hot flashes at night.”
She completed five sessions in total over the span of one month. After the last session, the hot flashes were gone and stayed gone for more than six months. They came back after that but were much less severe and far less disruptive than they had been before she trained with neurofeedback.
“Having the option of doing neurofeedback was a true blessing,” she said. “It made going through a rough process a lot easier. By allowing me to get more sleep at night and to have fewer hot flashes during the day, I was able to do my job at the professional level I expected of myself.”
*Name changed to protect client privacy.