The NeurOptimal Approach to Neurofeedback with Dr. Val Brown


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Dr. Val Brown is the Founder of NeurOptimal. He is called the “trainer of neurofeedback trainers” and in this episode shares his background in the space. Dr. Brown covers his Five Phase Model of neurofeedback and how Neuroptimal actually uses their own Period Three Approach to track the data that goes to your central nervous system. Dr. Val explains the claims behind how NeurOptimal can transform your brain and performance, and even help with things like PTSD.

Who is Dr. Valdeane W. Brown?

Dr. Brown had a long and varied history in the field of mental health before even pursuing his Ph.D. in Psychology. For over 25 years he taught Continuing Medical Education courses across a wide range of clinical topics including Rapid Transformation of Borderline Phenomenology, Dual Diagnosed Clients, Dynamics of Family Therapy, Working With Angry Adolescents. For many years he was a featured and keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences in the fields of neurofeedback, child psychology, Total Quality Management, and others. He developed and published the Five Phase Model of Neurofeedback which was the first and still the only, approach to clinical neurofeedback that integrated multiple protocols into a single comprehensive approach that could be used regardless of clinical presentation.

With his background in mathematics, physics, computer programming, designing and implementing automated outcome studies as well as multimodal assessment, he was able to co-develop, with his wife Dr. Sue Brown, the Period Three Approach to neurofeedback. Their Approach was fundamental to their new and revolutionary neurofeedback system (later to become NeurOptimal®), showcasing their vision of Dynamical Neurofeedback™. Over time this was refined, always with an overarching commitment to safe, effective and effortless personal transformation that anyone can use. Now retired from actively programming, Dr. Brown directs the ongoing architectural development of NeurOptimal® as well as being intimately involved in ongoing Research and Development at Zengar.


[4:20] Dr. Val’s Journey into Neurofeedback

[14:03] The Five Phase Model of Neurofeedback

[28:15] The Period Three Approach

[38:02] Early exploration into neurofeedback

[47:30] The NeurOptimal Experience

[56:25] Treating symptoms with NeurOptimal


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