“IT IS MY BELIEF THAT EVERYONE HAS A WELLSPRING OF NATURAL HEALING POTENTIAL WAITING TO BE SUMMONED." SHERYL RILEY, OT, BCN
Sheryl Riley is a Licensed Occupational Therapist in Portland, Oregon. Occupational therapy is about enhancing people’s natural abilities. “My goal here at O.T. Solutions is to assist each person in achieving their desired level of independence and health.”
Sheryl specializes in biofeedback and neurofeedback. She is board certified in neurofeedback by Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Sheryl’s therapy skills are refined by many years working in rehabilitative and school settings with clients ranging in age from infants through geriatrics.
Children with school and home difficulties due to:
Adults with stress related conditions affecting emotional & physical health including:
Individuals, children or adults seeking to optimize brain performance including:
THESE CONDITIONS, AMONG OTHERS, ARE HIGHLY RESPONSIVE TO NEUROFEEDBACK:
NEUROTHERAPY IS A SAFE, NON-INVASIVE METHOD TO ADDRESS A WIDE VARIETY OF CONDITIONS. BY TRAINING THE BRAIN TO FUNCTION MORE EFFICIENTLY, NEUROFEEDBACK HELPS REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THE UNDERLYING CAUSES OF MANY CHRONIC CONDITIONS.
NEUROFEEDBACK IS A “HIGH-TECH” VERSION OF BIOFEEDBACK THAT DISPLAYS THE FUNCTIONING OF THE BRAIN. STATE OF THE ART EEG TECHNOLOGY MONITORS BRAIN WAVES AND PROVIDES IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK TO THE CLIENT. BRAIN WAVES ARE THEN ANALYZED TO DETERMINE AREAS OF STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS.
DIFFICULTIES WITH ATTENTION AND SLEEP, FOR EXAMPLE, ARE OFTEN DUE TO INEFFICIENCIES IN BRAIN WAVE PATTERNS.
NEUROFEEDBACK TRAINING IS AN EXPERIENTIAL PROCESS SIMILAR TO LEARNING TO PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT OR HITTING A TENNIS BALL. YOU WILL PRACTICE VARIOUS BRAIN MANAGEMENT SKILLS BY INTERACTING WITH A COMPUTER BASED FEEDBACK SYSTEM. THE SYSTEM MONITORS YOUR BRAINWAVES THROUGH SENSORS PLACED ON YOUR HEAD.
INFORMATION (FEEDBACK) IS DISPLAYED IN AN INTERESTING, TIMELY AND MEANINGFUL WAY THAT ENCOURAGES FAST AND EFFECTIVE CHANGES. FOR EXAMPLE, A CLIENT MIGHT “PLAY” A COMPUTER GAME OR WATCH A MOVIE THAT RESPONDS TO CHANGES IN BRAIN ACTIVITY. WHEN THE BRAIN IS WORKING EFFICIENTLY THE GAME PROGRESSES MORE QUICKLY AND/OR A REWARDING SOUND OR IMAGE APPEARS.
These conditions, among others, are highly responsive to biofeedback:
Biofeedback is a computer based system where sensors are attached to the body to “read” physiological signals such as heart rate or respiration (breathing patterns). This information is displayed on a computer monitor for you to see. You will learn to adjust your breathing, muscle tension, temperature, and/or heart rate to bring about improved health. In this way you become an active participant in your own healing process.
It is now known that we have the potential to dramatically affect heart rate, respiration, and muscle tension through use of natural bodily processes. Increased control over these functions empowers the body to heal itself. Biofeedback opens the door to improved mental and physical health. In many cases a person is able to decrease or eliminate medications after biofeedback training. And, research demonstrates that biofeedback’s positive effects can be permanent.
“Sheryl recently worked with our 13 year old son using neurofeedback therapy. Our son, who can be slow to warm to strangers was quickly comfortable working with Sheryl and even enjoyed his time with her. We found Sheryl’s approach and therapy to be very welcoming, calm and ultimately productive for our son. We would highly recommend Sheryl to anyone looking for help in her area of expertise.”
“I have integrated neurofeedback as part of my work in addressing issues of PSTD, anxiety, and depression related to sexual childhood abuse. After one year of treatment with Sheryl, with visits ranging from once a week to once a month, my symptoms of hypervigilance and excessive worry have subsided. I feel much more calm and at ease with myself and generally more positive and present in the course of my daily routine. Sheryl’s skill, care, and attention as a neurofeedback trainer has been a great comfort in my journey towards self-care and healing.”
“I did roughly 30 sessions of neurofeedback with Sheryl over the course of about 5 months. Before beginning neurofeedback, I had debilitating anxiety, and symptoms of PTSD like hypervigilance and depression, experiencing trauma triggers usually several times a day. I often felt like I was in fight-or-flight mode. Sometimes I felt hopeless that I’d ever truly feel better.
We started our sessions twice a week for our first 3 months. The cycle of trigger, anxiety, and depression, that I suffered for years, became more and more a rare occasion rather than a continual, draining struggle. Some days the relief was so immense that I wanted to cry for joy. It was a shock that my anxiety was manageable, and that I could feel happy, and better than just functional. I used to feel pessimistic and unconsciously focused on the negative, and I noticed I was naturally becoming a more positive, cheerful person.
I’m also more easily motivated to take better care of myself physically and emotionally. I am less impulsive and less critical of myself. Neurofeedback really made my life better, and I hope others learn of it soon and can change their lives for the better too.”