For over 20 years, Carmen Hamerski (Carmen Wylie) has been a respected authority in the field of personal effectiveness. Carmen helps people take charge of their lives by achieving health, balance and inner harmony.
Carmen is a Neurofeedback Therapist, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Specialist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Guided Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator, licensed Esthetician and Bodywork specialist.
For 11 years Carmen owned and operated Carmen Wylie Clinical Skin Care and Carmen's Skin and Body Care, where she worked as a Clinical Esthetician and Body Work Specialist, promoting well being from the inside out. Working closely with physicians in the skin care industry, she developed her famous skin care treatments, which won her salon the award for "Best Place for a Facial - LA's Finest" from the "Daily News," and she was highlighted in numerous magazines as a skin care and beauty expert. She became a clinical hypnotherapist in order to help her clients deal with stress and provided them with relaxation techniques and life-management tools.
In 2004, Carmen's ex-husband, Tom, suffered a stroke and heart attack that resulted in physical injuries and permanent brain damage. He lost his short-term and long-term memory and suffered from paralysis, speech impediment and depression. His physicians informed the family that the damage was too extensive to hope for recovery. After learning about neurofeedback from her son, Brian, now on the staff of The EEG Institute, Carmen and her family took Tom for a series of neurofeedback sessions. Within 10 sessions her husband’s short-term memory was hugely improved, his long-term memory returned, and his physical symptoms disappeared. Carmen was so impressed with these results that she decided to return to college to get her required science degree and train as a Neurofeedback Therapist.
Carmen trained with The EEG Institute, the world leaders in clinical neurofeedback. Since then, she has continued to study and learn as much as she can about neurofeedback therapy in the hope that she can help the greater population improve their mental performance, emotional stability, and physiological health.
Carmen runs a private practice in neurofeedback therapy in West Hills, and for 4 years she was the official Neurofeedback Therapist of The Biggest Loser Resort, the exclusive resort for "The Biggest Loser" reality television show, with 14,000,000 viewers. She is thrilled that The Biggest Loser Resort gave her the opportunity to educate visitors from around the globe about this amazing form of therapy and provide neurofeedback training as needed.
Carmen is an impassioned healer and a tireless networker who often refers clients to other neurofeedback therapists throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. She is insistent on "getting the word out" that there are natural and non-invasive treatments that garner concrete results without the necessity, or with reduced necessity, for surgery and medication.
Carmen was born in Rosario, Argentina, and speaks fluent Spanish. She has two sons, ages 26 and 28, who are also involved in the neurofeedback industry. Carmen is also an accomplished martial artist with black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. Currently she trains as a ballroom dancer
Carmen is proud to be a provider of Neurofeedback services to veterans through the Homecoming for Veterans program. For more information call me at 818.825.0335
For many people, weight loss is a struggle because they don't register satiety after eating in the same way other people do. Individuals who lack appetite control may
find they regularly overeat, feel a compulsion to eat, and only register satiety when they are physically full. The inability to control one's appetite plays a major role in obesity, and any treatment or weight loss plan should address this issue.
There are many reasons people have trouble controlling appetite - some physiological and some mental and emotional. Physiologically, people may lack appetite control because their bodies are not sending the correct signals to their brains about when they have had enough to eat. Neurofeedback therapy helps retrain the brain to understand those signals, helping the individual regain control over the physical cause of their behavior. But it doesn't stop there. The inability to regulate appetite is often the result of deep-rooted emotional issues that lead to overeating and compulsive eating. Depression, anxiety and past trauma can all be identified and resolved through the lens of neurofeedback therapy, helping the individual gain emotional and mental control over appetite. In addition to a sound nutrition and exercise plan, neurofeedback can address the features of appetite control that are often overlooked in traditional treatment methodologies, considerably increasing the individual's well being and increasing the potential for long-term recovery.
Many of us take brain function for granted in our everyday lives; where we may be lacking, we've discovered workarounds that compensate for less-than-optimal functioning. An extra cup of coffee in the morning, a midday power nap, or deep breathing exercises to calm our nerves. They seem to work, but they aren't longterm strategies for success. Still, we get by.
For some people, optimal brain function isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a necessity. An international businessman who frequently travels across several time zones doesn't have time to wait for jet lag to subside; a doctor on call in the middle of the night must wake refreshed and ready for surgery if his beeper goes off; and a PhD candidate only has one chance to present his thesis before the examination panel.
Neurofeedback offers new avenues for achieving peak brain function to both those who rely on it for their professional success and those who feel that enhanced performance could simply add to their quality of life. Neurofeedback therapy is essentially "training" for the mind, helping the international businessman adjust to changing time zones more quickly, or helping the doctor awake feeling refreshed and alert no matter the hour. With an initial series of neurofeedback sessions, people report feeling significantly enhanced brain function that lasts; there is no need to continue the treatment with anymore regularity than one or two refresher sessions per year. That means increased performance at a fraction of the time commitment or cost of other short-term methods.
Sean Casey's Story
Sean Casey's professional baseball career was off to a flying start when he was drafted to play for the Cincinnati Reds after finishing college at the University of Richmond with a batting average of 0.461. But soon after his major league career began, he took a devastating blow to the face from a rogue ball he never saw coming. Though he continued playing through his injuries, his game suffered dramatically and his batting average plummeted. He was transferred back to the minors, at which point he began seeking treatment from a sports psychologist.
After two years of treatment, his sports psychologist recommended he try neurofeedback therapy. Even though he initially balked at the idea, he began intensive neurofeedback treatment in Florida. Soon enough, Sean was back in the major leagues, playing for the Reds and on his way to his best year with the team in 1999.
After a groin injury in 2003, Sean took the off season to engage in intensive neurofeedback therapy in which new methods were introduced, including the Interactive Metronome. This helped Sean fine-tune his coordination, which had been affecting his hitting since his first injury.
In the 2007 world series, after being traded to Detroit, Sean achieved a 0.432 batting average and hit two home runs. After a long journey back, he was at the peak of his career. He has openly credited neurofeedback therapy with his return to peak performance. Although Sean was functional after his injury, he wasn't performing at his peak level. No amount of training on the field could have returned him to his former glory. A combination of belief in himself and retraining of his brain resulted in his full recovery.
Due to its various nature, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are still not thoroughly understood. But what is often hypothesized is that ADD and ADHD affect the brain's function - not in the permanent sense of a condition, such as cerebral palsy, but in an ever-changing and completely treatable way. The "disorder" of ADD and ADHD is the individual's inability to regulate
or maintain control over his attention, causing the often associated easily distractible, impulsive and hyperactive behavior. This may impact the individual well beyond these more common symptoms, manifesting in addictions, sleep disturbances, emotional problems and even immune dysfunction.
Traditional treatment for ADD and ADHD involves medicating the individual, most often with stimulants. But this doesn't train the brain to work more effectively; in fact, it may reinforce the brain's weakness in regulating itself. For both children and adults with ADD and ADHD, neurofeedback helps the individual actively retrain his brain to self-regulate through a simple learning technique and continuing practice. With continued practice of these skills, the brain becomes stronger and more self-reliant; with only medication, the brain simply relies on a substance to rescue it and relieve it of its burden.
Published research shows that 85 percent of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder who receive biofeedback training no longer require treatment with stimulants because their brains have learned to self-regulate. Just like academic success, this is a more challenging undertaking for some children than for others, but it is an achievable goal for all children - and adults too.
As the brain learns to regulate itself, the behaviors associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder are also managed. Impulsivity, unrestrained emotions and defiance issues are ameliorated because the brain is now trained to focus on regulating these facets of personality.
For more concrete evidence that neurofeedback therapy really works, just look to its real-world usage: The most challenging children in custody in the state of California are being treated with neurofeedback effectively, and it's being used in the California prison system. School systems such as those in Minnesota are using it, and more than 8,000 professionals are using neurofeedback to treat children affected by attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the United States.
Insomnia, excessive snoring, sleep deprivation, night terrors and restless leg syndrome are among the
most common sleep disorders affecting millions of Americans. Anytime your quality of sleep is affected, your
quality of life is affected too. Frequent waking and the inability to fall or stay asleep lead to chronic fatigue
and its associated conditions, including weight gain, poor work performance, depression, compromised
immunity and a host of other problems.
Many causes of sleep disorders are psychological, resulting from the brain’s inability to regulate arousal. Ideally the brain is able to manage the levels of stimulation that occur in each of the phases of sleep, preventing interrupted rest. When the brain fails to self-regulate, various sleep disturbances occur. Patients receiving neurofeedback therapy for causes other than sleep disorders often report that byproduct of their treatment is better quality sleep. This is because the main purpose of neurofeedback is to help retrain the brain to be more in control and relaxed. Targeted sleep disorder neurofeedback sessions focus on encouraging the brain to self-soothe and manage the overactive brainwave activity that leads to interrupted sleep. Depending on the specifi c case, several sessions of neurofeedback therapy may be all that's necessary to pinpoint the cause of sleep disturbances and retrain the brain to relax when it’s supposed to. This form of treatment can last a lifetime and negate the need for expensive and often ineffective prescription medications.
If you suffer from migraines, you’re probably well aware of it. Throbbing pain in the head, nausea and
vomiting, and heightened sensitivity to light and sound are common symptoms of migraines that are hard to
ignore or mistake for any other condition. Whether your migraines last for hours or days, they can severely
reduce your quality of life. Although there is no way to cure migraines, you can take steps to prevent them or
lessen their symptoms.
Mainstream treatment of migraines involves pain-relieving medications, taken during attacks, and preventative medications taken on a regular basis to lessen the severity and frequency of attacks. Although preventative medications may be useful for severe cases of recurring migraines, the Mayo Clinic warns that these medications are often ineffective at eliminating the headaches and may cause serious side effects. For even the most severe cases, relief without side effects or other risks may be found with alternative therapies, including neurofeedback. According to the Mayo Clinic, among alternative therapies, "Biofeedback appears to be especially effective in relieving migraine pain." Neurofeedback, a more powerful form of biofeedback that works with the brain and not just the body, may be even more effective. Migraines are essentially caused by an instability in the brain and the inability of the brain to self-regulate. Neurofeedback therapy trains the brain to self-regulate, maintaining the stability necessary to avoid migraines. Techniques for self-regulation may help the brain become stable and migraine-free without the need for long-term medication therapy. Neurofeedback may be a viable component of a multipronged approach -- including medication, nutritional and other therapies -- to fi nally treating and overcoming your migraine headaches.
Train Your Brain with Neurofeedback for a Better Quality of Life