Dr. Durgin and her office worked with my 11 year old son for over a year on his ADD. I saw so much positive change both mentally and emotionally that I brought my teenage daughter to her for treatment. She is on the cutting edge of Neurofield science. It truly does wonders for different kind of problems. Her entire team was like a family to us. I wish more people would know about this method instead of relying on medication and traditional methods.
I have known Dr. Durgin as a professional colleague for over 5 years. During that time she has consistently provided high quality services to her clients. She is involved in continuing education programs throughout each year in order to remain on the cutting edge within the field of neurotherapy services. My confidence in Dr. Durgin led to my recommending that she provide treatment for my three grandchildren. Their progress in being able to achieve academically and socially was tremendous. For instance, my granddaughter who struggled with a reading disability was able to make the A-B honor roll and my grandson who had severe ADHD was recognized as the best behaved child on the first day of third grade. I highly recommend Dr. Durgin as a competent and professional neurotherapist.
-Diane Latimer, Psy.D.
As parents, we considered many alternatives for coping with the symptoms of ADHD. After reading over a dozen books, we stumbled on one that briefly mentioned neurofeedback. Our confidence grew in this modality as we expanded our research to clinical studies that can be found on the National Institute of Mental Health. The next step was the daunting task of choosing a practioner. Fortunately, our research led us to Dr. Durgin. The results of our child's treatment were immediate and dramatic. The emotional outbursts stopped, the defiance abated, and the classroom improvement far exceeded our expectations. Specifically, her ability to stay on task, remain engaged and work independtly was evident for the first time. Moreover, we were having fun as a family. The time we had been spending fighting over home work was now spent playing board games or outdoor play with neighborhood children. Our child was no longer a slave to a 15 minute task that had previously taken an hour.
Initially, the time and financial commitment to the treatment seems overwhelming. In retropect however, time flew by and if all my investments worked out as well as this one, I would be wealthy beyond measure.
My life was upside down until I began neurofeedback with Dr. Durgin. I don't know how it began or how I got to the point I was at, but what I did know was that I needed help. I was severely depressed, more than I knew. I started cutting people out of my life and didn't like to go out. I would cry often because I felt so sad and I could never find a reason to actually be sad. I went to a medical doctor who prescribed me anti-depressants. The anti-depressants rid me of the feelings of depression, but they also made my life void of other emotions. I was just coasting through life on auto-pilot feeling nothing and caring about nothing. I also had a long term problem, since elementary school I had a hard time remembering what I studied. I saw a learning disabilities specialist who told me I was border-line ADD. She recommended that I would just have to work harder at retaining information. She said that when I entered college I should consider medication. My parents hired a tutor who taught me special techniques to help retain information, but school remained a constant struggle for me. When I did enter college this problem was catching up to me. I was tired of trying so hard and getting the results I deserved for my hard work. My depression worsened and I stopped attending class and my grades plummeted. I didn't want to turn to another medication. I didn't want any medications at all. There had to be another way to solve my problems.
That's when I found Dr. Durgin and I found that answers I had been looking for my whole life.
I spent a year with Dr. Durgin, going to sessions twice a week. First we worked on my depression. The process was slow, but the results were beyond I could have ever imagined. Today I have no signs of depression and I no longer take anti-depressant medication. My outlook has changed drastically. I love life! I had no idea that such happiness could exist in my life. I no longer cry for no reason and I never feel sad for not reason. I no longer feel like I'm on autopilot and I'm free to experience my wide range of emotions. Next, Dr. Durgin helped me with my memory problem. As explained by Dr. Durgin, there were parts of my brain that weren't communicating with each other, leading to my memory problem. Dr. Durgin led me through exercises that corrected those areas of my brain so that they were in full communication again. The function of my brain increased and my memory was normal if not better! I began taking college classes again and my ability to retain information was obviously improved. My grades became excellent and I didn't have to struggle to make such great grades. After my sessions with Dr. Durgin ended, my life has continued to be transformed and I have had no signs of regression. I have been able to complete my education at University. My social life improved and I have a great set of friends, and I am engaged to be married! Dr. Durgin gave me a life to live and now my future choices are not limited to my past problems, thanks to her.
When I retired, I worked with Neurofeedback specialist Dr. Gail Sanders Durgin. She related that some of her colleagues who are Neurofeedback practitioners were working with athletes from average golfers to Olympic athletes.
The purpose of my Neurofeedback sessions was to enhance my focus and conscious awareness. When I saw the difference this approach made with other golfers and tennis players, I thought this type of training would improve my performance. Through enjoyable 1-hour sessions a couple times a week, I progressed.
I feel the Neurofeedback training has greatly improved my focus and conscious awareness. As a result, I am much more aware of each situation on the course. Now I make a conscious plan to hit the shot required - not just step up and swing with no plan; or focus on the results of the last shot, as many frustrated golfers do. It also enabled me to visualize the upcoming shot much more clearly.
Primarily because of this improvement in my approach to the game, I have experienced significant improvement in my game, particularly my putting, chipping, and pitching. These are the three most critical areas of the game if you want to improve your scoring, whether you are a scratch golfer or a duffer.
I highly recommend to anyone who wants to make a significant improvement in their golf game to take Neurofeedback training. If you combine this training with good basic fundamentals, you will have a very good chance of improving your game and make golf even more fun.
- Chuck Barns
I came in to see Dr. Durgin more out of curiosity and the desire to help a close friend with chronic severe depression than the real self-perceived need for treatment. I had taken a class that talked about neurofeedback and neurotherapy and it piqued my interest. I had learned that it had been successful for a variety of ailments and the idea that your brain can play a game that you don't consciously control boggled my mind. After visiting with Dr. Durgin, I became convinced that neurofeedback had plenty to offer, even to someone like me. After getting my qEEG done, we found that I actually suffered from what looked to be a pretty severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which probably arose from a number of traumatic life events and was an underlying cause for a whole host of anxiety and depression issues that have plagued me through the years.
I was a little skeptical at first, but as someone that likes to try new things before judging them, I gave neurofeedback the benefit of the doubt and proceeded with treatment. I had some strong initial reactions to the neurotherapy, sometimes eliciting a panic attack-type response, but had read that that was normal for individuals with my profile. Over time things got easier, my responses got a lot less intense, and one day I noticed that life just seemed beautiful and fun again. People at work noticed it too. One of them commented that a furrow in my brow was gone. Another said that there just seemed like a light around me, that I was brighter and happier. I felt happier too. I noticed things like my previous tendency to get panicky about emails from my bosses or supervisors had stopped. Instead, I looked forward to reading them and often assumed good intentions underlie them rather than criticisms. I was sleeping very well at night. Nightmares were less frequent. I was able to talk to people and be more extraverted than I had been in the past. I actually felt energized from speaking in front of large groups and more comfortable being myself in front of them. Social events and parties that had previously seemed intimidating and made me want to run away were now fun to attend again. I used to be one of those people that could work really productively and effectively if I was in the right frame of mind. I could get amazing amounts of work done that even astounded others when I got "in the zone." The problem was getting there. Now, I find that I can apply myself and concentrate on the task at hand and work as effectively at any time. Obviously that is a huge help at work. The other MAJOR benefit I noticed was that I could take stressful amounts of work in stride. When the task list used to get to a certain length, I used to freak out and become almost paralyzed by the stress. Now, it's more like I can simply recognize that I have a lot to do, without the emotional and physical reactions that used to go along with it. I can work at a steady pace and chip away at my list, and not have to worry about the negative stressful effects. After undergoing neurotherapy, I would highly recommend this treatment to anyone that wants to make an investment in their long-term well-being. Though most doctors or insurance companies have not recognized this as a "valid" or "mainstream" treatment, I have no doubt in my mind that it is capable of amazing transformations. It does take a commitment to keep paying for it, but it is our brain and our health. We take so much time and money to maintain and pay for our cars and they are only used to transport us. Is our health and happiness not worth at least the same investment? That is the question you should ask yourself. Hopefully you will decide it is and it will be you writing the next testimonial.
- A 31-yr old PhD student