The Science behind SPHERE™ ​


Dr. Michael Bott
Consultant Psychiatrist

In order to drive mental health treatment into the future, we need to be open to leveraging evidence-based technology to cater to a growing number of patients.

There is no doubt that technology tools enabling assessment and customised treatment to the individual needs of the patient will play a vital part in the future of mental health treatment.

Real innovation lies in rethinking what we treat and how – for anxiety, PTSD and stress, we have already seen a shift from treating the thinking centre, to treating the emotional centre of the brain.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback can help the brain gain greater control by ‘passively’ training it how to deal with the emotional reaction to triggers/stressors.
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback in which patients respond to a display of their own brainwaves or other electrical activity of the nervous system. Neuroacoustic Neurofeedback therapy applies vibrational sound waves directly to the body, designed to have specific effects on the body and the nervous system. It is an underutilised treatment due its cost and limited availability, depending on your location. By digitising it and making it available via a smartphone, you can now use it at home or with the help of psychiatrists to effectively deal with the mind’s emotional response to trauma and reset unhealthy patterns that have developed over time due to stress, anxiety or PTSD. This way, the brain can develop new, healthy patterns over time, without the continued need for medication

What is Neurofeedback?

A disrupted brain

Your body’s many systems are constantly responding to changes in your internal and external environments. Functions like respiratory rate, heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature are continually adjusted to keep you in a state of balance. Your brain handles all of this subconsciously, but any disruption to this balance through trauma, stress or anxiety can hamper the brain’s ability to do this.

Break the disrupted pattern

To fully understand Neurofeedback, we need a basic understanding of brain waves. Your brain cells generate electricity to communicate with each other and this electrical activity forms patterns called brain waves. Scientists have found five main patterns of brain waves: alpha, beta, delta, gamma, and theta. Each brain wave state corresponds to a different state of awareness.

For example, alpha waves occur when you are relaxed. Beta waves are associated with alertness, but when maintained for too long can lead to feelings of fear and anxiety (for example with the “flight or fight” response). So, if you are feeling stressed or anxious, helping the brain to increase alpha waves whilst decreasing beta wave activity can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. The SPHERE™ technology can help you do this.

Brain waves and patterns

Following a traumatic event, the typical stress-induced “flight or fight response” initiates a cascade of physiological changes you have no control over. Symptoms may include; increased heart rate and blood pressure, breathing becomes fast and shallow, and blood gets directed away from your brain and into your muscles. As far as the brain is concerned, every time you relive the traumatic event in your mind, it is re-traumatising and becomes more and more established. Digitised Neurofeedback can break this cycle or prevent it from happening in the first place.

Stress Point Health has developed a proprietary algorithm based on the core principles of Neurofeedback to allow anyone to benefit from this form of therapy by simply using a smartphone

More research

Studies in the 70s through to the early 90s showed promising evidence that it could be an effective treatment for a variety of stress disorders. But with the introduction of pharmaceutical solutions, other treatment approaches were neglected.

Although there are a number of published studies around Neurofeedback and its efficacy, at Stress Point Health we are pioneering further research to fully understand its potential to treat a wide variety of mental health issues.


Neurofeedback Therapy of Attention Deficits in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

Journal of Neurotherapy


Attention and Neurofeedback Synchrony Training: Clinical Results and Their Significance

Journal of Neurotherapy


Biofeedback treatments of generalized anxiety disorder: Preliminary results

Biofeedback and Self-regulation