Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Is there any electrical stimulation in neurofeedback?
There is no stimulation in Neurofeedback. The sensors pick up and record the natural electrical energy of the brain. Then the computer interprets that data and feeds it back information about your brain state to you.
2. Do I need a Brain map (qEEG) assessment?
Not every brain is the same. It could be said that individual nervous systems are like snowflakes where none are exactly the same. The Brain map/QEEG is an important method to evaluate the complex nature of the brain. A Brain map/QEEG provides a detailed report that allows for unique treatment plans tailored specifically to each person's specialized concerns. The Brain map/QEEG provides a window into that uniqueness and allows the practitioner to isolate where to begin treatment.
3. How many sessions do I need?
Depending on the severity of the concerns the amount of sessions varies. For concerns like ADHD, depression, sleep problems/insomnia, and anxiety it may be between 20 to 40 sessions. The factors that contribute to the speed of change depend on the uniqueness of each person's nervous system, complexity and severity of presenting problems, motivation, and perception. Less severe concerns can take fewer sessions such as 12-18 sessions.
4. How does Neurofeedback work?
Neurofeedback training works in three main ways. The first is operant conditioning. This type of conditioning has been associated with something called neuroplasticity. When the brain receives rewards (i.e. feedback), it triggers the reward (dopaminergic) system in the brain. This releases dopamine and tells neurons to attune to these rewards and change their behavior to accommodate. The second way is through classical conditioning. After the brain state has been effectively shifted, it becomes associated with the feedback, and the brain will automatically shift states based on the continual training. Lastly, neurofeedback is teaching the skill of self-regulation. Eventually, the individual can be able to use the skill outside of treatment, and it can become a learned healthy habit that continues after treatment is over.