Most clients come to me with a diagnosis, or a list of bothersome symptoms. I will not be assigning you a “diagnosis”, rather you will train your brain with me as your guide based on the results of a q-EEG brain map that will guide treatment.
1. You will come in to my restful sanctuary office in Kittery for a free demonstration and chat about biofeedback and what neurofeedback training involves. You will meet me, see the equipment and hopefully have all of your questions answered.
2. We will meet for an intake, and plan for the q-EEG or brainmapping. This is the use of a special electroencephalogram (EEG) monitor and computer software. Electrode sensors are placed on the scalp for the purpose of recording brain wave activity. The results of the brain map guides future treatment and will show areas of the brain that are above or below optimum and the resultant symptoms.
3. You, the client whether adult or child will see your brain on a monitor in front of you and I will explain how your brain works, and you’ll receive auditory or visual feedback while the sensors read the brain waves, as well as important information about optimizing brain function. Changes in the feedback signal show whether brain activity falls in the designated range. This feedback allows the person undergoing training to self-regulate brain patterns with the help of the neurofeedback training practitioner. These altered brain wave patterns affect positive physical and emotional changes.
Neurofeedback, developed during the 1960s and ’70s, was designed to address a number of neurological problems, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression. People experience problems when portions of the brain do not communicate properly with other portions of the brain or when brainwave frequencies are out of sync. The goal of neurofeedback treatment is to enable people to change their own brain waves through repeated practice. Neurofeedback training does not involve pain, medication or surgery, and trainees generally experience no side effects.
The condition(s) being treated dictate the number of treatments required. It might be in the range of 12-40, depending on condition and symptoms. Since neurofeedback is a learned skill, each treatment builds on the last, and the trainee gains greater ability to alter brain waves. Clinical studies show the results of neurofeedback to be long-lasting. Neurofeedback operates at both conscious and subconscious levels. You may experience not only a reduction or elimination of symptoms, but also an increased state of Theory of Mind.
Reasons for brain malfunction may include emotional dysregulation, biochemical damage or genetic abnormalities. While medications are often prescribed to manage symptoms arising from brain malfunction, they may fail to treat the true cause of the problem and produce undesirable side effects. Neurofeedback, on the other hand, addresses the neurological problems directly, assisting the individual to regulate normal brain function in a safe and noninvasive manner. The brain has a great ability to regulate itself when information is provided with nearly instantaneous feedback.