Initial Assessment Appointment
“Brain Mapping” – quantiative EEG (qEEG) of 19 brain locations
Neurofeedback training is a proven, non-invasive, state-of-the-art method that uses an EEG (electroencephalogram) device, visual and/or auditory feedback to teach the brain to function in a more balanced and healthful way.
The process of neurofeedback training begins with a “brain map” of 19 brain locations (also called a qEEG). First, sensors from state-of-the-art 19 point EEG equipment are positioned on the scalp (the sensors are non-invasive and painless). During the brain mapping process your brain’s electrical activity is measured and recorded while you follow simple instructions. Software is used to aid in analyzing and comparing your brain wave patterns with those of a normative database. Results are displayed in color coded maps which represent your brain activity in all 19 locations, including any identified dysregulation and degree of severity.
In neurofeedback training, one or more sensors are placed on the scalp and one or two are usually put on the earlobes. The sensors measure the electrical patterns coming from your brain, much like a physician listens to your pulse from the surface of your skin. No electrical current is put into your brain. Your brain’s electrical activity is relayed to the computer and recorded while real-time, instantaneous feedback (usually auditory and visual) about your brainwave activity is displayed on a trainee screen.
Neurofeedback training allows individuals to build awareness into patterns of dysregulation and learn to influence and gradually change brainwave patterns. The mechanism of change is generally considered to be operant conditioning. Neurofeedback training literally allows the opportunity to retrain the brain. Initially, the changes are short-lived, but changes gradually become more enduring. With continuing feedback, coaching, and practice, healthier brainwave patterns can usually be retrained in most people. Most research suggests that significant improvements seem to occur 75% to 80% of the time. The process is a little like exercising or doing physical therapy with the brain, enhancing cognitive flexibility and control.