Frequently Asked Questions about Neurofeedback
HOW ARE THE NEUROFEEDBACK SESSIONS?
The sessions are pleasant and effective. You recline comfortably in a chair while the sensors read your brain waves. Through a video or a game you will be informed when your brain is meeting the training objective and when not. Using this indicator, you are learning how to move your brain in new ways – stretching your mental muscles, showing your brain how to be more comfortable, more balanced and function better. You will be working with a Neuro-therapist who will supervise and help you progress, working with you to ensure the best results.
IS THE TREATMENT OF NEUROFEEDBACK EFFECTIVE?
Neurofeedback is effective in the vast majority of cases and provides measurable results. Almost everyone responds to the training, and the results are lasting. Our clients report significant improvement in their goals 95% of the time; an exceptionally high rate of achievement. Like any therapy, it works best with people who are motivated and want to improve. Our reputation is based on results, so if we do not feel that you will benefit from Neurofeedback we will not accept you as a client. The best results are achieved if you have a healthy diet and limit your intake of alcohol and other toxins to the brain. It is important to note that a child or a vulnerable adult living in a physically or psychologically toxic environment will have difficulty maintaining good results, as will those with degenerative neurological conditions.
IS NEUROFEEDBACK SAFE?
Yes, Neurofeedback is completely non-intrusive and safe. In the same way that muscles are strengthened after use, Neurofeedback strengthens neural pathways with specifically adapted exercises. It is simply a learning technique. In the 40-year history of Neurofeedback, no one has been harmed. However, as with any form of exercise, there may be “side effects”.
WHEN WILL I BEGIN TO NOTICE CHANGES?
As with learning any new skill, the effects are cumulative. Most people experience improvements after the first sessions; however, it is likely that they will only last a day or two. After more training and additional reinforcement, the changes will last longer. As the psychological core improves, old habits naturally change to healthier ones. Like building a muscle, strengthening new neural pathways requires some practice.
Most clients notice their first changes in the first four to six sessions, however a minimum number of sessions is recommended to ensure that changes are maintained.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED TO IMPROVE?
Neurofeedback involves learning and each person is unique, the type, order and pace of change differs from person to person. Young brains learn much faster than older brains, and a small issue changes faster than a large one. In general, the longer and more deeply rooted the symptoms, the more sessions are required. You can expect improvements to cumulate during the course.
- AVERAGE NUMBER OF SESSIONS: The average number of sessions varies depending on the type of equipment we are using. Based on our equipment of 19 sensors, a “mental set-up” would be around 20 sessions. For those on the autistic spectrum and severe autoimmune disorders, a greater number of sessions with progressive gains are expected throughout the course.
- HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE SUFFICIENT? : For most people, simply relieving uncomfortable symptoms is enough. Others want to advance in other areas or address new objectives. Ultimately, self-improvement is a lifelong continuum. How much is enough depends on you the individual.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF NEUROFEEDBACK?
We prioritize the training to meet your goals, and you can expect to achieve those goals. Most report a feeling of regaining the vitality that they had been losing as other things got in the way in life. A feeling of being more comfortable in your own skin; feeling more like themselves – alert and relaxed, alive and calm at the same time.
The changes are so organic to the brain that the way you feel and act seem perfectly natural, and that you are acting more like you and less with automatic reactions. This does not mean that you will not find life problematic at times, it just means that you will handle it in a healthier way and the feelings will not be delayed as before.
A fully balanced state is experienced as happiness, satisfaction and clarity. Being in balance allows you to gain control and make decisions that you were not able to before, such as getting out of stuck habits allows you the freedom to choose your reactions instead of being overcome by them. A new perspective can make all the difference.
SECONDARY EFFECTS OF NEUROFEEDBACK
Neurofeedback is the cerebral equivalent of physical exercises, and the most common side effect of physical exercise is that you get tired. As with physical training, fatigue is the most commonly reported side effect after a session. While brain training is in many ways similar to physical training, the brain expresses the side effects of training differently than the body. Fatigue feels like mental fatigue after learning a complex mental skill, or fatigue is felt after speaking a non-fluid language.
Because Neurofeedback is essentially structured exercises for your brain, the term “side effect” is not applicable in the same sense as for medications. Unlike medication, nothing is put in the body or the brain. If you have had a physical brain injury or a head injury, you are likely to be more sensitive to neurofeedback. You may experience nausea, dizziness, and sensitivity to light whilst regulating your brain function. This is part of the process.
We monitor your brain activity during Neurofeedback sessions, so we can know if your brain is getting tired or overloaded and adjust your training accordingly.