How often should I attend ?
Neurofeedback is a learning process. We all learn at different rates. The best training frequency is the highest we can cope with without over-training. In the initial stages, sessions should be regular and frequent, at two or three sessions per week. Similar to learning any new skill, the more often you attend lessons, the more likely the information will be retained and recalled.
How many sessions will I need?
The total course of treatment will vary depending on the specific condition being addressed. Typically the more long standing or habitually entrenched the condition, the more sessions required. Twenty to forty sessions is our recommended course to ensure that the changes are cemented. In severe chronic conditions training may take fifty or more sessions. Progress is frequently monitored along the way to maximise effectiveness.
Remember, neurofeedback is about training the brain to make permanent changes. If you decide to try neurofeedback, it is important that you are available to attend sessions at least twice a week and that you commit to completing a course of at least 20 sessions. Anything less will be wasted time, energy and money down the drain. Completing an entire course will ensure that the brain does not forget what it has learned. After 20 sessions, it is typically not an issue to take a break and resume neurofeedback (if required).
The brain is devoted to its own regulation. Once it learns how to do so, it tends to retain the information.
What should I expect to experience during a session?
The sessions are quite relaxing and pleasant. Sensors will be placed on your scalp as you sit comfortable in a chair. The sensors do nothing to your brain. They are completely non-invasive – used simply to pick up your brainwaves. It is similar to the way a doctor places a stethoscope on a patient’s chest to detect a heartbeat. Brainwave activity is monitored by means of an amplifier and a computer that processes the signal and provides the relevant feedback.
This is displayed by means of a video game or display along with audio signals. The brain recognizes the audio sounds and the imagery of the game as a reward, and seeks to create more of the optimal pattern. For example, the more you use the correct brainwaves (relaxed, calm, focused), the faster the video game moves, and vice versa.
Because it is being rewarded, the brain will repeatedly attempt to reach its target goal. Eventually these movements become automatic for the brain. It doesn’t need to try anymore. With practice it maintains and strengthens these changes.
What should I expect to experience after a session?
Neurofeedback is a gentle, non-invasive training technique. Unlike medication, nothing is put into the body or brain. There are no side effects provided it is administered by a well-trained professional.
Occasionally following a session an individual may feel a little hyper or a little cloudy, indicating that the training setting was a bit too high or low. An adjustment is easily made in the next session. It is essential that the client reports as accurately as possible any changes or reactions that occur between sessions as this input helps guide training sessions.