Neurotherapy is a form of EEG Biofeedback, or brainwave training. It can be used as an alternative therapy or supportive therapy. EEG biofeedback uses realtime displays of EEG that clearly defines the brain's activity. EEG can be used to gather information about why an individual may be experiencing certain clinical symptoms. Brain states of over-activation and under-activation can contribute to why people may be experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other stressful conditions. After a Quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) has been acquired, it is possible to train the brain to function more efficiently and develop self-regulation to improve symptoms.
The reason to get a QEEG is to discover the unique patterns the brain produces that may be contributing to clinical symptoms. It can also support specific diagnosis like ADHD, Lastly a QEEG can help to cut down the number of sessions of EEG Biofeedback training someone may have to go through, because it can pinpoint the specific brainwave patterns that need attention.
Neurotherapy is for Individuals who
- Are looking for a natural alternative to medication
- Do not respond well to traditional treatment approaches
- Would benefit from this form of treatment as an adjunct to psychotherapy
- Are interested in increasing healthy brain function to improve attention and cognition and reduce stress
- Are looking for a brain-based treatment with minimal side effects
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is there any electrical stimulation in neurofeedback?
There is no invasive stimulation in Neurofeedback. The sensors pick up and record the natural electrical energy of the brain. A computer interprets that brain data and feeds it back.
2. Do I need a QEEG assessment?
Not every brain is the same. It could be said that individual nervous systems are like snowflakes where none are ever the same. The QEEG is an important method to evaluate the complex nature of the brain. Using the QEEG provides a detailed map that allows for unique treatment plans tailored specifically to each person's specialized concerns. The 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 and Anxiety it may be between 10 to 40 sessions. The factors that contribute to the speed of change depend on one's unique nervous system, motivation, and perception.
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 dopanminergic 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 condition. 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 essentially teaching the skill of self-regulation. Eventually, the individual will be able to use the skill whenever they like, and this can be tested within the session.