Is Neurofeedback a treatment that can help you? Read to to learn more about what neurofeedback can do! The research on the effectiveness of neurofeedback goes back over 30 years. Although it is well research, it just recently started to gain attention. It is currently rated as a Level One Intervention (as good as it gets) for ADHD by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to ADHD there has been research on the effectiveness of neurofeedback for a variety of other brain based difficulties, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Learning Disabilities
Neurofeedback is a safe, noninvasive way for people to learn to train their brains. For many people, the brain can improve itself and make possible the reduction or elimination of medication. Neurofeedback is a great treatment option for many people. It is especially fitting for those who want a natural noninvasive treatment option.
Before starting the process of training the brain it is important to get an understanding of what the issues are. The first step to beginning neurofeedback is to complete an interview detailing the client’s history and symptoms. At this time a Quantitative EGG (QEEG) is also completed. The QEEG takes about an hour to complete and provides a map of the brain’s functioning. During the QEEG the client wears a cap on his head and 19 sensors are attached to the top of the scalp.
The sensors read the electrical signals the brain is sending. The sensors are noninvasive and their only purpose is to help take a picture of the brain. It is similar to the doctor using a stethoscope to listen to a heartbeat.
Nothing goes into the body, but information is collected from the body. The client sits in a chair relaxed, alert, and still while the sensors are collecting the information. Part of the data is collected with eyes open and part of the data is collected with eyes closed.
After the QEEG is complete the information gathered is analyzed and run through a normative database. This allows the neurotherapist and client to see a brain map. It becomes clear how the difficulties the client has been experiencing directly relate to the way the brain is functioning. The brain map is used to guide treatment, thereby ensuring the best treatment possible.
Neurofeedback training is individualized based on the brain map and the difficulties that need to be resolved.
People typically come to complete their neurofeedback training 2 times per week. Visits last approximately 45 minutes, although the length of visit may vary depending on practitioner. During the neurofeedback session, sensors are once again placed on the scalp. The computer then reads the electrical signals in the area of the brain that is being trained. The client then plays a game on the computer. It was found that the client performs better on the game when their brain is producing the most helpful type of brainwaves for their brain.
The amount of sessions people need varies, with an average of 30 to 40 sessions to create the lasting change that people would like. Check out our website or give us a call at 720-583-9332 if you would like to learn more about how neurofeedback can help you. You can also get our free report and join our mailing list to learn more helpful mental health information. If you prefer Facebook, Like our FAcebook page!
Written By Dr. Steffanie Stecker
Dr. Steffanie Stecker a licensed psychologist and the owner and clinical director of Mountain Vista Psychology, PLLC.
In addition, she is a board certified neurotherapist (BCN E5669) and board certified in QEEG (QEEG-D). Less than 100 people world wide are board certified in QEEG, which indicates competency in reading QEEGs and choosing neurofeedback protocols. Dr. Stecker is passionate about brain based effective therapy and creating a safe relationship for her clients to create change. She loves what she gets to do each day!