What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a way of training the brain to function better. Through this feedback clients learn to better self regulate their brain activity. Many illnesses, and even unwanted behaviour patterns, are due to dysregulation of brain activity. With neurofeedback, clients can learn to better compensate for these dysregulations and function better.
A typical session involves the client interacting with a computer programme, for example a movie or computer game, while brainwaves are monitored using electrodes attached to the scalp. (No input goes to your head via the electrodes; only information travels to the computer). As the person interacts with the game, the computer provides an accurate portrait of how you respond to it in real time. Your brain benefits from this information and can change in view of the feedback.
The technique has been in use since the 1950s, but it’s only in the last decade or so, thanks to the power of personal computers, that it’s become practical for use in places like psychologists’ offices.
Who is it For?
At Dr Ana, we use neurofeedback as part of our overall intervention plan.
Most commonly, in children, it is used to treat ADHD, emotional and behavioural issues, learning and developmental delays, and struggles in school.
In adults, it is used most often to treat anxiety, depression, obsessing, sleep problems, recovery from some of the consequences of brain injury, and the reduction of incidence and severity of seizures.
After discussing your goals and putting a plan together for you, we may suggest neurofeedback as part of a treatment plan.
Why Dr Ana?
Setting up and administering neurofeedback is much easier today than it used to be, but it is important to be under the supervision of experienced psychologists when using it. At Dr Ana, we have the experience and specialist staff required to ensure that neurofeedback sessions are administered properly and utilised effectively.