Teaching you to Self-regulate and Improve Brain Function
Who is it For?
Neurofeedback allows you to be a better version of yourself. Calmer, more efficient and focussed, it can help you engage your abilities to regulate, feel safe and confident in the world.
Most commonly, in children, it is used to treat ADHD, ASD and autism spectrum conditions, 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 brain injury, addiction and addictive tendencies 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.
Neurofeedback is a way of training the brain to function better. It a mirror that lets you see how your brain works, and lets you work on it 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.
What is Neurofeedback?
Work towards greater regulation, and self-control of brain functions.
To start neurofeedback, please get in touch with us. Our psychologists are happy to answer any questions you may have, and will arrange an initial consultation with you as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
More information about Neurofeedback
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.
Why Dr Ana?
What happens in a session?
1. Symptom Tracking
Your therapist will ask you to complete a Neurofeedback Symptom Checklist identifying those areas that you may wish to focus on during your training. Your therapist will set up a symptom checklist for you to access on line so you can record your experiences in between sessions, letting your therapist know in a timely way how you are feeling.
After each neurofeedback training session it is important that you review how you feel in relation to specific goals that you set yourself for your training. In this way, you focus on what you may wish to achieve and check how you are getting on. In time these data points will provide you with a graph plotting your progress, informing the next steps in your training.
Usually when someone comes for a neurofeedback training session they sit in a comfortable chair in front of a computer screen while a therapist puts electrodes on their scalp. The therapist puts a little bit of cream on the scalp, then a bit of a white cream on the electrodes then put both together: the electrode on the area of the scalp where the cream is. The electrodes can then measure the subtle electrical activity of your brain.
During this time you are expected to simply relax and tell your therapist how you may be feeling with regards to your target goals for your training. This information is valuable and helps design the next steps in the training.
The training follows a set of guidelines that have been identified through both research and clinical experience. The protocol suggests a number of strategies to follow after each training session, for example,
• what frequency band may be trained,
• the specific location on the scalp where the electrodes are placed • the time of the training in each different site
3 Training Session
The training begins once your electrodes are in place and you are sitting comfortably. Your therapist will start the programme to run once all is ready.
Information captured from the electrodes on your scalp gets to the computer.
There the programme interprets the information gathered by the electrodes and provides video, sound, and often tactile feedback on what your brain is doing.
When your brain is engaging in desired activity it continuously receives feedback regarding what it is doing. The brain will take that information and respond to it. For example, when you are concentrating and engaging with the activity say flying an airplane, the computer will provide images, sounds to reflect this: The plane will be flying higher and faster. When you get distracted or disengaged from the activity then the screen may get a bit foggy. In time, the brain recognises what brings reward and what brings a foggy screen. This learning process will eventually translate into new neural connections and self-awareness leading to changing in behaviour and remission of some of your symptoms.
How long does a neurofeedback session last?
A neurofeedback appointment will always be an hour, but the session duration can be shorter. It is sometimes advisable for sessions to start out short, and ramp up in duration and training protocol as you get more used to the programme.