Brain Mapping FAQ's

What is a brain mapping session like?

It involves nothing more than wearing a sensor cap so we can listen to what your brain is doing. Using a cap placed on the scalp, our software captures the electrical impulses in the brain. This method is known as a quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG). The results show brain wave patterns in different parts of the brain. The process takes about 40 minutes, and the data is then converted into a visual brain map report. We analyze the brain map report and identify any problem areas.


What does the brain map produce?

The brain map gives us information to review major functions of your brain, such as the cognitive, emotional, memory processing, executive functions, and more. This gives us a visual reference to compare your brain waves to brainwaves of the same age and gender to compare to what is normal. 

 


Why is a brain map important?

The brain map enables us to see your unique pattern of mental strengths and weaknesses - areas of the brain where there is too little or too much activity, and areas that are not coordinating their activity the best they could. Once we can see the reason for your struggles on a brain level, we can create a neurofeedback training program to help resolve it.

 


When do I need to get brain mapped?

We use the brain map both for our initial assessment and to track your progress over your neurofeedback sessions. Because of this, we think it is important to brain map clients before you begin neurofeedback training, and once you have completed about 25 neurofeedback sessions.


Does brain mapping hurt at all?

No. Getting an EEG is non-invasive and totally painless. Much like a heart monitor which only records your heart rate, the sensors only record the electrical activity of the brain; it is not invasive in any way.


Can a brain map provide a diagnosis?

Brain maps cannot be used for diagnostic purposes; however, it may be useful for differential diagnosis. Brain mapping helps assess the client's need for specialized treatment.


How long does a brain map take?

Brain mapping takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. We typically schedule these appointments in the mornings.


What does BCIA / BCN mean?

BCIA certification is an important differentiator in the industry. BCN stands for “Board Certified Neuro-therapist.” In order to gain the certification, our professionals had to go through Biofeedback Certification International Alliance’s (BCIA’s) education and training. BCIA certification is the industry standard for excellent, informed and educated biofeedback training. It is recognized by the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).

 

What are the fees?

We have several different options available. Get in touch with our team and we will give you all the information for the cost of brain mapping and neurofeedback training. Make an appointment today!

 

Neurofeedback FAQ's


What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We give that information back to the person by sound through feedback tones. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual learning process. It applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function, and self-regulation training allows the the central nervous system to function better.


How does neurofeedback work?

We apply electrodes to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer, and we extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. Some frequencies we wish to promote. Others we wish to diminish. Eventually the brainwave activity is "shaped" toward more desirable, more regulated performance. The frequencies we target, and the specific locations on the scalp where we listen in on the brain, are specific to the conditions we are trying to address, and specific to the individual.


What does it mean when you say my brain is not regulated?

Simply put, an unregulated brain tends to be over-stimulated when it is supposed to be calm and under-stimulated when it is supposed to be attentive. Sometimes, the brain self-corrects. When it doesn't, this dysregulation becomes “the new normal”.  So it makes sense that we should be able to re-train the brain to function optimally, the way it was designed.  In neurofeedback training, we work in conjunction with other treatments. When your brain is better regulated, it allows you to change behaviors and thoughts.


What issues does neurofeedback improve?

Neurofeedback addresses any problems of brain dysregulation. Just to name a few: ADD & ADHD, insomnia, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injuries, addiction recovery, headaches and migraines, chronic pain, PTSD, stroke recovery, autism spectrum issues, stress, fears and phobias, tantrums, relationships, trauma, emotional disturbances, mood disorders, focus. 


How many sessions of neurofeedback will I need?

Research shows that individuals need an average of 40-60 sessions total. Our clients begin with 20 sessions and then do a second brain map to see their progress. We make recommendations for the future according to the second map. Depending on the severity of a client’s symptoms, many people require more than the average suggested sessions in order to achieve their specific goals.


What do you use to read my brain waves?

We use state of the art sensors that are placed directly onto the scalp to measure the electrical frequencies that your brain outputs (alpha, beta, delta and theta waves). This information is fed into a computer which analyzes your baseline output. Next, you go through a series of exercise and monitor changes in these waves throughout the session to better understand your brain's natural tendencies. From here you will be guided to change your brain's tendencies and immediately see the feedback from your work as the wave frequencies being to regulate on the monitor. 


Is neurofeedback or brain mapping painful?

Not at all! It is very relaxing and comfortable. Clients generally look forward to their sessions.


How does neurofeedback affect any medication I’m taking?

With successful neurofeedback training, the medications targeting brain function may very well no longer be needed, or they may be needed at lower dosages, as the brain takes over more of the role of regulating itself. Please note - It is important for clients to communicate with their prescribing physician regarding neurofeedback and medications.


Is neurofeedback a sustainable when it comes to healing the brain?

If the problem being addressed is one of brain dysregulation, then the answer is yes, and that covers a lot of ground. Neurofeedback involves learning by the brain and if that brings order out of disorder, the brain will continue to use its new capabilities, and thus reinforce them. When it comes to degenerative conditions like Parkinson's or the dementias, or when we are working against continuing insults to the system, as may be the case in the autism spectrum, training needs to be continued at some level over time for sustainability. 


Is neurofeedback safe?

Research shows your own brain “knows best”, and we agree. Neurofeedback training does not force or “push” the brain in any one direction. Basically, neurofeedback provides your brain with the information it needs to correct itself and function at its most optimal level. It simply enables your own brain’s natural process of self-correction.


Do I need to do anything to perform well in neurofeedback sessions?

Nothing at all. Some brain training systems require the user to “interact” by playing games or solve puzzles during sessions. This additional level of interaction is unnecessary with our state of the art neurofeedback system. During a training session, you can simply relax and enjoy!


How do you know what protocols to use?

Over the years, certain neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) training protocols have been developed that are helpful with certain classes of problems such as attention, anxiety and depression, seizures and migraines, as well as cognitive function. There are a number of assessment tools we use to help us decide which protocols are the best fit for you.


How long is a neurofeedback session last?

Each appointment is scheduled for 50 minutes. You should arrive 10 minutes early since appointments are always on time. In the clinical hour, there is about 35 minutes of neurofeedback training, and roughly 15 minutes of set up (placing the sensors on your head) before the training begins.


What is the neurofeedback room like?

We have created a very comfortable and relaxing space for clients to come in for their training sessions, complete with warm lamp light and essential oils. Each client has their own private space with a comfortable reclining chair, ottoman, and weighted blanket. The room can accommodate two clients at a time, each with their own space.


What does BCIA / BCN mean?

BCIA certification is an important differentiator in the industry. BCN stands for “Board Certified Neuro-therapist.” In order to gain the certification, our professionals had to go through Biofeedback Certification International Alliance’s (BCIA’s) education and training. BCIA certification is the industry standard for excellent, informed and educated biofeedback training. It is recognized by the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).


What if I want to reserve the room for myself?

That’s great! We want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible when you come in for your training sessions. Feel free to tell us if you’d prefer that, and we can talk through how to accommodate that for you.


How many neurofeedback training sessions should I do?

The average number of neurofeedback sessions to achieve enduring change is 40 sessions. 


How long until I will start noticing a difference from neurofeedback?

On average, most people require 15-20 sessions to experience symptom changes. It is very normal for some agitation or irritability to occur for a couple weeks following the 15th session. Please let us know if you feel like metabolic or personal relationship issues might be hindering your neurofeedback training – we have a team of people ready to help you.


Are there any side effects from neurofeedback?

No. The only known side effects may result from prescribed drugs you are taking when dosage is not reduced as the sessions progress.


If Neurofeedback is so successful, why haven't I heard of it before?

Information verifying the outstanding results of neurofeedback is growing by the day. The National Institute of Health lists more than 130,000 scientific publications on EEG, 450 in neurofeedback, and 8,500 peer-reviewed publications in biofeedback. This technology has been shown on Dr. Phil, The Oprah Winfrey Show, & 20/20. Recently, an article was published in Time Magazine called neurofeedback "the most effective solution for ADHD" by the journal Opinions in Pediatrics. In addition to this, the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America has dedicated the entire issue to the advantage of using neurofeedback in psychiatric disorders affecting children and adolescents. 

 

What are the fees?

We have several different options available. Get in touch with our team and we will give you all the information for the cost of brain mapping and neurofeedback training. Make an appointment today!