How it works
Neurofeedback, Neurotherapy EEG feedback all refer to a type of biofeedback that uses a display of your brainwaves with the goal of altering your usual patterns of brain activity. Psychological conditions have been shown to be associated with particular brainwave patterns in selective areas of the brain.
Treatment, based on operant learning, aims to enhance optimal neural pathways and suppress undesirable ones.
Thus, with therapist guidance, the principles of learning are utilised with the aim of optimising brainwaves. These changes are associated with positive changes in emotional and cognitive functioning.
A treatment session lasts up to an hour. Sensors are placed on the client’s scalp and connected to the computer via an amplifier. The client is taught how to achieve a state of mind in which optimal brainwaves are produced.
When this happens, an animation video with music becomes active on the monitor and is viewed by the client. This state, with it’s reward is then encouraged by the neurotherapist. Over several sessions the ability of the client to enter the desired brainwave state becomes habitual and self perpetuating.
As neural networks are established as a result of this learning the client will be able to use this ability to manage their condition. Just like learning to ride a bicycle, the ability is maintained, although practice sessions may be recommended for the future.