Neurofeedback following a QEEG
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback whereby a person learns to influence brain wave (EEG) activity to be more stable, balanced and healthy. It is used to optimize cognitive performance as well as reduce certain unwanted symptoms. It is used for ADHD, anxiety, and migraines as well as many other issues. By placing sensors on the scalp, different speeds of brain waves are noted in the cortex or outer layer of the brain. These brain wave speeds are described briefly here:
- Delta is associated with sleep and rejuvenating processes
- Theta is associated with creativity
- Alpha is associated with meditative states, a broad focus, and being calm
- Sensory Motor Rhythm (SMR) is associated with a calm, laser sharp, present focus
- Beta is associated with focused thought and/or anxiety/excitement
Neurofeedback begins with a QEEG, a “brain map,” that is collected through sensors inside a soft cap worn on the head. The client’s EEG activity is recorded and compared against a normative database with thousands of healthy people’s EEG activity.
The QEEG report provides information about existing brain wave patterns as well as a recommended treatment plan that is customized specifically to optimize the individual client’s brain activity in specific areas of the brain. Training usually involves at least 30 sessions which can be integrated into therapy or coaching, or be done independently.
Tim has received professional training in neurofeedback over the past 13 years, and is currently consulting with Jessica Eure, LPC, BCN of the Virginia Center for Neurofeedback, mentoring other practitioners, and working toward completing an additional certification: Board Certification in Neurofeedback. Learn more about her practice, QEEGs and Neurofeedback here. Tim and Jessica collaborate on the QEEG process provided at Tim’s office, and together generate an exceptionally detailed and individualized report to the client. The QEEG facilitates a neurofeedback plan tailored to each person’s specific brain wave patterns.
Be advised that QEEGs and neurofeedback are often not insurance reimbursable. The price of QEEGs ($1500) often serves as the biggest barrier to training. Multiple professionals are utilized for EEG data acquisition, analysis and review of data, comparison with a large normative sample; these joint efforts contribute to optimizing your neurofeedback training protocol.