At your initial session, you will fill out a consent form informing us that you understand the commitment and what neurofeedback involves. Next, we will take baseline measures of your symptoms by having you fill out a survey listing the complaints and/or challenges that have brought you (or your child) into the office. We will continue to reference these, every 10 sessions or so, so that we are able to measure improvement. Finally, you are ready to be hooked up.
The Actual Session
You will sit back in a relaxing chair. We will hook sensors up to two spots on your head, both upper ears, and one earlobe. You will also be given a set of audio earphones to listen to the audio (*Note: feel free to bring your own earbuds if you prefer). Once you are hooked up and comfortable, the session begins.
NeurOptimal® monitors electrical activity at the level of the scalp and gives subtle cues to the brain when it detects turbulence or a “wobbly” brain. When the brain is performing fluidly, the neurofeedback equipment plays music. When the brain’s activity becomes inconsistent, or less smooth, the music is interrupted momentarily (*it sounds a bit like a scratch in the music). The interruption gently cues the brain that it isn’t performing optimally. All of the learning happens outside your conscious awareness. With practice, your brain function naturally improves and becomes more fluid, helping you become more effective in your life.
How will I feel?
A neurofeedback training session is relaxing, enjoyable and lasts 33 minutes. At the end of the session you will most likely feel less stressed and more mentally clear. It is unlikely you will experience any negative after-effects as NeurOptimal® does not artificially “push” the brain in any specific direction. Many users experience deeper sleep and vivid dreams after their very first session.
We believe in the effectiveness of neurofeedback so wholeheartedly that we will consistently measure your progress. It will be monitored before each session begins so that we can establish a baseline and monitor progress. After the session another reading will be taken and compared to your baseline. Ultimately, the real improvement comes in your own reports of symptom improvement, which we also keep track of. We will review your progress every 10 sessions or so.