Neurofeedback, also called EEG Biofeedback, is where the brain learns to function more efficiently. It focuses on helping a person train themselves to directly affect their brain function. It’s scientifically-proven technique practiced by specially-trained psychotherapists here at CSI.
Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain dysregulation in a person. They can include behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, attention deficits, migraines and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy. It works by providing feedback to an individual about their brain, specifically, their brainwaves.
A neurofeedback treatment session is typically conducted at least once a week by a trained professional. Electrodes are applied to the individual’s scalp, which allow the patient and therapist to “listen in” on brainwave activity. And no, the person’s hair is not removed or shaven during the electrode placement, so don’t worry!
The signals picked up by the electrodes during the neurofeedback session are sent to a computer, where they are processed. During the session, the brainwave activity is presented in the form of a video game. The person then has to effectively play the video game with their brain. Watch the video below for more:
The key to successful neurofeedback training is to lower certain brainwave frequencies while promoting other, healthier frequencies. While this sounds difficult, it is done by simple repetitive training while connected to the electrodes. To be effective, the neurofeedback training typically takes anywhere from 15 to 35 sessions, depending on the person.