Neurofeedback is a non-invasive computer based training program to improve brain function by working with brain waves. Brain waves are electrical impulses that are at the root of our thoughts, actions, sensations, and emotions, and neurofeedback can work with precision on specific parts of the brain, such as those with associated functions such as speech, memory, pain, calmness, motor functions, decision making, focus, and many more.
The impact of neurofeedback includes sharper focus and decision-making for individuals involved with high-performance activities such as sport and executive leadership; symptom relief for individuals with mind, brain, and neurological conditions; and enhanced mood, clarity, and improved sleep for individuals dealing with anxiety, overwhelm, depression, and chronic stress.
Neurofeedback can also be a productive complement to other therapies such as psychotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy as it supports the brain’s neuroplasticity to adopt new skills, behaviors, and habits developed within treatment plans of these services. Overall, neurofeedback can be a very effective non-pharmaceutical intervention for brain and mind wellness.
A trained neurofeedback technician begins a journey with a client through a process of intake forms and interviews, along with the Brain Map. The Brain Map Report is then presented in a subsequent session with the technician or a neurotherapist.
Aside from pursuing neurofeedback independently, a client may be referred to neurofeedback services in conjunction with psychotherapy services within MAGIS.
- Register for a 15-minute free consultation with the Laguna satellite branch
- Book an appointment with the Laguna satellite branch
- Fill out an Intake Form and Symptom Checklist – this is sent in advance of the appointment and may take at least 40 minutes to complete. Your detailed answers at this stage greatly help the customization process for a brain wellness plan.
- Brain Map session – up to 2 hours. Any copies of medical records may be shared.
- Brain Map report consultation with technician or neurotherapist – 30-45 minutes
- Regular Neurofeedback therapy sessions – 20-25 minutes
General guidelines for brain map / neurofeedback sessions:
- Client’s hair must be washed and shampooed (no conditioner) on the morning of a session.
- Client should avoid alcohol or substance intake at least 3 days before a session.
- Client should be in good health during a session: no flu, cold, coughing, or other similar disturbances
- Client should avoid caffeine at least 2 hours before a session.
4 years old up to 80+
The brain map serves as baseline information, and allows us to measure brain wave activity in all the different areas of the brain to determine a person’s behavioral and cognitive state.
Aside from being the first step towards creating a neurofeedback program, the brain map offers valuable information that can contribute to your self-awareness, validate existing knowledge about yourself, and gain an objective perspective towards understanding your mental and emotional states.
The results of the brain map serve as a guide to formulate a customized neurofeedback therapy program, documented in the form of a report. Through the brain map process our neurofeedback technician and neurotherapist can better determine which part of your brain isn’t meeting its full potential. In addition, it identifies which brain sites can be enhanced through a brain training program. The results offer a comprehensive explanation of where our emotional stressors stem from and what areas of the brain need retraining towards maximizing your full potential.
Consultation with Neurotherapist
A neurotherapist is the medical doctor who is trained to interpret and discuss brain map reports, and plan and implement neurofeedback treatment. Consultations are typically set after a brain map, and can continue to be set at periodic intervals throughout a neurofeedback therapy program.
Consultation with Psychotherapist/Psychologist
A consultation with a mental health clinician with training in neurofeedback treatment can help you apply the findings of your brain map report into practical steps in improving wellbeing.
How do we do it?
Neurofeedback uses EEG technology which involves placing electrodes at select sites on the head to record, measure, and analyze brain waves. Each EEG point corresponds to a part in the brain which governs certain brain functions.
Brainwave activity detected with electrodes and is reflected by a computer through a form of video game for us to visualize and hear. With the help of a computer program, a neurofeedback technician trains the underperforming areas or suppresses overactive areas of our brain, according to the treatment protocol set by the neurotherapist.
With the brain being rewarded with audio and visual cues through the game, the training causes the brain to develop ‘muscles’ in the form of more neuronal connections and encourages neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to adapt and change.Results are usually visible within 10 to 20 sessions of neurofeedback.