The human brain and central nervous system, when functioning properly, is a self-regulating system that helps us to meet the varying demands of life by shifting smoothly between different states of calm, arousal, relaxation and concentration at the appropriate times. 

  

However, this natural capacity for achieving optimal self-regulation can be diminished by various factors including prolonged exposure to distress, diseases states, chronic pain, drugs, head injuries, and congenital conditions. The result of this is neurological dysregulation and instability leading to impaired self-regulation that can manifest as behavioural or emotional health problems, or simply sub-optimal performance in daily life activities and relationships. Neurologically, this typically involves different parts of the brain being over or under activated compared to what would be expected in that location.

 

Our neurofeedback involves a clinical assessment of emotional, behavioural and cognitive symptoms being experienced as well as an EEG assessment of current neurological functioning, which is used in combination with most current research evidence to develop a treatment plan targeting the brain areas and rhythms likely to produce desired changes. 

 

Sessions then use highly sensitive EEG equipment and sensors, which are attached to the scalp, to monitor brain activity and provide visual and/or auditory feedback via computer software enabling an individual to modify their brainwaves in the desired direction. No electrical signals of any type are transmitted into the brain. 

 

We use single or dual channel neurofeedback, which has by far the greatest evidence base and allows for treatments to be completely individualised based on symptoms, current neurological patterns, and client response both during and within sessions. By contrast some new variations of neurofeedback use a one size fits all approach based on set computer algorithms (with little research support).

 

Changes resulting from neurofeedback treatment can sometimes be profound and achieve shifts that have not been achieved over many years of standard therapeutic treatments. Symptom change can typically be experienced within five sessions, however, enduring change typically requires 15-30 sessions.


Professor Bessel van der Kolk - Neurofeedback in the treatment of trauma

See the video below to hear world renowned trauma expert, Professor Bessel van der Kolk, discussing the use of neurofeedback for people who have experienced trauma: