Neurofeedback optimizes brain function.
Through this form of EEG biofeedback, your brain can heal the root causes linked to your symptoms. Customized treatment can offer long lasting positive changes.
Even without a diagnosis for a specific condition, neurofeedback can help relieve the symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD and learning disabilities.
If you’re interested in seeing if Neurofeedback can be helpful, book a call to learn more.
How the Neurofeedback process works:
1. Neurofeedback Intake
A detailed interview where we discuss your symptoms, your current health, and goals for treatment. This is also an opportunity to ask us any questions about Neurofeedback treatment.
2. QEEG Brain Map & Results
A baseline recording of your brainwave function is recorded and analyzed to understand your symptoms further and create your customized treatment plan.
3. Neurofeedback Treatment
Customized Treatment sessions are 30-60 minutes, one to three times a week. No surgery, no medication.
When you contact TNPC, you will be booked for a 50-minute intake with one of our specially trained clinicians. This appointment is your opportunity to let our team know what you have been experiencing and better understand your treatment goals.
We will spend this time getting to know you, gather information about your symptoms/experiences, history, and indicators of brain arousal patterns.
This information will allow us to give you feedback about whether you are a good candidate for Psychotherapy, Neurofeedback or if any further assessments may be beneficial. This is also your opportunity to ask questions and understand how these treatment options can help you move forward.
After this session, we will guide you to the next step in the Neurofeedback process and/or offer Psychotherapy options.
The intake fee is $200.
Covered under most insurance plans.
QEEG BRAIN MAP ASSESSMENT and RESULTS
We will ask you to sit still during the process so we can take an eyes open and eyes closed recording of your brain activity. Once the recordings are complete, we will remove the cap and you can leave the office.
After this session, we analyze your QEEG for any activity that could be related to your symptoms (e.g., excess high beta activity that may relate to anxiety), compare your brain functioning to a ‘normative’ database, examine connectivity/neural pathways (e.g., important for concussions, learning disorders and autism spectrum disorder) and EEG morphology.
All of this information is used to help us understand the underlying brain function that could be contributing to your identified symptoms. Taking all of this information with the history you provided us during your intake consultation, we will collaboratively form a treatment plan with you during the feedback session. It is in this second appointment (QEEG Feedback) that we will review the data together. At this feedback appointment you will be provided with a summary and images of your brain activity.
The cost to complete the QEEG Brain Map assessment is $600 (two payments of $300).
Covered under most insurance plans.
TNPC offers multiples types of Neurofeedback treatments, including Traditional Neurofeedback (Single-Channel Training), LoRETA Z-Score Training, High Performance Neurofeedback (HPN), Neuroptimal Neurofeedback and Audio-Visual Entrainment. Each of these treatments have slight variations in how they work to allow your brain to make changes. The number of sessions and the length of the sessions will be customized to your individual needs. A typical course of treatment may be attending the office twice per week for 3-4 months followed by once per week for an addition 1-2 months.
When tracking progress, some types of neurofeedback treatments will rely on weekly monitored data, while other types will rely on symptom reports. For LoRETA Z-Score Training, after 12 sessions you will receive a complimentary review session with one of our clinicians to discuss your progress and determine if changes to treatment need to be made. For Traditional Neurofeedback (Single-Channel Training) this review happens at around 20 sessions and may be a part of your sessions or booked separately with a clinician.
Treatment sessions can range in price with the average cost being $100 per session.
Covered under most insurance plans.
Types of Neurofeedback Available:
It is recommended to do a QEEG Brain Map before beginning this type of Neurofeedback. The brain map allows us to see the precise parts of the brain that are dysregulated, which helps with ensuring the sensors are placed on the correct sites of the brain that need feedback.
Traditional Neurofeedback is the most well-researched and The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently rated this type of Neurofeedback at the same level of efficacy as stimulant medication for use with those dealing with ADD and ADD/ADHD. It is stabilizing for anyone who has imbalances in the QEEG.
LoReta Z-Score Training
(Low Resolution Brain Electromagnetic Tomography)
In each session, a cap with 19 sensors is applied to your head. During training, your brainwaves learn to become balanced and normalized as they are rewarded.
High Performance Neurofeedback (HPN)
No effort is required on the client’s part and results can be felt quickly! Some people even feel the results before the session ends. Most people will feel a difference within their first four sessions. HPN is used for children as young as two-years old and is great for kids who have trouble sitting still as the sensors are placed on different sites of the head for only a few seconds at a time. HPN is a very global treatment, targeting many symptoms and imbalances at the same time.
Neuroptimal is a form of neurofeedback that provides brain training to strengthen resilience while reducing any general arousal or dysregulation in the brain. It’s best suited for individuals who have difficulty quieting their minds when dealing with stress or anxiety. If you’re a busy parent in need of some downtime, or have a child who struggles with hyperactivity, inattention, and/or irritability, it’s a viable alternative to traditional neurofeedback.
You just sit back, relax, and let your brain do the work! While sitting in a quiet room and comfortable lounge chair, your therapist will attach a few sensors to your head that relay your brainwave patterns into a highly advanced brain training computer program. As the session starts, you will hear music playing through headphones. Every time the software picks up on any dysregulation in your brainwaves, you will hear “skips” or brief interruptions in the music. This is the signal that alerts your brain to self-correct and reorganize. For kids, visual options are available where a movie is played in response to brainwave activity. The system responds in a similar way; every time it picks up on dysregulation in your child’s brain, the audio and brightness of the movie will be adjusted, signaling the brain to self-correct.
This neurofeedback session is relaxing, enjoyable, and lasts 33 minutes. Many individuals report feeling more clarity, focus, and less stress after a session. The unique benefits that neuroptimal offers have been shown effective in enhancing learning capacity and managing a wide range of factors including anxiety, sleep habits, ADHD symptoms, stress management, concentration, problem-solving, and more!
Neuroptimal gives us an opportunity to receive information (feedback) and our brain will learn from this information, working in more seamless, flexible, and resilient ways!
Audio-Visual Entrainment is a simple, non-invasive device that uses a coordinated series of light and sound at specific frequencies to gently and safely guide your brain into the desired patterns. The frequencies and patterns produced can aid in meditative practices, calming the mind, boosting mood, improving sleep and/or helping with mental clarity.
AVE is a drug-free approach to some conditions such as Anxiety, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, PTSD and ADHD. It has also shown to heighten performance and improve cognition. It is a proven way of exercising the brain as these pattern changes can be quantified using QEEGs or brain mapping. Research has also shown stimulation of frontal regions of the brain increases synaptic density. The use of the AVE can help the brain recover, repair and restore its equilibrium.
We, at Toronto Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy Centre, are proud to introduce Audio-Visual Entrainment as an adjunct to your regular neurofeedback treatment and/or psychotherapy sessions. You can speak with your therapist and decide together what type of protocol you want to try and we will develop a treatment plan with you.
- You will enter into a quiet, dimly lit space where you can lie down or sit comfortably.
- You will place sanitized glasses over your eyes and headphones over your ears.
- As you relax, with your eyes closed, we will start the session and you will notice light coming through the glasses and hear sounds from the ear phones. In general the experience is very comfortable and calming.
- Once the session is done, you are welcome to take a minute and when ready exit the office and resume your day.
There are usually no side-effects reported post session besides feeling calm and relaxed. The only known contraindication for AVE is that it is not recommended for anyone with a seizure history.
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