The Hummingbird Centre is pleased to offer neurofeedback as an adjunct to psychotherapy.
Neurofeedback or EEG Biofeedback is a specific form of biofeedback which gives the trainee moment-to-moment information about the rhythmic electrical activity from various places in the brain (EEG), and challenges the brain to modify certain components of it.
Similar to training other biological measures, the trainee is soon able to induce changes in the brain wave patterns. These changes lead to improved flexibility and stability of the brain waves in general, which leads to improved flexibility and stability of behaviour in response to external demands on the person in the course of day-to-day activity. This is a profound demonstration of neuroplasticity, regardless of the origin of the disorder, be it genetic, developmental or the result of an acquired brain injury.
Neurofeedback is able to produce improvement in symptoms of epilepsy, ADHD, addictions, PTSD, panic reactions, depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, and traumatic brain injury. Neurofeedback is also used in peak performance, to improve functioning and performance of elite athletes and business people.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also called EEG feedback, is a learning technology that enables a person to alter brain waves. When information about a person’s own brain wave characteristics is made available to her, this person can learn to change them. You can think of it as an operant conditioning of the brainwaves and as an exercise for the brain. Frequencies at which our brains fire underlie every thought, feeling and behaviour. Brain dysregulation underlies emotional, cognitive, and behavioural disorders. The choice of which training approaches are appropriate for a particular individual depends on a professional assessment of symptoms and history. Neurofeedback training should take place only under the supervision of a properly trained professional.
- Can a successful outcome be predicted?
It is not possible to predict with certainty that training will be successful for a particular individual. The effectiveness of the training, however, can usually be assessed early on in the course of training. Adverse effects are rare, and when they do occur, they can be reversed because Neurofeedback promotes brain elasticity.
- Why does Neurofeedback work?
The brain is amazingly adaptable or ‘plastic’ and capable of learning. It can learn to improve its own performance, when given cues- feedback – about what to change. All learning actually depends on feedback, and the brain is the part of us that is the most devoted to learning. By making information available to the brain about how it is functioning, and asking it to make adjustments, it can learn to do so. When the brain is doing a good job of regulating itself, the person will feel calm, alert and attentive. Each session challenges the trainee to maintain this “high performance” state. Gradually, the brain learns, just like it learns everything else, and with sufficient training, it typically retains the regulation it has gained.
- How long does training take?
EEG training is a learning process, and therefore, results are seen gradually over time. Indications of progress, however, can be seen usually within 10-20 sessions. Developmental trauma can require over 100 sessions, but the trainee will know it is helping long before all symptoms remit.
- How frequently should training sessions occur?
In the initial stages, the sessions should be regular, optimally two times a week. Think of learning to play the piano. After the brain begins to consolidate its new learning, sessions can be less frequent. There is no way to anticipate how many sessions an individual will need.