Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a session last?
A session lasts approximately 50-60 min and consists of 30 min of feedback. The other time is for an evaluation of your symptoms to personalize your training protocols and to alter the placement of the sensors.
How often do I need to train?
The sessions need to be at least twice a week, ideally three or more (depending on the client). The total training time generally is 2-3 months.
Why multiple sessions a week?
You could compare neurofeedback with going to the gym. In order for newly learned information to consolidate, we need an intensive and regular training process. The results will then be quicker and more noticeable, and the chance that the brain will hold on to the newly learned information will increase. It is recommended to train more in the beginning. Progress is steadily built throughout the course of training and, near the end of treatment, effects begin to plateau. This marks the final phase and is necessary for changes to become solidified.
Are there side effects?
Neurofeedback is completely non-invasive. No electrical energy is introduced into the body. Neurofeedback has been used for over 30 years clinically, with hundreds of thousands of training sessions. There are no known situations where a long term adverse effect has been identified. There might be temporary changes in sleep patterns or fatigue, but these usually wear off in several hours or days. It is important to inform me about any unwanted effects, so we can adjust the training protocols if necessary.
Do training effects lasts?
The answer in almost all cases is Yes. The brain will continue to use its new capabilities and sustains its newly made connections. In some cases, people come back for a booster session to help support the changes further. Matters are different when there is more complexity and severity in symptoms or when there are organic causes (dementia, heavy metals, etc). Allergies (food intolerances) can also make it more difficult to hold the gains; therefore, it is important to make the necessary dietary changes when starting training.
Is it a cure?
The word "cure" does not apply for neurofeedback. We are facilitating the brain to function more optimally to improve its own self-regulation. Neurofeedback looks through the lens of dysregulation, so we would not say that there is a disease to be cured.
Is there research that shows the effectiveness of neurofeedback?
Yes. Over 50 years of research and over 1,000 published articles support the effectiveness of neurofeedback, especially for ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety, and mood. There are more than 500 peer-reviewed research articles published on the topic in the past few years alone. For more information and research articles go to my links page.
What is expected from me?
It is important during the training process to be self-aware and report any changes you might experience during or afterward. It is also recommended to increase your self-care during the training process (exercise, healthy diet and meditation practice). Coffee and alcohol are discouraged, since they effect brain function and neuroplasticity.
What is the success rate?
Based on the twenty years of experience of the EEG Institute the expectations for success are very high. When there are no results or the gains cannot be hold, there is usually a reason, such as organic causes, heavy metal toxicity, metabolic issues, or severe gut dysbiosis.
Is it covered by insurance?
My services are not covered by insurance.