About Neurofeedback

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First, the “non-technical” explanation

Neurofeedback has been in practice since the 1950s. The principle is a very simple one. 

All brain function – all thinking – generates brainwaves, and there are many “kinds” of brainwaves. It shouldn’t be surprising that brainwave patterns look quite different from one to the other, depending on what you’re doing in the moment.

As an example, Delta brainwaves are “slow” brainwaves that are generated in deepest mediation and dreamless sleep, whereas Beta brainwaves are “fast” and dominate our normal awake state. Beta is present when we are alert, attentive, engaged in problem solving, judgment, decision making, or focused on mental activity. 

The above is an example of just two of the many different brainwaves, but you may wonder, “Why do these different brainwave patterns matter?”

When our brainwaves are out of balance, there will be problems in our emotional or neuro-physical health. For instance, over-arousal in certain brain areas is linked with anxiety disorders , sleep problems, nightmares hyper-vigilance, impulsive behavior, anger/aggression, agitated depression, chronic nerve pain and spasticity. 

Under-arousal leads to some types of depressions, attention deficit, chronic pain and insomnia. And a combination of under-arousal and over-arousal is seen in cases of anxiety, depression and ADHD. 

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Instabilities in brain rhythms correlate with tics, obsessive-compulsive disorder, aggressive behavior, rage, bruxism, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, migraines, narcolepsy, epilepsy, sleep apnea, vertigo, tinnitus, anorexia/bulimia, PMT, diabetes, hypoglycaemia and explosive behavior. 

About Neurofeedback


The good news is you can alter your brainwaves. Conventional medicine typically prescribes medication for this, but brainwave training (Neurofeedback) is a preferred treatment for many people, since many medications can have unwanted side-effects, or simply aren’t working as hoped. 

By placing sensors on the patient’s head, we can see the brainwave patterns on a computer monitor. And by monitoring those brainwaves as the patient, for example, watches a movie – we can interrupt the movie when the brain starts behaving out of balance, and then resume the movie when the brain corrects this imbalance. 

Through repetition of this and other practices, the brain learns to balance itself in ways it never could before. And if this  sounds familiar, it should – repetition is how the brain learns most new things. The more you repeat a new behavior, the more it replaces the old behavior, as neural pathways get deeper and deeper with repetition. But before Neurofeedback, little was known about how to interpret and alter brainwave patterns in this way (without medication). 

The Scientific Explanation

For those of you interested in reading a more technical explanation, you’ll find everything you need here at the National Library of Medicine. (an official website of the US Government).

The Process

  1. Contact Us

Is NeuroFeedback right for you or your loved one?

You have questions. We do too. Your first step is an easy one – we have a chat.

When you’re ready, reach out via our Contact page (free of course).

2. Assess

Using QEEG Brain Mapping, we create a treatment plan that addresses your particular situation and needs.

This process allows us to create the  treatment plan for the sessions that you will attend going forward.

3. Sessions 

Each session typically takes about 45 minutes, though it can vary (for instance, younger children’s sessions might be shorter).

A session involves sitting comfortably, watching a computer monitor with your technician.

How many sessions will be needed? Check out the FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What different conditions does Neurofeedback help with?

Neurofeedback helps with many conditions, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADD, ADHD, PTSD, migraines, learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, concussion recovery, panic attacks, dizziness recovery, phobia disorders, seizure disorders, and more.

*There are many more conditions helped by Neurofeedback that are being discovered each year. If the condition you are interested in is not listed above, please feel free to ask us.

Is Neurofeedback safe?

As long as the neurofeedback therapy is conducted by a properly trained clinical professional, the treatment is completely safe. Neurofeedback does not require any external stimulation or medications. Neurofeedback is simply a means of measuring and displaying a patient’s brainwave activity, so as to correct unhealthy brainwave activity.

Any potential negative side effects are very rare, minor and brief. They include fatigue or slight dizziness after a treatment. Feel free to discuss this with your technician.

Are improvements permanent?

In almost every case, observed improvements are permanent. Through repetition, the brain learns to respond differently than it did before to various stimuli and, once the brain has learned the new behavior, it is rare to see the brain return to its old behavior, providing the patient completed the recommended program.

Is Neurofeedback covered by insurance?

The answer to this is unique to the individual – some folks’ policies cover Neurofeedback, others do not. To have this answered you will have to ask your insurance provider – we are not able to tell you.

*If insurance is indeed your only payment option, please contact your provider before you reach out to us.

How much will it cost?

This depends on a few factors, including how many treatments are needed, and should be discussed during your consultation. But, in order to provide a “ballpark” idea of cost, the following can be used as a guide:

- After reading all FAQs, a first meeting (in person or by phone) is free.
- If you choose to go ahead, the first brain-mapping (QEEG) and review with the doctor costs $99.
- Treatments come next and cost about $2,100 for 20 sessions. *The ideal number of sessions is generally about 40, but this should be discussed for your situation.
-Sessions are ideally 3 per week (a minimum of 2) and should be discussed with your technician.

How many sessions will be needed?

Again, this will depend on numerous factors, but 40 sessions is our clinic’s ideal and typical number. Sessions can be once a week or several times a week, and should be discussed with your technician.

What is the success rate of Neurofeedback?

This depends on which condition is being addressed and a few other factors, but it is safe to say that 70% to 80% of patients achieve lasting and significant improvement.

Do the electrodes that go on my head hurt?

No. The electrodes only measure brain activity. They receive information, they do not emit anything.

Am I (or my loved one) a good candidate for Neurofeedback?

This can only be determined after meeting with your technician, but answering “no” to this question is rare.