dr. Tamara Dalrymple, Psy.D., M.A., CPA, RCC, BCN
brain works health
EEG Neurofeedback Services
What Is Neurofeedback?
EEG (Electroencephalogram) Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback where individuals are trained to improve the functioning of their brain. Neurofeedback has its foundation in basic and applied neuroscience and is approved by the American Psychological Association as an evidence-based intervention. Modern neuroscience has revealed that individuals have more personal control over brain activity than was ever thought possible in the past. This capacity for change is due to the brain's plasticity.
Neurofeedback integrates clinical expertise with the best available research to address behavioural, cognitive, and subjective functions related to brain activity. Communication between groups of cells in the brain is detectable in the form of brainwaves (electrical impulses generated by brain activity). Neurofeedback is a way to quantify and train brain activity. Training the brain to self-regulate through Neurofeedback can promote optimal cognitive functioning, emotional control and physiological health.
How Much Does Neurofeedback Cost?
First EEG Neurofeedback Assessment and Intake
$155.00 per 50 minute session (plus gst)
Subsequent EEG Neurofeedback Treatment Sessions
$120.00 per 50 minute session (plus gst)
**If you are a parent wishing to refer your child for Neurofeedback services, Tamara is currently taking referrals for youth age 12+
How Does A Neurofeedback Session Work?
EEG Neurofeedback begins with an EEG assessment, which records the brain’s electrical activity at multiple sites on the surface of the scalp and compares it to a database of healthy individuals the same age as the client. During assessment and training sessions, sensors are placed on the scalp and then connected to a computer and equipment which detects and monitors specific brain wave activity.
Once assessment has been completed, the Practitioner develops a treatment protocol that specifies sites on the scalp and brain wave elements to be trained. During a neurofeedback training session, sensors detect and measure brainwave activity which is compared to targets or goals for the client to reach. Brain activity measured this way is then used to play sound and transmit visual information (often in the form of games) on the monitor. Based on this feedback of sound, visual information, and Practitioner guidance, individuals receive feedback when their brainwaves are reaching the training goals and targets. Gradually, clients learn to produce changes in their brain patterns and improve their ability to think, feel, function physically, and act in ways that they desire.
How Many Sessions Does It Take To Notice A Change?
Neurofeedback results generally vary with the individual but training benefits are typically reported after twenty to forty sessions. Some individuals experience positive change after as little as ten sessions but for most individuals, twenty sessions are recommended. Neurofeedback generally involves one session per week or in some cases, two sessions per week. Once brain improvement is noted, sessions are gradually decreased. Most sessions involve twenty to forty-five minutes of clinical neurofeedback activity.
Are there Side Effects?
Neurofeedback training generally produces few, if any, negative side effects and there are few published reports of side effects. Clients usually find neurofeedback to be an interesting and engaging experience that feels good. Some individuals report feeling somewhat fatigued following a treatment session and in this case it may be helpful to schedule your sessions for later in the day, or at a time when you can rest after.
Types of Neurofeedback Treatment
Four commonly used types of treatment that Tamara utilizes include: Z Score training, Alpha-Theta Training, Alpha Training, and SMR training.
What Kind of Conditions Are Treated With Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback has proven to be an effective intervention for reducing symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Ongoing research indicates that neurofeedback can also be an effective intervention for insomnia, anxiety, depression, and trauma. It is also used to improve quality of life for individuals living with autism spectrum disorders, chronic pain, headaches, and mild traumatic brain injury (concussion). Several other research studies are ongoing.
Neurofeedback is also used to improve optimal performance and is often used among athletes, musicians, and performing artists for peak performance or reduction of performance anxiety. In addition,neurofeedback has been utilized to enhance learning, and elevate cognitive functioning among the general population. Studies have shown that neurofeedback can be utilized to enhance academic performance, raise intelligence scores, improve attention in college students and adults, and increase thinking speed and executive control in the elderly.
** Click Here for the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) Comprehence Bibliography of Neurofeedback in Scholarly Articles. Here you will find bibliographies for all peer reviewed journal articles and research pertaining to the effectiveness of EEG neurofeedback for several different conditions.
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Neurofeedback Equipment & Software
EEG neurofeedback assessment and training sessions are proudly powered by the Thought Technology Procomp 5 Infiniti System and Biograph Infiniti Software System. Founded in 1975, Thought Technology is known as the world's leading EEG neurofeedback, biofeedback, and psycho-physiological instrument manufacturer. Using state of the art assessment tools, training modalities, graphics and sound, Tamara offers individualized treatment plans based on specific assessment outcomes for each individual.
Tamara is Board Certified in EEG Neurofeedback with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). BCIA is recognized as the certification body for the clinical practice of Biofeedback by the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).
To become a BCIA Board-certified practitioner, one must:
1. Hold an appropriate degree in a BCIA-approved clinical health care field
2. Meet strict didactic education and clinical training requirements
3. Pass a written certification exam
4. Adhere to the BCIA Professional Standards and Ethical Conduct.
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