The PeakMind Approach to Neurofeedback


Our approach to neurofeedback training is methodical and data-driven.

 

We know that each individual is unique and has specialised personal needs. So, we gather numerous data from the individual (e.g. Brain Maps, questionnaire data), and subsequently design a personalised treatment plan tailored to each individual, taking into account their unique issues or problems, and assessment data. We will then use this data to guide the neurofeedback training over time, and to monitor progress and effectiveness. This personalised approach helps to ensure the success of each individual client.


Neurofeedback training components


At PeakMind, neurofeedback training consists of three components. Firstly, the individual undergoes an extensive initial assessment which is normally conducted at one of our clinics. This includes a quantitative EEG (qEEG) assessment, clinical interview, standard neuropsychological tests* and questionnaires. You will also be asked to compile a list of your goals and objectives for the neurofeedback training.


A quantitative EEG is a full 19-lead EEG assessment which helps us to determine areas of the brain that would benefit most from neurofeedback training (for more information on quantitative EEG see here*). In our clinics a client's qEEG recording is analysed using complex mathematical and statistical methods, and compared to a normative database to determine which areas of the brain are functioning well and which areas may be functioning below the optimum. Using specialised computer equipment and software, dysregulated or abnormal brain wave patterns can be identified, quantified and displayed in a diagnostic tool called a “brain map.” Such data is used to create a personalised treatment plan specific to the individual. (The findings and recommendations are presented in a comprehensive report).


The second component is the course of neurofeedback training itself. This stage also entails the serial completion of symptom/behaviour change checklists (in which we review your initial training goals to assess our progress), and the review of each neurofeedback session; all of which allow us to fine tune the neurofeedback training parameters to achieve the best results possible.

 

The third component is a post-training evaluation session, which includes a second qEEG, repeated questionnaires, and a follow-up interview. Comparisons between the post-training evaluation session and the initial assessment allow us to objectively show the gains made during and after a course of training. At this stage plans can also be made for additional follow-up assessments depending on the needs of the individual.


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