Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that uses an electroencephalogram - or EEG - to provide information on what electrical activity is occurring in your brain at each moment during a chosen task. Neurofeedback uses a learning theory model, in which it uses both visual and auditory rewards to inform clients whether they are achieving the goals set during each session. Over time, the goal of neurofeedback is to encourage the brain to more readily use new learned patterns. At the Attune Centre, Dr. McLeod uses EEGer4 neurofeedback primarily to help reduce arousal and increase self-regulation.
During a Neurofeedback session, electrodes are placed on the scalp using a conductive paste. The location of the electrodes is dependent on careful assessment and monitoring of symptoms and needs. Once applied, the electrodes begin reading both the frequencies and the amplitudes of the brain's electrical activity in the chosen area. At this point, clients begin to watch a video game that translates their brain activity into a visual scene. During this game, clients are rewarded for increasing the amplitude of certain target frequencies while decreasing the amplitude of other frequencies.
Neurofeedback is available to all clients of the centre should it be decided in consultation with Dr. McLeod that there may be benefits to trying the treatment. Neurofoeedback is best done in conjunction with supportive therapy. However, because of the focus on game play, It can be a particularly good fit for those clients who are resistant to more traditional talk therapy or for whom previous therapy has been unsuccessful.