Typically, neurofeedback involves initial assessment, followed by the neurofeedback training itself. Initial assessment involves a test of brain function (QEEG) and a computerised psychological screening test to identify difficulties with functioning. This is followed by a consultation with your psychologist to explain the assessment results, plan the neurofeedback training, and set goals for treatment. We offer several types of neurofeedback, so treatment may vary depending on QEEG results, presenting symptoms or other factors, and this would be discussed in the results consultation.
How long will it take?
This is not a simple question to answer. As treatment is individualised, there are many factors that can affect the length of treatment. Neurofeedback works using the brain’s plasticity, so as such it is a physiological change process. It helps to think of it like the physiological changes brought on by exercise – it takes repeated sessions to achieve long-lasting results. In very general terms though, treatment would typically involve 20-40 sessions, usually conducted twice per week. Session lengths can vary from less than 15 minutes through to 1 hour, though again this will vary depending on the treatment type, presenting symptoms, client history, treatment goals and many other factors. A typical course of neurofeedback would generally involve 2 x 45 minute sessions per week for 20 weeks, for a total of 40 sessions. However as stated, this can vary.
How Long Will The Effects Last?
Following completion of a course of neurofeedback, we would expect the results to be very long lasting, if not permanent. However, it’s important to note that major life stresses can still happen, and these can continue to impact upon physical and mental health.
Will it work for me?
Please see our list of conditions that can be treated with neurofeedback. In general terms, we find that the majority of our clients respond well to neurofeedback training. The outcomes are affected by a great number of factors, which is why we offer an initial free half-hour information session with one of our psychologists to discuss your personal circumstances.
What are the costs?
Much like the length of treatment, the costs will vary depending on the treatment type. Generally, fixed costs include the QEEG, psychological screening test, and results consultation. The cost of each neurofeedback session is determined by the treatment type and length of session. Since there are many variables, the costs involved in assessment and treatment are explained during the half-hour free information session, and again during the results consultation.
Is this a new treatment?
No, neurofeedback has been used in clinical settings since the 1960s.
Is there any evidence for its efficacy?
Yes. Please see the Evidence/Research section under the “Neurotherapy” heading on this website.
Is it painful?
Neurofeedback is not painful. Some people with very high sensory sensitivity may feel some slight discomfort with the physical contact involved with attaching EEG sensors.
Is neurofeedback safe?
Yes, asneurofeedback works using the body’s own physiological processes. When working with mental health conditions it is important to note that neurofeedback can help bring insight to problems with functioning, which may be concerning at first. This is an important part of the change process, as once a problem reaches awareness, it can be worked with and improved.
Is treatment covered by Medicare/Private Health?
Medicare rebates are available for psychological services for clients with a referral from a medical practitioner. Please note that neurofeedback sessions, QEEG and other assessments are not covered by Medicare. Some private health funds do provide rebates for psychological services, depending on the fund and level of cover.
Conditions We Treat
- ADHD (Hyperactive and/or Inattentive)
The value of neurofeedback as a non-medication treatment for ADHD is well documented. Read More >
- Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety is a term used to describe the physical sensations associated with the body's fight-or-flight response. These often include rapid heart-rate, sweating, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. Read More >
Depression is a psychological condition characterised by low mood, poor motivation, low energy and loss of interest in enjoyable activities. Read More >
Addiction is characterised by compulsive seeking of rewarding stimuli, despite negative consequences. Addictions come in many forms, such as alcohol or drugs, gambling, food, and video gaming. Read More >
- Post-Traumatic Stress
Experiencing traumatic events can lead to changes in functioning. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder characterised by repeated, intrusive memories of traumatic events. Read More >
- Chronic Pain
Pain is a complex physical and emotional response to injury. There are a great number of factors that influence a person's experience of pain. Read More >
Headaches are the experience of pain in the head and neck. Headaches are among the most commonly experienced physical discomforts. Read More >
Insomnia is a disorder affecting sleep. It can affect sleep onset, sleep maintenance or sleep quality. Read More >
- Brain Injury
Brain injury can cause a wide range of difficulties with functioning. Brain injuries can be caused by external events such as a blow to the head, or by internal events such as stroke. Read More >
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder affecting around 1.5% of the population. Children and adults with ASD experience difficulties with communication and social interactions, and often also experience sensory sensitivity and anxiety. Read More >
- Improving Cognitive Performance
Neurofeedback has been found to be effective in improving the cognitive functioning of children and adults. Read More >