Getting Started with Neurofeedback in Portland, OR

How to get started with Neurofeedback in Portland and what a session looks like.

Getting Started

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How do I start Neurofeedback

How do I know if it’s for me?

 

I offer free phone consultations to help you determine if neurofeedback may be a good fit.  An intake session must be completed before beginning neurofeedback.  During this we discuss psychological and medical history, as well as what to expect from the training.

 
Portland Neurofeedback session

What does a session look like?

To begin the session, the clinician will place several sensors at various locations on the scalp.  A non-toxic, mild conductive paste is used to hold the sensors in place and help pick up the signal of electrical activity from the brain.  No stimulation is given to the brain, the sensors only read the brain's activity.  The client then can either watch a movie on the screen or relax quietly, while a tone plays in the background. This tone is a reflection of the client’s brain activity - it is as if we are showing the brain a mirror of what it is doing. This allows the brain to make adjustments, becoming more balanced and able to regulate more effectively.

Ideally, neurofeedback sessions take place twice a week, and run for about an hour.  Part of this time is spent discussing the neurofeedback experience, as well as exploring other possible take-home techniques such as mindfulness exercises that can enhance the training process. 

 
 
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How long does neurofeedback take?

Do the changes last?

There is no set amount of neurofeedback sessions; the number is different for each individual.  With ISF neurofeedback training, clients often notice changes in the first few sessions.  A minimum of 15-20 sessions is recommended to allow changes to solidify.  As the neurofeedback progresses the clinician will continuously evaluate progress with you to ensure that you are getting what you need from the treatment.

Many people find a great deal of relief from symptoms after a few months of doing neurofeedback, and the average number of sessions varies but is often around 40.  This is dependent upon the severity of symptoms, how well the individual responds to training, and other environmental and lifestyle factors.

The changes from neurofeedback are most often permanent.  At times a client may need or want a “tune-up” session, but the goal of neurofeedback is that the brain is changed and remains in a more self-regulated state.  This can be in contrast to many medications which may or may not bring about permanent change, often with unwanted side-effects.

 

Jessica Weimer, LPC, BCN