No! For this type of neurofeedback, you do not need to have a specific diagnosis, or even a suspected diagnosis. Our clients use neurofeedback for everything from managing stress to recovering from trauma to improving focus.
We operate in a low-traffic clinic, ensuring that risk of contact with COVID-19 is low. We ask all clients to wear a mask, and sanitize their hands when entering the building, and require completion of a COVID-19 survey before each session. We disinfect all equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after each session, as well as our hands. We’re also currently wearing a mask at all times, and only remaining close enough to connect you to the system for about 45 seconds. During the session, you will be alone in the room, which helps to increase air quality.
Drink lots of water, eat lots of protein. Take it easy after a session (you probably won’t find that difficult: most people feel quite relaxed after a session!). For maximum benefit, refrain from drinking alcohol or using other drugs for 24 hours before or after a session.
With the specific kind of neurofeedback that we use, side effects occur only very rarely (which is why we have chosen it!). Occasionally, clients will feel a bit sleepy after a session, or a slight increase in symptoms during a session or for a few hours afterward. We also don’t recommend doing it several nights in a row right before bed: you may have difficulty sleeping!
The brain responds to the environment you are in all the time in what we call a “feedback loop.” It filters incoming information based on relevance to its primary objective: survival. Neurofeedback introduces a feedback loop that includes information about the actual functioning of the brain itself. When we monitor the brain’s activity and give it feedback, it starts to train towards a more balanced state, which usually means reducing many of the symptoms you have been dealing with. Think of it like the rumble-strips on the side of the highway: when you know you’ve hit the rumble-strip, you self-correct. With practice, you won’t have to hit the rumble strips before you are able to self-correct without any feedback!
You can book in for either a 30-minute session (standard), or a 45-minute session (if you need something extra).
30-minute sessions are $85+HST, 45-minute sessions are $115+HST. We are covered under most insurance plans.
We offer therapy either online, in-person, or a combination of the two.
Credit, debit and e-transfer.
Therapy sessions are $150, and are covered by most group or private insurance plans. You will have to contact your insurance provider, but if your insurance covers “Psychotherapist,” “Clinical Counsellor,” or “Social Worker” you should be able to claim insurance.
Technically, 50 minutes. In reality, they sometimes go a bit longer.
We draw on my training in a variety of types of therapy to make sure that your therapy suits you and your needs. We are grounded in and incorporate Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness-Based therapies, Systemic Dynamics, Emotionally-Focused Therapy.
It depends on the person. Some people want to do a one-off session when a big moment of life comes around, and continue on an a-la-carte basis. Others benefit from a medium-term commitment of 6-12 sessions; with others, therapy is more like going to the gym: it’s an ongoing self-maintenance plan. Together we’ll figure out what works best for you, but I find that people make the most progress when they start with 4-6 sessions on a weekly basis to start seeing shifts, and then we can plan ahead.
It may sound silly, but the biggest indicator of whether therapy will work for you is if you like and trust your therapist. So when you are looking for a therapist, trust your gut. Ask questions, shop around, ask friends who they might recommend. I’m a bit biased, but I also really think therapists should be investing in their personal and professional development: they should walk the talk.
Get in touch. If what you’re dealing with is outside of my area of focus, and I don’t think I’m the best person for you, I’ll do my best to refer you to someone who is a better fit.