Frequently asked questions

What happens after?

 
The weeks following your sessions are important to making the new neural nets dominant over the old. It is important to use your new mental freedom to make healthier choices and implement the changes you need to make. 
 
The more you use your new neural connections, the more dominant they become. It’s the nature of the brain, and of learning any new skill.
 

What results can I expect?

 

We prioritise your training to meet your goals, and you can expect to meet those goals. 

Most report a feeling of regaining the vitality they had gradually lost as other things got in the way. A feeling of being more comfortable in their own skin; feeling more like themselves - alert and relaxed, alive and quiet at the same time. 

How soon will I see changes?

 

As with learning any new skill, the effects are cumulative.  

Most people experience improvements after the first few sessions; however they will likely only last a day or two. After more training and further reinforcement, the changes will last longer. 

As the psychological core improves, old habits naturally shift into healthier ones. Like building a muscle, strengthening new neural-pathways requires some practice. 

How many sessions will I need?

Since neurofeedback involves learning and every person is unique, the type, order and pace of change differs from person to person. Young brains learn much faster than older ones, and a small issue shifts quicker than a big one. 

Typically, the more long standing and entrenched the symptoms the more sessions are required. You can expect the gains to be cumulative over the course.

How Effective is it?

 
Neurofeedback is effective in the vast majority of cases, and provides measurable results. 
 
While it’s not a panacea, almost everyone responds to training, and the results are long lasting. Our clients report significant improvement towards their goals 95% of the time; an exceptionally high rate of achievement. 
 

What is it like?

 

Sessions are quite pleasant.

You recline comfortably in a chair while sensors listen to your brainwaves.

A video, some music, or a game tells you when your brain is meeting the training target and when it's not. Using this gauge, you are learning how to move your brain in new ways - stretching your mental muscles, showing your brain the way toward more comfort, more balance, and better function. 

Is neurofeedback safe?

 

Yes, neurofeedback is completely non-intrusive and safe. In the same way that muscles strengthen after use, neurofeedback strengthens neural-pathways with specifically tailored exercises. It is simply a learning technique. 

Neurofeedback side effects

 
Neurofeedback is the brain equivalent of physical exercises, and the most common side effect of physical exercise is that you get tired. As with physical training, fatigue is the most commonly reported side effect after a session.
 

Is neurofeedback available on the NHS?

 
Neurofeedback is not yet recognised by the NHS. The NHS is a big ship to turn; medication remains the intervention of choice. 
 
Councils can sometimes help with funding under their social care provision. We currently work with traumatised children for Bournemouth council under their adoption care programme. 
 

Will I get a Diagnosis? Is it a cure?

 
We don’t diagnose, nor is a diagnosis required to understand the problem. We map your brain, looking for areas of over or under-activity that correspond to your symptoms, and design a brain training programme to help you move forward. 
 

Will I still need Medication?

 
As the central nervous system becomes more regulated and symptoms subside, we often see a reduction in the amount of medication required to manage those symptoms.
 
This is usually first apparent with sleeping medications, as sleep becomes easier without the outside help.  
 

What are your qualifications?

 
Brainworks has been operating full time since 2007; we are professionally trained and certified, with years of supervision and thousands of hours of experience behind us. 
 

Why haven't I heard of this?

 
Scientific understanding of the way the brain works has been changing rapidly. Less than a decade ago, brainwave patterns were believed to be unimportant; the brain fixed and unchangeable. Neurofeedback was therefore deemed 'scientifically impossible', thus subject to immediate dismissal.