Frequently asked questions
What to expect for the first session:
The first session lasts approximately one+ hours. During the first session we do the intake, where we discuss where you currently are and where you would like to go, in terms of goals (for example better focus, better performance at work, more confidence, higher self-esteem etc.) and diminishment of concerns that you would prefer to see (such as unwanted thoughts, lack of motivation, worry, anxiety, depression, etc.). We discuss the neurofeedback process and what to expect during and after the training.
How often are sessions done?
Typically sessions are done once per week. If you seek quicker results then twice per week can be a good choice for you, while once every two weeks can suit you better if the change is coming too fast and you would like to take it slower.
Is it safe?
NeurOptimal® is not only the most advanced, efficient and robust neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) system currently available, it is also the safest. There are no side-effects since NeurOptimal® simply provides information to the brain, which the brain decides on its own how to utilize. During and after each session mostly positive effects are noticed by the majority of clients, however, in a small percentage of clients during the first few sessions temporary effects may appear, for example, a headache the next day or less amount of sleep one night. Similar to a gym workout, these are part of the training process. When starting to train at the gym, your muscles may become sore, and once they get used to the training only the benefits are experienced.
Are the effects permanent?
Like learning how to ride a bicycle, the progress you make through training is permanent. Every session is a “life lesson” that enhances the intrinsic wisdom, flexibility, and resilience of your brain. If you pause training and decide to continue, later on, the brain will still remember all that it has learned so far. Occasionally, when a very stressful or traumatic event occurs down the line, it is possible that the brain can benefit from a few sessions (usually one to three) to return to the optimal state it had achieved through the previous training.
Does it work for everyone?
As with everything, this may not work for everyone. Over fifteen years of data indicate that the overwhelming majority of people respond to the training. As it is uncommon that someone will not respond, in my practice I haven't had a client who trained for at least six sessions and didn’t see any changes occurring whatsoever, although it is possible.
What are the minimum and maximum recommended amount of sessions?
If you would like to find out if neurofeedback can help you, the minimum recommended amount of sessions is six. Within six sessions, you will be able to feel at least some subtle shifts happening, and thus give you a sense of the potential future benefits. In other cases, the brain responds faster, where six sessions are all that is needed to complete the training. With NeurOptimal®, the brain cannot over-train, so there is no maximum recommended amount of sessions. Every additional session gives the brain a chance to better optimize. Eventually, you will reach a very optimal state, were continuing to train makes a small difference, and that can be a sign for the natural completion of your training.
How much does it cost?
The fee for the intake and the regular session is $50, while the fee for an extended session is $70. While training your brain with neurofeedback can cost you a fair amount, most clients find that the benefits are invaluable and life-changing, making it a very safe choice for your health and well-being.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit for training with NeurOptimal®.
Is there a cancellation fee?
In case of cancellation with 24 hours’ notice before the session, there is no fee. A no-show or cancellation, a fee will be charged of $50.