The Brain Collective
Suite 5.20, Windsor House
Cornwall Road
Harrogate
HG1 2PW
harrogate@thebraincollective.co.uk
(01423) 565522

 

Can you help me or my child?

For a list of conditions we can help, click here.

What kind of technology/treatment/therapy is involved?

Neurofeedback and Neuro-training. Clients put on a device that looks like a swimming cap connected by wires to a computer. It helps us record, monitor and change electrical activity in your brain. We aim to reduce neurological dysfunction by identifying and correcting brain dysregulation.

How does one get started?

At our initial assessment, we map your child’s brain and identify areas needing work. It takes two hours to assess, process and report. You can then decide whether or not to proceed with therapy.

What is required of my child at the initial assessment?

When we put on the swimming cap device (don’t worry – they won’t feel a thing!) we need a minimum of 1 minute of ‘clean’ artefact free data (no movement or eye blinks) to map the brain. But this one minute of stillness can be obtained over the entire duration and we’ve never met a client who hasn’t managed it - so please don’t be concerned about keeping your child still! Your child can sit on your lap and watch a favourite DVD whilst we run the recording for 10-20 minutes.

 For clients able to follow instruction, we record 5 minutes with eyes open and 5 minutes with eyes closed.

What next?

We create a training program based on your child’s map and advise you to start with a block of 20 one-hour sessions.

What’s the frequency of sessions?

Individual programs differ but generally programs start with a two-week intensive (one-hour twice daily on weekdays) and are followed by bi-weekly or weekly sessions until neurological dysfunction is negated.

What will it cost?

 The initial two-hour assessment costs £285 and includes verbal feedback. For an additional fee, we can provide a written report. After this, each block of 20 sessions costs £2,250.

How long will the whole process take?

The length of each case depends on the condition, its severity, and the individual’s premorbid history (i.e. whether the brain had functioned normally before).

Here are some rough estimates about the duration of treatment:

  • An ADHD case would take around 20-40 sessions over three to six months.
  • Cases of depression and anxiety depend on the duration of the symptoms and could be anything between six to 12 months.
  • Severe autistic spectrum disorder would involve around 100 sessions over a couple of years.
  • Cases of brain damage and global development delay take approximately 2-4 years and between 150 - 200 sessions.

However, right from the first few weeks of treatment, clients (and parents, teachers and friends) generally begin to notice positive differences as the brain changes.

What happens if I have more than one diagnosis?

Don’t worry - multiple diagnoses do not direct our training protocols. Many of our patients have more than one diagnosis.

How old does a child need to be to be considered?

Three years old

Is Neurotherapy safe? Are there side effects?

There are no documented side effects since the 1950s. For further information and clinical evidence see:  www.ISNR.orgwww.AAPB.orgwww.BCIA.org, and www.eeginfo.org.

There are occasionally some temporary ups and downs as the brain re-adjusts. Sometimes people feel ‘tired’ or ‘wired’ for 24 hours after a session however, this usually short-lived.

Are the recovery effects permanent?

Positive effects last in the long-term – long after therapy has stopped (unlike medication for depression). It is important however that therapy is continued until a stable effect is seen.

For sportspeople and business people, intermittent training is required after achieving stability, to maintain optimum function.

Does Neurotherapy always work?

We have not come across anyone internationally who has not benefitted in some way from the treatment.

Can the NHS or private health insurance cover the costs?

Unfortunately, not yet!

Can I use Neurotherapy at the same time as medication?

Yes, in most cases.

Is there any clinical evidence supporting the use of Neurotherapy?

Yes, plenty! Click here for scientific literature available on Neurotherapy, Neurofeedback and Neurofield.

Do I need a referral from my GP or consultant?

No referral required. Just telephone or email us now!

What can I expect during training sessions?

There are two kinds of training:

Passive training with Neurofield or tDCS/tACS only requires an individual to sit in the chair. This is often done with eyes closed listening to music (for individuals with depression or anxiety) or you can watch a film, read a book, do some homework or have a chat!

Formal Neurofeedback training requires the EEG cap to be put on. Once you’re ‘capped up’ you’ll be asked to watch a TV screen. The brightness and sound will be stronger when your brain is working better (difficulty levels are adjusted for each individual). This subconsciously encourages your brain to be receptive.

Using Medication during therapy

In most conditions, brain mapping and Neurotherapy is started whilst on medication and medication can be gradually reduced.  The only medication we encourage to stop prior to the brain map is Ritalin (or similar) used for ADHD. Training may be started on Ritalin and the dose reduced as symptoms subside but in our experience most stop the medication at the start of therapy.

There are no 100% guarantees with any treatment but it would be unusual not to get any benefits. It does require commitment from the individual/parents to achieve optimum results. It’s also important that adolescents and young adults are not forced or coerced into training with us.

We recommend the following for all clients:

1.            A healthy diet particularly avoiding processed foods which are high in sugar and saturated fats.

2.            Regular exercise

3.            Good sleep hygiene/habits

Sometimes we recommend additional strategies to supplement Neurotherapy:

1.            Testing for food sensitivities.

2.            Nutritional supplementation.

3.            Psychological support e.g. talk therapy; horse therapy

4.            Craniosacral osteopathy

5.            Training techniques to support the individual between sessions – interactive exercises on an ipad, sleep pillows, etc. 

Scientific Research

You can find articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Biological Psychiatry, Child Study Journal, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Brain Topography, Clinical Neurophysiology, Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Brain and Cognition, Neuropsychology, Canadian Journal of Clinical Medicine and Journal of Head Trauma.

Additional information can also be found on the following websites:

The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research www.ISNR.org

Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback www.AAPB.org

Biofeedback Certification International Alliance www.BCIA.org

EEGInfo www.eeginfo.org

It should be noted that many healthcare practitioners in conventional medicine rely on clinical trial evidence for medication and do not support the use of ‘alternative treatments’. However, data in Neurotherapy does support a growing body of evidence. Our advice would be to ask as many questions as you wish and do your own research.

 

ILS Packages


We also offer an iLS. The Integrated Listening System is based on the fact that we can change our brains – we can essentially re-wire it through specific and repeated stimulation, a concept known as neuroplasticity.


iLs trains for brain/body integration through a staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression and social skills


THE SCIENCE BEHIND ILS


We also offer the Integrated Listening System  therapy (iLS).


The notion that the brain is able to change in response to stimulation, an ability known as “neuroplasticity,” is now so widely accepted it can be called fact. iLs programs are based on this principle, providing gentle and specific stimulation in order to activate the neural pathways used in the processing of sensory information. Neuronal connections in these pathways are strengthened and new connections are established through repeated sessions of multi-sensory input. iLs programs are customized, i.e. individualized for each person’s therapeutic goals.


Many of our young clients who are on the autistic spectrum, or have sensory hyper-sensitivities, developmental delay, or auditory processing disorder, Dyslexia or ADHD, have benefited greatly from the use of the Integrated Listening Systems (iLS) devices complementary to their neurofeedback and neuromodulation sessions. ILS provide input to the brain via auditory and bone conduction stimulation. This gentle multi-sensory stimulation activates sensory information processing pathways in the brain and improves the brain’s ability to organise and deal successfully with new information. Please follow the link below to the Integrated Listening Systems website, where you can find a very thorough and readable explanation on how iLS influences neurodevelopment, sensorimotor integration, well-being and socialising and learning abilities.
The whole team are licenced iLS providers.


Our iLS package is inclusive of an initial QEEG and maps with consultation, a tailor made programme of 8 -12 weeks to suit individual client needs plus a follow up QEEG at the end of programme.


£1000 inc VAT.

 

 

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