New intake assessments for neurofeedback run 2.5 hours long. We begin by gathering some basic contact and other general information.
We then spend some time identifying current and past chronic symptoms. This is important since how these improve is what guides the process. The expectation is that they will all improve or, commonly, completely resolve. The symptoms are entered into a Symptom Tracking program which allows us to reevaluate their intensity over time. This provides a graphical representation of progress, and people find this very useful.
We then take some time for you to perform the QIK test. This is a 21 minute long assessment of the current functional state of your nervous system. Using a small handheld device, every 4 seconds either a “target” or “non-target” will briefly flash. Whenever a target flashes, you push a button. This is called a “continuous performance test” because it measures both your accuracy and your speed of response over an extended length of time where the goal is to stay tuned in and focused. The results of the QIK test tell us a lot about how your brain is operating. It is a great way to help us understand the functional state of your brain at the start of neurofeedback training. It gives us a baseline measurement from which we can guage progress. The expectation is that this will improve with continued neurofeedback training. After every 20 sessions, we do another QIK test during the Evaluation Session, where we compare the two.
After spending the time with gathering information and seeing where your brain is at the start, you will then do a 30 minute session of ILF HD neurofeedback. You will experience firsthand what this is like, and you will begin the process of healing.
Any final questions you have will be answered as we debrief the session.