What happens in a therapy session?
Each session is essentially a look at where you are in your life right now. After welcoming you in to my home, you find a comfortable space to sit in and I will invite you to share what's been going on in your life, in your week.. what's on your mind, what's bothering you, a dream you may have had which you'd like to explore or whether there are any goals you'd like to discuss.
You can speak openly, anything goes - the session is confidential and unlike a social situation you can say exactly as you feel without worrying that you're going to hurt my feelings or damage our relationship, anything you want to say or need to say is ok. I will listen. You won't be criticised, interrupted or judged as you speak.
We may have a conversation in which I aim to be open and congruent, meeting you with respect and without judgement in the 'here and now'. I work from the principle that I do not have any vested interest in any particular outcome and in our encounter we aim to meet fully and authentically together.
I may notice and feed back something you've said to bring your awareness to it or perhaps note something about a specific movement you may be doing (if this is ok for you). We may try an experiment which may help you work through a particular issue. We might do some constellations work, draw, role play and discuss your dreams. I may bring in some meditation exercises to do together or discuss some relevant psych-education theory, all of which with your permission. We may sit quietly in silence! Sometimes we may think up some homework together relevant to your goals.
Every therapy session is different, our client-therapist relationship will be unique to us.
What happens in a neurofeedback session?
On arrival and settling into my study, we will talk a little about how you are doing and (if you've been before) how your time has been since our last session.
This enables me to gauge what we will then do in our session. I have consciously chosen to use two different neurofeedback systems: I will explain both to you and we will decide which one is most suitable for you.
Simply, the choice is between classical neurofeedback (where I choose - with your input - what areas to target, which protocol to use and the potential length of time to train at each site) and neurodynamic feedback (where the equipment reads your brainwaves and makes suggestions). We can do a Brainwave Activity Analysis and a Biofeedback breathing test Throughout I will endeavour to answer your questions.
I will then set up a breathing 'pacer', which works on biofeedback principles, to help you breathe at the rate at which your body works most efficiently (where your 'heart rate variability' is at its optimum).
Whilst you are 'breathing' consciously for 3-5 minutes, I will potter around putting sensors on your head in specific locations, and will set up the appropriate 'protocol' which we have decided to do.
You choose the music you'd like to listen to. The neurofeedback then starts..
Music will play while you're using the desired brainwaves and stutter more when you're not. Your brain is very clever and wants to hear music so it very quickly works out that if this particular brain wave is used by you (or if we want to decrease that brainwave, if your brain uses less of that frequency), you hear more music. Depending on what we are wanting to achieve, you might have your eyes open or closed, you might be reading a book or working on a soduku or something similarly taxing.
You will train for 20-40 minutes, but if you are very sensitive we might decide to do less each session, to support you. I will monitor progress.
What is a brainwave assessment
A simple Brainwave Assessment – the system I use is called a Clinical Q - takes ten minutes.
I ask you to close your eyes, open them, work out some simple mathematics, while the system is reading your brainwaves. Once that is computed we can look at the results which come in a series of questions and suggested protocols, looking at areas of the brain that might be working more or less ‘efficiently'. In discussion with you we decide on which issues are most pressing for you and where in your brain is training most needed, and start off the journey.