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Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to some of the more common questions we get on our cutting edge treatment for ADD/ADHD. If you can't find what you are looking for here, contact one of our ADHD therapists in Sydney today.

What is EEG biofeedback / neurofeedback (NF)?

NF / EEG biofeedback is a treatment used for people with many conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), concentration problems, anxiety, Asperger's, learning disabilities, depression, sleep disorders, migraines, headaches, behaviour disorders, emotional disturbances and PMS, amongst other conditions, by targeting the brain deregulation that is at the root of symptoms. It can also be used to aid with organic brain conditions, including cerebral palsy and seizures.

Through a combination of NF / EEG biofeedback treatments and quality psychologist services, The ADD/ADHD Treatment Centre offers Sydney the most proactive solutions possible.

How does NF / EEG biofeedback work?

NF / EEG biofeedback is used to help a person train their brain in order to correct and regulate brain waves. When information about a person's brainwaves is made available to them, they can learn to change them. It is a type of brain workout.

How does the process work?

Firstly, the person who will be receiving the NF / EEG biofeedback treatment comes in for an initial assessment, in order for us to obtain a description of the symptoms and to provide The ADD/ADHD Treatment Centre with the client's health and family history. Testing may also be done.

Secondly, and in subsequent sessions, the client undertakes actual NF / EEG biofeedback training. One of our trained practitioners places sensors on the client's head to record brain wave signals much in the same way as a doctor places a stethoscope on a patient's chest to detect a heartbeat. The client's brain wave signals are then transcribed into sounds and graphics in the form of a video game.

For example, if a client wants to train their brain to be more focussed instead of distracted, every time their brain moves into an alert state, the client hears a beep and sees graphics on the screen. The more the client uses the correct brainwaves (relaxed, calm, focused), the faster the video game moves, and vice versa. In this way, the client is able to change their brain waves and thereby to train their brain to reach mental states previously unachievable. EEG biofeedback / neurofeedback is painless and non-invasive.

Through NF / EEG biofeedback training, a person's brain learns to become more efficient, flexible and resilient.

How long does it take to work?

Improvements are usually seen within two to five sessions. The number of sessions required to normalise a client's symptoms depends on the individual. Simple cases can require 25 sessions, other cases can take 40 or more sessions, depending on the severity and complexity of the symptoms. Numerous studies have shown that clients often continue to improve after sessions end. As mentioned, in most cases once the treatment is completed, benefits are entirely permanent.

What results can be achieved?

Improvements to a wide range of symptoms can be achieved through NF / EEG biofeedback treatment, including difficulties with:

  • • Concentration and/or staying on task
  • • Restlessness or hyperactivity
  • • Short-term memory
  • • Organisation
  • • Impulsiveness / self-control
  • • Depression / low mood
  • • Anxiety
  • • Reading and other learning difficulties and academic performance
  • • Social skills
  • • Low energy or motivation  
  • • Irritability and meltdowns
  • • Sleep difficulties including chronic insomnia
  • • Chronic pain and more

Are there side effects?

NF / EEG biofeedback has no negative side effects. Over 250 published scientific studies and articles on NF / EEG biofeedback report no harmful effects following NF / EEG biofeedback treatment.

From what age can NF / EEG biofeedback be administered?

From the age of 2½ to 3 years.

How effective is NF / EEG biofeedback?

In general, NF / EEG biofeedback is effective in 75-80% of cases. For The ADD/ADHD Treatment Centre in particular, our success rate is around 85%.

How much does it cost?

With the ADD/ADHD Treatment Centre's inexpensive prices as compared to competitors, your initial assessment costs only $245, while each session after costs $99.75 each. You may be eligible for Medicare and private health rebates. Medicare provides refunds on 10 sessions per year for people with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems who, through their GP, access the mental health plan.

For more information, call our expert team on (02) 9314 1580 today!

How can I access Medicare Rebates?

Medicare provides 10 sessions per calendar year for clients who qualify to access the Mental Health Scheme. ADD/ADHD are considered mental health conditions so anyone with an ADD/ADHD diagnosis should qualify to receive a minimum of 10 sessions covered by Medicare. Book an appointment to see your GP for a Mental Health Plan Assessment to receive psychological consultations with senior psychologist and director of the clinic, Chantal Kayem. Then, bring the referral to our clinic. Medicare rebates will refund $84.80 of the $99.75 fee per session. After six sessions, your GP will have to do a review your progress and approve further sessions.

How many sessions will I need?

It is impossible to say how many sessions a person will need as each brain and each case is different. The more complex the difficulties, the more sessions will likely be needed. In order to normalise symptoms and make permanent changes that will last, clients can need anywhere from 30 sessions to 50 sessions or more.

How often do NF sessions have to be?

2-3 times per week..

Chantal Kayem Gazal

B.A. (Psyc), Grad. Dip (Psyc), M. Edu, M.B.A.

• Registered Psychologist (PS0073834)

• Professional Membership: Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Customer feedback

Megan
David no longer has any problems that he had before. I am eternally grateful to Chantal for saving my son.

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Cathy P. 45 years.
Before going to see Chantal, I had difficulties concentrating, getting organised, and dealing with my stress… Then after NF / EEG biofeedback, I was generally better able to focus on my daily duties without constantly getting off task…I can get myself organised, handle my kids' problems and I am much more relaxed. I highly recommend this EEG biofeedback / neurofeedback treatment with Chantal.

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Con and Angela
We are stocked by the results…and highly recommend it to anyone."

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Louise
Today, Alyssa can concentrate as any of child her age. She no longer fidgets. She continues to falls asleep within minutes of saying 'goodnight'...What a difference from what she was like only a few months ago.

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Cathy
"After the benefits that I saw, I would recommend Chantal and EEG biofeedback / neurofeedback to any parent with a child with ADHD"

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