QEEG / Brain Mapping
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How Does Brain Mapping Work?
During your brain mapping assessment, you will meet your therapist and participate in a conversation to identify your symptoms, concerns and therapy goals. This is an essential step in the assessment process. Each region of the brain and pattern of brain function has multiple roles, and correlations between symptoms and brain dysregulation cannot be accurately made without clear information.
Brain Mapping uses a cap with sensors. Electrical signals are recorded and processed by a complex software program and are compared to a database of ‘normal’ brain signatures (a statistical measurement of ‘average’ brain function). If electrical activity is outside normal limits in a specific part of the brain, this suggests that the area may contribute to the presented problem. The pertinent location is compared to the client’s reported symptoms. If there is a match between neuroanatomy and symptom, intervention is indicated.
Once your therapist has a clear understanding of your concerns and therapy goals, he or she will place a cap with sensors on your head and will record the electrical activity of your brain with your eyes open and eyes closed. Your brain changes function from state to state, so both measurements are important in assessment and treatment planning. If you are unable to complete a portion of the assessment (for example, some clients suffering from PTSD are unable to record in an eyes closed state), this will not stop you from proceeding with training. However, it will limit the information that we receive and will restrict training options to certain protocols.
Your therapist will also complete several additional assessment measures with you in order to establish your baseline level of function and assist with making correlations to brain activity patterns. The assessments administered will vary based upon your primary symptoms and concerns in order to best address your needs.
Processing and analysing a QEEG requires time outside of session. Your therapist will schedule a follow-up session with you to review results and discuss a therapy plan.
Yes, if you would like to receive a detailed report, please notify your clinician. Please be aware that there is an additional cost associated with this request.
The initial in-clinic assessment typically requires 1.5 – 2.0 hours, and the follow up session requires approximately 45 minutes.