Your Initial Consultation (c.90 minutes)
When you come to us for your assessment at your first visit, there are three main elements involved:
- An assessment interview
- An EEG measurement of brain function, and
- A consultation with Dr. Michael Keane, who will be able to talk you through the assessment findings immediately after your assessment.
The assessment begins with a qEEG assessment. This is entirely painless and non-invasive. You will have an EEG cap put on your head and some conductive gel introduced. Please come with clean dry hair and a minimum (or none) of hair product, as clean hair and scalp make for the best contact for our the electrodes. It is also advisable to bring a towel as you will have gel in your hair. You will then have an intake interview, which is a conversation with a member of the Actualise Team to identify history, symptoms, diagnoses etc. as well as your goals for Neurofeedback Training.
The qEEG assessment will give us information about your brain function. It’s a very simple and relaxed process where we put the EEG cap on you as seen in the image. We then take two recordings of your brain function; one with your eyes closed and one with your eyes open. You just sit and relax as this happens. You can learn more about EEG here. We also have a number of videos depicting what happens which you can find here.
What happens next?
After these assessments, we work to link your symptoms and goals to your brain function. We can do this by creating a full set of brain maps. These maps serve as a starting point for us to help to identify which brain areas we might need to work on to best suit your needs. These maps allow us to look at your brain activity in great detail, including allowing us to compare your brain activity to that of other people your age. We utilise a range of important standard EEG indices, including amplitude, coherence, phase, phase coherence, phase lock and amplitude asymmetry. Dr. Keane will discuss these with you once your assessments are done. This all happens on one visit.