What does a Neurofeedback session look like?
Each session lasts about 50-minutes. Your brain technician will begin by collecting basic information from you including how you are feeling and if you noticed any changes since the last session.
You will then sit in a comfortable chair while the technician places a tiny sensor on each side of your head and three ear clips on your ears. These tiny sensors are attached with water-soluble paste which helps pick up the delicate electrical activity of your brain. Much like an EKG or ECG, the system is simply reading the signal. Your technician will then give you a headset and offer you a blanket while you listen to music and watch visuals on a monitor, if you so choose.
The Neuroptimal® will then take a reading of your baseline and then your session will commence. There will be very brief pauses in the sound and image. Sometimes they are so quick you don’t consciously notice them. Your brain uses the mathematics behind these cues to distinguish between efficient and less effective brain activity. Clients tend to find these sessions very relaxing. The Neuroptimal® session itself takes 33 minutes. After it has completed, the trainer will take another reading and compare it to your baseline.
As the sensors are being removed you will be given another form to fill specific to your session experience. Both the baseline and post-session recording will be saved on your profile. If you would like to review the recordings, discuss your experiences or your progress you may set up an appointment with a Neurofeedback counsellor. We recommend doing this at least every ten sessions.
Will the hypnotherapist be controlling me?
No. When some people think of hypnosis they become concerned that they will become controlled to do what the hypnotherapist tells them to do, but this is not true. When a person is in a hypnotic state they are in a hyper-attentive, conscious, and relaxed state. They are free to ignore, give themselves a different suggestion, and decide whether or not to explore what is being suggested.
Will I have to revisit unpleasant or traumatic experiences?
No. Hypnosis does not require that you go back to any negative experiences or trauma. For this reason, hypnosis is very helpful for clients that have experienced any kind of trauma or unpleasant experiences. Rather, the hypnotherapist must reframe the memory in a positive way and give the client a positive experience in the present, and a suggestion for the future.
Are appointments in-person, virtual, or over the telephone?
We offer appointments in-person in our office in North Vancouver, telephone appointments, as well as appointments via a secure online video platform. Your initial 30-min free consultation will be a telephone or online video appointment, you can select whichever you prefer when you book, but appointments after that can be in-person if you would prefer that.
Will insurance cover my appointment?
If you have an extended health insurance plan you may be able to use your benefits to cover part or all of your appointment cost. Plans can vary, so please check if your policy provides coverage for counselling services provided by either a Registered Clinical Counsellor or a Certified Canadian Counsellor. If you do, you can be reimbursed for your appointment cost through your insurance company at the rate that is detailed in your plan.