FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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How does neurotherapy work?
During a QEEG-guided Neurotherapy training session, electrodes are placed on the patient’s scalp while an EEG records brain wave activity. The patient then plays a game, similar to a video game, or watches a movie. When the patient produces normal brain waves, a positive reinforcement (feedback/reward) is given. For example, if the patient is playing a video game, such as the old “Pac Man” game, the Pac Man moves when the patient makes the desired brain wave activity; otherwise, Pac Man slows or stops. If the patient watches a movie during the session, the movie is on loud and clear (reinforcement/feedback) when brainwave activity moves toward a “normal” direction; otherwise, the picture flickers, fades, and the sound goes off. In other words, when the brain produces abnormal brain waves (i.e., those associated with ADHD, anxiety, dyslexia, reading problems, etc.) no reward (reinforcement/feedback) is given (Pac Man does not move/the movie does not play). Since the brain is a “learning machine,” it will figure out a way to make more of the normal brain wave activity and less of the abnormal activity. The patient is not conscious of his brain’s efforts to gain the reward.
Are there side effects from the therapy?
Only rarely, perhaps a tension headache. No long-term ill effects have been reported from QEEG-guided Neurotherapy to normalize brain wave activity.
What are the advantages of QEEG-guided Neurotherapy compared to drug therapy?
Drugs often do not “cure” problems, and have harmful side effects such as decreased appetite, insomnia, lethargy, or depression. QEEG-guided Neurotherapy is non-invasive, holistic, and there are no significant side effects. It resolves (remediates) problems instead of temporarily suppressing or “masking” them. The patient becomes able to perform well on his own, without having to depend on drugs.
What is a QEEG (Quantitative EEG?)
QEEG (quantitative EEG) is the abbreviation for Quantitative Electroencephalogram. It is also known as a Brain Map. The QEEG is derived by digitally analyzing the EEG. The data obtained by the EEG is run through several databases that compare data from the patient with individuals in the same age range who do not have the same problems as the patient. Dr. Walker personally reads each QEEG, and from the QEEG analysis he makes individualized recommendations to guide the training sessions.
Why is the QEEG (Brain Map) so valuable?
Often times one or more symptoms of a problem will be evident (such as ADD or ADHD); however, other problems may exist—such as auditory or visual processing problems, reading problems, anxiety, or depression. The QEEG (Brain Map), is more objective than other tests, and unlike many other tests, can identify such problems. The training can then address all of the problems during the course of the treatment. It must be noted, that many times problems masquerade as something else (such as ADD), but other problems exist. Those problems are also significant, and need to be addressed for the patient to obtain optimal brain function
Why don’t all practitioners use QEEG-guided Neurotherapy?
The treatment is relatively new. Most practitioners have not been trained in EEG, QEEG, and QEEG-guided Neurotherapy. A significant amount of hands-on experience is necessary to learn how to do it. It is technologically intensive, and the equipment is expensive. Some practitioners use types of neurofeedback that are not QEEG-guided; however, the results usually are not as successful as those guided by the QEEG.
How many QEEG-guided Neurotherapy sessions are required?
Since everyone’s brain is different, required sessions depend on the number and severity of the abnormalities found on the QEEG. Training may be accomplished in as few as 10 sessions, but on average, 20-50 sessions are required. More sessions may be required for severe problems.
How frequently should QEEG-guided Neurotherapy training sessions be done?
EEG-guided Neurotherapy is a learning technique (operant conditioning). If training is done less than two times per week, the patient forgets, requiring more sessions. Most patients train two times per week. With more frequent training, results are seen more quickly, but are not necessarily better.
How long is a session?
A typical session lasts about 25 to 30 minutes; however, individual patients may require longer sessions.
Is the training painful?
No. Both the assessment and training are painless and non-invasive.
Is training successful for both children and adults?
Yes. Our patients are between ages 5-93 years of age.
How successful is QEEG-guided Neurotherapy training?
QEEG-guided Neurotherapy training is almost always successful if the patient is cooperative. The training may not go well if the patient is stressed, sleep deprived, uncooperative, or ill.
Will I continue to take my medications during the therapy?
Dr. Walker monitors all medications. Usually medications can be decreased or eliminated with successful therapy. The medication usually does not interfere with the therapy and may be continued until it is no longer needed.
How young can a child begin QEEG-guided Neurotherapy sessions?
Usually children can begin training at about five years of age. We also treat older children and adults.
Will insurance pay?
Are Saturday training sessions available at the Neurotherapy Center of Dallas?
What is the usual procedure at Neurotherapy Center of Dallas?
Patients first schedule an intake evaluation with Dr. Walker, a board-certified neurologist. He determines if additional tests will be useful in helping to further diagnose the patient’s problems. Diagnostic tests, such as the QEEG, are usually ordered, which is the second step. When the test results are complete, a follow-up session with Dr. Walker is scheduled to explain the results and the plan for training sessions. Next, training sessions begin. Often another QEEG is ordered during the course of the sessions, or at the conclusion of a series of sessions, to determine the effectiveness of the training.
Why should I choose Neurotherapy Center of Dallas rather than another clinic that does Neurotherapy?
Neurotherapy Center of Dallas is a medical clinic. Dr. Jonathan Walker is intensely involved with the discovery and use of ways to help patients heal, rather than just to have their symptoms suppressed. Dr. Walker combines his traditional neurological medical practice with other successful non-drug treatments such as QEEG-guided Neurotherapy. Patients receive a thorough neurological evaluation and treatment. Each patient receives individualized treatment protocols based on Dr. Walker’s experience and expertise.
What are Dr. Jonathan Walker’s credentials?
Jonathan Walker, M.D. is a Board Certified Neurologist who is also Board Certified in Electroencephalography and in BCIA certified in EEG Neurofeedback. He is a nationally recognized pioneer in the field of Neurotherapy and a researcher in areas of learning difficulties. Dr. Walker is the President of the American Board of QEEG Technology and is past President of the Neurofeedback section of the AAPB. He is the founder of the Neurotherapy Center of Dallas.
What if I have further questions?
Where is Neurotherapy Center of Dallas?
We are in Dallas, on the southeast quadrant of the intersection of Hillcrest Rd. and LBJ Freeway (I-635) at 12870 Hillcrest Rd., Suite 201, Dallas, TX, 75230.
How do I make an appointment with Dr. Walker?
Call our office at 972-991-1153 to schedule an intake evaluation.
What common problems do you treat?
ADD, ADHD, Anger Control, Anxiety, Asperger’s, Autism, Bed Wetting, Behavior Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Pain, Depression, Closed Head Injury, Dyslexia, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Impulsivity, Learning Difficulties, OCD, ODD, Parkinson’s Disease, Peak Performance, P.T.S.D., Seizures, Sensory Integration Disorder, Stroke, Sleep Disorders, Stress, Tic Disorders.