Quantitative EEG (qEEG)
What is Quantitive EEG?
Quantitative EEG, is sometimes referred to as brain mapping. It is the measurement through the digital technology of electrical patterns at the surface of the scalp which primarily reflects cortical electrical activity or “brainwaves.” Brainwaves occur at various frequencies. Some are fast, and some are quite slow. The classic names of these EEG bands are delta, theta, alpha, and beta.
The qEEG assists us in knowing if there are abnormalities in brain function that EEG neurofeedback might be helpful in treating, and lets us know how we can individualize neurofeedback to the unique problems of each patient. For example, there have been many subtypes of ADD/ADHD which have been identified in scientific research – none of which can be diagnosed by observing the person’s behavior. Some clinicians use a one-size-fits-all approach that uses a standardized intervention based only on the fact, for example, that someone has received an unrefined, overall diagnosis of ADD/ADHD based on their behavioral symptoms. However, a sophisticated QEEG brain map allows us to look much deeper and to tailor treatment to each patient’s brain pattern. When treatment is focused on altering brain function, we strongly recommend that you allow us to follow a careful approach to treatment planning that is founded on scientific psychophysiological (QEEG) evaluation, rather than prematurely beginning neurofeedback based on limited information, educated guesses or theories about what the underlying problems and processes may be.
MA, LPC, LMHC,
Clinical Psychophysiologist and
Behavioral Health Specialist
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