Below you’ll find a list of the questions we’re commonly asked:
What services do you provide at actualise?
At Actualise, we provide services in two broad categories: Clinical Work (e.g. assessments and intervention in areas like depression, anxiety and ADHD) and Peak Performance work (like our work with Connacht Rugby or in various various workplaces).
In our Clinical work, we conduct Clinical Psychology interventions and assessments (e.g. WAIS, WMS), Educational Assessments, and provide Neurofeedback Training, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Nutrition and Diet Advice, Positive Behaviour Support (for children and adolescents with behavioural problems at home or at school) and a range of workshops and seminars.
In our Peak Performance, work we also provide Neurofeedback Training, as well as seminars, workshops and group activities related to Brain Health in the workplace, including Mindfulness and Stress Reduction. We tailor solutions for each workplace, so contact us to find out how we can best suit your needs.
What is Neurofeedback Training?
Neurofeedback Training (NFT) is a scientifically validated method of ‘brain training’ that helps your brain to learn how to work in a more efficient way. It is based on a very well-studied way of learning called operant conditioning. Please click through the NFT tab in main menu to explore more about NFT.
Can I have more information on your workshops and seminars?
We tailor workshops and seminars for workplaces, schools, parents groups and clinical teams. Workshops and seminars (e.g. Improving Innovation Through Better Brain Health, Helping Parents of Anxious Children, Dealing With Problem Behaviours in the Classroom) are delivered here at the Actualise Clinic in Glasnevin and also locally for you and your colleagues. Just get in touch to arrange a visit from our team!
Do you provide services outside of Dublin?
Yes! We provide workshops, information seminars and psychoeducational workshops outside of Dublin. Regarding NFT, we sometimes will hold mobile clinics if there is demand in a particular geographical location. Please get in touch if you would like more information on this.
Are you actively involved in any academic work?
Yes, we are currently working on a number of projects. These include collaborations with Trinity College, Dublin City University, St. James's Hospital, Craigavon Area Hospital, TUSLA, The Brain & Behaviour Foundation, The Migraine Association of Ireland, and Streetline. Along with these research collaborators, we have a range of other partner groups who can be found on our partners page.
What age groups do you deal with?
We deal with people from the age fo 5 to 85! About 60% of our clients are children and adolescents, and about 40% adults.
How does Neurofeedback training work?
NFT is a work out for your brain. In the same way you would train a specific muscle group in the gym to achieve a physical goal, NFT helps you to train parts of your brain to also reach personal goals. NFT uses instruments to measure what your brain is doing and ‘feeds’ this back to you on a computer screen, in a way that’s easy to understand. This gives you an opportunity to learn from the feedback to gain more control over your brain function and make your brain more efficient. If your brain works better, you work better! Learn more about Neurofeedback Training and how it works here.
Is Neurofeedback Training safe?
Will it hurt or will I feel anything?
Not at all. When you do NFT we monitor and record what your brain is doing using passive sensors (like recording your pulse or your heart rate) and nothing is ever sent to your body via these sensors. These sensors are called electrodes and are part of our EEG cap. To help these sensors get a good signal, we use a little conducting gel, and that might be a bit cold, but that is the only thing you’ll feel!
What can Neurofeedback Training be used for?
How effective is NFT?
There are two major parts which influence the effectiveness of NFT; Neurological Factors and Personal Factors. You can read more about the scientific basis and neurological factors where we discuss what NFT is used for and where the scientific evidence is strongest. We generally have very favourable results with the vast majority of our clients in reducing symptoms and moving towards goals. Most brains respond to training, and most people will feel results which are measureable and lasting.
Whatever your goals are, you can be assured that the staff here at Actualise will be dedicated to developing a detailed and personalised protocol for you. The next piece of the puzzle for achieving results is your input which you can read about in this section.
How does the whole process begin?
How many sessions do I need?
This differs from person to person, and particularly from children to adults. Traditionally, the ‘industry standard’ for traditional NFT was roughly 60/80 sessions, but with our more advanced technology and improved protocols, our clients generally require much fewer.
Depending on individual needs, in general, our clients require around 20 one-hour sessions, with 'tapering sessions' after that. Tapering consists of three sessions roughly one, three and six months after your last session.
How often can I do the sessions?
Again this can vary with your personal circumstances. We often recommend two sessions per week initially for optimum learning, with a review thereafter, but this is variable. A minimum of at least one session per week is needed in order to satisfy the requirements for efficient learning. We always start with an initial consultation and assessment, and we can work our schedule there together.
What will happen at the NFT sessions?
During each Neurofeedback Training session, you will wear the EEG cap and we will monitor your brain activity. You will be asked to watch the screen and get a movie to play or get a video game to work. The video/game will play based on your brain activity and as your brain activity being fed back to you, you can begin to gain some control over it as we move through sessions. All in all, sessions are generally comfortable, if a little tiring.
When will I see the benefits?
Some people report feeling some positive effects as early as 3 or 4 sessions in, but for most people it tends to take longer (again it varies based on goals, your own input, age etc.) The early positive effects tend to be subtle and short-lived, and it is with continued reinforcement and training that these benefits become more noticeable and stable.
NFT is strengthening new and more efficient neural pathways and patterns, which is much like exercising a muscle in the body. As with physical training, people see benefits at different rates and other factors apart from the training itself will have an influence. As a result, it can take varying amounts of time to see changes.
Will the effects last?
Results gained with NFT are generally well maintained; especially once you maintain the behavioural changes that go along with them. As NFT trains towards greater efficiency, it is easier for your brain to maintain this new way of working. With this in mind, it is important to try not to let yourself fall back into old habits which would support old brain patterns. Continuing to break old habits is continuing to practise using your improved brain patterns and new neural pathways. Practise will make them more dominant over old ones, and thus maintaining effects.
As we change and develop, especially when we are young, our brains may go back to the ‘old way’ of working. This may just occur as we change, as old habits begin again, or it may be triggered by particular events. If this happens, our brains can ‘relearn’ what it learned before with a small number of sessions.
Will my health insurance cover the costs/can I get tax relief?
Do you have a cancellation policy?
When you book a consultation, we take a €50 non-refundable deposit. This is then deducted from your consultation fee. For NFT sessions, you are required to give at least 24 hours’ notice. Otherwise, a €40 cancellation fee will apply. We appreciate you adhering to our policy.
Do you have a waiting list?
Generally, yes. Due to the increasing demand for our services, as well as the positive outcomes, demand for our services is high. We try to keep waiting times down, but you may experience a wait before your consultation. We can give you an estimate of waiting time once you make contact with us.
Can I skip to the top of the waiting list?
Where can I read more about NFT?
There are a number of resources online where you can learn more about Neurofeedback. A good starting point is our About Neurofeedback' section. We also recommend that, if you do search for Neurofeedback Training online, you use reputable sources like Google Scholar.