Brain Quest Clinics

BrainQuest Clinics Australia provides established psychological interventions as well as cutting edge and evidence-based neurofeedback and biofeedback technologies.

We Specialise in

Anxiety

Anxiety can be hard to bear in yourself, and even harder to watch in your child. Whilst 'talk' therapies can be helpful in some cases, often it is more effective to directly train the body and brain to restore (or learn) healthy functional patterns of activity. Biofeedback and neurofeedback are safe and effective tools for this purpose. Case studies demonstrate that neurofeedback is an effective treatment for anxiety disorder and that patients were still symptom free at one-year follow up.

ADHD

Neurofeedback is an effective alternative to medication and may be the treatment of choice when medication is ineffective, has side effects, or compliance is a problem.

Learning Difficulties

Our psychologists assess the causes and individual profile of your learning difficulties or disability with a range of assessments. We then design a training programmed based on cognitive training, neurofeedback, counselling and external referrals as appropriate.

PTSD

Researchers found significant PTSD symptom improvement in individuals with chronic PTSD, as well as in affect regulation capacities after 12 weeks of neurofeedback training.

Evidence-based interventions

We work with a range of issues including ADHD/ ADD, anxiety, PTSD, depression and addiction. Our neurofeedback programmes are also effective with sleep problems, migraines and chronic pain.We provide a caring, professional and ethical service that offers a range of tools within the context of a therapeutic or coaching relationship.Our practitioners are health professionals who are also trained in neurotherapy.

We look forward to working with you to develop your brain.

About us

BrainQuest Clinics Australia is an innovative health clinic offering mental well-being and peak performance training and support. We use evidence-based and cutting edge applications in neuro-technology to map, assess and train people’s brains, both for therapeutic and high potential purposes. We work with a range of issues including ADHD/ ADD, anxiety, PTSD, depression, early dementia and addiction. Our programmes are also effective with sleep problems, migraines and chronic pain.

We provide a caring, professional and ethical service that offers a range of tools within the context of a therapeutic or coaching relationship. Our practitioners are health professionals with many years of experience who are also certified, or on a certification pathway, with the Biofeedback Certification Institute of Australia (BCIA). We are active members of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ASNA).

We look forward to working with you to develop your brain.

Our Mission

We want to see optimal brain functioning brought within reach of every person who wishes to achieve it.We make available the knowledge, technologies, coaching and care to enable people to feel more fully alive, respond healthily to their environments and perform at their best.We accept the important role of pharmaceutical medicines in mental health and performance. However, our focus is on leveraging the advantages of neuroplasticity to change or develop core brain activity to create systemic, lasting improvements.We actively support research and educational initiatives to further the understanding and awareness of neuroplasticity and neurotechnologies.

Services

Select a service for more details.

Assessments

We conduct a range of baseline assessments before commencing therapy or training, as well as at subsequent intervals to monitor progress. From these, we get a very good picture, not only of your personal experience, symptoms, mood and behaviour, but also your brain and nervous system functioning that relate to those experiences. From this information we develop a personalised training or therapy programme. Our assessment toolbox includes:

Psychological/Cognitive Assessments

ADHD Assessment
(Child or Adult)

Our ADHD assessments provide the necessary documentation and analysis required for your medical practitioner to determine a diagnosis.
We take a comprehensive approach, and explain all the components to you up front.

1. Initial Consultation (50 mins)
2. Cognitive/IQ Assessment (90
mins)
3. Achievement/Functional
Assessment (90 mins)
4. Social, Emotional and
Behavioural Assessment - rating scales completed, with parents and teachers, CARRS, Connors, Jordan
5. Results Interpretation and Report Preparation
6. Follow Up Session to review results (50 mins)

Dyslexia Assessment
(Child or Adult)

Our assessment process for dyslexia involves a comprehensive process with our registered psychologists, including clinical interviews, cognitive testing, analysis and reporting.


1. Initial Consultation (50 mins)
2. Cognitive/IQ Assessment (90
mins)
3. Achievement/Functional
Assessment (90 mins)
4. Results Interpretation and Report
Preparation
5. Follow Up Session to review
results (50 mins)

Autism Assessment
(Child or Young Adult)

Our clinical assessment for childhood autism involves a comprehensive process with our registered psychologists, including external reports and feedback.

1. Initial Consultation (50 mins)
2. Assessment Consultation(90
mins) ADOS-2 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2nd Edition, ADI-R Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised – with parent or caregiver
3. Assessment paperwork including the SRS-2 is then distributed for completion by a teacher/additional professional familiar with the individual
4. Results Interpretation and Report Preparation
5. Follow Up Session to review results (50 mins)

Autism Spectrum Assessment
(Adult)

Autism assessment for adults are slightly less involved than those for children, since the some of the features are more established.

1. Initial Consultation (50 mins)
2. Assessment Consultation 2hours) Use of some combination of the PAI, ADOS-2, RAADS-R, SRS-2, ASQ, and EQ tests, as well as a clinical interview, preferably with a family member or partner present.
3. Results Interpretation and Report Preparation
4. Follow Up Session to review results (50 mins)

Cognitive/IQ Assessment

We use the gold standard for cognitive function assessment - Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC V) and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS IV).

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children is an individually administered test for children between the ages of 6 and 16. It can be completed without any reading or writing, and takes 65 to 80 minutes to complete. It generates an IQ score, which represents a child’s cognitive ability.

The test for adults (from 16-90 years) contains the entire IQ scale, and determines the capacity of a person to act and think purposefully and rationally and to deal effectively with his or her environment. It takes around 90 minutes to complete.

All Cognitive Assessments come with a written report detailing the findings of the assessment session. They assess the different areas of cognitive functioning, an individual's strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for future
improvements and support strategies.

Attention, Visual and Auditory Processing Assessment

Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test (IVA2+)

This is a psychological test that helps our clinicians evaluate both visual and auditory attention and response control functioning. It is the only Cognitive Performance Test that is validated by both QEEG and fMRI and is normed from ages 6-96.

Test of Variable Attention (TOVA)

The TOVA is an objective, accurate, and FDA cleared continuous performance test (CPT) that measures the key components of attention and inhibitory control. It is used by qualified healthcare professionals as an aid in the assessment of attention deficits, including ADHD, in children and adults.

Achievement Assessments

The Wechler Individual Achievement Assessment (WAIT II) assesses reading, writing, mathematics and phonetics, and gives an accurate picture of academic performance and potential, as well as comparisons to the outcomes of the individuals intellectual ability.

The Achievement Assessment is conducted in conjunction with the WISC or WAIS Cognitive Assessment, as an additional two hour session, typically within 7 days of the Cognitive Assessment. The findings of the Achievement Assessment are incorporated into the Cognitive Assessment report.

Adaptive Behaviour Assessment

The Adaptive Behaviour Assessment (Vineland-II) measures daily living skills and independent functioning of the individual, across domains of social, self care, domestic and self help skills. It can be carried out as a standalone assessment, or in conjunction with other psychometric assessment, giving age equivalent outcomes of an individual’s ability to function without assistance in society.

Emotional, Social and Mental Health Health Assessments

Our clinical use a range of recognised assessments as screening, baseline and progress assessments. These include:

Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS21)
Child Behavior Checklist for Ages 6-18 (CBCL/6-18)
Jordan Scales for ADHD
Mini-Mental Status Exam, for cognitive decline

Mental Health Functional Impairment Screening and Assessment

This assessment is used as a basis for recognition of a variety of mental health conditions by Centrelink and other organisations.

Body Stress Test

This is a physiological assessment using biofeedback tools to measure your heart rate variability, skin temperature and breathing responses in baseline and stress conditions. This gives a good picture of baseline body stress levels, and focus areas for treatment.

EEG Brain Mapping

Brain imaging techniqes such as MRIs and CAT scans measure brain structure. An EEG measures brain activity. An EEG uses surface sensors to detect the brain’s electrical patterns, known as brainwaves (i.e. alpha, beta, theta waves). At BrainQuest Clinics, we analyse and train these electrical patterns, the brain’s activity. An EEG tells us what your brain is doing, moment to moment. Brain mapping with BrainQuest Clinics involves any of the following analyses.

Quantitative EEG (QEEG)

This technique, introduced 30 years ago, is currently revolutionising the way researchers and clinicians understand mental health conditions. It is enabling precision medicine in prescription drugs, and allows us to design effective neurofeedback protocols. It is used in research centres all over the world to study ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, depression and bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, and emotional conditions of every sort. We do not use QEEG for diagnosis, but as an investigatory tool to complement our understanding of an individual’s symptoms and case history.
A QEEG transforms the EEG data into coloured maps of brain functioning called ‘brain maps’. The brain maps expose specific neurophysiological patterns, with outstanding time-resolution – faster than an fMRI.
A QEEG can identify not only brainwaves, their amplitude, location and whether these patterns are typical or anomalous, but also coherence (quality of communication between regions), and phase (thinking speed). These are important patterns involved in healthy and optimal mental functioning.
We compare your QEEG readings against top brain research database – the Human Brain Indices (Normative) Database (HBI Database) – this includes the results of processing more than 3000 EEG recordings collected from more than 1000 health subjects with age from 7 to 89 years old.
Your clinician will use this information as an aid to determine which areas to train in order to best meet your goals.

EEG Mini Brain Map

This is a simpler but very useful assessment of functional brain wave activity, which utilises the clinical and EEG expertise of our clinicians, sometimes in collaboration external experts, but without the comprehensive analysis of QEEG or ICA. The Mini Map is helpful in detecting aberrant activity and in informing our treatment and training recommendations.

Independent Component Analysis (ICA) and Event Related Potentials (ERP)

Very few EEG systems currently also offer the benefits of Independent Component Analysis. ICA is a method (see Makeig et al., 1996) used to extract useful information from EEG data greatly improving its spatial resolution. How? ICA separates EEG data into maximally independent components (ERPs) that isolate individual sources of signal, found either cortically or sub-cortically. ERPs are considered the gold standard in clinical neuroscience, and allow us to identify recognised biomarkers for particular conditions, such as ADHD, schizophrenia, OCD and Alzheimers.

Our ICA analyses are conducted in collaboration with Prof. Yury Kropotov, a world renowned neuroscientist with 43 years of dedicated work in brain science.

Neurofeedback

Our brain has natural healing mechanisms like the rest of our body. Neurofeedback provides a guided method for the brain to heal itself. This is not a stimulation technique, but a non-invasive feedback and training method.

As a specific form of biofeedback which is non-invasive, neurofeedback is designed to monitor, quantify, and train brain waves in real time in order to help individuals increase their ability to regulate brain function. We use an electroencephalograph (EEG) to measure and record the brain’s electrical activity. Our experts then work with this information to promote positive brain activity and/or or identify and address any brain areas that may be experiencing dysregulation. We use specially designed computer games and film software to train brain wave functioning. Clients play a game, or move a film forward, with their brain activity.

Since the first reports of neurofeedback treatment in ADHD in 1976, many studies have investigated the effects of neurofeedback on different symptoms such as ADHD, Anxiety, epilepsy, mood disorders, and PTSD. See our research pages for more information.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback means giving the body direct feedback about itself and what it is doing. Using biofeedback equipment and techniques you can learn to observe and control some important body’s functions, such as heart rate, which are normally automatic. At BrainQuest Clinics, our biofeedback training utilises Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and skin temperature training.

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback

Low HRV has been connected to anxiety, negative feelings, pain, and stresses at work. High HRV enables you to recover more easily from stress, manage your pain, and boost your positive feelings and sense of wellbeing. High heart rate variability is also beneficial to our ability to focus and think clearly. Numerous studies have provided evidence that intentional activation of positive emotions paired with HRV feedback facilitates significant improvements in wellness and wellbeing indicators in a variety of populations.

The most effective way to increase your heart rate variability is to calculate the one best breathing rate for you, at which your heart rate variability is maximized, and to breathe at this rate regularly. We use a monitor to first calculate your personal best breathing rate where you are calmest, and then use training tools to practise breathing at that rate.

Skin Temperature Biofeedback

Skin temperature training has been shown to have a beneficial effect for those who suffer from migraine headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, pain, stress, and digestive disorders.

Psychology

In BrainQuest Clinics, a team of experienced psychologists and counsellers provide a wide range of psychological inteventions and counsellations for including;

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Eye Movement Rapid Desensitisation (EMDR)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Programmes

Our programmes involve a combination of counselling, psychological methods, neurofeedback and biofeedback tailored to the key objectives below, as well as to you as an individual. We use established and recommended neurofeedback protocols for these purposes.

Unlike some neurofeedback practices, we do not use a on-size-fits-all system, but a highly individualised assessment of your baseline functioning and the optimal training approach.

Nor do we give unrealistic expectations. The brain does not learn lasting patterns of behaviour overnight. If you want a quick fix, medication may be the right option for you. However, like investing time training a sport, or learning a new language, you can expect to see lasting gains and skills develop after 20 - 40 sessions.

Importantly, if our programmes are not working for you, we will recommend that you stop. We do not keep people hanging on.

Overcoming Anxiety

Taming ADHD

Transforming Trauma

Managing Mood Monsters

Moving Migraines

Serious Sleep

Bye-Bye Bedwetting

At Your Place

Home Service

Home Service for Seniors, Children and Families. If you have more than one family member who wishes to use our services, or it is difficult for you or your child to attend our clinic, we can visit your home for regular sessions. (Perth metropolitan area.)

School Service

We work with schools to design
a tailored on-site training programme, giving families and teachers the convenience of the school location. At all times, we wok closely with school psychologist and learning support to further the interest of each child. (Perth metropolitan area.)

Retirement Village Service

We attend retirement villages to conduct cognitive training and/or neurofeedback for residents. We can train 2 people at a time for a 50-minute session. (Minimum 6 participants. Perth metropolitan area.)

Fees

Schedule of Fees 2017-18

ServiceDescriptionCostRebate
Psychology/Counselling session \Initial + ongoing sessions (50 mins)A therapeutic session for the designated presenting problem or goal, such as Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management, ADHD coaching, workplace stress as referred by your GP. These sessions are with a registered psychologist.$180Medicare from $84.80 with GP referral on the Mental Health Care Plan or item 135 required Private funds - Many policies cover portion of psychology appointments.
Counselling session (50 min)As above, but with a doctorate psychology counsellor. Can be combined with neurofeedback.$80N/A
Follow up sessions for assessments (50 mins)Review assessment results, analysis and treatment recommendations.$180N/A
Neurofeedback- stand-alone sessions(Child or Adult) (50 mins)EEG Neurofeedback training session. * 10% discount for packages of 10 sessions paid up front.$80N/A
Dyslexia AssessmentComprehensive assessment including: 1. Initial Consultation (50 mins) 2. Cognitive/IQ Assessment (90 mins) 3. Achievement/Functional Assessment (90 mins) 4. Results Interpretation and Report Preparation 5. Follow Up Session to review results (50 mins) * Reduced cost when in conjunction with other assessments where overlapping tests apply)$1,850*N/A
ADHD Assessment (Child/Adult)Comprehensive assessment including: 1. Initial Consultation (50 mins) 2. Cognitive/IQ Assessment (90 mins) 3. Achievement/Functional Assessment (90 mins) 4. Social, Emotional and Behavioural Assessment - rating scales completed, with parents and teachers, CARRS, Connors, Jordan 5. Results Interpretation and Report Preparation 6. Follow Up Session to review results (50 mins). * Reduced cost when in conjunction with other assessments where overlapping tests apply)$2,100*N/A
Autistism Spectrum Disorder (Child or Young Adult)Comprehensive assessment including: 1. Initial Consultation (50 mins) 2. Assessment Consultation(90 mins) ADOS-2 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2nd Edition, ADI-R Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised – with parent or caregiver 3. Assessment paperwork including the SRS-2 is then distributed for completion by a teacher/additional professional familiar with the individual 4. Results Interpretation and Report Preparation 5. Follow Up Session to review results (50 mins)$1,790*From $169.90
Autistism Spectrum Disorder (Adult)Comprehensive assessment including: 1. Initial Consultation (50 mins) 2. Assessment Consultation (2 hours) Use of some combination of the PAI, ADOS-2, RAADS-R, SRS-2, ASQ, and EQ tests, as well as a clinical interview, preferably with a family member or partner present.3. Results Interpretation and Report Preparation 4. Follow Up Session to review results (50 mins)$1,880From $169.90
Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnostic report (if required)Comprehensive psychological report, required for funding applications or Centerlink benefits etc.+$400N/A

Research - Neurofeedback

There are hundreds of studies and papers demonstrating the efficacy of neurofeedback. Some of the important scientific literature on neurofeedback is set out below.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, “Neurofeedback meets the criteria for Clinical Guidelines for the treatment of ADHD, seizure disorders, anxiety (e.g., Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, phobias), depression, reading disabilities, and addictive disorders. This finding suggests that Neurofeedback always should be considered as an intervention for these disorders by the clinician.” With regard to the effectiveness for ADHD, “Neurofeedback will apply approximately 75% of the time and is the treatment of choice when stimulant medication fails or is complicated by side effects.

(Source: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America, 2005)

American Academy of Pediatrics:

In October 2012, the Academy of Pediatrics (US spelling), the professional body for US paediatricians, reviewed the literature and published an independently-written report that declared EEG Biofeedback as a ‘Level 1’ Evidence-Based Intervention for Attention and Hyperactivity behavioural problems in children and adolescents – the same level of efficacy as stimulant medication.

First significant studies:

The first significant studies on neurofeedback were conducted in the 1960s and 70s. Barry Sterman discovered by accident, in research sponsored by NASA, that cats who had been ‘brain-trained‘ at a particular frequency were less susceptible to seizures induced by rocket fuel.

(Source: Sterman, M. B., LoPresti, R. W., & Fairchild, M. D. (1969). Electroencephalographic and behavioral studies of monomethylhydrazine toxicity in the cat. California University Los Angeles, Brain Research Instititute.)

Sterman later replicated this effect in monkeys. These studies with animals also support the understanding that the outcomes are not the result of placebo effect. Sterman went on to demonstrate that, using neurofeedback, he could suppress epileptic siezures in humans.

Sterman, M. B., & Friar, L. (1972). Suppression of seizures in epileptics following sensorimotor EEG feedback training. Electroencephalography & Clinical Neurophysiology, 33, 89–95.

Other studies (see also our research lists for specific clinical conditions)

Beauregard, M., & Levesque, J. (2006). Functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of the effects of Neurofeedback training on neural bases of selective attention and response inhibition in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Applied Psychology and Biofeedback,31, 3–20.

Gevensleben, H., Holl, B., Albrecht, B., Vogel, C., Schlamp, D., et al. (2009). Is Neurofeedback an efficacious treatment for ADHD? A randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 780–789

Levesque, J., Beauregard, M., & Mensour, B. (2006). Effect of Neurofeedback training on the neural substrates of selective attention in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Neuroscience Letters, 394, 216–221.

Omizo, M. M., & Michael, W. B. (1982). Biofeedback-induced relaxation training and impulsivity, attention to task, and locus of control among hyperactive boys. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 15, 414–416.

Rivera, E., & Omizo, M. M. (1980). The effects of relaxation and biofeedback on attention to task and impulsivity among male hyperactive children. The Exceptional Child, 27, 41–51

A comprehensive collection of Neurofeedback research can be found at the website of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research at https://www.isnr.org/isnr-comprehensive-bibliography

Contact Perth Clinic

BrainQuest Clinics Australia provides established psychological interventions as well as cutting edge and evidence-based neurofeedback and biofeedback technologies. We work with a range of issues including ADHD/ ADD, anxiety, PTSD, depression and addiction. Our neurofeedback programmes are also effective with sleep problems, migraines and chronic pain.
We provide a caring, professional and ethical service that offers a range of tools within the context of a therapeutic or coaching relationship.

Our practitioners are health professionals who are also trained in neurotherapy.

We look forward to working with you to develop your brain.

Please call or use the form below to contact us or book an appointment.

Perth Clinic - 9388 1038
172 Onslow Road
Shenton Park, WA 6008

Contact Albany Clinic

BrainQuest Clinics Australia provides established psychological interventions as well as cutting edge and evidence-based neurofeedback and biofeedback technologies. We work with a range of issues including ADHD/ ADD, anxiety, PTSD, depression and addiction. Our neurofeedback programmes are also effective with sleep problems, migraines and chronic pain.
We provide a caring, professional and ethical service that offers a range of tools within the context of a therapeutic or coaching relationship.

Our practitioners are health professionals who are also trained in neurotherapy.

We look forward to working with you to develop your brain.

Please call or use the form below to contact us or book an appointment.

Albany Clinic - tel:9842 5601
244 Stirling Terrace
Albany, WA 6330

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