Frequently Asked Questions

Please scroll below to view the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. What is your educational background?
  2. Is therapy confidential?
  3. What can I expect from a therapy session?
  4. What can I expect from a Neurofeedback session?
  5. Why would someone choose Neurofeedback?
  6. How long does brain training take?

1. What is your educational background?

Andrea graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from National University in 2002.
Joe graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Ethno-botany from Humboldt State University in 1979 and completed his Teaching credential at Sacramento State University in 1992.

2. Is therapy confidential?

One of the most valuable things about seeing a therapist is that confidentiality is assured with only a few exceptions mandated by law. Those exceptions include:

  • A client threatening to harm another or themselves
  • A client being abused that mandates reporting including child abuse, elder abuse or domestic violence
  • A direct court order

In any other case, your confidentiality is safeguarded unless you give specific written permission to allow information to be shared.

waterfall3. What can I expect from a therapy session?

Therapy sessions are uniquely tailored to the needs of the client. Therapy sessions are 50-minutes for individuals and 75-minutes for couples and I encourage clients to plan on coming a bit early to the first session to complete paperwork. Therapy at first is often scheduled weekly and over time sessions are scheduled with more time in between for you to practice what you are learning.

4. What can I expect from a Neurofeedback session?

Neurofeedback training begins with a 90-minute session which includes an in-depth interview, a pre-test and your first training session. After that, plan on having two 45-minute sessions per week for ten weeks followed by a post-test to determine how well your brain has trained. After that your sessions are tailored to your goals for training.

5. Why would someone choose Neurofeedback?

Most of the folks who we see come for the following reasons:

  • They want to explore non-drug options for a physiological/mental/emotional challenge like migraines, seizures, ADD, sleep disorders, etc.
  • They want to sharpen their cognitive function i.e. memory enhancement, restoration of short term memory loss, etc. through training
  • They are interested in improving their outlook and traditional talk therapy has not worked.

6. How long does brain training take?

Everyone’s brain is very individual and so it is difficult to know how long your brain training might take but the rule of thumb is that twenty 45-minutes sessions forms the base for any other training that may be needed.