Clients seeking a course of treatment with our Center first have an intake interview with Dr Vieille to develop an overview of client symptoms, goals for treatment, results from symptom checklists and forms, and to take a short mental health assessment to establish baseline measures. All of this is important to assess progress during treatment to determine the accuracy of our treatment plan and to make adjustments as necessary.
The next step is having an electroencephalogram, or EEG, which is a means of observing from sensors on the head, patterns of microelectric oscillations emanating from the neo cortex and some deeper structures. A cap with nineteen sensors is put on the client to measure the electrical oscilations or brainwaves emanating from each of these sites.
This data is then processed using computer software that transforms the EEG data into a qEEG The qEEG, measuring the different levels of activity at each spot, also plots the distribution of these differing levels of activity and creates maps and graphs that illustrate relationships between the areas, establishing what frequencies are dominant in an area, how the frequencies are balanced between areas, and the degree to which these areas are interconnected, affecting how well these areas of the cortex communicate with each other. The qEEG maps and graphs also include information gathered from a comparison of the client EEG with a bank of normative subject data to help get an idea of which measures are anomalous. That information is correlated with client symptom information to locate areas for treatment. (see example to the right)
From the intake interview, chart review, assessment of the qEEG, a treatment outline is developed which will identify specific modalities that will be employed to facilitate resolution of client symptoms and establishment of client goals for treatment.