Cutting edge neuroscience - meets ‘brain spa’
I believe the more trained a brain becomes, the parts made rigid from trauma are able to 'soften' - making empathy, connection, flexibility, resilience and relating much more possible
Neurofeedback is science, through and through.
Though you can be forgiven for thinking this process is a little bit magic. Although the outcome of brain training can be enormously noticeable when compared to therapy alone, I can promise you the process is grounded in scientific research and is perfectly safe to use in combination with counselling and psychotherapy - or on its own.
Let me show you how.
What is NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback?
NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback is the most advanced system on the market for harnessing brain training technology.
It does not diagnose or treat, but instead maximises the use of your brain’s natural resources.
NeurOptimal® has been used for nearly two decades logging over 3 million hours all over the world, and is the most advanced, time-tested, non-invasive, drug-free, and effective neurofeedback system available.
How does Neurofeedback work?
Similar to regular gym workouts for the physical body, Neurofeedback brain training works by providing frequent ‘exercise’ for new brain muscles. Much of the recurring thought process we allow to run in our minds are moved along, resulting in a brain free to tackle problems in a more open way.
Neurofeedback works like a mirror
promoting self-correction by monitoring brain activity then providing ‘feedback’ to the central nervous system about what has just happened. When the NeurOptimal® software detects cortical activity showing a phase state shift in the brain, the system sends an audible signal allowing the brain to reset and return to the present moment.
The benefits are abundant
Clients have reported:
• improved sleep patterns
• waking feeling refreshed
• increased mental clarity
• and heightened cognitive performance
The system is safe to use on both adults and children to help re-train the brain in cases such as:
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Effects of chemotherapy or other invasive medical treatments
• Sleep disorders
• Acquired brain injury
• Alzheimer’s and other loss of memory problems
• and Stress disorders
Neurofeedback can also be used to improve brain fitness and in age remediation and to maximise physical and mental performance
Our Neurofeedback Sessions
Sessions are conducted in a quiet space, sitting or reclining in a comfortable position. A neurofeedback training session is relaxing, enjoyable and typically lasts around half an hour. You’ll be asked to fill in a brief questionnaire describing your concerns and the changes you’d like to experience.
As the session starts, you will hear music play though headphones or surround sound. There will be will special sensors attached to your head that will feed your brain wave patterns into the NeurOptimal® program’s software. You will hear occasional “skips” or interruptions in the music – this is the signal that prompts your brain to “reset” and optimise itself. What you do during your session is entirely up to you: some just relax; read; some draw; some sleep, or just "zone out" while listening to soothing music.
At the end of a session, you will most likely feel less stressed and more mentally clear. It is unlikely you will experience any negative after-effects as NeurOptimal® does not artificially “push” the brain in any specific direction. Many users experience deeper sleep and vivid dreams after their very first session. The main point is that brain transformation with NeurOptimal® happens according to your brain’s own intrinsic wisdom, with no conscious effort required on your part.
Sessions are usually conducted once or twice a week for best effect and I recommend around 20 sessions all up to begin though most people begin to notice changes from the first session.
Neurofeedback heals the brain. Psychotherapy heals the mind.
Increasingly, I have seen neurofeedback to be a powerful stand alone training, enabling significant personal transformation. For those seeking psychotherapy, I typically suggest the process may be more beneficial to them, or 'potentiated' through the pathway of neurofeedback, at least in the initial stages; you could think of it as 'preparing the soil' before 'planting a new crop'.
Living Neuro Session Options
1.5 hrs $ 120.00 AUD
In this consultation, we will get to know what has brought you to the training, and what areas you would like to see improvements - how neurofeedback works will be explained and you'll be asked to complete some forms along with having your first NeurOptimal® training session.
I take on a small, select number of clients at any one time, ensuring my services are person-centred and bespoke.
1.0 hr $ 95.00 AUD
In this consultation, we will become attuned to track shifts and changes you are noticing as well as addressing any concerns that have emerged.
Includes a 33 minute NeurOptimal® training session. 20 sessions recommended, normally weekly, tailored to your needs and all sessions after the 20th session are capped at $90.00 per appointment.
Sticking with training will likely help to experience more overall improvements and shifts.
No referral is required.
Some after hours & weekend appointments are available.
Please see below for Cancellation Policy | Payment | Concessions & Medicare
A Tailored Package
Businesses and agencies are increasingly looking at ways to support the wellbeing of their staff.
Neurofeedback is an opportunity to enhance corporate wellness and productivity; potentially reducing leave taken for stress related issues. If your organisation is interested in Neurofeedback, please contact us to discuss if a tailored package to suit your needs may be a good option.
Similarly, couples and families wanting to train multiple members will be able to save through the package pathway.
Counselling & Psychotherapy
1.0 hr $ 120.00 AUD
A safe and confidential space to connect, deepen awareness and experience transformation - this is my commitment to you. Together, neurofeedback and psychotherapy can create lasting change and recovery. Typically, starting with neurofeedback improves brain function so you can better engage in the psychotherapy process and make more conscious, healthy decisions for yourself in less time than with psychotherapy alone.
No referral is required.
Some after hours & weekend appointments are also available for Online Therapy Sessions.
Please see below for Cancellation Policy | Payment | Concessions & Medicare
24 hr Cancellation Policy
We make every effort to accommodate clients’ differing schedules. While we can — and do — feel personally sympathetic to issues that can arise, you must notify me at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to reschedule your appointment to avoid bearing a 50% cancellation fee. This ensures the best opportunity for all clients to receive services and respects my time and livelihood.
Fees are due at the time of service by Cash, Card, Direct Debit transfer, or PayPal here. A tax receipt will be provided.
Concessions & Medicare
Aligned with my values to make brain training more accessible, if people have limited means, I like to talk with them about what their livelihood would support. If you are experiencing financial hardship, a chronic or serious health condition, you are a first responder, veteran or hold a concession card, and would like to learn about any available concession spots, please do get in touch.
Counselling, Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback are not yet covered by Medicare. One positive thing about that is that you don’t need a specific mental health diagnosis by a GP or a referral to participate in sessions.
If you have Private Health Insurance with BUPA, you may be illegible to get a rebates, Ms Meeray Ghaly, BUPA Provider Number J117041.
Broader & Deeper
Living Neuro believes in building community through collaboration.
We work in partnership to co-facilitate unique growth opportunities; that support you to deepen your understanding of yourself and your place in the world. This can look like but is not limited to groups, retreats and programs that incorporate sensitive, mindful, heart-centred, creative and or wilderness-based experiences for people seeking personal development, healing, openness to and a greater connection with life. All enquiries are welcome.
*NEWS* Currently gathering expressions of interest for those interested in (or curious about) undertaking a Wilderness Rite of Passage in the form of a Sacred Quest. It will be in partnership with visionary leaders from CA, USA who founded Emergence Initiatives; listening to the Sacred, to the earth, and to what's alive in us.
Learn more about Emergence Initiatives here.
Exact dates and location in Australia TBC.
'Meditative Mandala Project'
When contemplation meets collaboration, creation occurs.
July - October 2018
In partnership with The Centre for Practical Spirituality, I am honoured to be leading this unique process. The mandala gives visible expression to breath, as we move from individual meditation into mindful artistry. Emerging out of the rhythm of contemplative practice, the Meditative Mandala combines beauty and prayer, group work and poetic spontaneity. Moving from the quiet of individual meditation, we invite you into this unique pace of collective creation.
Read a participant’s perspective on taking part in this project here.
Corporate Wellness Workshops
Using Art and Mindfulness to Heighten a Sense of Purpose
July - August 2018
In collaboration with Dr Aaron Ghiloni, the Director of the Centre for Practical Spirituality, we are delivering tailored package for Deloitte's Wellness Strategy. These weekly 45-60 minute workshops use artistic and tactile methods to foster a rhythm of attentiveness to personal meaning. Reflecting research that indicates a link between inner purpose and vocational wellbeing, our creativity workshops offer an explorative and imaginative space for staff to mirror their inner worlds visually and symbolically. Staff from all backgrounds will be welcomed into a space free of judgment, safe enough to play, without pressure to share or analyse.
'Creativity Relaxation Workshop'
Using Creative Imagination to Learn Mindfulness Skills
I am delighted to be partnering with the Centre for Practice Spirituality in New Farm, to deliver this workshop over 4 weeks in February. Everyone is welcome!
'Transformative Art-Based & Mindfulness'
A opportunity to safely explore one's inner and outer world, led by a skilled and sensitive facilitator.
Objective: To create, connect and explore the self in a small group setting.
Be guided to develop deeper awareness and insight in a supportive environment. Invitational practices are centred around stillness, the somatic, creative play, language, imagination, experimentation, and mindfulness.
No prior artistic experience required.
Max. 6 participants
Fees, Location & Dates TBC
Meeray Ghaly is a counsellor, psychotherapist, and NeurOptimal® neurofeedback brain trainer who helps clients experience personal transformation. Her speciality is in neurofeedback and runs Living Neuro through a private practice in Brisbane.
Along with work in private practice, Meeray has gained experience supporting people in NGO, NFP and government sectors, in group and individual therapy including those facing general overwhelm and life stress, relationship concerns, survivors of trauma and abuse, mental health, carers, the elderly and bereaved, cancer groups, in corporate wellness and as an educator at university in both architectural and counselling studies.
With qualifications of Grad Diploma Counselling, through the School of Social Science and Psychology WSU, (including receiving the Dean's Medal), Bachelor of Architecture (Hons 1) from UNSW (where she received the University Medal), and certification in NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback training with the Zengar Institute Canada, Meeray combines a natural compassion and curiosity for the human experience with a range of training, and personal development experiences.
Meeray is a Clinical Member of The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA Reg. 22711) (BUPA Private Healthcare Approved Counsellor Provider No. J117041) and is currently welcoming new clients.