Frequently Asked Questions About Neurofeedback

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We are not contracted in network with any insurance providers. We do provide easy to read superbills to facilitate insurance reimbursement for you to file for reimbursement with our insurance. We can provide billing codes for you to call and see if your insurance policy will cover these billing codes out of network.

Each person has a unique experience and story. The make-up of the individuals experience and presenting symptoms helps to determine what combination of services would be right for you. 

The brain activity measured during the qEEG from the cap is fed into our special equipment that is analyzed by the computer to determine if it is "in-bounds" or "out of bounds". The client is watching a movie during the neurofeedback training session. When in-bounds, the movie will be nice and bright. When out of bounds, the movies darkens. By setting a goal to keep the movie screen bright, the client is also setting a goal to keep their brain's electrical activity in bounds. Regulating these specific areas of the brain helps to regulate the specific symptoms a client is experiencing. Over time, the brain learns to stay in bounds which builds stable consistent patterns.

Neurofeedback should always start with a qEEG or brain map. The qEEG is used to identify areas of the brain that are out of balance and contributing to someone's difficulties, kind of like “fitness evaluation” in order to develop a personalized plan for your areas of weakness. It involves wearing a cap with sensors and takes about 45 minutes. It measures and assesses neural activity and compares it to a database hundreds of other brains your age.

Much like going to the gym or learning a new skill, a few sessions is not enough to see results. We put a lot of time, work, and effort into developing and maintaining the best care for each client. Rather than "trying" neurofeedback and being frustrated after not seeing progress iin a few sessions, we ask for the commitment and number of sessions for us all to achieve the desired outcome. 

Neurofeedback appointments begin with setting up placing a cap on the head. Most appointments last about 30 minutes of training time and involve a relaxing session watching a video. While watching the video, electrodes on the cap are reading your brain activity and feeding it back to the movie making the movie darker and lighter. 

We track progress by recommending or providing follow-up consults after every 10 sessions. This allows us to stay in-touch with you, up-to-date, keeps you informed, and constantly makes sure we are training areas that need to be trained in order to maximize outcomes

We tend to expect subtle changes in behavior around 6-8 sessions. Some see large changes sooner and some see behavioral changes later. It is important to consider environment and identifying specific ways to measure behavior day-to-day. We start by looking as small changes over time like, fewer meltdowns, not being mental tired from a 1 hour meeting, or having fewer panic attacks through the week. Eventually these small step build into stable lasting changes. 

Most people need between 15 and 40 sessions. The specific number depends on the level of dysregulation and how many brain regions are dysregulated. Additionally, some people train faster and some people train slower. We do our best to provide and estimate of how many sessions each person will need after analyzing the qEEG.