What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a noninvasive procedure that assists in building or rebuilding neural pathways, thus allowing the client to have healthier brain functioning.

Wires and sensors are placed on the scalp and ears, allowing our technology to monitor brainwave activity. During your session, you will be introduced to a stimuli, most often a movie or video. The software automatically detects when brainwaves are regulated and feeds this information back to the patient in real time. The feedback tells your brain to produce more or less of certain types of necessary brainwaves, encouraging your brain to behave in a certain way. When the brainwaves are dysregulated, the software interferes with the video screen and volume. The brain naturally alters its activity and is rewarded with clear image and sound when well regulated.

What makes our approach different?

We use a qEEG to guide neurotherapy. Quantitative EEG (qEEG), also called “Brain Mapping,” is an extension of the visual EEG interpretation . qEEGs augment our understanding of brain function through identifying the location in which brain waves are dysregulated (dysfunctional).

There are four electrical impulses made by our brain, Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta, that are called “Frequency Bands”. Frequency bands will be active or inactive, based on your state of mind or your working to complete a given task.

Using a qEEG is essential to tailor a therapy approach specific to the patient. The qEEG data is used by our team of clinicians, a Neurologist, and an Electroencephalographer to assess where dysregulation is present in the brain. We are then able to compare your symptoms to the findings in the reports, allowing us to treat you instead of just your symptoms.

Without the use of a qEEG, neurotherapists set treatment protocols by simply guessing what areas might be dysregulated. Though symptoms and disorders are often correlated to dysregulation in specific brain sites, this may not be the case for you.

We like to use a multidisciplinary approach and are happy to work with your provider in order to offer the most effective treatment possible.

Not everyone in the field of neurotherapy use qEEGs to guide neurotherapy; however, we see that it helps eliminate the guesswork on selecting the sites for neurotherapy.

Our Process

First you would come in for the qEEG. We use your BrainMaps to help select the protocols for neurotherapy. After we’ve reviewed the qEEG results together, neurofeedback sessions can begin. The industry standard for neurofeedback is a minimum of 40 sessions, with at least two per week. Each neurofeedback session is 35 minutes, but some clients prefer to do double sessions, which is 70 minutes long. After your 20th session, we like to do a mini qEEG to check the progress and improvements of neurofeedback. After the 40th session, we will assess to see if more sessions are needed. The total number of sessions needed really depends on the person and the goal.

How to Prepare for Neurofeedback

There isn’t much preparation needed for neurofeedback. However, you will get the most out of your session if you get a good night’s rest and eat a protein-filled meal (avoiding simple carbs/sugars) beforehand. We also recommend exercising multiple times a week.

Neurofeedback Remote Training

BetterFly home-based technology is designed for supervised home training by professional neurofeedback practitioners. The technology is cloud-based and is user friendly and easy to use both by the supervising clinician and their clients who train at home.

The technology is cloud-based and is user-friendly for both the supervising clinician and clients training at home.

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Does the Neurofeedback session hurt? Is it Invasive?
Neurofeedback is non-invasive. The technology reads the electrical activity inside your head. It does not send any electricity to your brain.

Can I take my medications while doing Neurofeedback?
Yes, and we would be happy to work with your doctor/psychiatrist. It is our experience that many individuals can reduce their medication dosage as Neurofeedback begins to work.

How many sessions of Neurofeedback does it take?
People respond to Neurofeedback differently. The industry standard is 2 sessions/week with a total of 40 sessions. However, frequency and length will depend on the person and the goal of Neurofeedback. We like to start with 20 sessions and then do a mini qEEG to track the progress and improvement.

Will my results from Neurofeedback go away over time?
Results from Neurofeedback will maintain over time if you do 2 sessions a week over an extended period of time, although some people do come in for tune-ups.

Is there research that backs up Neurofeedback?
Yes. Various videos, publications and presentations regarding EEGs and neurofeedback can be found on the Media tab. We would also be happy to send you specific publications based on your questions or specific case.

Do I have to do a qEEG to do Neurofeedback?
Yes. The qEEG allows us to see which areas of the brain are dysregulated and guides us in choosing the Neurofeedback protocols.

Does insurance cover Neurofeedback?
Insurance is starting to cover Neurofeedback, especially for following diagnoses: ADHD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and substance abuse. We provide documentation for you to file reimbursement regardless of diagnosis.

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