How do I get started?
The first step in understanding what will help your brain is doing a brain map. This is a QEEG, quantitative electroencephalograph, which involves placing a cap with sensors on the head and recording 20 minutes of data with your eyes open and then eyes closed. Once the data has been artifacted and edited it is compared to a normative data base that is both gender and age specific. This shows us how your brain compares to a person of the same sex and age. It will show if you have too much of a brain wave frequency, over activation or not enough, under activation.
We look at the brain from many different angles using different testing modalities. We do an Independent Variable Analysis (IVA) that determines how the brain responds and pays attention to both visual and auditory stimulus. A neurocognitive test is done that looks for behavior or mood disorders as well as cognitive processing issues. We do base line testing as well for various mood disorders. Our test battery is compiled so that the different tests will validate each other.
The final step is sitting down and explaining the results of the brain map (QEEG), the testings and propose a recommended treatment program.
How long does the evaluation take?
The testing can be done in one session or broken down into two appointments. Most people are able to complete all the testing in one appointment which is around 2 hours.
Is every program the same?
No, the treatment program is designed based on the evaluation. Some programs will include both biofeedback and neurofeedback, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. Each program is designed to address the individual needs and concerns the person may have.
How long will I come in for treatment?
While each patient has different needs, and on the average 20 sessions is required to see permanent change. More or less sessions may be required based on the severity of the condition. Neurofeedback sessions last 40 to 60 minutes. Time is allotted for setup and discussion between therapist and client. People who see the best results come twice a week to maximize the effects of their treatment.
Will this interfere with my medication?
All decisions made regarding your medication should be made with your prescribing physician. That being stated, a large portion of patients pursue bio/neurofeedback with the goal of being weaned off their medication, or the amount being reduced. Note: It is preferred that patients undergoing a QEEG should not be on their medication for the session to allow for the best collection of data.
Are there any side effects?
There are no side effects associated with Biofeedback or Neurofeedback. Although, patients often report better sleep and focus, decreased impulsiveness and a relaxed mood. In fact, these are the primary reasons Neurofeedback is chosen as an alternative to medication.
Is there any science behind neurofeedback and biofeedback as a medical practice?
Yes, the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) created a document, Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback that reviews the clinical efficacy and effectiveness of both as treatment for many diagnoses, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Hypertension, Alcoholism, Headaches, Chronic Pain and Brain Injury.
Does insurance cover Neurofeedback?
Most insurance carriers do not reimburse for biofeedback (90901). If you choose to file directly with your insurance company we will provide you with a receipt that reflects the services you have received at The Brain Performance Center. In our experience we have not found the services to be covered.
We accept all major credit cards including American Express and checks/cash. You are able to pay for your treatment program through your Medical Savings Account (MSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA).