What Is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a brain-based training tool used to optimize brain activity. We are providing neurofeedback services to aide in the therapeutic healing process to create lasting change. We use a quantitative brain analysis software to understand how your brain is currently functioning through brain wave analysis. Brainwaves can provide information about how you feel and function. While most of us have normal brain functioning, we may experience brain imbalances or chronic symptoms that impact our daily lives.
Neurofeedback is Technology’s answer to psychotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation, and poor cerebral functioning; it has been successfully applied in the treatment of depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, addictions, and unresolved emotional issues. It is an effective treatment for the disorders of early childhood such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pervasive developmental/disorders (PDD), reactive attachment disorder, Asperger’s disorder, learning disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). (Demos, 2010)
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Your brainwaves are created as a result of the electricity created by the firing of neurons in your brain. To begin with, we do an assessment of your current brainwave activity via a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG). This provides us with a “map” of your overall brainwave activity from fastest to slowest brain waves, betas, alpha, theta and delta respectively. This allow us to see the strength and frequency of your brain waves and the coherence from the left to right side of your brain. Once we understand your symptoms based on your brainwaves, we create protocols to reduce your symptoms.
What are the steps to Neurofeedback training?
We offer a free consultation to learn about your current struggles and symptoms and discuss if you may be a good candidate for neurofeedback services. If so, we will explore how neurofeedback may assist to reduce your specific symptoms.
After your consultation, the initial neurofeedback appointment consists of a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) in order to collect data on what your brainwaves are doing and how they relate to your symptoms. As noninvasive and painless as an ultrasound, this snapshot of your brain activity provides the necessary information for the neurofeedback specialist to create a protocol to increase or decrease the activity of your brain waves at certain brain sites to reduce symptoms.
Twice a week, you will attend one-hour training sessions in which you will choose a movie (for eyes open protocols) or music (for eyes closed protocols). A cap or single electrodes are applied to the scalp via gel or paste to create connectivity. The electrodes capture your brainwave activity and the data is then sent to the computer. This information is fed back to the client via audio, visual, and/or tactile feedback which prompts the brain to adjust.
Gradually, the brain learns to move and keep the brainwaves in more optimal positions, easing symptoms permanently.
Neurofeedback can be implemented alone or in conjunction with other therapies. When there is the precedence of trauma, it is often recommended that neurofeedback training be done in order to more effectively process through the newly accessed trauma.
- Neurofeedback may even be reimbursed by Insurance. You will need to check with your insurance provider for details.
- We can provide a receipt for services to file for reimbursement.
- We are in-network with Blue Cross & Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and Cigna.
- We are out-of-network for Etna.
Neurofeedback is for symptoms related to:
- Oppositional Defiance
- Sleep Disorders/Issues
- Concussion/Brain Injury
- Memory Issues
- Peak Performance
- Brain Fog
- Hypervigilant Behaviors
- Trauma/Developmental Trauma
“The literature, which lacks any negative study of substance (negative outcomes), suggests that EEG biofeedback therapy (Neurofeedback training) should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used.”
Frank Duffy, MD, Neurologist
Head of the Neuroimaging Department and of Neuroimaging Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School Professor
“EEG biofeedback meets the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry criteria for clinical guideline (CG) for treatment of ADHD, seizure disorders, anxiety (OCD, GAD, PTSD, phobias), depression, reading disabilities, and addictive disorders. This suggests that EEG biofeedback should always be considered as an intervention for these disorders by the clinician.”
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America