What is neurofeedback? How does it work? Whom does it help? These questions are answered along with a video illustrating benefits for achieving peak performance.
Brain Training Overview
Biofeedback and neurofeedback are the two main brain-training modalities but our practice also offers additional brain-based tools including:
- listening therapy: a sophisticated, music-based tool chest for at-home programs. These target a range of symptoms from anxiety, depression, ADHD, sensory sensitivities, spectrum disorders and peak performance.
- cranial electrical stimulation: for at-home use to address depression, anxiety and insomnia.
- cognitive training programs: for memory, attention, and learning disabilities.
Our practice is devoted to continually learning about new neuroscience technologies and identifying the best tools to help clients reach their peak.
The components of your unique program will be based on your goals and current brain function. Typically clients have a schedule of in-office sessions as well as at-home activities to sustain momentum and progress.
Our overall approach focuses an eye on the broader realm of your health activities such as exercise, sleep, maintaining a nourishing physical environment and a diet that minimizes inflammation from foods and other toxins. This all effects the brain.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about biofeedback and neurofeedback. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
What is biofeedback?
Biofeedback involves the use of instruments to mirror the psychophysiological processes an individual is not usually aware of to bring them under voluntary control. Bio means biology. Feedback is giving information back to the person who is generating it. Currently the biofeedback modalities we use are heart-rate variability training, thermal training, activity monitors (paces, stairs) and neurofeedback.
What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is biofeedback for the brain. It provides information about one’s current brain functioning to help the brain learn new patterns.
What does neurofeedback training do?
Clients see their brainwave activity on a screen (or hear it through selected sounds) and then alter their mental state to change their activity to achieve rewards. It entails learning to self regulate brain patterns. Training protocols are developed based on your unique baseline brain function and your goals.
How does neurofeedback work?
First, there is an assessment to diagnose symptoms and identify goals. Typically this includes a QEEG brain scan (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) . Then, we create a training plan and program the training to enhance desired brain wave activity. Sessions are 40-60 minutes and use brain training to reward optimal brain waves. Often other brain training tools are incorporated, as well as attention to your diet, exercise, and sleep.
What does neurofeedback treat?
- ADD and AD/HD
- Learning disabilities
- Stress and anxiety
- Depression and phobias
- Brain brightening and memory
- Peak performance
What else is neurofeedback used with?
- Scientists at NASA
- Amateur and Olympic athletes
- Treating Autism and Asperger’s
- Seizure disorders
- Returning soldiers with brain trauma
What are some research findings of neurofeedback?
- Brain training effects do not wear off
- ADD clients eliminate medication
- ADD children’s IQ increases
- Increase in focus, social behavior, academic success, and self-esteem
- Reduction in impulsivity
- Decrease in symptoms of depression
- Reduction in epileptic seizure activity
- Increase in eye contact with Autism and Asperger’s patients
- Reduction of symptoms for Tourette’s Syndrome
Is this new?
Biofeedback is a natural biological activity. We see it in our own activities like learning to ride a bike. Our brain assimilates data and adjusts so we can balance by correcting our position etc. For centuries, many ancient art forms have been directed at controlling our brain states like martial arts, yoga and meditation.
Does insurance cover your services?
For our clinical services (counseling, EMDR, psychotherapy, bio/neurofeedback), health insurance typically covers at least a portion of our fees. See details at right about our Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO in-network coverage. If you are with a different insurance provider, it is your responsibility to check out-of-network eligibility and coverage details.
Matt's ADD Story
Matt is a successful business professional and elite amateur athlete diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) as an adult. Learn about his neurofeedback training with us and a time of new beginnings.
More on Peak Performance
Neurofeedback training is used to help people who just want to perform better. This includes executives, athletes, and artists of all types. The increase in focus and concentration is benefical in many areas of life. Learn how neurofeedback affected this young man.
Registration for Neurofeedback
We begin with a 60-75 minute consultation. This in-depth conversation will help us understand your concerns, history and goals.
Please download the document below prior to your appointment. Fill it out in advance and bring it in for your first session.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions needed varies but generally most individuals need a minimum of 15-20 sessions to see sustainable benefit. Some disorders may require 40 or more sessions. The number varies in terms of the brain function at our start point, how well your brain trains and what your goals are.
What are the side effects?
The side effects of neurofeedback are generally minimal and not long lasting, they may include headaches or fatigue. If you have any reactions to the treatment, be certain to tell us. The treatment may also enhance your emotions, physical sensations, and/or memory of selected events.
What is a QEEG?
A quantitative electroencephalograph describes the spectral characteristics of an EEG. It describes differences from a normative data base not visible looking at the raw EEG data. It also compares the characteristics of the brain waves from different parts of the brain to see how communication within the brain is working. The frequency of brain wave patterns allows the neurofeedback trainer to set up training programs to help clients increase ability to self-regulate and improve their mental states.
How does it work with my health insurance for payment?
As a licensed clinical professional counselor, I am considered a provider for health insurance benefits. We will electronically file your claims for your insurance program for free, if you wish. I am an in-network provider for some, not all, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans.
After discussing your needs with Diane Wilson and having scheduled an initial appointment, you can provide details of your Blue Cross insurance. We'll check benefits for you, if you'd like. Please provide your name, date of birth, ID number and Group number from the insurance card. Also, name of the insured if different from yours.