II) Treatment: Clinical Neurofeedback
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is biofeedback on the EEG (electroencephalogram, ‘brainwaves’). Clients are able to train their brain to better self-regulate.
Neurofeedback is a fun and highly effective therapy for a wide range of problems and disorders, including:
How does Neurofeedback work?
Sensors on your scalp measure your brainwaves. Neurofeedback software allows you to see your brainwaves and provides real-time feedback (through games or sounds) that alert you as key brainwave rhythms change. In time, like practicing any skill, the brain learns or ‘trains’ how to better alter and regulate itself.
How long does Neurofeedback take to work?
Most people notice changes within the first 3-5 sessions. Most common cases require between 10-30 sessions. Of course, everyone’s brain, specific challenges, and goals are different so length of treatment will vary. Weekly sessions are sufficient, but twice-weekly is preferred - especially for the first 5-10 sessions.
How does Neurofeedback fit in with psychotherapy?
Talk-therapy is very effective at identifying and discussing problems and solutions. Neurofeedback allows clients to actually practice emotional regulation, focus, and neuroplasticity that is driven by real-time biodata. It can be combined with talk-therapy or used as a stand-alone treatment.
How do I know if Neurofeedback is right for me?
Because Neurofeedback can be completely individualized to train your brainwave patterns and goals, its uses and benefits are nearly endless. Neurofeedback is fun and safe to use, and can be easily added to your current therapy.
Will my insurance cover it?
Probably not. Both insurers we accept (CareFirst BCBS and Cigna/EverNorth) consider Neurofeedback/Biofeedback as “Experimental” and therefore don’t cover it. However, sometimes they actually do cover it. Unfortunately, after a dozen years of dealing with this issue there still isn’t a clear way to know ahead of time. We can submit claims to your Insurance and see what happens.
The following below are short answers to the most common questions people have about Neurofeedback.
Please see our information packet for further and more in-depth information: