Neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) can be described as non-invasive training for your brain. Like a muscle that becomes stronger when it’s exercised, so the brain becomes better able to function when it receives feedback and learns to correct itself. You could say that it’s like your brain on a treadmill.
Neurofeedback is simply biofeedback specifically for the brain. We are giving the brain information about itself so that it can learn to regulate itself better and more efficiently. During the sessions we promote certain frequencies in the brain and inhibit others for healthy brain function.
Small sensors are placed on the client’s head to read their brain waves. There is nothing going into the brain – the sensors are simply reading brain waves and putting information on a computer screen. With the sensors on, the client plays a game, watches peaceful scenery or movie of their choosing – they can even watch YouTube videos or Netflix! The brain receives feedback from the screen to promote a higher level of functioning. It’s an amazing technology and the results are very exciting.
Neurofeedback is really about better brain regulation. Building strength and flexibility so the brain can respond to situations more appropriately.
It’s important to clarify that this is not a quick-fix treatment. The effects are cumulative and each session builds on the previous one.
Neurofeedback may help the following:
- Brain Injuries
- Chronic Pain
- Headaches (Migraine)
- Insomnia/Sleeping Problems
- Sports Performance
- Better Self-Regulation
- Conduct Disorder
- Night terrors
Ideally, neurofeedback is done in 20-session blocks. Like going to the gym for your body, the longer you do neurofeedback the better results you receive.
The initial block of sessions looks like this:
Initial assessment and neurofeedback (2 hours and 15 minutes): $300
20 neurofeedback sessions (45 minutes each): $150/session
Any additional neurofeedback sessions: $150 per session
Sometimes. There are insurance codes for EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback). Unfortunately, coverage depends on each individual insurance company. We have had insurance companies agree to pay for it and then deny coverage after a claim was sent to them for reimbursement. We advise that you call your insurance company and ask whether it is covered and what possible restrictions there are. They may only allow a certain number of sessions or only allow the procedure done once a week, or maybe there’s a cap on how much they will pay per year, etc. The insurance code is 90901 (biofeedback). Most people feel that the benefits of EEG biofeedback are worth the out-of-pocket investment in their well-being. We do not bill insurance companies, and will provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company.
Almost anyone. These are some of the things to look for to see if you may be a candidate for neurofeedback:
- If you’re constantly plagued by negative self-talk, anxiety, or fear.
- If you have challenges with focusing or impulsivity.
- If you’ve ever had a concussion or brain injury.
- If you’d like to improve your memory or word finding.
- If you have problems with sleep or insomnia.
- If you have migraines or headaches.
- If you’ve experienced a severe trauma that you can’t seem to let go of.
- If you find yourself emotionally over-reacting to situations and want a better way to handle your feelings.
- Neurofeedback can also help with disorders on the autism spectrum.
This varies for everyone, and at least 20 neurofeedback sessions is strongly recommended. You can start to see lasting results after 20 sessions, and like with regular exercise the more you do, the better results you’ll see and the longer your results will last. Some people have very entrenched wiring and more sessions are needed. Children tend to do very well because their brains are so plastic. Most of our clients do 40-60 sessions. Keep in mind that diet, physical exercise, and sleep play a big role in supporting successful neurofeedback.