Here is some practical information on the Neurofeedback training process in my Huntington Beach Practice:
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback which measures brainwaves. Biofeedback is a technique to measure a function of your body and learn to better control that body functions. Types of biofeedback include brainwaves (Neurofeedback), breathing, heart rate, and temperature to name a few. Biofeedback gives you the ability to practice new ways to control your body. During biofeedback you're connected to sensors that measure, and then help you receive information about your body. This information you receive (biofeedback) allows you to make subtle changes to your body and achieve the results you want improve a health condition or improve a physical performance).
During neurofeedback training we record the electrical activity in the brain and show you your own brainwave activity. We're selecting and adjusting specific "frequencies" to show your brain (just as a psychiatrist might adjust a medication dose or medication type to best suit you). The visual of your brainwave activity, along with your brain's ability to learn has profound effects on health and performance.
1. Intake Appointment- 60 minutes/$200. This is the first step in the Neurofeedback process. The focus is on gathering information about current symptoms, behaviors and functioning.
2.Computerized Test of Attention (QIK test)- 45 minutes/$175. In the cases of ADD this assessment step is recommended in which a computerized test of attention is completed, a report is generated and results are reviewed. This objective measure is used to measure progress again around the 20 session mark. This assessment step is skipped for all clients who do not present with ADD symptoms.
3. Neurofeedback Training Session- 45 minutes/$175 (CPT CODE 90876). At this appointment Neurofeedback training begins. Neurofeedback training is a painless learning experience in which sensors read brainwave activity, and the visual provides important information/"feedback" to the brain. Client ages that I have worked with over the years range from 3 to 80. We start training twice weekly, and reduce frequency when the client reports that improvements hold over a week. Training is based off a 20-40 session model. A realistic expectation would be no less than 20 sessions (more sessions for more symptoms), with consistency and communication being keys for success.
4. Payment is collected at the time of the service - we do not bill insurance. We can provide a superbill if you would like to submit to your PPO insurance for direct reimbursement.
Recommend Research: Applications and mechanisms of brain self-regulation that underline neurofeedback.
Recommended Video: What is Neurofeedback?
Recommended Reading: Symphony in the Brain by Jim Robbins