and Integrative Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Is neurotherapy safe and will it hurt?  Is it hard to do?

A:   Neurofeedback is the easiest learning you will ever do. Your brain does the learning and you watch the show and feel satisfaction with each reward.  Neurofeedback is easy, comfortable and safe.  AND, According to neurofeedback expert, Dr. Frank Duffy, neurologist, Children's Hospital Boston, there are no known significant side effects from neurofeedback. 

Q:   What happens during a Neurotherapy session?

A:   During a neurofeedback session, you sit in a comfortable reclining chair facing a computer screen.  Sensors that look like buttons are put on your head to "listen" to the electrical output from your brain.  The computer is set to reward a selection of brainwaves that, based on your intake and your QEEG Brain Map, are chosen to help improve your functioning.  For every 1/4 of a second that your brain is doing what it is asked, there is a sound and change on the computer screen. 

       This rewards your brain for making good brainwaves. When you look at the computer screen you watch pieces of a puzzle come together into an appealing picture.  You get to choose their favorite themes. You can choose from more than 300 files of images that appeal to all ages and interests. 

       If you prefer, there is also the option of watching your own brainwaves at work.  Some people find this very intriguing When a set of brain waves reaches the assigned goal, a disc lights up to show you that you have achieved the result needed.  

Q:   What does neurotherapy feel like?

A:   Most people do not feel anything. You might feel a slight tingling around the area of your head where the sensors are located due to an increase in blood flow. A Neurotherapy session is similar to a workout for your brain. You may experience an increase in alertness, awareness and feel more upbeat. Many people feel more relaxed after a session. 

Q:   What improvments will I see as a result of the training?

A:    Neurofeedback improves brain function. Whatever challenges you are experiencing that are brain based are likely to improve. 

Q:   How soon can I see improvements?

A:  Most people begin to  experience improvements between session one and session 10. At first these are subtle. Improvements may be people say things like "I had a good day" or "I had a good night's sleep."  But as you continue in the training process, the improvements become more obvious and may be dramatic.  These improvements positively affect more and more parts of your life and ultimately become permanent.  This becomes the new you.

Q:   How long do the improvements last?

A:   The improvements add up over time.  At first, it may seem like they  wear off in a day or two, but the effects are cumulative.  The more you do neurofeedback, the greater the improvement and the longer they will last.  With few exceptions, once training is completed, the results are virtually permanent.  In the field of Neurotherapy, there is three-year follow-up research and ten-year clinical data which show that the results of Neurotherapy are lasting.  Some people find it useful to come in from time to time for booster sessions. 

Q:  How many sessions will I need?

A:   Neurotherapy is like learning a skill, like learning to ride a bike or play golf.   The more you practice, the better you get and the faster you are able to improve the skill.  With Neurotherapy, you are using your brain every day, continually practicing the skills learned from your neurofeedback session. 

       A course of treatment is typically 40 sessions.  It's best to be consistent, training at least once per week.  You may prefer to come more frequently, to see improvements more quickly.

Q:   Will neurotherapy work if I am taking medication?

A:   Medications do not generally interfere with neurotherapy.

Q:   Will my health insurance cover this training?

A:   Several health insurance companies reimburse biofeedback as a treatment modality, and cover it under mental health.  We will provide you with the questions you need to ask to determine coverage.

Q:   Does my HSA/FSA account cover this training?

A:    HSA and FSA accounts cover neurotherapy training.  You may want to confirm coverage with your account.