Neurofeedback FAQ's

Neurofeedback in Petaluma, CA

What happens during a typical Neurofeedback session?

The skin on the head is prepared so that there will be a good connection. Then a few sensors are placed the scalp. The client sits still for about 30 seconds at a time while her brainwaves are recorded and a very low power pulsed frequency is sent back to the brain. Other than that there is nothing the client has to do. In a few minutes the client generally feels calm and relaxed. The session is over in less than half an hour.

How strong is the signal going back to the brain?

The strength of this frequency is far less than a cell phone and cannot be felt. This signal is 1000 times weaker than simply holding a AA battery against your forehead.

How effective is Neurofeedback?

The success rate is very impressive. Over 85% of clients benefit significantly, often dramatically. And the changes are enduring. Once enough sessions have been completed, most people have completed their treatment. There is no need to receive neurofeedback on an ongoing basis.

How many sessions are required?

A minimum of 4 - 6 sessions is recommended to determine if you are going to respond well to neurofeedback. The number of sessions for sustained results varies. Problems that came on suddenly and were preceded by high functioning (e.g., mild concussion) generally resolve more quickly (between 6 - 24 sessions). Problems that have been longstanding may require more sessions, while those that are degenerative or involve severe structural damage may require ongoing training to maintain or improve functioning.

Does Neurofeedback only affect negative brainwave patterns?

Only frozen and stuck patterns are affected by neurofeedback. Healthy brainwave patterns are flexible and resilient. When there is a tiny fluctuation in their pattern they automatically spring back to that healthy state.

Is Neurofeedback safe?

Neurofeedback is very safe. In over 100,000 clients treated with Neurofeedback there has not been a single reported case of someone being worse off. LENS and HPN Neurofeedback have been used by practitioners for over 20 years. Neurofeedback is not experimental, only relatively unknown.

What if I am on medication?

Medication does not diminish the effectiveness of Neurofeedback. There is no need to stop or reduce your medication, which should only be done in conjunction with your healthcare provider.

Is Neurofeedback covered by insurance?

Neurofeedback is often not covered by insurance. It may be reimbursed as a form of “biofeedback” using CPT codes 90901. You should check with your carrier to find out if biofeedback is a covered benefit and whether or not prior authorization is required. We can provide you with a “super bill” which you can submit.

Do you work with children or teens?

Yes, Neurofeedback his highly effective for children and adolescents for a wide range of clinical issues, including anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, emotional dysregulation, and depression.

How soon will I notice results?

Most people notice an initial change within 3 sessions, occasionally a little longer. The average number of sessions for most difficulties is 15 to 24. Once training has been completed, additional sessions are usually not necessary. Occasionally someone needs a “booster.”

What if I live far away?

Clients sometimes come from out of town and stay for 1-2 weeks. They receive daily treatments and generally experience very rapid changes.