Neurofeedback Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of neurofeedback?
A family dealing with ADD/ADHD or other mental health issues spends an average of $6000/year on medications, missed work, doctor’s appointments, emergency room visits, academic support, etc. Neurofeedback requires an initial expense but produces lasting changes, often superior to medications with no side effects. We like to compare it to the benefits of braces for the teeth. Because treatment is individualized and each brain is unique, it is difficult to predict with accuracy how many sessions will be needed. We offer affordable packages and visits are very cost-effective over time.
Is it covered by insurance?
Typically neurofeedback is not covered by insurance, however, Insurance companies and plans vary. If you can provide proof of your plan’s coverage, we will submit your claims to insurance.
How does neurofeedback work with psychotherapy?
Neurofeedback can be a wonderful adjunct to psychotherapy. While the two modalities can work well together, they do not replace each other. As the brain functions better through neurofeedback training, other emotional and behavioral issues can be easier to resolve with psychotherapy.
How many sessions are generally needed?
A variety of factors affect how many sessions are needed to train the brain to healthier rhythms and long-term conditions can take a while to change. The average number of sessions is 25-40. Some clients benefit from less and some need more. Because all brains are different, it is difficult to predict with accuracy how many sessions will be needed before neurofeedback training begins and we see how a client responds. Often people notice benefits within a few sessions, but the goal is not just a reduction in symptoms; it is also in long-term stability.
Initially we prefer to see clients two times per week. Over time, we generally taper the sessions down as the brain holds the new patterns longer.
Are there any risks or side effects with neurofeedback?
In over 40 years of usage, no long-term negative effects have ever been identified with neurofeedback training. Neurofeedback is a process. In the short-term, clients usually notice benefits, but occasionally they may notice a short-term increase in symptoms as the brain adjusts to a new pattern. Any increase in symptoms usually goes away rapidly on its own or can easily be adjusted by a trained clinician.
Why don’t more doctors recommend or offer neurofeedback?
The main reason is the lack of knowledge about neurofeedback and its benefits. Most of the research published is in specialized journals to which medical professionals rarely subscribe. And, unlike pharmaceutical companies, neurofeedback equipment makers don’t send representatives around to tout their products./p>
How does neurofeedback work with medications?
Neurofeedback is not a replacement for medical care. Your neurofeedback clinician will work closely with you and your doctor. It is common for individuals to have a reduced need for medication as the training progresses. If you are taking prescribed medications, please bring a list with you to your intake session. Being educated regarding the overdose effects of your specific medications is important. Overdose can be the result of the brain’s decreased need for medication.