No one wants to feel sad, mad, in pain, scared, nervous, spacy, foggy or desperate. Any one of these is difficult enough, but combinations of these symptoms are even harder.
Moodiness, nervousness, fear, inattention, insomnia, migraine, addictions, and many other issues are irritating. The remedy is in the root, in the physiology of the brain, and that’s where EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback) can help.
Psychological issues are linked to imbalances in brain waves. Too many or too few brain waves in the slow, medium or fast frequencies are bad habits that can be changed. In neurofeedback, I read your brain waves (neuro) and you are guided with computerized sounds and images (feedback) toward a balanced state. You practice becoming more in tune during every session. Learning expands and lasts.
After training, most clients report feeling emotionally calmer and more mentally focused. They are much less burdened by their mental health issues. They report that their problems are either gone, reduced or are more manageable. They are able to proceed in their lives, achieve goals and enjoy new capabilities.
This is not talk-oriented therapy. We will talk, but the main work is learning with the brain-computer interface. Neurofeedback is done without medication, invasion or side effects. You will learn to make better brain waves dozens of times per second. And the results last a lifetime. Neurofeedback, in general, allows you to have a much better quality of life and effectively addresses the conditions outlined below.
The best resource to find information regarding the type of neurofeedback that we do at this practice can be found by going to the source: www.brainpaint.com There you can find a lot of good initial information on the system that we use, and the types of difficulties that we treat using this technology. In addition, here is a list of difficulties and symptomatology that commonly respond to neurofeedback (See additional tabs on the home page to learn how neurofeedback can help these conditions and to view some research on the topics):
Anxiety and PTSD
Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
The developer of Brain Paint (the EEG Neurofeedback system used at my practice) has reported that consumers of this system begin to see a difference in their symptoms after approximately 5-8 sessions, with the average client requiring a course of treatment that lasts approximately 20 sessions (for less complex difficulties), and spanning up to approximately 40 sessions (for more difficult and varied difficulties). In keeping with this research, you will be assessed to determine how many sessions your clinician thinks you may need. Most clients start out with a treatment course of 20 sessions, and re-evaluation to determine further treatment will occur at that time, if necessary. It is recommended that you participate in a few more sessions after maximum benefit is achieved, so that results are more likely to last a lifetime.
Neurofeedback appears pricey at first glance. However, any investment in neurofeedback is a bargain in health and well-being compared with most other options, and the outcomes have been documented to be life changing for many individuals. The average cost of a neurofeedback session in the USA is $125, and very few neurofeedback providers take insurance. Many neurofeedback providers require starting with a 19 wire QEEG brain map plus other testing costing up to $1000. My 2 wire EEG assessment is a standard part of the first session. (More wires are not better.)
EEG Neurofeedback is not something that you can “do once and see how it goes.” The power of neurofeedback is in the repetitive nature of training your brain intensively over a short period of time (oftentimes within 6-8 weeks). Just like a body builder would train intensively to change the shape of their body, if they stopped their workouts for even a week the results would not be seen as quickly. Your brain is a muscle, and when you’re training it to think differently, you’ll need to keep practicing that particular way of thinking in order to make it long-lasting.
In light of this, package pricing is offered as follows:
Buy 9 sessions of EEG Neurofeedback at $125 per session, and receive the 10th session free. This package allows the client to try the treatment for the duration of time where clients usually report noticing a difference, and then get a few additional sessions to see how much more they can progress using the system! Additional sessions can be utilized at the same rate of $125 per session, or the client will have an option to purchase another package for the remainder of their treatment at the package price.
Buy 14 sessions of EEG Neurofeedback at $115 per session, and receive the 15th session free. If you choose this option, additional sessions will be offered at $115 per session after the initial 15 are completed, as the average client sees maximum results at approximately 20 sessions (for less complex difficulties). This is a discounted option that allows for more treatment sessions, but a bit less commitment if you need that. It is not recommended that you stop treatment before your particular treatment program is completed, and the average client requires more than 15 sessions, so additional sessions if utilizing this package will be honored at the $115 per session rate.
Buy 18 sessions of EEG Neurofeedback at $100 per session, and receive the 19th and 20th sessions free. This is the most popular package, and the one that allows a deeply discounted rate for a full course of treatment! This package allows the client to experience all that Brain Paint has to offer, at approximately the same (or less) cost as a standard psychotherapy session! The average client will complete this particular protocol in approximately 6-8 weeks, which may be a significant difference if you’ve been in other types of therapy for your difficulties. At these prices, neurofeedback is a huge bargain for health, well-being and quality of life. If additional sessions are desiredor recommended after the package is completed, sessions will be honored at a rate of $100 each.
As stated earlier, very few neurofeedback providers take insurance. I am in network with Medicare, Highmark, other BCBS plans, UPMC and Aetna. However, it is likely that your insurance will not cover EEG Neurofeedback for mental health reasons. A big part of the process is continuing with psychotherapy in conjunction with EEG Neurofeedback. If I am in network with your insurance, it is likely that the psychotherapy piece will be covered (subject to deductibles, copays and coinsurance). If I am not in network with your insurance, psychotherapy sessions may be covered in part by an out-of-network coverage agreement. I can check with your insurance company to determine your financial responsibility, and I can provide all of the necessary documentation for you to be reimbursed by your insurance company for the coverages allotted if you have out of network coverage.
Forms of payment
Cash is the only method of payment accepted for neurofeedback, in an effort to keep costs down so that we can offer the treatment at below standard prices. We can provide receipts and paperwork so that you can utilize HSA reimbursement if you have that available.
Though there are no guarantees with any type of treatment for mental health difficulties, we believe in this treatment and there is research to support the efficacy of neurofeedback for certain symptomatology. Brain Paint utilizes a series of questions to monitor progress, and change the course of treatment if optimal results are not being met after a number of sessions. Not only does your technician help determine the continued course of treatment, but the developer of the system himself will also contribute to your treatment if you are not achieving any benefit from the system.
Why doesn’t insurance cover neurofeedback?
That’s a good question. Certain medical conditions make insurance coverage for biofeedback and neurofeedback possible (i.e. migraines, incontinence, etc.), but being that we are a mental health practice we do not diagnose and treat those issues in isolation of themselves like medical doctors do, so insurance does not cover the cost of this type of therapy. As research and acceptance grows, biofeedback and neurofeedback should become more broadly covered in the future. The cost/benefit is strong.