Neurofeedback Can Help
Wasatch Neurotherapy focuses on the relationship of the head and heart, enhancing the relationship of the brain and the autonomic nervous system, thereby facilitating a different reaction in the freeze/flight/fight response, promoting a greater awareness of one’s self and the choices often made unconsciously.
Neurofeedback, sometimes known as EEG biofeedback or Neurotherapy, is a type of therapeutic training for your brain.
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that measures brain waves to produce a signal that can be used to teach self-regulation of brain activity. Moods, thoughts, feelings, as well as behaviors, have their own brainwave activity. Neurofeedback is the direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to work more efficiently. The brain controls your emotional well-being, psychological health, and every system in your body, therefore, training the brain to function better can have far-reaching as well as long-lasting benefits.
Neurofeedback training creates a default mode network that supports healthy regulation versus the dysregulated brain wave activity that is often associated with mental health issues along with many other concerns that can affect emotional as well as physical well-being.
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Let’s talk about what symptoms you have and what services we provide that can help you.
Once we know what you need we plan out your appointment to come in.
We greet you happily and can’t wait to get started and help your mind heal.
How many sessions?
At a minimum, we recommend 2-3 sessions per week to see results and changes. Some cases will vary from symptom to symptom.
Our appointments fill up fast. Just like you, we understand that life happens and things come up. We can work with your schedule and ask for the same in return.
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After a few months of treatments your mind is feeling better than ever and we finish our process as you go out into the world anew.
1- This first step is calling, we can go over pricing and answer any questions you have. We can also guide you through the website for more in-depth information. When you decide to move forward we schedule you to come in for a qEEG brain mapping session.
2- We have an online portal. We will send over a link, and it is crucial to fill out the Profile, History, Metabolic, and CEC (Cognitive emotion checklist). The information given will be used for your qEEG and report of findings. The CEC goes through the symptoms you are experiencing, and then we compare it to focal sites of the brain to show how many of your symptoms are in line with the qEEG.
3- For your first appointment, we will use a cap with 19 EEG sensors, and we will perform the qEEG. Depending on the age and how challenging it might be for a toddler or child to sit still, we have the capability of choosing to do a 12 channel qEEG brain map to lessen the time it takes to complete the qEEG. During this process, you sit still and try and be as calm as possible. We will need to get five recordings that are one minute long. We do this process first with your eyes open and then with your eyes closed. Do not worry about washing your hair before this appointment because I use a conductive gel that will get your hair dirty. I recommend clients bring a hat or hair elastic to use after the qEEG is performed. Your qEEG is then uploaded to a database and compared to hundreds of thousands of qEEG, and the scan is compared to similarities from these scans and then sends me a report that we will go over in our next meeting.
4- In this next meeting, we begin to review the Report of Finding / Brain Map. The brain map will show different dysregulations throughout your brain. These are the definitions of what we review in this meeting.
Magnitude: This means how strong or weak brain waves are going to different locations of the brain.
Asymmetry: Brain wave patterns should be located in certain areas when they are dysregulated. It leads to many negative symptoms.
Dominant frequency: which is how fast and slow brain waves are processing.
Interconnectivity: which is how fast or slow the left and the right hemisphere is speaking and processing information.
The report of findings will recommend protocols or areas of your brain that need to be regulated. The brain map also offers supplements that will help with supporting your brain and body functions. There is a narrative at the back of the report that I strongly suggest reading. It goes into great detail about the dysregulations in your map and areas of executive functions you might be struggling in. The report of findings can be overwhelming, but we are always available to answer any further questions you might have after leaving the office. You will also receive a copy of the report of findings/Brain map report to take home and review.
5- We offer a free neurofeedback session because we believe everyone should experience the process before investing in a program. After we have gone over the report of findings, I program my neurofeedback machine for the protocol recommended for you. You then sit in a comfortable chair and pick a show or series from Netflix, Disney Plus, Youtube, or Amazon Prime. I will be offering different games that can be played shortly. I then place 1-4 sensors on your head using a conductive paste. The paste is easily removed with rubbing alcohol. The amount of sensors that are placed on your head depends on what protocols are recommended.
The sensors only read brainwave frequencies and are not stimulating or causing any harm. The sensors send your current brainwave activity to the computer. If you are in the correct brainwave frequency that we are training, the screen will stay bright, and the volume will be loud. When you are not in the brainwave frequency we are training, the screen will dim, and the volume will be quiet. Research shows that our brains are wired to want a reward, so your subconscious does most of the work. Artifacts can also create the screen to stay dim. Artifacts are when the sensors pick up too much muscle tension, moving, clenching your jaw, or blinking too much can create these artifacts. If the sensors begin to loosen after placement, that can cause artifacts, but we quickly fix them so they won’t disturb your session.
We begin training for 20 minutes and work our way up to 40 minutes. Everyone’s brains are different and can handle other training times. The goal is to create positive neural pathways and eliminate the negative neural pathways that are causing the negative symptoms you have been experiencing. After each session, you might feel relaxed or sleepy. This reaction lets me know that it was a great session, and the neuroplasticity or positive neural pathway is beginning to strengthen. Everyone’s brains are different, and the amount of sessions depends on how dysregulated your brain can be. Through the process, we will switch locations and protocols to regulate other areas of the brain. After 20 sessions, we recommend remapping this will show areas that have improved and give other protocols to work on next. As with learning a new skill, neurofeedback requires time. We recommend a minimum of two sessions a week, but if you are available to come three times a week, you will see results faster. Since everyone’s brains are different and more complex, it can be challenging to say how many sessions are needed, but after a qEEG, we will better understand how many sessions you will need.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please give me us a call
What is the cost and do you offer financing?
We utilize the latest and most advanced equipment. Standard industry pricing is typically between $750 to $1500 for a QEEG brain mapping assessment and $120 to $270 for neurofeedback sessions. We charge considerably less than this and have made every effort to keep our services affordably priced. We also offer 3rd party 15-month no-interest financing and discounted packages to make our services accessible to everyone. Click here to apply for financing.
Is this covered by HSA or FSA?
Good news! If you have a health savings account (HSA) or flexible savings account (FSA) designed to pay for health-related expenses not covered by insurance, you may be able to use it toward neurofeedback/biofeedback and save money. Contact your provider directly for more info. Regardless of coverage, payment is due at the time of service.
We also offer discounted packages and 15-month no-interest financing to help offset the out-of-pocket cost. Click here to apply for financing.
Do You Accept Insurance?
Unfortunately, we do not accept insurance at this time. We do offer discounted packages and 15-month no-interest financing to help offset the out-of-pocket cost. Click here to apply for financing.
We are also happy to provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. Some insurance plans will cover neurofeedback within certain parameters. It can be difficult, but it is possible to be reimbursed.
Reimbursement to the client varies by insurance company and plan. Check with your insurance provider directly for details. Regardless of insurance reimbursement, payment is due at the time of service.
What do I ask my insurance provider?
Questions to ask your insurance provider
1. Is biofeedback a covered benefit under my insurance policy?
2. If yes, is it covered under Medical Services or Psychological Services?
3. For which diagnosis is it covered?
4. Under which code(s) is it covered?
5. Do I need a prescription or letter from my medical doctor to say that it is medically necessary?
6. Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?
7. Will I need preauthorization? If so, what is the preauthorization code?
8. How many sessions are allowed (per week or per year) and is there a dollar amount limit?
9. Is there a deductible? If so, what is it and how much of the deductible has been met?
10. Is there a co pay? If so, what is it?
11. Is there a limit to the total amount the insurance company will reimburse each year? Is there an annual benefits cap that could affect the amount of my reimbursement?
What are the insurance CPT codes?
When contacting your insurance provider, make sure you understand what your insurance policy will cover, and for which diagnoses. You can ask your insurance carrier for coverage of certain CPT (Current Procedure Terminology) codes.
QEEG (BRAIN MAP): 95816, 95957, and 96132
95816 refers to the qEEG recording, 95957 refers to the digital analysis of the recording (eliminating artifact and comparing to the database), and 96132 refers to the evaluation of the recording and accompanying report by the provider.
BIOFEEDBACK AND NEUROFEEDBACK: 90901
90901 is used for psychological disorders, such as: Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder.
What if my insurance will reimburse me?
If you are told that neurofeedback is covered, be certain to document the name of the insurance representative with whom you spoke and the date and time of your conversation. This information will be needed in the event of any misunderstandings regarding coverage or any reimbursement refusals by your insurance carrier.
Make sure you understand what your insurance policy will cover, and for which diagnoses. If your insurance is going to reimburse you, contact us for a superbill to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
Regardless of insurance reimbursement, payment is due at the time of service.
What is a QEEG Brain Mapping?
A Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) is a state-of-the-art brain mapping tool that provides valuable insights into your brain’s functioning. It’s a non-invasive, painless, and highly informative assessment. Our assessment includes expert analysis by a certified neurofeedback specialist, a tailored neurofeedback training plan, and your 1st neurofeedback brain training session.
How many sessions will I need?
Since everyone’s brains function differently, it depends on the qEEG and how quickly your brain responds to neurofeedback. We typically recommend a minimum of 20 sessions, but often clients have long-lasting changes after 40 sessions.
How many times a week do I come in?
Neurofeedback requires consistent commitment, ideally involving sessions 2-3 times per week. Our recommended frequency serves the purpose of training and reinforcing new neural pathways. This approach aims to solidify these pathways, allowing positive connections to strengthen and negative neural associations to be broken.
How long are the sessions typically?
A session lasts between a half-hour and an hour. We can start neurofeedback sessions at 20 minutes and then work up to 40 minutes.
Is it going to hurt, will I feel anything?
There is no pain involved in neurofeedback. The sensors are non-stimulating and only read your brainwave activity.
How will I know if it's working?
The speed at which clients experience results can vary. While some may notice improvements in as few as 4 sessions, others might require 14 sessions or more before observing changes. For instance, a mother seeking neurofeedback for her child may perceive changes before the child feels any difference. Similarly, family members frequently report observing positive changes in their loved ones before clients notice these differences.
What is the minimum age requirement?
We typically like children to be at least four years old. However, if you have a child younger than this, please call, and we can discuss if neurofeedback is a good fit.
Are there research studies?
There are government-funded websites that will show research on neurofeedback brain training. Here is a very beneficial one. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
How long do the effects last?
Research consistently indicates that clients maintain their improvements from neurofeedback training for a long time, even up to 20 years. Several research studies have demonstrated that additional gains are even made after treatment is finished.