How does Neurofeedback help my Clinic or Practice
As neurofeedback increases in sophistication and becomes widely recognized as a powerful tool for change, more clients are specifically seeking this training. By adding neurofeedback to your practice, you will be able to expand your audience and tap into numerous markets.
Because of the increased training and equipment costs associated with becoming a neurofeedback practitioner, most clinicians charge more than a standard therapy session. It is common for neurofeedback providers to receive $125-$200 per session and anywhere from $500-$1500 for an initial Qeeg-based assessment. When you do the math, it is clear that there is tremendous potential to increase clinic revenue while helping others at the same time. A standard package containing a pre and post QEEG Brain map along with 20 neurofeedback sessions would average $4K thus one client a month more than pays for the equipment which could range between $350 and $650 per month on a lease to own program.
More and more individuals are realizing that the most effective way to work with nearly all conditions is through multiple modalities. By adding neurofeedback to your clinic, you are providing a powerful training that can be used with traditional forms of therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, lifestyle interventions and body work.
Neurofeedback and related techniques, such as Quantitative EEG, allow practitioners to obtain hard data on the change process. By measuring and analyzing brainwave changes, you can literally see how your interventions are impacting the client. The ability to demonstrate brain changes is important for patients to see and is also helpful for research purposes. With BrainMaster Avatar software you can compare a patient’s brainwave activity to a pre-existing database or against a previous recording from the same patient. This allows you to determine how much each brainwave band has changed in specific regions of the brain.
How does neurofeedback work?
In another way, neurofeedback targets the underlying dysregulation in brain activity that can exacerbate and sometimes cause clinical symptoms. This influence may also encourage neurophysiological resilience with the induction of brain flexibility, relaxation, and a steadier central nervous system. For example, if one's state of neuroanatomy and physiological health is over-stimulated or under-aroused, mental illnesses, with various symptoms may manifest behaviorally, psychologically, emotionally, and/or physically. Such disorders as anxiety and depression may have a base in neurophysiology which consequently can be targeted for training. A brain with greater flexibility has the capacity to more healthily adapt to challenging life situations.
During a session, clients usually report feeling relaxed. Clients sit in a recliner and listen to sounds and/or play a video game on a computer screen using their brain to direct the action. When the desired brain wave state is achieved, the game continues and points are accumulated. It's easy and fun. Remember, nothing is being put into your brain. We are simply "listening" to your brain wave activity through sensors, much like a doctor listening to your heart with a stethoscope, and feeding the information back to you. For this reason, it is known as "Neurofeedback."
We work specifically with BrainAvatar, which is a comprehensive interactive neurofeedback system capable of several types of brain training. Visit www.brainavatar.com for more information.
Is NFB only used alongside mental health issues?
Neurofeedback can also be used non-clinically for peak performance training, baseline data for sports players in case of head trauma/injury, certain sleep issues, and to track changes in brain function as a result of medication.
Is any electricity being put into my head?
No, no energy or electricity is put into your head. The equipment only "listens" to your brain waves.
How often must I attend neurofeedback sessions?
A minimum of 1 to 2 sessions per week.
How many neurofeedback sessions will I need?
Typically, 10 or more sessions are needed, but generally, less than 40.
How long do the results of neurofeedback last?
Results will generally "stick" as long as positive mental and emotional environments and behaviors are maintained.
Is Neurofeedback equipment FDA approved? For what uses?
BrainMaster Technologies equipment is registered with the FDA and has two separate FDA 510k’s; however, not all neurofeedback equipment is registered with the FDA.