What will my first appointment be like?
Your first exam will be testing only; no training will be performed. First, you and the clinician will determine if you are a candidate for Neurofeedback. If we believe you will benefit from our Neurofeedback program, you will complete your brain map. From there, we will schedule an additional appointment with Jim Hale, MS, LPC, LADC-MH, BCN to go over your results and together develop a treatment plan, "The Plan."
What is a brain map?
A brain map can also be called a QEEG—quantitative electroencephalogram. Using 19 electrodes attached to a cap, we will read your brain’s electrical activity. A QEEG will not transmit electricity, only gather electrical input. The brain map is simple and painless. The clinician will slip the QEEG cap onto your head and fill the electrodes with a transmitting gel. We will then take readings with your eyes closed at 10-minute intervals. Next, we repeat the process by asking you to have your eyes open and fixated on a designated spot in the office. We record with eyes open for 10 minutes.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
When scheduling your initial visit, it is best to leave an email address. We can then email you your new client packet, which you can fill out and bring to your first appointment. If you cannot bring in your new client packet, please arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to complete it. This will allow the appointment to run as smoothly as possible.
How should I dress for my first appointment?
There is no specific dress code for a brain mapping session, but you may want to dress comfortably. We ask that your hair be clean and free from any conditioners or hairsprays on the day of your testing. Styling gels and hair oils should also be avoided. Earrings will need to be removed before testing begins.
When will I begin training?
After your initial exam and discussing your results with Jim Hale, MS, LPC, LADC-MH, BCN, you may begin treatment immediately. We offer flexible hours to accommodate those who may work late.
What happens during a training session?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get. The clinician will place electrodes at the sites specific to your brain map. Then, you will play a game, like basketball, baseball, Pac-Man, or other games. For example, Pac-Man only moves when your brain produces the desired waves. Gradually, your brain will learn to function better in order to complete its task, all while you relax! We also use Netflix, Youtube, or Disney to train. The screen will only stay bright when you are hitting the goals we have set. Your brain will work hard to keep the screen brightness while you relax and enjoy the show.
How often should I come?
Research shows us that the best Neurofeedback results are achieved by training twice weekly for the first 10 sessions. After, we train once a week thereafter. Each session is about 45 minutes.
How long are our treatment plans?
Each client's brain is different. We never know how your brain will perform until you are in our training chair. However, on average, most treatment plan lasts for 3 to 6 months (20-40 sessions). Again, the best results are seen with a consistent training regimen of 1-2 sessions per week. Some clients may require longer treatment plans depending on the condition being treated.
When will I see the results?
The length of time required to see results will vary from person to person. No two brains are alike. Brains are as individualized as our fingerprints. Most clients begin seeing changes around visit 8. We have also seen positive changes in as little as 1 visit! Most people notice changes in their primary symptoms within 5-10 sessions. It’s important, however, to understand that neuroplastic (permanent) changes are shown to occur after 20-40 visits. Even though you might feel better after 7 visits, we advise you to complete your entire treatment plan, "The Plan," to achieve lasting results.
Will it hurt?
No! The best part about Neurofeedback is that nothing is done to the client. Your brain simply responds to real-time EEG feedback while you relax and play games.
Do training effects last?
Yes! Once we teach your brain to function more efficiently, it will want to stay that way. Research has shown that for some individuals, lasting effects from neurofeedback for up to 30 or 40 years!
Do you take insurance?
Insurance coverage varies with each plan, although most insurance plans in Oklahoma do not cover biofeedback or neurofeedback services, based on our experiences and the major insurance carrier medical policies. The biofeedback CPT Service code 90901 is used when billing these neurofeedback services. We can provide Superbills and receipts with all the necessary information if you would like to request reimbursement from your insurance carrier and advocate for reimbursement of your or your family’s treatment. Payment is due at the time of service.
Neurofeedback is Worth the Investment!
Although traditional health insurance doesn’t provide coverage for non-medical brain training, the sessions are worth the investment of time and money. You cannot put a price tag on wellness!!!
Can I use my HSA or FSA card?
Yes, we do accept HSA, FSA, and HRA cards and can provide a receipt and/or superbill for you. We accept all major credit cards.
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