The first step in understanding what will help your brain is doing a brain map. This is a QEEG, quantitative electroencephalograph, which involves placing a cap with sensors on the head and recording 20 minutes of data with your eyes open and then eyes closed. Once the data has been artifacted and edited it is compared to a normative data base that is both gender and age specific. This shows us how your brain compares to a person of the same sex and age. The brain map looks at the brain 3 ways, power, coherence, and phase. For the brain to operate efficiently the right amount of power needs to get to the right part of the brain at the right time. Coherence shows us how the brain is sharing information and phase is the timing in the brain. We also do a LENS map which shows what parts of the brain are suppressed.
We do an Independent Variable Analysis (IVA) to determine how the brain responds and pays attention to both visual and auditory stimulus. A neurocognitive test is done that looks for behavior or mood disorders as well as cognitive processing issues. Our test battery is compiled so that the different tests will validate each other.
The final step is sitting down and explaining the results of the brain map (QEEG) and the other assessments. Based on what we have learned we share our on recommended treatment program utlizing a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback and neurofeedback.
The testing can be done in one session or broken down into two appointments. Most people are able to complete all the testing in one appointment which is around 2 hours.
While each patient has different needs, and on the average 10 sessions is required to see permanent change. More or less sessions may be required based on the severity of the condition. Each treatment session is about an hour. Time is allotted for setup and discussion between therapist and client. People who see the best results come twice a week to maximize the effects of their treatment.
Yes, the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) created a document, Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback that reviews the clinical efficacy and effectiveness of both as treatment for many diagnoses, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Hypertension, Alcoholism, Headaches, Chronic Pain and Brain Injury. Please check the Resource page under More Info for additional references.
People ask, why don’t doctors utilize this type of treatment modality?Many doctors and psychiatrists have not been trained and are not aware of the research and clinical literature around biofeedback and neurofeedback. Furthermore, the instrumentation is expensive and requires serious study and training to use competently. An estimated 1,000 clinicians are using Neurofeedback and QEEG in the USA.
We have one location in Dallas. located at 8215 Westchester Dr Ste 243, Dallas, TX 75225. We are open Monday (9am-7pm) – Saturday (10am-5pm). Our consultation is done in Dallas but we offer phone consultations as an alternative.
The evaluation an a program of 10 sessions would cost an average of $1,895. Our services are generally not covered by insurance but HSA funds can be utilized. We will provide receipts with the diagnosis code and you can submit to your insurance company.
All decisions made regarding your medication should be made with your prescribing physician. That being stated, a large portion of patients pursue Bio/Neurofeedback with the goal of being weaned off their medication, or the amount being reduced.
There are no side effects associated with Biofeedback or Neurofeedback. Although, patients often report better sleep and focus, decreased impulsiveness and a relaxed mood. In fact, these are the primary reasons Bio/Neurofeedback is chosen as an alternative to medication.