Neurofeedback FAQ

Neuro Hope FAQ’s- QEEGs and Neurofeedback

Why is Neurofeedback a good choice?
Neurofeedback is a noninvasive, reputable and scientifically-supported technique, when done by specially-trained professionals.
Why do people seek neurofeedback treatment?
We see patients who have been suffering and seek change. Typically, these patients are not receiving the results they want with the use of pharmaceutical medications, or would prefer to discontinue using pharmaceutical medications. We also see patients who are not medicated and would prefer alternative treatment to medications.
What can be treated with Neurofeedback?
We are happy to meet with you to discuss what you would like to improve with neurofeedback. Some of the most common things we treat patients for with neurofeedback are symptoms relating to: depression, anxiety, mental health disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, brain injuries and autism spectrum disorder. We also use Neurofeedback for peak performance training.
Who will see me?
You will see Dr. Zoe Bonack at your first appointment (whether it is a consultation or QEEG), and once we establish your treatment plan for neurofeedback treatment, you will see one of our friendly, qualified neurofeedback technicians for treatments.
Who pays for the treatment?
At this time, QEEG and neurofeedback treatment is not typically a covered benefit through insurance. These services would be covered by the patient. We offer many different ways to make payment as well as offer a financing option.
How should I prepare for my QEEG?
There are some specific instructions that are important to follow prior to your QEEG appointment to ensure that we get the best possible connection as we need to get an accurate reading of your brain waves. These instructions include, but are not limited to: 1. wash your hair twice with shampoo but
refrain from using conditioner after or any hair styling products (e.g. hairspray, mousse, hair gel, leave in conditioner, etc.) 2. Refrain from any caffeine, alcohol, or cannabis prior to your appointment. 3. Come during a time that you could be uninterrupted and without family members or friends and please arrange for childcare, if needed.
What do I need to bring with me?
You may bring medical records or information that you would like us to have, but are not required to. We will ask that you fill out your new patient forms prior to your appointment; we will be sending you instructions on how to complete these forms after scheduling. Please bring your reading glasses, if you need them for reading small print, in case we have you fill out additional information while you are here for your visit.
How should I dress?
Please dress comfortably by wearing the clothes you normally wear. You will be sitting for your QEEG (brain scan), and the future treatments (neurofeedback sessions).
How long will my evaluation appointment last?
Please plan to be with us for up to 2 hours for your initial intake appointment and QEEG.
How long will each treatment last?
Your neurofeedback sessions will last from 45 – 60 minutes.
How many visits will I need?
This can be highly variable. Visits will be determined once you are seen and evaluated and do depend on diagnosis, severity and medical history. Typically, people require an average of 40 session.
Is the QEEG and Neurofeedback painful or scary?
Not at all. Your experience should be more like a spa-day (comfortable, relaxing, stress-free, and fun). We do not have to do anything invasive to get your QEEG results or for neurofeedback treatment. Our patients enjoy their time with us and comment on how easy it is.
What does a typical QEEG diagnostic session look like
We start with an initial interview. This is where we take the time to get to know you, understand the symptoms and concerns you are hoping to address with neurofeedback treatment. We will ask you questions about what you feel and experience to better understand how to help you. Once the interview portion is completed, we will begin the diagnostic evaluation. We will do this by putting a mesh cap on your head that looks and fits similarly to a swimming cap. This test will measure the electrical activity being produced by your brain, much the same way an EKG measures the electrical activity of your heart. A cap with sensors is connected to our computer and will allow us to record and evaluate your brain waves. This is not painful, does not allow us to alter your thoughts or receive any information from you other than your brain waves.

You will simply be relaxing in a comfortable recliner during this portion of your evaluation while following some simple instructions. Before we record your brain wave activity we will be happy to show you on the computer what your brain wave activity looks like (It’s very interesting!) This process takes about forty-five minutes.

What happens after my QEEG?
Once we have recorded your brain wave activity, we will complete a thorough analysis to determine how to proceed. We will look to see if there are areas that are producing too much or not enough brain wave activity. We also evaluate the communication between areas that are talking to each other (is there too much information? Not enough? Is the connection too fast or too slow?

It takes about one week after we record your brain wave activity to create your analysis and create your action plan. We will meet to show you the pictures of our findings and to discuss your treatment plan.

What happens after I receive my treatment plan?
We will then schedule neurofeedback sessions. The average treatment is 40 sessions. You can plan on coming to see us twice a week. (This is important as it helps you to feel more consistent with the benefit
you receive).

This is when the fun part starts! During neurofeedback treatment, you get to choose a movie to watch (we have hundreds to choose from including action/adventure, romance, comedies and children’s movies). During this time, you will relax in a chair while wearing the same type of cap we used to record your brainwave activity. During your session you will receive feedback from the movie that helps to exercise your brain and helps to improve your symptoms.

What can I expect?
Most people experience fewer and less intense emotional responses post-treatment or during treatment. They may notice it is easier to pay attention and find that they feel more relaxed. This tends to improve over time. As part of the healing process, sometimes people may feel as if their symptoms worsen for a brief amount of time. This may be related to your brain becoming healthier and it could be part of the process for your healing.
What happens if my symptoms return?
Most of the time, once patients have completed treatment, the change they experience doesn’t goaway. It may be possible for a future event to occur or after a period of time for a person to return for a“tune up”. If this happens, it should not be concerning. Most of the time, it does not require starting allover. We will reevaluate and determine what treatment plan would be most appropriate.