Neurofeedback- What is it and can it help me?

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback, is a form of biofeedback. The idea behind biofeedback is to try to gain control over involuntary bodily functions (blood flow, heart rate, brain function) using visual and/or auditory feedback. 

Neurofeedback looks at electrical brain activity and brainwaves to direct the brain toward more efficient and beneficial functioning. Brainwaves are made up of various frequencies (delta, theta, alpha, beta, hibeta) which all serve different purposes in helping the brain to function. However, sometimes the patterns and frequencies our brains operate out of are not actually beneficial to our daily functioning. 

Here are some examples: 

-Excess theta waves in the prefrontal cortex may make it difficult for us to concentrate on daily executive functioning tasks. 

-An excess of hibeta may make us feel incredibly anxious and lead to increased emotional reactivity. 

Using what we know about the various brainwave frequencies, we can use auditory and visual feedback to either uptrain or down train various frequencies to manage symptoms, increase the brain’s flexibility, and improve overall functioning. 

What can I expect with the process?

At Restoration Hope, we tend to start with a 20 minute free consultation where we describe the process, allow you to familiarize yourself with the space, and answer any questions you may have. 

Next we schedule an hour and a half brain map, where, using the qEEG machine, we map your brainwaves. 

Once we have your brain map, we use the brain map as well as what we know about your symptoms, to design a training program that will give your brain the maximum benefit. 

Is it dangerous and does it hurt?

No, neurofeedback is an extremely uninvasive intervention and has very few side effects. Some people may experience a bit of a low grade headache following initial training sessions, however it is unlikely. 

What is it used for?

Historically, most of the research around neurofeedback has shown it’s effectiveness with anxiety and ADHD. Currently there is research coming out showing that it is also helpful for depression, sleep disorders, memory, behavior disorders, autism spectrum, and addiction. 

Is it covered by insurance? 

Currently Restoration Hope is excited to accept Colorado Access Medicaid and Optum Behavioral Health. 

***The information contained herein is not therapeutic advice nor a substitute for therapy. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any mental health problem. If you are located within the United States and you need emergency assistance please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you are located within Colorado you may also call the Colorado Crisis Line at 844-493-TALK (8255).

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