Q&A

Everything you need to know about Neurofeedback

Overall cost is hard to estimate and will depend upon a wide variety of factors. These include the nature and severity of the issue(s), age of the patient, extent of insurance coverage, treatment goals, and patient commitment. At TNC, we are committed to providing the highest quality neurofeedback services at reasonable, economical prices. Feel free to call our office and speak with our administrative staff. They will review your insurance coverage and provide you with a detailed Good Faith Estimate. Our pricing is structured to make our services accessible to as many people as possible. We encourage you to "shop around," because we know that our prices are the lowest in the State, and our outcomes are second to none.

Neurofeedback does have a procedure code for insurance remuneration (908767). This, however, does not mean that all insurance companies will reimburse for your treatment. Medicaid / Husky does cover Neurofeedback (Yes, you heard that correctly!) and several other plans. Your coverage will depend upon the company you use and the type of plan you have. We will be glad to speak with you about how to find out what services your insurance plan may cover. We are committed to working with you and your insurance company to ensure your Out-Of-Pocket expenses are kept to a minimum. We will help you maximize your reimbursements.

TNC has a several options to help make Out-of-Pocket expenses more affordable:

  • We offer convenient payment plan options for Out-of-Pocket expenses.
  • We consider a sliding scale for Assessment costs not covered by insurance for those experiencing financial hardship.
  • Our Family Friendly Discount—10% off out-of-pocket expenses when more than one person in your family is being treated.
  • High Achiever discounts for those with great, consistent participation in treatments.
  • Seasonal Savings and Thank-You Rewards

At TNC, we use an advanced system that both targets specific regions with the capability to train your brain globally. The majority of our patients achieve treatment Goals between 35 and 60 sessions, and the average is about 45 sessions. A big factor in treatment duration is the number of medications the patient is taking. The more meds you are on and trying to get off, the longer it is likely to take to reach your Goal. You may hear of other providers saying they can achieve results in less time, but anything less would be referring to seeing changes, not long-term resolution. Quality, enduring results do take time. You'll be surprised, however, at how easy it is to complete your treatment.

It depends. Some people report relief from symptoms almost immediately, if not within 4-6 sessions, but most of our patients' experience about a 20% symptom reduction by the 15-Session Review. Some symptoms "budge" only after training for a while. It varies from person to person and according to the issues and severity. Admittedly, not all identified symptoms will respond to neurofeedback; some respond well, others not as well, some terrifically. We work with you to watch and track this closely!

Yes, you can. Maybe not all of the time, but neurofeedback is a clear and effective alternative to psychiatric medication. Many of our patients come to us because they want to get off their meds. In cases where this is a patient goal, our outcomes are excellent. Over 60% of our patients are completely med-free by completion of training, and a further 30% reduce the dosage and/or number of meds taken.

NFB is a form of treatment that is safe and non-invasive. While there are some potential side-effects you should be aware of, these side-effects have little, if any, resemblance to those you can anticipate or expect from using prescription medications!

There are six types of potential side-effects from NFB:

  1. Fatigue or minor disorientation from extended concentration, deep relaxation or working your brain out hard!
  2. Minor skin irritations or "sore head" from wearing a cap.
  3. Abreactions: In cases involving abuse, suppressed memories, or PTSD, NFB may trigger painful memories and feelings, resulting in unpleasant emotional discharge. While difficult, this is part of healing and dissipates with time. TNC licensed therapists are trained to deal with this, and our clinical staff will change protocols to minimize the impact.
  4. Systemic shifts frequently occur in families and relationships that had previously been impacted by symptoms being treated. When patients get better, the whole family ends up shifting. Most of the time, this is good. Sometimes it reveals the need for hope and healing in other areas.
  5. The Peniston Effect: In approximately 25% of substance abuse situations, the patient will become nauseous or violently ill when exposed to the addictive substance.
  6. Over-medication: If a patient's dosage is titrated for best effect on the problem symptoms, when NFB begins to lower the intensity of the symptoms, the patient actually becomes over-medicated and can experience side-effects from being over-medicated. This is an indication that a patient is ready to reduce or discontinue a medication.

The effects of neurofeedback treatment are typically enduring—that is, the results do not "extinguish" because it is demonstrated to develop and reinforce healthy neural networks and neuro-electrical patterns. Some people may return for "refresher" sessions, but this is typically not necessary.

Neurofeedback has been around for a long time—over 50 years. A vast and growing body of research is demonstrating significant and consistent efficacy for the treatment of many mental health problems. Efficacy is rated from a 1 to a 5, with 3 being "Probably Efficacious." NFB is consistently ranked from 3 to 5 in the treatment of most mental health issues. This is as good, if not better, than virtually any psychotropic medication or therapeutic technique, and no single medication or therapy can match NFB's versatility or breadth of use as a treatment tool.

NFB endorsements include many well-established professional organizations, including the American Pediatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

NFB research has been peer-reviewed in multiple academic journals, ranging across the fields of neurology, general medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, and counseling.

Research and treatment has been going on using NFB since the 1960's. Several advances in the past 20 years or so have made it possible for neurofeedback to be made available in a format that is both affordable and appealing. These include the development of a neuromeric database, fast desktop computers with lots of memory, precision amplifiers designed to read one-millionth of a volt through scalp and skull, caps that make preparation simple and reliable, neuro-electrical logarithms that allow us to interpret EEG activity and project it as usable data, and a whole lot more. At TNC, we believe that NFB will become a norm for mental health treatment very soon!

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