Frequently Asked Questions

It’s not futuristic. It’s not magic. It’s not experimental.

Read our FAQs below, and please reach out if you have any further questions.

What Is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a branch of biofeedback called EEG biofeedback.  Likened to an exercise training program, neurofeedback strengthens neuronal pathways while increasing flexibility and mental endurance.  Neurofeedback is a slow gradual process, likened to physical therapy for the brain. When gains are made, the results are long-lasting, directly impacting symptoms experience and directly training the central nervous system.  Neuroplasticity is the result of changes in the neuronal pathways due to the feedback.| Learn more about Neurofeedback

How Does it Work?

Neurofeedback works  by measuring an individual’s EEG that are recorded and communicated to the patient to facilitate improvement in neural communication.  Recognizing that an individual’s arousal is vulnerable to the patterns of neuronal oscillations (repetitive neuronal activity) these oscillations are measured through the use of an electroencephalogram, which measures brain waves also known as signal frequencies.  With Operant Conditioning as the mechanism of action, neurofeedback is conducted by placing electrodes on the scalp that measure brain waves in real time. Instantaneous feedback is provided to the subject allowing the influence of brainwaves. Understood as reconditioning and retraining brain waves (Hammond, 2011), the patient is provided with feedback reinforcing a pattern the clinician has preset.  There is no input of electrical activity in the brain, only recording and sending surface electrical data back to the trainee.

Who Provides Neurofeedback Therapy?

Our team of clinicians are masters and doctorate level clinicians that have been trained in psychology, applied neurosciences, biofeedback, neurofeedback and counseling.  We are licensed and board certified in neurofeedback. At Amazing Brains we offer a completely customized approach for each individual to protocol selection based on qEEGs, clinical intakes, neurocognitive testing and goals the patient wishes to accomplish.  In addition, the neuro counselors providing the neurofeedback are trained psychotherapists able to identify, diagnose, and treat the many disorders presented. We believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship to cultivate further awareness, growth, mindfulness as we offer presence and the ability to hold the space of what we are presented with.  | More on our Team here.

What areas of Colorado do you serve?

We have three locations: Vail Valley, Steamboat Springs, and Frisco. We serve clients in Eagle County, Colorado, including Vail, Minturn, Eagle Vail, Avon, Edwards, Wolcott, Eagle, Gypsum, Summit, Routt, and Pitkin Counties.

Is this experimental or futuristic?

Neurofeedback is named level 1 best support for ADHD interventions by the American Academy of Pediatrics and endorsed by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  The EEG equipment manufacturer is approved by the FDA. (I will update the “see neurofeedback research info from the hyperlink)| See the Neurofeedback Research

Is Neurofeedback a cure?

In the case of organic brain disorders, Neurofeedback helps the brain to function more normally. For problems of dysregulation, we can help treat the symptoms but a cure does not exist.

Neurofeedback is likened to an exercise training program, much like physical therapy for the brain as a slow, gradual process of change.  75-80% patients are able to clinically improve their symptoms by over 50%. Many patients are able to completely eradicate their conditions including anxiety, depression, enuresis, attention issues.  Depending on the severity of some conditions, symptoms may be completely eradicated or symptom presentations may show great improvement including stroke rehabilitation and traumatic brain injuries. We cannot cure autism, however we can treat symptoms of social acuity, behavioral outbursts, focus, speech, repetitive movements, focus, and mood.

So you are talking about electroshock therapy?

No; Neurofeedback Therapy is not electroshock therapy. In fact, Neurofeedback does not involve putting anything into the brain whether it’s probes or electricity

What conditions can neurofeedback help with?

Neurofeedback can treat ADHD, learning challenges, disruptive behaviors, conduct disorder, anxiety, depression, developmental trauma, PTSD, concussions and traumatic brain injuries.  It can treat symptoms of bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and more.

Are the effects long lasting?

Yes.  If successfully treated, the effects from neurofeedback training do not revert back to the original presentation.  When training is finished, the brain continues to use its new capabilities and can often continue to improve. 

Is this covered by health insurance?

Many companies do not adequately support mental health concerns.  EEGs and counseling may be covered in an out of network category. Some insurance companies may cover neurofeedback as an out of network expense also.  We encourage you to check with your insurance company to learn of your benefits. We provide statements with proper coding to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.  

How does it work with medications?

The answer to this question depends on the medication.  We do not treat people taking benzodiazapines because this medication slows learning down so much it impacts the learning of neurofeedback.  For stimulant medications, some people are able to fully titrate off of their medications (with the support of their prescribing physician), some people are able to reduce the dosage and some people keep the same dosage but are able to focus more.  Each psychotropic medication is addressed in the clinical intake process.

How does the home environment play into the success of NFT?

The home environment plays a role in the success of Neurofeedback Therapy.  Healthy relationships, healthy sleep, diet, hydration and healthy lifestyles all assist in the holistic and multimodal approach Amazing Brains takes in healing.  As licensed psychotherapists we address each presentation with great care.

 

Can NFT help with addictions?

Yes.  It has been demonstrated in research that NFT can assist in addictions and the underlying trauma often present that drives the addiction.  

Does this type of therapy work for everyone?

Research demonstrates a 75-80% success rate for NFT.  Reasons it may not work include taking a benzodiazepine, not wanting to participate in therapy (a parent wants their child to participate and they are completely against it), or not being able to learn how to control the signal.  While this is rare, it can happen. The clinician is able to determine if learning is taking place and if the patient has successfully learned how to do NFT.

Can you treat someone who has multiple disorders?

Yes.  Comorbidity amongst different disorders is common.  

Who can benefit from NFT?

If you want a better brain, you can benefit from NFT.  NFT treats disorders, symptoms and people that want better performance, cognition, moods and focus in their life.

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