Frequently Asked Questions
+What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function in which the brain learns to work more efficiently. We observe how the brain works moment-to-moment and measure it using electroencephalogram, or EEG. The results are then shared with the person and, together, we work to self-regulate. It’s not magic or voodoo, it’s real science creating real results. | Learn more about Neurofeedback
+How does it work?
Our safe, noninvasive process involves applying electrodes to the scalp to “listen” to brainwave activity. A computer processes the signals and we extract the results as brain maps. The results are shown to the person and we define the frequencies that need to be promoted or diminished. This is accomplished through a video game. The person will sit in front of a screen and play a game with their brain. Eventually, the brainwaves used to complete that task are strengthened towards more desirable performance. The areas targeted are specific to each individual and the conditions that need attention.
+Who provides Neurofeedback?
Nicole McGuffin has a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s degree in counseling, she is a licenced professional counselor, a certified gestalt therapist, and a board-certified neurotherapist. She approaches neurotherapy from a holistic, humanistic and systemic perspective examining the whole person and the system they are part of.
+What areas of Colorado do you serve?
We serve clients in Eagle County, Colorado, including Vail, Minturn, Eagle Vail, Avon, Edwards, Wolcott, Eagle, and Gypsum, as well as Summit, and Pitkin Counties.
+Is this experimental or futuristic?
Neurofeedback Therapy is heavily researched and supported. The EEG equipment manufacturer is approved by the FDA and Neurofeedback Therapy is named as the #1 best level support for ADHD for interventions by the American Academy of Pediatrics and endorsed by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. | See the Neurofeedback Research
+Is Neurofeedback a cure?
Scientifically, the word cure does not apply to Neurofeedback Therapy. However, 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.
+So you’re talking about electrical brain activity. Is this 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?
Neurofeedback can help reduce the symptoms of seizures, disruptive behavior disorders such as Conduct Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Autistic spectrum and pervasive developmental delay, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or birth trauma. We also can improve symptoms of anxiety, depression and cognitive decline.
+Are the effects long lasting?
If the problem being addressed is one of brain disregulation, then the results are long lasting. Once training stops, the brain continues to use its new capabilities and can often continue to improve. Brain training has a higher chance of lasting results if the person is supported in a positive physical and psychological environment
+Is this covered by insurance?
Many companies do not adequately support mental health concerns. EEG scans are sometimes partially supported and therapy is sometimes partially supported.
+How does this work with medications?
With successful Neurofeedback training, medications targeting brain function may no longer be needed or only needed in smaller dosages. The brain is learning to regulate itself and may no longer need the support of external stimuli.
+How does the home environment play into the success of the therapy?
The home environment is critical to the success of Neurofeedback therapy. No therapy could succeed if the patient returned to a chaotic home, long nights with little sleep, or unhealthy lifestyles. For best results, therapy needs to continue outside the clinic with calming environments, supportive family and friends, and healthy decisions.
+What about addictions?
Alpha-Theta training, a specific aspect of Neurofeedback has been successful in some cases of addiction.
+Is this like Lumosity?
This is very different than a brain game like Lumosity or other programs that exist. This process involves reframing how the brain functions versus stretching its ability to answer certain questions.
+Does it work for everyone?
It does not work for everyone. There is about an 80% success rate for amplitude training and 94$ success rate for connectivity training. We don’t know who it is going to work for and who it won’t work for. That being said, we can tell in real time if it is working.
+Can you treat someone with multiple disorders and multiple issues?
Yes. Some people come in with very straight forward disorders. Other may come in with combinations of bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, hyperactivity, sleep issues, anxiety and more. The more complex the issues, the longer the process takes. We tackle one issue at a time.
+Are there other similar clinics like yours?
Yes, there are. There are a lot of different ways to do Neurofeedback. But, there are only about 8,000 board-certified people such as myself.