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Biofeedback

Why does neurotherapy work?

The brain is amazingly adaptable, and capable of learning. It can also learn to improve its own performance when given the proper cues. Using the data obtained from the brain mapping (QEEG) as well his information from the client regarding symptoms, the neurotherapist is able to guide the individual’s brain into making adjustments that will improve efficiency and functioning. The neurotherapist challenges the client’s brain to obtain and maintain optimal performance. Gradually, the brain learns and begins to retain this new level of functioning.

Why Choose a BCIA-Certified Professional?

BCIA-certified professionals are internationally respected for many reasons.

1. BCIA is a non-profit institute that has been an effective advocate for our field. The American Psychological Association (APA) has recognized biofeedback as a proficiency in professional psychology because of the petition that BCIA filed with them. BCIA has been dedicated to a singular mission since 1981:

“BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and
progressively recertifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education.”

2. BCIA’s biofeedback certification is the only program that is recognized by the three major international membership organizations: the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).

3. BCIA’s biofeedback certification is based on scientific evidence published in refereed journals. BCIA rejects narrow, unsubstantiated perspectives and the conflict of interest that exists when certification depends on a specific vendor’s equipment, databases, and protocols. BCIA certification is based on a reading list, Blueprint of Knowledge, and Professional Standards and Ethical Principles that were developed following an extensive job analysis and that are regularly updated by a task force of international authorities in biofeedback. BCIA continually gathers data to validate and revise its exams through the psychometric process to ensure the relevance, integrity, and value of our certification program.

4. BCIA’s biofeedback certification exam adheres to the highest psychometric standards. We painstakingly evaluate and revise our exam on a regular basis. Several independent experts, who include clinicians and the most experienced educators in our field, regularly review exam items to ensure that the they represent key blueprint concepts, are sourced to our suggested reading list, and are psychometrically sound. We regularly replace outdated exam questions with new ones that are contributed by biofeedback authorities and then validated by our certificants.

5. BCIA requires that our certificants adhere to one of the strongest ethical codes in our field. In addition, we require that our certificants complete 3 hours of ethics continuing education when they renew their certification. Our rigorous ethical standards are one of the many reasons that our international colleagues have chosen BCIA biofeedback certification.

6. BCIA’s Board of Directors consists of clinicians, educators, and researchers who have guided the development of biofeedback. Our Board includes leaders of the three major international membership organizations who have contributed decades of service to our field.

Is neurotherapy/neurofeedback covered by insurance?

Neurotherapy Center of Nebraska is a cash practice only. (We accept checks, credit cards, or debit cards provided at the time of service.) We do not file insurance claims, however, we will supply receipts, documentation, and CPT codes that will assist you with filing for reimbursement from your insurance provider. Feel free to contact us if you have more questions.

What is the difference between EEG Neurofeedback and Neurotherapy?

Neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) is a process in which multiple sensors are placed on the scalp to monitor brain electrical activity and provide moment-to-moment collection of information about brain function. That data is fed back to the client for purposes of improving brain operational flexibility.

Neurotherapy Center of Nebraska utilizes neurofeedback along with the use of other modalities to modify brain patterns such as audio-visual stimulation, pulsed electromagnetic stimulation, Z-score training, LORETA neurofeedback training and psychotherapy. As computer technology increases in processing speed, we can see brain activity in real-time and the variables associated with optimal brain performance giving the client more opportunity to influence and change their brain activity, behavior and functioning.

How does neurotherapy and medications work?

Neurotherapy trains the brain to function at its optimal level without introducing anything that is unnatural into the body/brain. Healthy neurotransmitters may increase naturally, representing more efficient brain functioning. Neurotherapy is effective, noninvasive, and safe but it can cause temporary side effects such as feeling “wired” or “tired”. These side effects usually last for only a few minutes to a few hours post session and can be decreased by hydration and good nutrition. Once Neurotherapy sessions are completed, no further sessions are typically necessary. Neurofeedback is an evidence-based, medication free procedure in which our clients learn to retrain the mechanisms of their brain, reducing symptoms rather than masking the behavior.

My primary doctor is not familiar with Neurofeedback, can I share this site with her or him?

If your doctor is unfamiliar with this specific type of brain training or the advancements at Neurotherapy Center of Nebraska, please direct them to our website for links to evidence based research or have them contact us for additional information. At Neurotherapy Center of Nebraska, we take a comprehensive approach to treating the individual. This may include consultation with other professionals involved with the client.

Where can I learn more about Neurofedback?

Under each “condition” are listed Resources. Here is are two links with comprehensive neurofeedback information including bibliographies.

The ISNR Comprehensive Bibliography of Neurofeedback in Scholarly Articles: http://noviancounseling.wix.com/bibliography

Or download the PDF file directly: http://media.wix.com/ugd/fb579f_b7e0510f74704494876b121cb7501f59.pdf

What can I expect during a neurotherapy session?

Each client is different. The structure of each session will be generated based upon the unique needs of the client. Each session will last approximately one hour. Neurotherapeautic approaches and techniques will be utilized in that one hour session which may include neurofeedback or other therapeutic approaches.

How long does training normally take?

Neurotherapy is a learning process, and therefore results are seen gradually over time. For most conditions, progress may be seen within 6-10 sessions. Many clients have reported improvement in mood stability, improvement in their ability to relax as well as an improvement in their ability to manage life stressors fairly quickly. In the case of ADHD, the average number of training sessions is 40. Individuals with issues related to anxiety and/or depression may require as few as 20 sessions. Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disorders may take 40-60 sessions or more to achieve optimal brain function for that client. Some symptoms related to mild head injuries may respond in less than 20 sessions (quality of sleep; fatigue; chronic pain), whereas others may require longer training before they show an initial response such as memory and executive decision functions. Neurotherapy Center of Nebraska views each client as an individual with their own unique needs. Therefore, the number of sessions will depend the unique needs of the client.

What are your hours of operation?

We are available Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where can I find your offices?

We are conveniently located just west of I-680 in West Omaha.

11930 Arbor Street, Suite 203, Omaha, NE 68144

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