Biofeedback allows individuals to view their responses to stress in real time, increasing self-awareness while learning to manipulate these stress responses thus gaining self-control and regulation. Common modalities include skin temperature training, skin conductance training, electrical-myography (EMG), respiration training, and heart rate variability training (HRV).
Using an electroencephalograph (EEG), individuals learn of their brainwave activity in relation to symptoms, can see these brainwaves in real time, and learn to control & manipulate brainwave activity to decrease symptoms.
If you aren't in the area, or are more comfortable to engage in the counseling process in the security of your own space, online counseling services can be provided.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy involves identifying and reconstructing faulty thinking that drives negative feelings, attitudes and behaviors to become a better, more positive and realistic you.
Solution Focused Therapy involves finding solutions by exploring your hope for the future and implementing realistic goals to create positive lifestyle behaviors.
A team approach is implemented if additional services are needed and referrals can be made for chiropractic care, psychiatry, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, and more.
A bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach involves interventions to retrain physiological basis related to symptoms, reconstruct faulty thinking, and re-establish healthier ways of functioning.
Here is a list of commonly asked questions and the typical answers provided.
How much are sessions? And does insurance cover?
I am paneled with BCBS therefore I accept this plan. Depending on your plan, which typically involves a deductible and co-pay, will determine how much you would be required to pay each visit. Please check with your plan for your individual details.
If you do not have BCBS, you pay out of pocket ($130/session). If you would like to file with your insurance, I will generate a claim form for you. You will need to file this and your insurance company will reimburse you directly according to your plan. Typically you will need to meet an out-of-network deductible. Each time you pay, you will chip away at this deductible.
Is biofeedback/neurofeeeback reimbursable by insurance?
Some biofeedback modalities are reimbursable by insurance. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor. I use biofeedback and neurofeedback training IN CONJUNCTION with therapy, therefore sessions are coded accordingly under my license. If you are seeking treatment from another provider who does NOT have a license to treat mental health conditions, it will be very difficult to be reimbursed by insurance for services that are rendered for mental health diagnosis.
How long are sessions in duration?
Each session is 50 minutes in length.
How often should I plan to come?
I recommend starting 1x/week for 8-12 weeks.
How many sessions will I need?
This typically depends on the individual and the current situation or goals you are wanting to meet. You should see gains/improvements between 8-12 sessions. With these gains, we will then re-evaluate your needs and where you are in meeting your goals. We may continue 1x/week or we may start to titrate off, meeting 1x/every other week. After a few sessions meeting bi-weekly, and if you are maintaining and generalizing skills, we may cut back even more and meet 1x/month for a few months, and then follow up 3 months after this.
Do you offer package deals?
I do not offer package deals because I do not exactly know, nor can I predict, how many sessions you will need. Each treatment plan is individually based, therefore we will work through your own treatment plan. In addition, with my counseling license I believe a package deal may be seen as unethical, as well as insurance reimbursement plans.
What can I expect?
The first session consists of an initial interview. Once this is completed, baselines will be administered. If the interview is lengthy, baselines will be administered at the next session and training may begin as soon as baselines are collected.
Each session consists of talk therapy in conjunction with training. Talk therapy includes processing lived experiences from the past/present and how these change/influence physiology. Then each participant is provided time to train in each session, typically 20-30 minutes. Time is allotted to process the training experience as well and how the training experience parallels with lived experiences. Goals are set each week.
How will this translate to life skills?
Each week participants will be asked to report back on success stories i.e. how they managed physiological responses more effectively. As the individual gains skills to manage physiology, the stressors once faced may not feel as stressful with a lowered physiological arousal. Participants will also be asked to identify ways to incorporate training into a lifestyle, as opposed to utilizing tools when in emergency situations. Incorporating a regulated state will be beneficial to whatever circumstance is experienced.