FAQ
 

Tell me again..what is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback (or EEG biofeedback) is a scientifically proven way to enhance your brain function through training. Science has shown that exercising the brain rewires its circuits. The technology is complicated but the process is simple and non-invasive. The brain is presented with a mirror of its activity and learns to alter itself the same way as one learns any skill – through feedback and practice. Imagine you are learning to play the piano and it is your first try. You will hear the false notes every time and try again if you are motivated to learn. The recognition of the false or correct sound is the feedback when learning an instrument, telling you whether you are on target or not. In neurofeedback, you are guided by feedback information about changes in your brain’s electrical activity.  Every few milliseconds your brain's activity is compared to your target goals for change, and against a normal reference. One gets a 'reward' when the goal is met in the form of a visual or auditory cue. Over 20 neurofeedback sessions you get several million cues and chances to learn. That’s a lot of practice. Unlike learning to play the piano, neurofeedback does not take decades but it is not instantaneous. One gets better with practice and can set new goals over a lifetime. For more information click here.

How will I feel during the session?

Sessions are pleasant for most people.  You will sit comfortably in a chair while the practitioner places a cap with sensors on your head. A waterbased gel is used to make contact with the skull, which can be easily wiped off after the end of the session. 

The neurofeedback practitioner is in the room with you at all times and most clients enjoy interacting and asking questions.  A video or a game will indicate to you when your brain is meeting the training target.  This is the 'feedback' required for learning. 

I already have cognitive and emotional testing from my therapist. Do I need qEEG?

QEEG is key to our neurofeedback system and used to design the specific method to train your brain. qEEG does not replace a diagnosis from your doctor or therapist. It provides information about how your brain supports cognitive abilities and emotions and helps design the neurofeedback protocols. 

Is the brain map a diagnosis?

The brain map is a pictorial representation of brain activity. While qEEG is not considered diagnostic, many neurologists, psychologists or psychiatrists use standalone qEEG  in support of their diagnosis and treatment, and its use is increasing.  We use qEEG only for designing neurofeedback protocols. These are furhter refined when a history provided by the referring clinician is available.

Is neurofeedback covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, only rarely will insurance companies cover neurofeedback. We hope that these noninvasive training methods will become mainstream soon and efforts are underway from neurofeedback associations. Please be prepared to pay for services at the time these are rendered.

Are there adverse effects of neurofeedback?

There are no known adverse effects of neurofeedback. However, like with any training, temporary fatigue or a feeling of being overly energized may occur after a session. These responses are minor and transient and not common. Session length and intensity can be adjusted to accommodate your preferred pace. 

Changing or Interrupting Medications

As the brain becomes more regulated, symptoms may subside and clients may feel that a reduction in the medication might be required. Usually, this is apparent with sleeping medications, as sleep-wake cycles are easier to regulate.  

 

Neurofeedback does not replace treatments for a medical condition diagnosed by your doctor.  Any reductions in medications should be discussed with your doctor. Do NOT stop or alter your dosage of prescribed medications without consulting with your doctor.

What is the success rate of neurofeedback?

As with any method, the success rate varies but the success rate of neurofeedback with our method (LORETA qEEG-based neurofeedback) is high (reported in many clinics over 90%), especially when clients follow recommendations for sleep hygiene and overall life balance.  Almost all clients will experience measurable changes in the first 10 sessions, and changes will accumulate with motivation and diligence in training.  It is reasonable to expect significant improvement in your perception of brain function with a standard 20 sessions.  Motivation is important, as with any skill building.  

What are your credentials?

Dr. Monica Metea is a neuroscientist with three decades of experience in electrophysiology, a field focused on the electrical signature of brain activity. She is a consultant to companies involved in neuroscience research and drug safety. In the field of neurofeedback, Dr. Metea conducted novel research in sensory substitution aimed at impaired balance and vision and has trained with leading experts practicing neurofeedback and qEEG.

 

Dr. Metea integrates neuroscience training with wellness and meditative practices under a holistic, empathetic framework.  She maintains an active scientific presence and continues to train with experts in a lifelong learning process. Her personal practice includes neurofeedback and nondual integrative practices.