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Neurofeedback - Working to Achieve Balance

Assessment and treatment plan by: Dr. Parth Gandhi, Ph.D.
Treatment delivered by: Jeff Horton, ACMHC, Neurofeedback Specialist

Neurofeedback is a treatment intervention used to improve brain function and achieve a balanced nervous system. Neurofeedback is biofeedback that utilizes EEG technology and operant conditioning to read brainwaves and then provides the brain with positive feedback when optimal brain wave patterns are created.

That's the scientific explanation, now what does that means in practical terms?

The common underlying issue for many people with problems related to attention, concentration, anxiety/depression, etc. is a dysregulated nervous system. Every hour, every minute we move between arousal levels depending on our current activity. For example, we are more aroused and alert when we are driving, less aroused and relaxed when reading a book. When we are faced with a crisis we go into “fight or flight” mode and do what we need to do to resolve the crisis. Once the crisis is resolved, for a person with a regulated nervous system, their level of arousal returns to baseline. For people with a dysregulated nervous system, shifts in arousal level are typically over reactive and they have difficulty returning to baseline. A description we commonly use is "neurogenic irritability".

The goal of neurofeedback is to teach an individual how to better regulate shifts in arousal.

During a session of neurofeedback, we encourage a decreased state of arousal, a state of calm. The primary reason for this is to create an optimal learning environment. This environment will first allow the individual the opportunity to figure out its own solution to its dysregulation, and secondly, open them up to be taught better self regulation by others. We want to “quiet the system”, giving it a chance to “think”. Think of your own experiences; is it easier to effectively solve a problem amongst chaos or calm?  

Neurofeedback is the foundation for change, it is not a standalone treatment, it is not going to fix all the problems. Neurofeedback is going to help create an optimal environment needed for change and learning. Once we have created this optimal environment, we take the next step and educate you on how to live and function within this new environment. For many that we work with this new environment is a whole new world. 

We work with each patient by developing awareness of their state of mind, body and arousal level. We will help determine what specific influences there are on those states and help to problem solve what changes can be made to improve self-regulation of those states. We will also provide recommendations as to what other therapies/interventions will be of benefit. These may include parenting strategies, learning accommodations, talk therapy, deep state neurofeedback, yoga, acupuncture, occupational therapy, speech therapy etc.   

Course of Treatment

We start with an initial intake appointment with Dr. Gandhi and Jeff Horton. We will review developmental, medical and personal history. This appointment will also include several baseline objective tests. 

If it is determined that neurofeedback is an appropriate treatment option, we will schedule a free trial of neurofeedback.

We recommend an initial course of 20 sessions. This could change depending on the severity and complexity of the patient. A block of 10 sessions costs $800. Payment is due at the time of the first treatment. Neurofeedback, as provided by the NeuroAssessment and Development Center, cannot be billed to insurance - no exceptions.

We offer an Introductory Package for $1900.00. The package includes the following:

  • 20 Sessions of neurofeedback (including biofeedback as needed)
  • Brief neuropsychological testing to determine strengths and weaknesses