Frequently Asked Questions
What are the first steps?
Call our office at (864) 412-8141 and set up an appointment for a free initial evaluation. During the initial visit, we’ll ask that you fill out an initial questionnaire. During the evaluation, Dr. Lagree will review his findings with you, and then discuss your specific case to determine if neurofeedback training is appropriate for your unique situation.
He will answer any of your questions about neurofeedback and how it can help you. If you both agree that neurofeedback is a good fit, the next step is to get a brain map, or qEEG.
This test is painless, and the results are used to set up your personal protocol to address the symptoms you are experiencing. After that, your neurofeedback training sessions are typically done twice a week for 30 minutes at a time.
What happens during a normal neurofeedback session?
After the brain map has been done, a protocol will be designed to improve or eliminate the symptoms you are experiencing. The sessions last 30 minutes, and involve watching a video or movie, while wearing a few electronic sensors on your scalp. The process is both painless and enjoyable. Headphones for the audio, and a specialized set of photic-entrainment glasses are also utilized in most cases.
What is a brain map?
Think of it as a “brain fitness evaluation.” The results of the QEEG are used to create your personalized training protocol. It simple, and easy to do, consisting of wearing a cap with sensors on it. The process takes about 20 minutes. It will assess the four basic brainwaves to determine what areas of your brain may be helped by bringing them into balance.
When will I start feeling better?
Most As a rule, most patients notice improvements after 6-8 sessions, typically done over 3-4 weeks.
Does neurofeedback affect my personality?
No. Neurofeedback training sessions will help you develop new, more efficient neural pathways. As a result you tend to be calmer, more resilient to stress, and even think more clearly overall. You will still be you! It will just make it easier to do that.
Do the results last?
Yes. In the same way you learned a new skill like driving a car, the new neural pathways created during training remain for a lifetime. Most of our patients finish their treatment regimen and do not typically need to return. However, some people opt to continue periodically as a “tune-up” or return later on to address new challenges.
Can neurofeedback interfere with my medications?
Neurofeedback training is a natural process. As a result, there are no side effects, allowing you to continue with your medication regimen. Our goal is to work with you and your prescribing physician to determine if you may be able to reduce or eliminate medications, based on your results.
Do you take insurance?
Health insurance does not cover brain mapping or neurofeedback training. However, we offer multiple financing options, and accept payments from Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA), Medical Savings Accounts (MSA), and the Care Credit healthcare credit card.