WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK?
Neurofeedback is a method of retraining electrical activity in the brain in order to alleviate psychiatric symptoms. As the health and efficiency of neural networks improve, symptoms related to depression, anxiety, ADHD, and poor sleep improve as well.
HOW DOES THE PROCESS OF NEUROFEEDBACK WORK?
The first step in the neurofeedback process is the initial qEEG assessment. We place sensors on the head and record the brain’s electrical activity. Then, our board-certified staff analyze the data and use it to create two- and three- dimensional maps of brain function. Using these maps, we construct individual training protocols for each client. These protocols are designed to retrain areas or networks in the brain which may be dysregulated. We then review the maps and discuss implications and training protocols before moving forward.
During training sessions, we use the principles of neuroplasticity and behavioral psychology to change brain function in positive ways. Clients choose a method of feedback from our list of movies, music, and games. When brain function moves in a positive direction, positive feedback is provided. Over time, the brain responds to positive feedback, and slowly begins to change its own function. As brain health improves, negative symptoms begin to recede.
Upon completion of a round of neurofeedback training, we conduct another clinical interview and qEEG assessment. This helps to determine if additional training may be helpful, whether that is designed to address the same symptom profile or a different one.
WHY CHOOSE NASHVILLE CHILD AND FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER?
Several unique features contribute to the success of our neurofeedback program.
Assessment and Review. Our qEEG assessments are recorded and analyzed here on site by our director, Cory Williams, who is certified by both the BCIA and the qEEG Board. Each report, including individualized training recommendations, are reviewed either in person or over the phone.
Multiple Training Modalities. There many different types of neurofeedback training, each with different goals and technical underpinnings. We are able to offer 5 different types, depending on individual needs.
Heart Rate Variability Training. During neurofeedback sessions, we also offer heart rate variability training, a method of biofeedback training that can reduce symptoms related to low energy, depression, and anxiety by balancing the autonomic nervous system.
Progress Monitoring. We utilize a variety of self-reporting scales, clinical interviews, training data, and computer-based neurocognitive assessments to ensure that training goals are being met and symptoms are improving.
Flexible Scheduling. Because neurofeedback can take time to enact successful change, it is helpful to come for training sessions 1-3 times a week. In order to accommodate all schedules, we see patients from 8-7, Monday-Saturday.
Coordination with Other Providers. As brain health improves, it is sometimes necessary to change medication or shift the focus of other therapeutic services. Our clinic has a number of team members who oversee therapy and medication, which makes communication easy. When clients see community providers, we work hard to collaborate with providers to review training goals and progress.
Medical Review. All qEEG’s, training protocols, and neurofeedback progress are reviewed with Dr. Susanna Quasem, a board-certified psychiatrist.
Insurance Coverage. Insurance coverage varies drastically between different plans and insurance providers. While we are out of network with all insurance providers, we are happy to do everything we can to ensure everyone gets the highest reimbursement possible.
OUR DIRECTOR OF NEURODIAGNOSTICS AND NEUROFEEDBACK
CORY WILLIAMS, MS, BCN, QEEG-T
Director of Neurofeedback
Our director, Cory Williams, MS, BCN, qEEGT, is board-certified in neurofeedback and qEEG analysis by the BCIA (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance) and the qEEG board overseen by the ISNR (International Society of Neuro Regulation). He has experience working in the fields of neurology and psychiatry and he is also a BCIA-certified mentor.