Cornerstone Christian Counseling Tucson, AZ

Cornerstone Christian
Counseling, Inc.
Dr. Andrea Russell
Arizona Licensed Psychotherapist
7660 East Broadway Boulevard
Suite 207
Tucson, AZ  85710
520.885.0557
info@cornerstonechristiancounseling.org


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EEG NEUROFEEDBACK FAQ

1.  Does EEG/Neurotherapy really work?

2.  How long does it take?

3.  Will this really help with anger management?

4.  Does EEG/Neurotherapy help those with disorder in the Autism spectrum (Asperger’s, autism, etc.)?

5.  Is this beneficial for learning disorders (reading problems, dyscalculia, dyslexia, etc.)?

6.  What are you putting in my brain?  Will this hurt?

7.  What tests are involved or what do I need to do to get started?

8.  Do you take insurance for EEG/Neurotherapy?

 

Does EEG/Neurofeedback really work? 

Yes, for a number of disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, sleep problems, anxiety, seizures, and others, research shows this is a very effective, non-drug treatment.  In my practice, I have seen good success for patients who cannot take medication due to their career or tolerance or in cases where medication hasn’t been effective.

 

How long does it take? 

There are so many factors involved, it is nearly impossible to predict how long a particular individual will need.  However, most people experience an improvement in 20 sessions, but some see it as immediately as three.  I suggest that clients plan on a minimum of 40 sessions. 

 

Will this really help with anger management?

It has been my professional experience that EEG/Neurotherapy is highly effective in helping with managing anger.  Every client that I have who completes at least 40 sessions and participates in complementary talk therapy and treatment programs has shown a marked improvement. 

 

Does EEG/Neurotherapy help those with disorder in the Autism spectrum (Asperger’s, autism, etc.)?

Definitely, but you must expect a long course of treatment.  While I have had success with EEG/Neurotherapy with these children, it has been my experience that the process is a lengthy one.  However, with so few treatment options, this offers real hope for parents and their children.

 

Is this beneficial for learning disorders (reading problems, dyscalculia, dyslexia, etc.)?

This is the newest area of treatment for Neurotherapy.  Adults and children have shown good progress in raising reading levels, improving math skills and lowering anxiety during these activities.  At this time, there are little or no treatment options beyond adaptive skills for these issues.  EEG/Neurotherapy offers a great deal of promise for individuals who have had little success with other programs because so many clients have difficulty moving past one adaptive skill to the broader goal of actually learning.  A good example would be Touch Math.  Once learned, few individuals with dyscalculia move beyond this method.  EEG/Neurotherapy allows the brain to “rewire” itself in the area which is struggling with numbers.  Although it is more complicated than this, the result is that individuals are able to learn numbers as opposed to learning a way around their problem.

 

What are you putting in my brain?  Will this hurt?

Nothing goes into your brain.  The computer monitors your brain wave activity and helps you train it.  It is like riding a bicycle.  You don’t really know how you ride a bike; you just do it, right?  The computer shows you what your brain is doing.  It’s like being able to see what your brain is doing when it’s performing at its best.  It’s like knowing what it should feel like when you ride a bike correctly, before you actually learn to ride it.  We can’t “see” your thoughts, it doesn’t tell us your secrets, the computer won’t tell us you’re crazy, and there’s no sensation involved, so there’s no pain. 

 

What tests are involved or what do I need to do to get started?

The first thing I will do is a detailed interview where we will discuss your history and symptoms.  You should bring a list of any medications or supplements you take and your medical history.  You will be asked about a large number of symptoms because those help us determine how your brain is functioning.  Many times, people do not realize that symptoms are related such as sleepiness and depression or palpitations and anxiety. 

For more difficult issues, we recommend a report called a Qeeg, although this is not required. This takes less than an hour and you are awake for the test.  It involves wearing a cap with sensors in 19 different locations on your head while a computer gathers data regarding your brain activity.  This data allows us to pinpoint the areas which allow us to do more focused therapy.  

 

Do you take insurance for EEG/Neurotherapy?

Yes, but. . . Insurance coverage varies widely and it’s always best to check with your own insurance provider.  Speaking of insurance, I find that many people’s health care decisions are governed by their insurance coverage.  A better question to ask yourself would be:  What would you pay to significantly improve your life, your daily performance and overall emotional well-being?  Most of our patients feel that the results are priceless.

 

 

The information provided here is intended solely for general information and is not a substitute for treatment. Please discuss this information with your physician. This information is not intended for self-diagnosis of health problems. If you have persistent health problems, please consult your health care provider. If you are in crisis, please call 9-1-1.

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