Neurofeedback and Brain Mapping
Question: What is the process of doing neurofeedback at home?
We begin with a brain map study which shows us what is needed to help your brain perform better for you. This test is done at home with equipment sent to you, or in person if you are local to Orange County. You will need a "helper" to set up the test in your home. The entire test is supervised remotely and takes about an hour. When done, you return the equipment and the data to the QEEG (brain map) analyst who will generate your brain-based protocol.
Dr. Fisher will then give you all the equipment you need to conduct sessions at home. When you receive the equipment, you will be shown everything you need to know to conduct home sessions. Your initial sessions will all be supervised online until you are completely comfortable with the equipment and protocols. Most people become relatively independent after about 3 sessions.
As you progress, we can monitor your sessions, analyze them, and adjust your program remotely. We also meet with you online every week to discuss progress and oversee the technical aspects of your training.
Pre and Post online neuropsychological testing will let you objectively see the results of training, and will help to keep neurofeedback on target. Some clients prefer to repeat the brain map periodically.
Question: What type of commitment is required?
Training on a regular schedule is critical. For the first 3 weeks, you will be asked to commit to 3 sessions per week, while supervised by Dr. Fisher remotely, so these will be scheduled. After that, you will do a minimum of 2 sessions per week, one of these may be coordinated with weekly supervision for an additional fee, and one (or more) can be conducted on your own. During the course of neurofeedback, you will be supervised every time there is a new protocol, until we are comfortable with you training independently.
Once neurofeedback training is complete, a tapering schedule will be initiated over a period of weeks (at a reduced fee).
Clients now also commit to a series of 3 therapy sessions with Dr. Fisher to ensure that thoughts and feelings keep up with neurofeedback advances.
Question: What is a neurofeedback session like?
The computer loaned to you will contain software that responds to activity in your brain. To do a session, you will use the paste provided to connect sensors to your scalp at the locations determined by your brain map results. For the session, you will watch a video for about 20 minutes. At the end of the session, you remove and rinse your sensors, close the program, and all of the information is automatically sent to Fisher Behavior.
Question: What fees are involved?
There is an initial fee of $350 plus shipping cost paid to Dr. LeMay (fee increases to $400 on August 1) for the brain map test, his analysis, and the report. Online review of the report is $100 and requires about an hour.
Fisher Behavior collects a one-time of $200 for home neurofeedback equipment security and replacement sensors.
Neurofeedback is charged at a flat monthly fee of $475. This includes unlimited initial supervision and bi-monthly virtual meetings. An additional family member may train for $300 per month. Equipment is loaned to you at no charge except for mailing costs and the security deposit.
During the first 3 weeks, 3 sessions per week are strongly recommended. After that, 2 sessions are adequate, spaced evenly apart. For clients who do not maintain the weekly minimum of 2 sessions for a month, during the following month bi-weekly scheduled supervision will be required at an additional charge of $250.
As of May 1, clients are required to attend 3 online therapy sessions with Dr. Fisher to address mind-body integration issues. These sessions can be scheduled as needed. They can be used by spouses, parents, a child, or the entire family. Dr. Fisher will help you determine the best use of these sessions. Each session is $450 and of no set length. You are advised to reserve extra time for each session.
This is a lot to absorb. Please request a free consultation with Dr. Fisher by text at 310.703.7449, or by email so we can determine whether this is the right fit for your circumstances.