Is IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback Dangerous?
How is IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback Different than Traditional Neurofeedback?
Traditional Neurofeedback is usually associated with mindfulness training.
Information from your brainwaves is transmitted to a computer screen. Clients attempt to train their brainwaves by mentally manipulating events on the screen. No signal is transmitted back to the brain. This kind of neurofeedback typically requires 40+ sessions, with a typical session lasting 45 minutes to an hour.
With IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback clients don’t do anything other than sit still for a few moments. A brief, tiny signal transmitted back to the brain does all the work. MCN clients may notice changes either immediately or within the first few sessions. Fast action, limited number of sessions, and the ease and simplicity of treatment all are features of IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback.
What are Some of the Reported Benefits of Micro Current Neurofeedback?
» Mental and emotional clarity
» Positive mood and attitude
» Deeper, more restorative sleep
» Feeling more present and engaged
» Better handling of stress and stressors
» Enhanced cognitive function
» Decreased compulsivity and impulsivity
» Greater sense of calm
» Improved attention and focus
» Stimulated sense of creativity
» Increased energy
» Deeper connection to self
» Reduced anxiety and panic
» Improved ability to regulate emotions
» Lessened pain
» Increased trigger tolerance
» Lifted brain fog
» Reduced depression
» Increased motivation
» Greater sense of self-awareness
» Increased ability to handle things
How Many Micro Current Neurofeedback Sessions are Needed?
Some clients notice helpful changes during the initial session. Early changes may be temporary, and due to the cumulative nature of Micro Current Neurofeedback (MCN), are observed to last longer with each training. By the end of a series of sessions improvements may be substantial. While some patients require “tune-ups,” for the most part the benefits endure. This is the result of the brain regaining healthier neuro-chemical balance, and developing more neuro-plasticity and a natural resistance to returning to a dysfunctional state. The number of sessions depends on the individual, their condition and the acuity of that condition.
12-20 sessions is typical for many conditions to improve or possibly be eliminated.
That said, 85% of our clients notice a positive change within the first 3 sessions. Clients often feels a mood or condition shift occur during the initial session. Initial changes are temporary, but last longer with each treatment.
What Can I Expect at My IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback Treatments?
You will come in and sit in a quiet room. Once comfortable, we will prep the areas of your head and neck where the EEG electrodes will be placed. Then we will ask you a series of questions to assess any changes in your symptoms between sessions. This feedback is helpful to us and allows us to properly evaluate and make any necessary protocol adjustments before we begin.
Unlike traditional neurofeedback, IASIS MCN does not require you to actively participate. You can come to your session, close your eyes, listen to music and relax. The EEG electrodes will be moved around during your session. This is a painless process and you shouldn’t feel anything.
Most treatments can be an average of 6-15 minutes. However there is prep time and some time at the end to assess how you feel. You should plan for the appointment to be 30 minutes long. We pride ourselves on respecting your time and always do our best to stay on schedule. In turn, we ask that all patients do their best to be on time for their appointments.
Temporary reactivity of the nervous system can occur in the first 24-48 hours following treatment. While this does not occur in all patients, and oftentimes is not experienced at all, it is still very important to educate patients on.
Reactivity includes feelings of fatigue, spaciness, anxiousness, being wired, headaches, or potential (temporary) increases in condition/symptom.
Experiencing reactivity can be uncomfortable and discouraging, however, it is completely normal and will pass. It is not permanent and will not persist.
In fact, I educate patients in understanding that reactivity is actually a positive sign that your brain and nervous system are beginning to respond. This is known as neuroregulation.
This is the brain demonstrating that “something good is happening” and that every subset of a reaction is a positive response!
Rest assured, if you do experience any unpleasant feelings between treatments, I am always available to discuss what is going on and to administer a brief gentle treatment to calm the nervous system and help bring about homeostasis.
How Can Neurofeedback Work on So Many Conditions?
All the aforementioned conditions have a common denominator: the brain is “frozen” in a dysfunctional homeostasis that leads to disregulation. IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback device causes brief micro-stimulation to the brain that results in a temporary fluctuation in brainwaves. This temporary change allows the brain to reorganize itself.
Thus IASIS MCN does not train the brain like traditional neurofeedback, but instead “disentrains” the brain by allowing it to reorganize itself and release itself from frozen, stuck patterns. This is analogous to re-booting a frozen computer.
IASIS MCN does not heal or cure any illness, disease, or condition. It bathes the brain in energy allowing the autonomic nervous system to neuro-regulate. It has been found to work very effectively in tandem with other modalities and approaches.
Hope and Healing Family Counseling is a Christian counseling center. What does this mean? What if I am of another faith or non-religious?
As a licensed professional, I honor the personal beliefs and convictions of the clients I serve. Clients choose if and how they would like to incorporate their personal faith into counseling.
Clients who identify as a Christian and prefer not to discuss the Bible or Christian values or do not wish to include their faith in the counseling process will feel comfortable.
When clients walk in the door who self-identify as non-religious, non-spiritual, and non-Christian, they will also feel welcome and comfortable.
How do I know if Counseling would be helpful?
Meeting with a therapist can be helpful when struggling through a new or temporary event, adjusting to situations and circumstances, improving relationships with significant others such as spouses/family/friends/coworkers, needing help with a specific challenge, and figuring out direction in life.
Counseling is also appropriate when various symptoms negatively affect relationships and/or interfere with normal, daily-life functions at home, school, or work.
Consider the following list of symptoms:
Significant stress or worry
Depressed or anxious mood
Feeling on edge, irritable, or agitated
Irrational fears and/or excessive anxiety (such as panic attacks)
Explosive emotional outbursts or suppressed rage
Avoidance of social activities, including withdrawal from family and friends
Others have expressed concern over changes in your behavior
Changes in appetite (significant weight loss or gain)
Changes in sleep patterns (hypersomnia or insomnia) or night terrors
Suffering from unresolved childhood traumas, including physical and sexual abuse, or neglect
Dissociation (trauma induced symptoms involving loss of memories (amnesia), sense of identity and ability to discern reality.)
Chemical dependence (drug or alcohol addiction) • Behavioral or habitual addictions
Acting out in an unhealthy sexual manner
Self-injury (cutting, burning, reckless behavior)
Dissatisfaction or conflicts in family situation (including marital conflicts)
Couple or marriage relationship problems leaving one or both of you feeling disconnected
Do you prescribe medications?
No. If after working together we mutually decide that medication might be helpful for your mental health needs, I can refer you to someone local who can help you with this or you can talk to your family doctor about medications.
Do you do teletherapy?
Yes. I offer teletherapy (video based) services via a HIPAA compliant version of Google Meet. This application works best if you use Google Chrome as your web browser (if on a computer) or if you are on a phone, download the Google Meet app. I will send you via email an invite to the session. You should be able to click on the link and join the session at the time of your appointment.
Are you a licensed counselor?
Yes. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arkansas, Texas, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Do you take insurance?
Yes. I’m in network with United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ambetter, Cigna, Aetna and Qual Choice. I’m also a provider with Lyra. I can also provide you with documentation so you can file a claim with your insurance provider (if I’m out of network).
** Micro Current Neurofeedback is not usually covered by insurance but you are welcome to call your insurance company and check.
Do you have a late cancellation/no show policy?
Yes. I do require at least 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment. If you cancel your appointment less than 24 hours in advance or if you miss your appointment, you will be responsible for a $100 fee.
I also require 24 hours notice to cancel/reschedule all Micro Current Neurofeedback sessions. If canceled with less than 24 hours it may count as an appointment or you will be charged the $100 fee.
I want to get the most out of my therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
How do I schedule a session?
You can contact me via email, phone or through this website. After connecting with me, we will set up a day and time for our session. I will then send you some paperwork that needs to be completed at least 48 hours prior to your session. I will send you an email invite to our session the night before the appointment. When you click on the link at the time of the session, it should take you directly to our virtual meeting.
Do you offer "In Person" Sessions?
Yes, I offer in person sessions on select days in my Rogers, Arkansas location. Please reach out to see if I have any openings for in person sessions. All Micro Current Neurofeedback sessions are in person, in my office in Rogers, Arkansas.