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How Brain Map Testing Is Done. Everything You Need to Know.

Updated: May 24

A brain map, or qEEG, is a measurement of electrical activity on the surface of the skull and takes an average of 20 minutes to complete. This data is processed and reviewed with you by your clinician to help understand patterns correlating with mental health symptoms that can be trained with neurofeedback. With the increasing prevalence of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD in our society, more and more people are looking at alternative treatment options including brain maps to reduce symptoms naturally and safely without drugs or therapy.


What is a qEEG Brain Map?

How is brain mapping done


A qEEG, or quantitative electroencephalogram, is a test used by neurofeedback clinicians as part of an extensive evaluation in understanding why you feel the way you feel. It’s often performed when there are concerns about depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, ADD/ADHD and other mental health issues.


A brain map measures electrical activity on the surface of your skull. This data is processed and reviewed with you by your clinician to help understand patterns correlating with mental health symptoms that can be trained with neurofeedback.


What Does a Brain Map Look Like?


Brain maps are measured by electrodes, which are attached to your head in nineteen different locations on the head in a tightly fitted cap. The data taken from these electrodes is then processed and reviewed with you by your clinician. This process can take about 45 minutes to an hour, but will give you an idea of what’s going on in your brain that may be contributing to your mental health symptoms.


How much does it cost?


Typically, a brain map costs between $600 and $1000. The price may vary depending on where you live, as well as your insurance coverage for mental health services. Brain maps typically aren’t covered by health insurance, so make sure you check with your provider before scheduling an appointment. If your symptoms are mild or you have Medicare, you might be able to find providers who offer sessions at reduced rates. Connected Brain Counseling does not currently accept insurance.


Where Do I Get A Brain Map Done?


If you’re interested in getting Brain Mapping Denver, first schedule an intake with a therapist specializing in qEEG and neurofeedback. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your clinician and feel like he or she has an expertise in the issues you are struggling with. Take time before your session to ask questions about how these maps are done and what they can tell you about your brain.


Finding an expert in Neurofeedback near me


You can find a local expert in Neurofeedback who can complete a brain map through Psychology Today or by a local google search. Connected Brain Counseling offers brain mapping, neurofeedback and counseling specializing in women and trauma in the Denver/Edgewater area. Head over to www.connectedbraincounseling.com for more information. If you’re not sure if counseling or neurofeedback is right for you, reach out to us! We’d love to chat with you about your needs and concerns.

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