General information about the neuroCare approach

Frequently asked questions

Below are a number of frequently asked questions that may offer you an answer to your question. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via the clinic of your choice.

  • What type of client does neuroCare treat?
  • What are the costs of the examination and treatment?
  • Are the treatments reimbursed in The Netherlands?
  • What ages does neuroCare treat?
  • What is Neurofeedback?
  • What is rTMS?
  • Can I have any of the treatments at home?
  • Why is brain mapping (QEEG) necessary?
  • Should I stop the medication during treatment?
  • Can I start reducing medication during the treatment?
  • What is the difference between rTMS and Neurofeedback?
  • What training do the neuroCare practitioners have?
What type of client does neuroCare treat?

neuroCare treats many clients who do not respond to the traditional treatment of their problems (e.g. with medication). If you opt for a treatment programme with neuroCare, we look at the underlying cause of symptoms and feelings of depression, ADHD, OCS, sleeping problems, mood disorders, behavioural disorders (in children) and related mental health problems. You do not need to have a ‘diagnosis’ from a doctor or psychiatrist in order to come to us for treatment. However, information from referring physicians or previous assessments may be necessary to draw up a personal treatment plan for you. A diagnosis or suspicion of a diagnosis may also be necessary to have the treatment reimbursed by your health insurance company. Click here to learn more about our approach.

What are the costs of the examination and treatment?

Please get in touch with one of our clinics to find out more about the costs. Costs may vary between different locations.

Are the treatments reimbursed in The Netherlands?

For adults: neuroCare Nederland carries out treatments in the Basis GGZ (BGGZ) and Specialist GGZ (SGGZ). BGGZ is intended for short-term and less complex problems, SGGZ for more complex problems where longer-term and more specialised care is required. Contact the clinic of your choice to find out more about the reimbursements, because these may differ per clinic, health insurer or treatment method.

For children: For children under the age of 18, any reimbursement of the care from 2015 onwards will be the responsibility of your municipality. It is possible that care may be provided by a decision or PGB. Ask your municipality first whether the basic mental health care (GGZ) is eligible for reimbursement. Then contact the clinic of your choice to find out more about the reimbursements, because these may vary per branch, health insurer or treatment method.

What ages does neuroCare treat?

We treat children from the age of 6. We offer various treatments that are suitable for children and adolescents with cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders, developmental delays, attention problems such as AD(H)D and sleeping problems. Neurofeedback is also applied from the age of 6 years. However, treatment with rTMS is only possible from the age of 18 on.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a treatment method in which your brain receives feedback on what it is doing and a learning process takes place. Electrodes placed on the scalp measure your brain activity, which is then visible on a screen. The brain is rewarded for exhibiting certain brain activity through direct visual and auditory feedback, such as a certain tone or a puzzle piece in a game. This way your brain learns what the desired brain activity is. This is an unconscious process known as ‘operant conditioning’. This will result in a gradual reduction of AD(H)D-related complaints and improve sleep.
Clients who respond to this therapy usually notice improvements after 10 – 20 sessions. Usually 30-40 sessions are needed to maintain the new, positive effect. We recommend at least two sessions per week for the best effect.

What is rTMS?

(repetitive) Transcranial magnetic stimulation, often referred to as ‘TMS’ or ‘rTMS’, is a non-invasive and medication-free treatment method for depression or coercive disorders. A magnetic coil is placed on the head, which then stimulates specific areas of the brain involved in depression and coercion.

The treatment is considered a safe and effective therapy. Clients receiving this therapy come to the facility for treatment in a relatively short period of time 2-3 times a week.

Can I have any of the treatments at home?

An rTMS treatment can only be applied under expert supervision within a neuroCare facility and not at home.
A neurofeedback treatment always starts under the supervision of the practitioner at the practice. In consultation, after a number of neurofeedback sessions, tele-neurofeedback can be switched to. Tele-neurofeedback makes it possible to train at home in your own environment. You take a seat at your computer at home and start the training via the internet while the practitioner is watching from our practice and there is contact by phone. If you would like to be considered for tele-neurofeedback, please inform your practitioner.

Why is brain mapping (QEEG) necessary?

The information from the QEEG report, together with the results from the intake interview, the questionnaires and the information collected from the sleep watch, is used to draw up a personal treatment plan. In the case of rTMS treatment, a QEEG is also performed to determine whether rTMS can be used safely. The QEEG is not used to make a diagnosis.

Should I stop the medication during treatment?

You can continue to use your medication during the treatments.

Can I start reducing medication during the treatment?

It is possible to reduce medication during the treatment. For stopping or reducing your medication we always refer you to your prescriber for advice.

What is the difference between rTMS and Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a treatment method in which your brain receives feedback on what it is doing and a learning process takes place. Electrodes placed on the scalp measure your brain activity, which is then visible on a screen. The brain is rewarded for showing certain brain activity through direct feedback. This way your brain learns what the desired brain activity is. This will result in a gradual reduction of AD(H)D-related complaints and improve sleep. The electrodes only register brain activity. There is no electricity in the brain.

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

A magnetic coil is placed on the head, which then stimulates 20-30 minutes of specific areas of the brain. The rTMS treatment is combined with psychotherapy.

What training do the neuroCare practitioners have?

All therapists employed by neuroCare are academically trained as psychologists, often supplemented by a health care registration (BIG) or other psychological specialisation. In addition to their formal training, our therapists regularly receive hands-on training and theoretical refresher courses on the latest developments.

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