Cristina Lima Therapy

Psychotherapy / Neurotherapy

 

Frequent Questions

 

 

How do I make an appointment with you?

There are several ways you can contact me to make an appointment. You can call me at 281-770-1779. If I do not answer your call right way, please leave a voice message or send a text message. You can also reach me by email cristinalima@cristinalimatherapy.com or go to Contact Me to send me a message. I will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that I see clients by appointment only.

What should I expect from my first appointment?

Your first appointment is the intake session. For the first few minutes of the session, we will go over the required paperwork and your intake information. You have the choice to review these documents in advance at Forms. During this first meeting, I will be mostly interested in getting to know you and your needs, so we can identify your therapy goals and make recommendations. You will also have the opportunity to discuss if neurotherapy is an option for you.   

Is therapy confidential?

I respect your confidentiality, according to federal and local laws that protect the confidentiality of the communication between client and therapist. Please go to Forms and read Notice of Privacy Practices and Clinical Policies to learn more about exceptions to confidentiality.

What services do you provide?

I provide pychotherapy for individuals and couples, and neurotherapy using qEEG guided neurofeedback. Please read Neurotherapy Information to learn more about neurotherapy.

How does a psychotherapy session look like?

Psychotherapy is based on talking. A session takes about 45-50 minutes. In general, I recommend weekly sessions for psychotherapy. However, due to different circumstances, you may choose to have sessions every other week. It’s difficult to predict the number of sessions needed for individual therapy because it’s a case-by-case situation. For couples therapy, we may take 8-12 sessions in most cases.

What is your fee for a therapy session? What are your payment methods?

The fee for a therapy session is $150. Payments are made per session by cash, check, or credit card. Rates are subjected to adjustement. When rates are adjusted, clients are notified two months in advance.

Do you work with reduced rates?

In very specific situations I may work with a reduced rate for a limited number of sessions.

Do you take insurance?

No. I do not take insurance. However, I can provide the paperwork so you can submit your own claim for reimbursement. I do not guaranty your health insurance will accept your claim.

What if I miss a scheduled appointment?

I understand there may be a situation when you can’t come to your appointment. In this case, I ask you to give me notice 24 hours in advance. If you fail to notify me or you notify me less than 24 hours before the scheduled session, you will be charged the cancelation fee of $50.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, is a type of neurotherapy that involves a brain-computer interface that maps brainwaves amplitudes for various frequency bands (delta, theta, alpha, beta, gamma) and provides audio-visual feedback for self-regulation.

What is the clinical use of Neurofeedback?

Some diagnostic conditions such as attention and hyperactivity problems (ADD/ADHD), learning disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), brain injuries (TBI), trauma, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, sleeping problems, autism, chronic pain, addiction, and others, are associated to excess or deficiency of activity within specific frequencies in certain parts of the brain. Training the brain to self-regulate brainwave activity is an alternative treatment for these conditions.

How does the treatment with neurotherapy look like?

Patients can change their brainwaves patterns by receiving repeated feedback through a computer screen. The treatment involves training the brain, much like exercising the muscles at the gym. The treatment consists of:

  • Initial session

  • QEEG (brain mapping)

  • Neurofeedback training sessions

How is the initial session of neurotherapy?

The initial session includes the intake and review of personal history and symptoms. Initial session may take more than one session if testing is necessary. The T.O.V.A (Test of Variables of Attention) and the CNS Vital Signs, a neurocognitive test, are computerized tests that may be recommended. There is a fee for the computerized tests.

What is QEEG?

QEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram), also known as brain mapping, is an assessment tool used to guide the neurofeedback treatment. QEEG consists of recording the electrical activity of the cortex captured by non-invasive sensors attached to the scalp and earlobes. No electricity is introduced into the person’s body by the process. The brain mapping is done before the training sessions start.

How does the QEEG session look like?

The person undergoing the QEEG assessment will be wearing a cap similar to a swim cap for approximately 1 hour. During this time small amounts of gel and exfoliating scrub will be applied to areas of the scalp. With eyes open and closed the person will be asked to be still while remaining alert.

How does the neurofeedback training session look like?

During a neurofeedback session, one or two sensors are placed on the scalp (on specific areas of the brain), and earlobes. Then, the patient performs a task while watching a computer screen and listening to audio tones. Training sessions are twice a week for about 20-40 sessions. Depending on the symptoms it could be 60-80 sessions. Each session is about 45 minutes long.

Does neurofeedback have side effects?

Mild side effects may occur. They include: feeling fatigued, spacey, or anxious; headache; difficulty falling asleep; feeling agitated or irritable. Many of these side effects are temporary and pass shortly after the session.

What is the fee for the neurotherapy?

The fee for a neurofeedback training session is $150, and the fee for the QEEG (brain map) is $400. The fee for the QEEG is waved when the client pays in advance a packet of 10 sessions of neurofeedback. The packet of 10 sessions paid in advance ($1500) includes either the QEEG or an extra training session.

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Cristina Lima

PhD, LPC, LMFT, BCN

 

1523 Ravenel Ln

Sugar Land, TX 77479

Tel: 281-770-1779

 

cristinalima@

cristinalimatherapy.com