Is Neurofeedback for You?
Even though neurofeedback has been around for over 50 years, most people don’t know much about it or how powerful it can be. As a result of this lack of general awareness, it tends to be a solution of last resort rather than first resort, which is a shame. It has, however, led to most people who come for brain training having a few things in common:
- They are committed to taking charge of their bodies and regulating themselves in a natural, non-invasive way.
- They either are opposed to medications or have found that medication is not enough.
- They are fed up with the status quo of their lives and are ready to make significant changes.
Who succeeds at neurofeedback training?
People who get the best results from training are those who commit themselves to their well-being and make it a priority, which includes dedicating time each week for brain training.
They also recognize that neurofeedback does not happen in a vacuum and do not expect it to be a magical cure-all. If a person needs medical or mental health care, she will have better outcome from neurofeedback training by taking care of those other needs, too.
How do I know it will work?
Almost everyone can achieve some benefit from brain training; the question is generally one of how much benefit and not whether it will work. Better results come from:
- Consistent training, especially early on.
- Self care outside sessions, which includes resolving non-brain/body sources of your complaints (For example, if you work in a toxic place, brain training can help you feel more calm, but it cannot fix your crazy job environment.)
- A collaborative relationship with your neurofeedback provider. This is a team effort, and your feedback is essential to making your training customized to you.
What happens if I don’t like it?
I have never had a client say that they couldn’t tolerate training. It can be a little intimidating during the first session to have a new experience like working with your brain’s energy patterns, but the idea is for it to feel good, and it almost always does.
I like to tell the story of a young man whose parents barely persuaded him to try brain training. He arrived in my office the first day with both a ball cap on this head and a hoodie covering the cap, making it a challenge for me to reach his head for training. He refused to provide eye contact and answered my questions with monosyllabic grunts. By the end of the first session, he gave eye contact. Within four sessions, I knew all about his girlfriend, favorite television shows and movies, and outside activities, because he felt safe, and, most importantly, the training felt good to him.
I have a special need. Can I still do brain training?
Almost everyone can do training. If you have an especially challenging situation, such as autism, stroke or TBI, or have a history of problems relating to adoption, it may take you longer than others to achieve results, and learning to home train may be a good option. It is also important to collaborate with your physician or psychologist.
What costs are involved?
It depends. On average, most people need around 40 one-hour sessions over the course of five to six months, but the total number of sessions is customized per person and may vary. Currently, individual sessions are $105, and the initial brain map is $275.
What age groups do you work with?
My practice centers around teens and adults, but I do train with children.