You are thinking about doing some neurofeedback training. Perhaps you’ve read a bit about neurofeedback training. Or you have seen coverage about brain training in the media. But you still have some questions and wonder what it would be like to do neurofeedback as a form of therapy.
Below, I’ll take you through a typical course of Neurofeedback training so that you can get a more clear sense of what you can expect.
What To Expect From Neurofeedback Training?
Neurofeedback Training Assessment
First, we’ll we will meet for an initial consultation. We will meet in my office for 90 minutes. During this appointment I’ll ask you some questions about your life and your history. I’ll ask you questions that will help me to best understand your goals for the training. We will also talk about different areas of your life to best help me get to know you.
I’ll ask questions to help get the clearest picture picture of any symptoms that you struggle with. We’ll also take time to answer any questions or concerns that you have. Good counseling of any kind is a collaborative effort, so we will make sure that we have plenty of time to discuss anything that you would like.
It’s always good to gather information from multiple sources. So, I’ll give you some questionnaires to take home with you. If you are working with another healthcare provider, I will most likely consult with them too. The best neurofeedback training results come when we all put our brains together and work as a team.
Neurofeedback Training Sessions.
After that, the next step is to begin your training sessions. Generally I work with neurofeedback training clients twice per week. We will do this for the first 8-10 weeks. This help the brain to get momentum with the neurofeedback training sessions.
I’ll use the eeg equipment to do some additional assessments as this will provide additional data to help shape and guide your training. In order to do the training, we’ll place some sensors on your scalp using some conductive gel. These sensors read your brains eeg signals and send them to a computer. Meanwhile, you will be relaxing and playing a simple video game. You will be in an out in one hour.
At and after your second session, we’ll spend the first 10 minutes or so talking about the changes that you have noticed as a result of the training. I’ll use what you tell me to make adjustments so that the neurofeedback training is tailored to the needs of your brain. This will help streamline our work.
Neurofeedback Training Sessions. What Is The Length of Treatment?
The length of treatment for neurofeedback training varies widely. I use the analogy of physical therapy a lot with my clients.
Imagine that you go to a physical therapist. You want to feel better and you may be in pain. It’s important to remember that your body is unique. You have unique goals. You might have one injured muscle or many. You might be in generally good health, or be facing a few different health challenges. Some people come work with me and the work that they want to do is very simple and straightforward. They reach all their goals in a couple of months.
But other clients have more complications. If you have a few troublesome health challenges, or relationship issues that’s going to take a little longer. If your symptoms have been around a while, its’ likely to take longer to rebalance your brain and your nervous system. Generally speaking, I’ve seen many clients experience enormous gains in 4-6 month.