Engaging in neurofeedback requires a strong commitment, as people may not experience the beneficial effects until 15 or more sessions. Some people will require forty or more sessions. It is usually not helpful for people to engage in a highly limited number of sessions, as change does not often occur quickly. It requires a time commitment and a financial commitment, and you should be prepared for both. Preliminary indications have shown that the changes tend to be permanent, with booster sessions sometimes necessary if some type of life experience or substance use compromises gains that have been made.
Neurofeedback is very helpful for many people, depending upon the particular problem that they want to address. Those who are interested should be aware that it is a form of training that is considered experimental by many people. Please read the attached consent form carefully for more information.
Neurofeedback is a healthy alternative to other forms of treatment that are more invasive, such as the use of medications that may have troubling side effects. Neurofeedback, used by qualified practitioners, is largely free of side effects. Possible side effects that may occur are managed as they come up, by making slight changes in the way the treatment is delivered. For example, a protocol to increase faster activity, if delivered late in the day, may make for some difficulty in sleeping that night. With slight modifications, side effects are easily managed. Another possibly uncomfortable effect of neurofeedback is the surfacing of emotions. When changing the activity of the brain, it is possible that a person may notice a change such as the surfacing of difficult emotions that may have been experienced in the past. While this is sometimes initially troubling, it also forms an integral part of the treatment, as people learn to better manage their emotions and can process past experiences that previously may have been difficult to do so.
As you think about whether or not to engage in this process, you should:
• Consider the time involved: Minimum 2 sessions per week for 15 consecutive weeks
• Consider the cost involved: $250/session
• Consider your commitment to this process
• Consult with your psychologist
• Do your own research to make an educated decision about whether or not this is right for you
• Consider whether neurofeedback might be a useful addition to other forms of treatment such as psychotherapy, physical therapy, medication, etc. or whether one of these other forms of treatment might more be appropriate for you.
This post was intended to provide preliminary information regarding the process of neurofeedback. More information is available to you upon request. I can provide you with copies of scientific papers that describe how neurofeedback is used to treat your problem. Also, you may begin to do your own research on the Internet. The following websites contain information that may be of interest.
The following web sites may be useful, and give information beyond what is provided here.