Success with neurofeedback is judged on behavioral change reported to me by you as training progresses. It’s not possible to predict ahead of time but there are things that you can do to improve your outcome. Proper diet and lifestyle choices, good sleep hygiene, physical exercise, a supportive community,and a purposeful spiritual life can all help create an environment for best brain function.
Since neurofeedback is a learning program, as the brain figures out how best to operate itself, symptoms are vastly decreased and often eliminated entirely. Training is then complete and the results are considered permanent for most people, but there are clients who may need occasional extra sessions to maintain those results.
You come to our office, you sit in a comfortable chair and a neurotherapist attaches tiny sensors to your scalp with a conductive paste. You watch visual content of your choosing while your brain observes pattern changes that it learns to recognize and control. That training in self control is the cornerstone of the Othmer Method.
The content is wide ranging and entirely up to you to pick, the neurofeedback is built into the program. It can be enchanting digital landscapes of waterfalls and forests, rocket ships flying through tunnels, random patterns of light and sound or movies, fictional or documentary. Every client finds something that they enjoy, you will too.
The number of sessions depends on the individual, their condition and acuity. Neurofeedback is a learning process for our brainwaves. It takes time for neuronal connections to rewire. Severity of symptoms is a variable, the general physical health of the client is another. Are you eating well? Do you have a positive social and spiritual life? Wellness is an holistic concept and we’ll discuss all of that.
Generally speaking, training takes approximately 20-40 sessions depending upon the person and their goals. Frequency of training is usually two to three times per week and can taper to once a week until training is finished. The key is regularity and frequency, like any other training.
Yes, absolutely. Multi-modal approaches are quite common, many clients are doing psychotherapy, are pursuing rigorous nutritional programs, body work, and many others. Neurofeedback, with its focus on self regulation, is a valuable tool for overall physical and mental health and I welcome coordinating with any other health practitioner my clients have on their wellness team.
If your particular situation calls for it, the team here at Hope Psychiatry is well suited to that multi-modal approach and we can talk about other services that can be integrated into your treatment plan.
Yes, definitely. Not all systems are created equal. When researching neurofeedback practitioners, it’s important to ask what type of neurofeedback someone does, and the name of the system they use. The best practitioners are always updating their systems. Latest research is directly applied to better software and more effective system protocols.
I take great pride in owning and being a certified practitioner of two of the best systems available: Cygnet/Infra-Low Frequency (ILF) with the Othmer Method & Iasis Microcurrent Neurofeedback.