What types of changes will I see?
Changes are dependent on target symptoms. Generally speaking, the changes associated with neurofeedback are best described as “profoundly subtle.” That is not to say they are insignificant, but quite the opposite. Over time the brain develops more stable functioning, resulting in improved stability and processing, and, therefore, a reduction in symptoms.
But, will the changes last?
Unlike medication, changes from neurofeedback are essentially permanent since the treatment directly impacts neuronal efficiency. Like riding a bike, once you learn the skill, all other things equal, you will maintain that ability regardless of how long it has been since you’ve ridden a bike! As the brain changes with age, especially children, occasional additional training may be needed depending on a variety of factors, including genetics. Likewise, significant changes in your medical and psychological condition may warrant further treatment.
Who is a good candidate?
Many, but not all, individuals can benefit from treatment. Used indiscriminately, the results will be just that – indiscriminate and less than impressive. In most instances, we can determine if a person is a good candidate by completing an intake evaluation. This allows us to accurately determine what areas of the brain we need to target and how to most effectively and efficiently utilize neurofeedback. However, depending on the symptoms, neuropsychological testing may also be necessary. This would be discussed during the intake, if required (see below).
What is the difference between clinical vs non-clinical neurofeedback?
Non-clinical neurofeedback is a more broad approach, training areas of the brain that are generally associated with specific symptoms, i.e. anxiety or headaches. Each package will only address one symptom, and is overseen by our highly trained technicians.
Clinical neurofeedback is a necessary approach for those who are experiencing more in depth/intertwined symptoms or who have a clinical diagnosis. In this case we would refer you to a clinical neuropsychologist who would assure appropriate diagnoses, develop a treatment plan to target your individual needs, and oversee the treatment.