A recent study published by The International Society for Neuroregulation & Research looked specifically at intense training programs. The general idea of using more rigorous or difficult training programs is to implement them when a person is not responding to typical training.

The report states “Neurofeedback is gaining recognition as an efficient, effective treatment for a variety of different psychological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Its value has been shown in robust clinical studies. However, a certain percentage of clients do not respond to this treatment modality.” 

For neurofeedback training to work, proper feedback parameters are necessary. If an individual neurofeedback training session isn’t giving data to the doctor the results cannot be properly analyzed. This has led to some programs using ‘harder’ neurofeedback training programs to try and stimulate the brains of unresponsive individuals.

Levels of Neurofeedback Training

Different “levels” of neurofeedback training do exist, depending on the specific goals and needs of an individual. Note that proper neurofeedback training programs are individualized and some methodologies may bleed into one another depending on circumstances.

In general, there are several levels of neurofeedback training used by professionals. These include*:

Basic Neurofeedback Training

This is the most common level of neurofeedback training and is typically used to address specific symptoms, such as anxiety or attention deficits. Basic neurofeedback training involves monitoring brain activity and providing feedback to the individual in real-time, with the goal of training the brain to regulate its own activity.

Advanced Neurofeedback Training

This level of training typically involves more sophisticated protocols and technology and is used to address more complex issues, such as chronic pain or traumatic brain injury. Advanced neurofeedback training may involve multiple sessions and may require a more intensive level of training.


This is a more comprehensive level of training that involves combining neurofeedback training with other therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or medication. Neurotherapy is typically used to treat more complex mental health issues, such as depression or PTSD.

*The names of the levels are not standardized in any way. The use of the term levels simply breaks down common methodologies used for different needs on an individual basis.

Neurofeedback Training at NHA

Here at Neurohealth Associates, we specialize in Neurofeedback training. Neurofeedback may be helpful for training your mind, especially if you are unsure about putting yourself or your child on medication. 

This easy, noninvasive training can painlessly improve your mental health condition and outlook on life. Schedule a consultation with NeuroHealth Associates today and find out how we can help you.

Source: In Neurofeedback Training, Harder is Not Necessarily Better: The Power of Positive Feedback in Facilitating Brainwave Self-Regulation. The International Society for Neuroregulation & Research, March 2023

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