Neurofeedback Training in a Clinical Setting: The Basics

Neurofeedback Training in a Clinical Setting: The Basics

Posted on: September 28th, 2022 by Neurohealth Associates

Let’s take a look at what you can generally expect from neurofeedback training programs all over the country. Please note that each individual clinic will probably slightly differ in some ways from the items mentioned in this article.

Before booking a session, it is important to find a qualified professional to administer neurofeedback therapy.

Many medical professionals can say they offer neurofeedback therapy, but Isaac Tourgeman, a psychologist at the Design Neuroscience Center in Florida and professor at Albizu University’s Miami campus, recommends finding someone who is certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (formerly the Biofeedback Institute of America) or The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Inc. These certifications ensure the person is trained and meets the necessary requirements. Fortunately for you if you live in the Oak Brook, IL area, Dr. Bonesteel is certified.

Neurofeedback Training Sessions

If you are not in the area, once you’ve found your certified provider, here’s how a neurofeedback therapy session may look.

Set the Mood

Some practices use neurofeedback therapy to help patients with relaxation and emotion management, so they prepare the therapy room to be as relaxing and comforting for patients as possible.

Connect to Electrodes

Similar to electroencephalography (EEG), neurofeedback therapy sessions start by equipping you with a helmet, cap or headband with electrodes attached. These sensors detect the electrical signals produced by the brain and transmit them to a computer. There are no needles or medications involved.

Participate in the Stimulus Activity

What you do during the session depends on the issue you’re trying to treat. For example, you could watch something on a screen, close your eyes and listen to audio or engage in an activity like playing a video game. You may be lying down or sitting up in a chair.

While you do this, your provider will be monitoring your activity and mapping your brainwaves against the ideal state you’re trying to achieve.

Receive Feedback

Throughout the activity, you will receive cues as to how your brain is performing. The goal is to remain in tune with your reactions so you can gear your brain towards the desired state. Sessions typically last 60 minutes.

Repeat the Process

Realistically, you won’t see results the moment you step out of the office. Neurofeedback therapy can often take between six and 20 sessions. The number of sessions will vary with each patient.

Neurofeedback Therapy at NHA

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

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