How to Choose a Neurofeedback Practitioner
If you’re ready to choose a neurofeedback practitioner, here are guidelines to help you with that process.
First, make sure the neurotherapist has a license to practice independently in their field. For example, the practitioner might be licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist, Medical Doctor, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist, and so forth. A license guarantees a minimum amount of training, education, and experience in their respective fields.
When you choose a neurofeedback practitioner, make sure they also have expertise with your particular concern. Expertise shows advanced training in areas such as specialties such as AD/HD, TBI, anxiety, depression, or migraines. In addition, you’ll want to work with someone who has a solid base of initial training in neurofeedback, neuroanatomy and physiology, and neurofeedback-related ethics.
It’s also worth asking about continuing education. Our knowledge of how the brain works and how to best work with challenging conditions such as AD/HD, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and others is growing quickly. Experienced neurotherapists do their best to keep abreast of these changes by attending workshops and seminars, reading, and through consultation.
Third, consider a neurotherapist who is BCIA Board Certified (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance). This guarantees that she will have had a minimum level of training, education, and experience with neurofeedback, and is committed to ongoing education in this rapidly evolving field. However, certification is relatively new, and there are many excellent neurotherapists who have been practicing for decades without certification. Have a conversation to find the person with whom you feel most comfortable.
Location: Neurofeedback is a form of learning, and you’ll want to schedule sessions often enough to reinforce that learning. That means sessions are usually once to twice a week, sometimes more if the problem is more urgent. Make sure that the practitioner is a reasonable distance from your home or workplace, and that you’re comfortable traveling that distance once or twice a week.
Cost: Cost is always a factor when making an important decision. Make sure you ask about the cost up front. I’m not aware of any “low fee” neurofeedback, but some practitioners have packages that can reduce the cost somewhat (I don’t at this time, but it’s something to consider).
Connection: When you choose a neurofeedback practitioner, you’ll also want to consider how comfortable you feel with that person. Are you working with an experienced practitioner, or a technician? (There are benefits to each, but it’s something to consider.) Will you be seeing the same person each week, or will they rotate? Is the practitioner someone you feel confidence in working with for 10 to 40 sessions?
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Or look here to read more about the research on neurofeedback.