Choose A Neurofeedback Provider
Who Offers Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is not yet widespread. Luckily a growing number of psychologists, licensed social workers, marriage and family counselors, RN’s, therapists, neuropsychologists and doctors offer it. It is also offered by non-health professionals or unlicensed providers, although most states have legalities in place to ensure neurofeedback is done by qualified technicians under appropriate supervision.
View our list of neurofeedback providers to choose a qualified neurofeedback practitioner in your area. View clinicians by state and contact each provider to ask questions. Please tell them you found them at AboutNeurofeedback.
Finding Providers On The Web
Check out the credentials and experience of clinicians before you visit them. Ask as many questions as you can. No website provides a guarantee of someone’s experience, training, knowledge, or skill at using neurofeedback.
Other sites may list neurofeedback providers. For example, some vendors list individuals who have purchased their hardware and have asked to be listed as providers. While some or many may be skilled clinicians, the lists do not assess competency.
Questions and Considerations
- Look carefully at credentials, experience, and training in neurofeedback.
- Be willing to ask specific questions about background. Some professionals act like you shouldn’t be quizzing them. Explain that you don’t know them, you don’t know anything about them, and you’d appreciate if they would tell you about themselves. If they are highly regarded, then they should be able to point to someone outside themselves or their staff who can confirm that.
- Find out where they got trained professionally. If the credentials sound unusual or you are unfamiliar with their graduate schools or licensure, write it down exactly. Then check them out on the internet.
- How much training do they have in neurofeedback? How many courses have they had? How often do they take additional courses?
- Are they licensed or certified? If you want to get their license or certification number and the name of the licensing board, you can always call (or sometimes look on the internet) to verify they are still licensed. Note that just because they are licensed does not guarantee competence or knowledge. But it does mean that if there is a problem, there is a licensing or certification board you can report to.
- How long have they been doing neurofeedback? How many clients have they actually done neurofeedback with? Note: some clinicians who have only been doing neurofeedback for 6 months can be good. They may do a lot of training, and work with a mentor or get supervision on difficult cases. You just want to know. You may not be able to find out all this information. Really good professionals are very upfront about what their experience is. If they are the only one near you, they are very worth talking to carefully.
- How many people with your kind of problem have they dealt with?
- What other kinds of therapies and modalities do they use for this problem.
- References of clients/patients are recommended. There are many who may not be willing to share names, because of confidentiality. However, it is possible for clients to sign a paper indicating that their name can be shared. Perhaps they have a client who has provided permission?