Information For Clinicians
Welcome to our Clinician Center. Professionals, find all the information you need about neurofeedback and how it relates to your practice.
1 They need more help than medications and psychotherapy can offer some patients.
Most experienced clinicians are well aware of the limitations of medications and psychotherapy. But what are their options?
Biofeedback is not strange, and it’s not new. Few clinicians are aware of brain biofeedback and how far it has advanced. Once they hear about it and look into it further, you hear them say “it made sense” or “I knew I had to look into this further”. That’s true even for very conservative professionals. They just have to be willing to dig in. Most clinician who adopt neurofeedback already have 15-20 years or more experience. It’s clearly not the young clinicians who pick it up first. It seems experienced clinicians are more acutely aware of the limits of meds and psychotherapy.
2 Clients are demanding an alternative.
Parents often don’t want their children on meds. They’re concerned about side effects and are actively seeking alternatives that work. More and more doctors and patients are concerned about side effects. When they learn about neurofeedback and its efficacy, they’re often open and interested in a modality that has solid success rates, research, and no side effects.
3 It makes sense to regulate the brain.
Many clinicians say they’ve always had an interest in the brain, and that the idea you can train the brain and improve self-regulation through biofeedback simply makes sense to them. It’s obvious many patients have very dysregulated brains. How does a clinician help the client change the brain? Meditation, yoga, or slow breathing helps clients change the brain. But many of the problems patients experience need stronger interventions. Biofeedback helps an individual learn to regulate their brain – to increase certain activity and decrease other activity.
To be successful in neurofeedback, you need good equipment, good courses, and good mentoring. Neurofeedback is a discipline, and the core issue is to learn it and use it. Invest in learning, and it will reward you and your clients or patients. View the full article to read about background, training, equipment, certification, and financial issues.
Have you taken courses or been to conferences on neurofeedback? Have you been doing neurofeedback for a while? You may be itching to increase your neurofeedback skills or to add other instruments or equipment.
We always recommend that clinicians learn one thing well before adding anything to it. Looking across many clinicians’ experience, it seems that trying to learn multiple systems, models, approaches, and tools at the same time actually slow down your start-up. It’s probably like trying to learn several different kinds of therapy at once. It’s better to learn one well, then add to it.