A typical neurofeedback session runs very similarly whether you are doing neurofeedback in our office or in your home. The session begins with the therapist reviewing the previous weeks behaviors, sleeps, symptoms, or side-effects. Then the therapist will consider if the training protocol from the previous week is still appropriate or if a change needs to be made (typically made with consult with our BCIA certified program director).
If no problems are reported, the therapist will set up the computer and equipment. The clinician will apply sensors to the appropriate locations on the scalp and earlobes and ensure good connectivity between the sensors and the computer. Once good connectivity is determined the training will begin.
The training lasts an average of 20 minutes, sometimes shorter based on individual circumstances. During the training, clients have several options. Clients can watch a movie, play a computer game, read a book, use a tablet or cell phone to text/surf the web, meditate, color, or pretty much anything else that is done while sitting still.
Some clients may have an eyes-closed training in which they will likely meditate during the training. Clients are encouraged to meditate or color if possible because the other options can cause the brain to change slower, but if clients get bored then a movie or game is better.
After the training, the clinician will remove the ear clips and sensors. The clinician will likely ask you how you are feeling now and if anything came up for you during the session.
Some clients are able to bill insurance for neurofeedback by combining traditional counseling with neurofeedback therapy. If this is the case, the therapist will use the last 20-30 minutes to do cognitive behavioral therapy which involves identifying patterns, learning coping skills, and setting goals for the upcoming week.
Call us for specific information about neurofeedback, insurance, and how we can help you!