"Only one thing will win: the destructive brain habit or the neurofeedback. So either we stop training early and the habit wins or we continue training and the habit dies."
Dr. Val Brown, Co-creator of NeurOptimal®
Before and after. (Case Example from our Clinic in NY).
Professional athletes understand how a regular schedule is important to get the best training results. Similarly, the same amount of consistency is needed to train our brains to create healthy patterns. Often times, our neurofeedback trainers are asked, "How often should I do neurofeedback? How do I get the best results from neurofeedback?" Train 1-2 times a week, and do it consistently for the full course, which is often 15-20 sessions. We see the best results when trainees never miss a week. Consistency pays off!
Melissa* came in weekly and consistently. She completed a full course of neurofeedback training at a little over 20 sessions. She started with neurofeedback training because she read about the positive effects of neurofeedback in leading trauma expert, Dr. Van Der Kolk's book "The Body Keeps the Score." She wanted to lower her anxiety and reactivity, and to see if some physical ailments might change as well. In looking over her symptom tracking logs at her from before and after, it showed a dramatic change: her overall anxiety level went from an 8 to a 3.
Melissa reported them too: the biggest shift she noticed was feeling more responsive and less reactive, a usual effect as the nervous system learns to come into regulation. As well, many other areas shifted. Her intestinal/gut concerns, body pain/fatigue, and headaches, all improved by at least 50%.
See the following "Checklist of Client Concerns" client filled out prior to training for full picture:
A few months later, after doing a set of sessions consistently, Melissa filled out another "Checklist of Concerns".
*Name changed for confidentiality purposes
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
NYC Therapist Heather Coleman is certified as a NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Trainer. She has been providing psychotherapy services for the past 9 years and approaches clients with both an Eastern and Western understanding.
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