We use the word training interchangeably with treatment because, simply put, you take an active role in your treatment.
The length of training/treatment will vary with each individual, depending on the form of neurofeedback used, the client's age, the severity of symptom(s), and other factors such as motivation.
Typically at Sterlingworth, we find that after 6 to 8 sessions or less, there are noticeable improvements in the symptoms being addressed. We have found this to be especially true with the LORETA neurofeedback. However, training may require 20 to 40 sessions or more for long-lasting change.
Neurofeedback involves principles of operant conditioning, which is a form of learning via the association of behavior with a reward. It enables people to self-regulate their brain waves. This learning occurs by using personalized training based on observation of the client and/or the practitioner/therapist. For example, we notice abnormalities of an individual’s brain function related to a specific behavior ( e.g., poor concentration) or set of behaviors (e.g., impaired executive functions). Then, we address those discovered abnormalities through talk therapy.
The client receives a reward in the form of feedback when the activity in or among abnormally functioning brain regions becomes more regulated.
In most cases, this process improves day-to-day functioning, which persists even after training is complete. Neurofeedback involves real-time recordings of brainwaves. The live recording process permits both the person being recorded and any therapist/practitioner present to be aware of the different aspects of brain electrical activity and changes in said activity.