Yes, Direct Neurofeedback is extremely safe. It might seem scary thinking of having any signal going back to the brain, but this signal is so small it cannot be felt. It is 1000 times weaker than simply holding a AA battery against your forehead. In over 100,000 clients treated with Direct Neurofeedback there has not been a single reported case of someone being worse off.
Although uncommon, some clients may feel more tired, wired, spacey or experience a mild headache after a session. These side effects are always temporary and if one were to happen, future treatments are adjusted to negate future side effects.
Over 85% of clients benefit significantly from Direct Neurofeedback. Moreover the positive changes last (typically after 15-20 sessions) and there is no need to receive Direct Neurofeedback on an ongoing basis.
Direct Neurofeedback is not an experimental treatment. The resources listed on our website are currently growing but here is a good place to start. However, you can visit https://www.isnr.org/isnr-comprehensive-bibliography to read a complete bibliography of hundreds of neurofeedback studies. Although neurofeedback is relatively less well known, many psychiatrists are currently moving to make it a more prominent tool for healing, most notably Dr. Bessel van der Kolk M.D. who is a well-respected expert in PTSD, attachment and neurobiology.
Direct Neurofeedback is very similar to LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System) and in a clinical outcome study of 100 patients, statistically significant improvements were shown in 15 areas (such as anxiety, insomnia, mood disturbance, dissociation, attention, addition, pain, fatigue). To read the study, visit:http://www.cambridgeneurofeedback.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Larsen-Stone-Mountain-Center-Research.pdf
Almost anyone can use neurofeedback. Many of our clients are children and they most often require fewer sessions than adults. It can even be used on pets and animals to make them less anxious!
Typically within 1-2 sessions positive changes are noted.
Even though positive changes are often felt very quickly, the changes themselves don’t hold or endure very long. It takes multiple sessions for the brain to keep “unlearning” its maladaptive pathways. With each ongoing session the changes last longer. 15-20 sessions is the average amount of sessions when people do not feel the positive effects of neurofeedback wearing off.
Medication does not diminish the effectiveness of Direct Neurofeedback. There is no need to stop or reduce your medication, which should only be done in conjunction with your healthcare provider.
Sessions can be covered if your insurance provider reimburses for therapy under a registered clinical counsellor (RCC). Some insurance providers also reimburse neurofeedback treatment under biofeedback but it is up to each individual to check and confirm with their own insurance provider.
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