Frequently Asked Questions


Who can benefit from Neurofeedback?

Individuals of any age can benefit from EEG training. Neurofeedback can help a variety of childhood problems including bedwetting, nightmares, ADHD and other forms of disrupting and disturbing behaviors. Neurofeedback can assist adolescents who might struggle with anxiety and depression, self-destructive behavior, or drug and alcohol use. Neurofeedback can help maintain good brain function as we age. Seniors use neurofeedback to maintain good memory and language abilities. Peak performers use EEG training to enhance their abilities in sports, business and the arts.

Is Neurofeedback a cure? Do the effects last?

In the case of organic brain disorders, it can only be a matter of getting the brain to function better rather than of curing the condition. When it comes to problems of disregulation, we would say that there is not a disease to be cured. Where disregulation is the problem, self-regulation may very well be the remedy. But again, the word “cure” would not apply.

If the problem being addressed is one of brain disregulation, then the answer is yes, and that covers a lot of ground. Neurofeedback involves learning by the brain, and if that brings order out of disorder, the brain will continue to use its new capabilities, and thus reinforce them.

What is the success rate?

Through our thirty years of experience with neurofeedback, we have reached the point of having very high expectations for success in training. When such success is not forthcoming, or if the gains cannot hold, then there is usually a reason for that which needs to be pursued. In the normal course of events, neurofeedback ought to work with everybody. That is to say, nearly everyone should make gains that they themselves would judge to be worthwhile. Our brains are made for learning and skill-acquisition. On the other hand, we are working with families whose expectations have been lowered by their past experience, and they need to see progress before they will share our optimism. We understand that.

Who provides neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is typically provided by MD’s or licensed health professionals (nurses, clinical social workers, rehabilitation specialists, educators, psychologists, family therapists and trained clinicians). These professions usually work with clients one-on-one.

Can I do neurofeedback at home?

Home training is possible for clients who have long-term training needs after they have completed a minimum of twenty sessions. They must have a clear cut training protocol which has proved successful for them, and they must be willing to stay in touch with Dr. Phillips for monthly supervision.

Dr. Phillips will help with the purchase or rent of the equipment.