"We are struggling just to keep up with the status quo."

- Senior Healthcare Executive

 

In truth, we are not even keeping up. Counseling and medication are not solving the problem. The number of high-needs clients is ever growing. There is no way to scale current services to meet that need. There is a system-wide problem of low utilization of services, high levels of missed appointments and/or failing to take medications as prescribed. “Evidence-based treatments” have not demonstrated an ability to consistently and effectively treat those with significant psychiatric and/or substance use problems. We need to consider brain-based interventions. IT'S TIME TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT NEUROFEEDBACK. Below are 25 reasons why.

 

25 Reasons Why Neurofeedback

  1. It is a safe, non-invasive treatment.

  2. It has the demonstrated ability to alter brain functioning in positive directions without feeling of sedated or constricting one’s feelings.

  3. It can impact concentration, sleep, mood, anxiety, pain, focus, emotional regulation, impulse control, energy and social awareness.

  4. It has been used to address PTSD, TBI, Depressive Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD and substance abuse disorders.

  5. It works by engaging the brain’s own mechanisms of self-regulation. 

  6. It is a “low bar” (low barrier) treatment that requires no effort on the part of the client. 

  7. It is well suited to non-responders and resistant clients.

  8. It relies on the client’s own choice of concerns as the metric to measure treatment progress. 

  9. It is well suited for use with clients with a strong history of trauma. It is a compassion-informed, non-judgmental and non-triggering.

  10. It can be done with clients of any age, from young children to the elderly.

  11. It can be used with extremely wary clients as it requires no self-disclosure. Yet it can be readily integrated into talk therapy.

  12. It has demonstrated its effectiveness with the underserved and marginalized communities. 

  13. It can be either a stand alone or adjunctive treatment as part of a comprehensive treatment program.  

  14. It is the first scalable behavioral treatment for our health care system.

  15. It can be used with client populations who typically are resistant to talk therapies. 

  16. It has been used with clients from a wide-range of cultures including Iraqi, Congolese and Tibetan refugees, native-Americans and in Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries.   

  17. It is very engaging as the client choses from movies, YouTube, Netflix and video games as the source for the feedback.   

  18. It is a cutting-edge development within one of the most exciting areas of neuroscience: the plasticity of neural networks and their impact on mental and physical well-being.

  19. It is based on over 40 years of research and thousands of published research papers. 

  20. It can be used within out existing system of service providers. 

  21. Professionals and paraprofessionals in mental health can be trained in as little as 5 days to competently conduct this treatment. 

  22. Supervision to insure program adherence and effectiveness can be conducted at a distance and at little to no cost. 

  23. The costs of equipment are minimal compared to the cost of most any medical equipment. 

  24. Neurofeedback is an existing therapy within the healthcare reimbursement system.

  25. We have demonstrated that it can be successfully implemented in real world settings.