Ideally, neurofeedback is conducted at least twice per week. Research has shown that frequent repetition of training, or entraining, is effective in anchoring the desired changes by creating desired shifts in brain activity over time. At the nCenter we have seen neurofeedback processes reduce anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, obsessive thought and chronic pain.
We have also seen improvement in speech and social interaction in children on the autism spectrum. These changes are observed in session, client reports, and brain-map (qEEG) results. As an example of all three coinciding, a client will report feeling more relaxed during a session, then having a good week and, finally, the brain maps will show a reduction in high beta frequencies associated with anxiety.
Recently we have begun to provide periods of intensive neurofeedback over one to three week periods. We begin with a brain map, conduct two to three sessions every day for five days, and then re-test with follow-up brain maps at the end of each week. This allows us to evaluate and revise the training protocols as the brain adjusts. Research indicates that approximately 30 to 40 sessions are required to effect a permanent change under this arrangement.
We are encouraged by the results experienced by our intensive clients who have come to Bozeman from Canada, Texas, and other cities in Montana. And for many people, combining an intensive neurofeedback regimen with a Montana vacation is appealing.