How Do I Find a Neurofeedback Provider Near Me?

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

how do i find a neurofeedback therapist near me?

You’ve heard of neurofeedback, you think it could be a good fit for you, but you’re unsure how to get started on finding a provider in your area. We’re here to reassure you that, firstly, you’ve already taken the first step to beginning your journey with neurofeedback by doing the research in the first place, so congrats! Secondly, we want to help you take the following steps, to make your search for the right neurotherapist as seamless as possible.

What exactly is neurofeedback?

To get an idea of what you should be receiving from your provider, it’s important to have a grasp on what neurofeedback is.

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a non-drug treatment, and belongs to a group of therapies called biofeedback. Biofeedback works on the principle that if a person can see their bodily functions in real time, they can learn to control them.

Biofeedback is applied by measuring physiological changes in real-time and retraining them. These include muscle tension, body temperature, heart rate variability (HRV) and blood pressure. It is used to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, migraines, chronic pain, and incontinence.

With neurofeedback, however, what is measured and retrained is the brain activity. That's done using EEG electrodes, hence it is also called 'EEG biofeedback'.

The goal of neurofeedback is to train the brain to regulate itself, and to help the person training to understand when their brain is in the desired state. Eventually, the patient can control these processes without being monitored. The feedback as a reaction to the measured brain wave activity in the form of games or videos.

Over time, the ability to control the brain waves can be applied in real world situations, for instance, by helping them relax in stressful situations, or concentrate during class.

If you’d like, you can do some additional reading on neurofeedback using these links:

What does a neurofeedback provider do?

Your neurofeedback therapist will design a protocol based on your initial assessment and the goals that you’ve set to achieve with your training. Throughout your training, they will monitor your progress and adjust your training parameters if needed to make sure you're on the right track.

Some providers offer more comprehensive assessments than others (such as qEEG) which might be a factor in the success of the therapy - make sure to ask about the enrollment process.

Providers usually have multiple specialties, including:

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Depression

  • Sleep disorders

  • Sport and peak performance

We do recommend, however, that you ask your provider what is their main specialty and check if it is inline with what you're looking for.

Know your end goal for neurofeedback treatment

After you’ve done the required research on neurofeedback and decided that you’re ready to look for a provider in your area, consider the goals that you’re aiming to achieve through your training sessions.

Perhaps you’ve been experiencing difficulty with concentration and want to improve your attention levels. Or you’ve been dealing with anxiety and want to make that your focus. Perhaps you’re just looking to use neurofeedback to practice mindfulness and overall wellness. Whatever the case, make sure to set your intentions because it will make finding a suitable neurofeedback therapist and designing your treatment program easier.

Professional associations and online neurofeedback listings

Professional associations such as the International Society for Neuroregulation and Research (ISNR) and the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) have a vast range of digital resources to help you find credible professionals in the neurofeedback field.

Choosing the right provider

Take into consideration that some neurofeedback therapists in your area may not have a website, or possibly just aren’t showing up in your Google search. Referrals from your general practitioner or close friends and family could also be a helpful way to narrow down your search.

FYI, Myndlift might already be working with a provider in your area. You can check using our 'Find a Provider' tool to see if you can locate the right expert for you.

Lastly, affordability is also an important factor when it comes to choosing your therapist. Some medical and psychological insurance plans now cover neurofeedback/biofeedback depending on the provider and your plan.

“Trying out” neurofeedback

Once you have focused your search, you will likely have a few candidates to “meet,” either in person or online. Of course, you will first need to be sure that these therapists have room in their schedule for you, and that they have appointment times that work for you. You’ll also want to see if they offer payment plans that fit your budget.

This might require a phone call to the therapist’s office, which can feel intimidating. But a quick phone call like this is actually a good way to see how you “vibe” with a particular therapist.

It can be stressful the first time you start your neurofeedback program, but remembe