What Happens During a Session and How Do You Incorporate It Into Your Practice?

What happens During a Session:

Your trainer will give you earbuds. He will start the program for you and then the brain training begins. You might listen to music or watch a movie during which you may notice very brief pauses in the sound or image. The very precise timing of these interruptions gives the brain vital information it needs to reorganize itself to operate more optimally. You don’t have to do anything while all this is happening. It’s all right to close your eyes and “zone out” and just let your brain do it’s job. Length of the brain training can vary, but a session usually runs around 35 minutes. Once you have finished, the trainer may record another baseline and compare it with your earlier one.

What happens After the Session:

How will you feel afterwards? Because NeurOptimal is non-invasive and does push the brain in any “direction” during training, it is highly unlikely you will feel any side effects following a session. Any noticeable shifts in your mood, awareness, or energy level after brain training really depend on the individual and can vary from session to session.

The main point is that transformation with NeurOptimal happens according to the brain’s own intrinsic wisdom, with no conscious effort from the user.

How is it incorporated in My Practice?

I introduced neurofeedback into my practice to help a variety of clients — those with Aspbeger’s, Genralized Anxiety Order, and PTSD, for example. Although EMDR underlies the foundation of my practice, often times clients are not ready for EMDR and need neurofeedback to help calm their system down.

Traditionally, I incorporate NeurOptimal into my 55 minute sessions by combining CBT and NeurOptimal. For 90 minute sessions, I find that a NeurOptimal/EMDR conjunctive session to be especially powerful. I also utilize NeurOptimal with my sport psychology clients, and those working to achieve their peak performance.

Solo Neurofeedback training (33 min sessions) by themselves are considered on limited time and case by case basis during daytime hours.

Ryan Long, MSW, LICSW



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