Frequently Asked Questions
Couldn’t I just ask a practitioner for this information?
Some practitioners may be happy to take the time and might be capable to educate their clients to this level of understanding. It is not reasonable to expect that of every practitioner because their role is primarily to provide therapy, not to educate.
Should I try traditional therapies or medication first?
Every case is unique, so we cannot answer that question for all. We recommend getting informed about the different options, what is involved (e.g. three sessions per week for four months, one session per week for several years, one tablet a day forever, etc.), the costs, the likelihood of success, and the potential risks/side-effects. For some people neurofeedback is a great first choice of therapy, for some, it is a great choice along with other therapies, for others traditional therapies or medication is a better starting point.
Neurofeedback is non-invasive, very safe and very effective, and the results typically last. A good practitioner can inform potential clients the probability of desired results before they begin therapy.
It is worth noting that in some instances (e.g. for ADHD), getting an EEG measurement can help inform which medication will be most effective.
What qualifies Dr. Perl to teach on this subject?
Before becoming a psychologist, Dr. Perl completed a bachelors degree in physics. He brought a scientific scepticism and mathematical rigour to his approach to the technological therapy that is neurofeedback.
In his clinic he helped over 1,000 clients to greatly improve their lives. In his clinic, massive transformations were standard.
Additionally, he has been educating neurofeedback professionals for over 20 years – from compete beginners to experts. He has been consistently praised for making difficult concepts easy to understand.
He is very familiar with the concerns of those new to neurofeedback and with guiding them into a position where they feel comfortable and confident with it.
Does neurofeedback really work?
Yes. There is a large body of scientific and clinical support showing that. In this course we discuss what is reasonable to expect from neurofeedback.
I’m not sure about the price of the course. Is it worth it?
We certainly feel so. If within 30 days you disagree, then you can get a no-questions-asked refund.
Why doesn’t my primary physician recommend neurofeedback?
This is discussed in Chapter 9, Common Criticisms. Most of them don't know much about neurofeedback or its implications or impact. They have not been educated about it, so it's not in their toolkit. They typically won't recommend something until they understand it and they're comfortable with it, which is reasonable. More and more doctors and psychiatrists are learning about neurofeedback, implementing it in their practices or referring their clients to neurofeedback practitioners.
Does neurofeedback require stopping medication or talk therapy?
In short, no. We discuss this in more detail in Chapter 4, What Sessions are Like.
How much time will this course take?
The total watch time of the course videos is under 4 hours. You can complete the course at your own pace.
Can neurofeedback help with my specific condition?
Every case is unique, so we cannot answer that question for all.
How do I know which type of neurofeedback is best for me?
It is helpful to know about the method the prospective practitioner uses, how they assess the issues, how they decide on the intervention and how they tailor the intervention to you. The very important question to ask the practitioner is how they adjust the neurofeedback parameters on an ongoing basis. The way they answer that question tells you whether their way of working takes into account your response to the neurofeedback as the therapy progresses.