Patient Information – Choose a Licensed Neurofeedback Provider
Use extreme caution when choosing your neurofeedback provider. You get what you pay for. Due to an explosion of unqualified “practitioners” in this new field, we would like to add a word of caution. Not all providers are equivalent. For instance, there are several PhDs in the Washington area who hold a degree in a non-clinical field and who refer to themselves as “Doctor”. If they do not state their type of degree and license on their website or do not prominently display them in their office, chances are they do not have relevant degrees and licenses.
You should always ask to see a copy of a clinical (not business) license before allowing them to make decisions about you or your child’s brain. A PhD without a professional license to back it up is meaningless when working with clinical conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety or headaches. A BCIA certification without the clinical license and degree is meaningless and does not entitle one to treat clinical conditions. If you are seeking help with a mental health condition such as ADHD, anxiety or depression, you will want to make sure your neurotherapy provider has a LICENSE in a mental health field (psychologist, counselor or social worker).
If these unlicensed providers are rendering evaluations, interpreting test results or setting protocols for a medical or mental health issue, they are operating illegally and unsafely. To check to see if a provider holds a license in Virgina, click here, then on the bottom blue box, type in their name and choose the State of Virginia. Leave the Occupation listed as “Any” and the Status as “Any”. If their name does not appear, they have no valid license to treat mental health or medical issues. Buyer beware!
Questions to Ask Your Neurotherapy Provider:
1. What type of License do you have that qualifies you to work with my condition? If you do not have a license, is there someone on the premises at all times supervising you who does? Is this person fully trained and experienced in neurotherapy?
2. How long have you been doing neurotherapy?
3. How many clients have you seen in your neurotherapy career? In a typical day or week?
4. What type of conditions do you typically work with?
5. Do you utilize a wide range of equipment and protocols to offer an individualized approach or do you offer a one-size-fits all approach with only one or two types of interventions?
6. Do you keep up with the latest developments in the field by receiving regular training and professional development in a variety of neurotherapy interventions and approaches? Are these trainings accredited and if so, by what accreditation body? (preferably, these events should be accredited by one’s professional association such as The American Psychological Association and/or by the Biofeedback Certification of America).