There is a movement among psychologists to gain prescription rights for psychological conditions. This movement acknowledges the fact that a dysfunctional physiology underlies many of the conditions encountered in a psychology practice, and that many conditions cannot be resolved without addressing the physiological basis. If psychologists knew what EEG biofeedback could offer their patients, they would add that tool to their clinical practice in a heartbeat. Much of what can be accomplished with psychoactive medications can also be accomplished by operant conditioning of the EEG. Moreover, once results are achieved, they are likely to be permanent. And operant conditioning as an intervention is part and parcel of the practice of psychology.
EEG training allows most patients to reach the point where they are no longer dependent on stimulants, anti-depressants, sleep medications, anxiolytics, pain medications, or drugs of abuse. New patients, therefore, may simply opt for the training of their EEG and forego trying medications altogether. Medications can always be resorted to later if the person is not able to achieve full normalization of function with the EEG training alone. Complicated patients who are on many medications are best dealt with by means of a collaboration with the prescribing physician who is willing to titrate down the medications as the training proceeds.
EEG biofeedback can augment a psychology practice by expansion into conditions not normally encountered in such a practice. These may include learning disorders, attentional disorders of children and adults, sleep disorders, migraines, Tourette Syndrome, PMS, dementias, attachment disorders, chronic pain syndromes, obsessive-compulsive disorders, manic-depressive illness, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, domestic violence, emotional trauma and PTSD, dissociative identity disorder, addictions, and eating disorders.
A psychologist may also use EEG biofeedback in a practice more oriented toward optimization of functioning, as in sports or in corporate management. Or the technique may simply be used to augment the existing therapeutic skills in the prevailing practice. Adding EEG biofeedback can, for example, speed success in talk therapy with all conditions on the anxiety-depression continuum.
The technique of EEG biofeedback for the first time allows the psychologist to have the advantage of leverage, or of economy of scale. He or she can supervise a clinician who runs several instruments, rather than seeing one patient at a time. Historically, we have seen EEG biofeedback become 50-85% of a successful psychology practice. As publicity about this method reaches the popular consciousness, it will become a matter of competitive advantage for a psychologist to be able to offer this service. It can be readily projected that a few years after that, a psychologist who does not offer EEG biofeedback will be as rare as a psychiatrist who does not prescribe medications.