July 12, 2018
I began doing Neurofeedback in 1993. It has been an unexpected and amazing journey. I was considered an “early adopter” and as such, I began a practice when very few members of the public were even aware Neurofeedback existed and had no clue about what it could do. An important part of my education included how to explain Neurofeedback in ways that would create enough confidence in it’s efficacy that people were willing to try this as a better way to deal with their difficulties.
My original office was in Northbrook, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Then in 2003 I moved to Burbank, CA to continue my work with a new partner, Jack Johnstone of Q-Metrx.
My education continued and I was privileged to work with and learn from some of the luminaries of the field.
I was asked to take the position of Secretary on the ISNR Board of Directors in 2008 and then ran for the position and served until the annual conference in 2011. I was honored to be able to serve the organization and the field in that capacity. One of the projects that the Board completed during my time as Secretary was the IEEE project. This helped to establish standards for the equipment used in our work.
Then in 2016, I was asked to run for the position of President and I agreed. My past experience with the Board of Directors felt like I was helping accomplish important work for the field of Neurofeedback and I was excited to once again have this opportunity. I have now served about 2 1/2 years of my 3 year term as President. There have been some very serious challenges that have been a significant disservice to our field, but those have been overcome. We are now involved directly in the process of updating and creating more relevant CPT codes for work in the fields of Neurofeedback and Biofeedback. It will serve as the foundational work that needs to occur in order to get insurance companies to recognize and pay reasonable rates for these services.
Being a part of this emerging field carries some particular responsibilities. We can all do something to fulfill these responsibilities. Serve on the Board of Directors, participate on a committee, help educate the public, find a way to help the field. We still have a long way to go, but we are making very real progress. What we do is amazing, more people all over the world should be gaining access to this work. Find a way to help make that happen.
Joy Lunt RN, BCN Senior Fellow
ISNR Past President