Neurofeedback FOR PTSD – An Alternative Treatment For PTSD

People using neurofeedback have experienced relief symptoms from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as anxiety, depression, anger, rage, cognitive impairment and sleep problems. 

Below we've compiled the articles and research on neurofeedback for post-traumatic stress disorder using neurofeedback training as a drug-free alternative treatment.


News Articles

Supporting neurofeedback as an alternative treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Leading Trauma Expert Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk Articles:

Neurofeedback Tunes Key Brain Networks, Improving Subjective Well-Being In PTSD

How Neurofeedback specifically tunes key brain networks, to help battle PTSD. Pioneering research conducted at Western University (London, Canada) points to a promising avenue for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): utilising neurofeedback training to alter the plasticity of brain networks linked to the condition. Read article.

The Washington Post: Therapists Are Using Neurofeedback To Treat ADHD, PTSD And Other Conditions


THE Research

On Trauma & Neurofeedback

A Pilot Study Of Neurofeedback For Chronic PTSD

We found significant decreases in PTSD symptoms and affect dysregulation. Importantly, we have evidence that as PTSD symptoms decrease, it may cascade to other neural systems underlying self-regulation including affect regulation. View research (PDF)

By Mark Gapen, Bessel A. van der Kolk, Ed. Hamlin, Laurence Hirshberg, Michael Suvak & Joseph Spinazzola

Neurofeedback Treatment Of Depression And Anxiety

A robust body of research documents that there are biological predispositions that often exist for depression, anxiety, and obsessive–compulsive disorder. However, new research has shown that medication is only mildly more effective than placebo in the treatment of these problems. In treating these conditions, neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) may offer an alternative to invasive treatments such as medication, ECT, and intense levels of transcrancial magnetic stimulation. This paper reviews the neurofeedback literature with these problems, finding particularly positive research support for the treatment of anxiety disorders. New findings on the neurofeedback treatment of depression are presented. View research (PDF)

by D. Corydon Hammond

Case Studies from Our Blog

 While training, you can read, look on an ipad/phone or even sleep!  It won't affect the training.  READ MORE:  How does a session work?

While training, you can read, look on an ipad/phone or even sleep!  It won't affect the training.

READ MORE: How does a session work?

Neurofeedback For Relationship Repair: PTSD / Complex Trauma Treatment

  Despite our best efforts, our close relationships suffer when we have histories with traumatic experiences.  And for those of you who just thought, "It wasn't that bad at my house."...Read more

A Case Study on Neurofeedback And Anxiety

Elizabeth started with neurofeedback training with me after having tried many treatments for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Specifically, she wanted relief from constantly...Read more

Why is it so difficult to relax at the end of the day? Complex Trauma and the Stress Response

For those of us who grew up in homes that weren't safe or didn't feel safe, which for the brain is the same thing, the idea of living in a state of calm is almost impossible to imagine.   Why is...Read more



An Effective And Drug-Free Approach To PTSD

Discover The Benefits!


Although NeurOptimal neurofeedback training does not treat specific conditions, specific symptoms are alleviated because you are improving the overall functioning of the central nervous system. 


Do the Effects of NeurOptimal® Training Last?

Training with NeurOptimal® is actually a learning task. You get results because your brain is actively learning, even if you are not doing the learning consciously. So much like reading, once your brain knows how to read, it can’t “not know”. Your brain doesn’t forget. It may get rusty, but the effects of learning remain throughout your lifetime.

What happens in a session?

The neurofeedback system is like a mirror and each central nervous system (CNS) changes itself to optimize its own functioning, whether it be an ability to focus when needed, go into sleep mode at night, be calm when there’s no danger, etc.

Start brain training today!

We provide three ways to do neurofeedback training with the NeurOptimal system. Come in for a session at our New York, California or Colorado locations, rent a neurofeedback home system or purchase the equipment from us.

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