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.


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Supporting neurofeedback as an alternative treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Leading Trauma Expert Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk 

"Neurofeedback can change the activity in parts of the brain to allow it to be more calm and self-observant." Interview with Bessel van der Kolk on Trauma, Development and Healing by David Bullard. 

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

Neurofeedback For Relationship Repair: PTSD / Complex Trauma Treatment

Despite our best efforts, our close relationships suffer when we have histories with traumatic experiences. 

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. 

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.   

Case Studies

From our blog

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. 


How Does Neurofeedback Work

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.. Learn more

Do the Effects of NeurOptimal® Training Last?

What happens in a session?

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.

 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?

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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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