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    Have you experienced a traumatic event? Are you suffering from lingering fear and anxiety? Do you feel like you no longer have any control over how you think, feel and behave?

    Posttraumatic stress disorder – also known as PTSD – is a mental health challenge that may occur in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a terrorist act, an act of war, a serious accident, rape, or any other violent personal assault.

    It is believed that PTSD affects nearly four percent of the U.S. adult population. While it is usually linked with veterans who’ve experienced combat, PTSD occurs in all people regardless of age, race, nationality or culture. In fact, women are twice as likely to experience PTSD than men.

    What are the Symptoms of PTSD?

    People with PTSD often experience intense thoughts and feelings related to their traumatic experiences. These can last for a long time after the initial event. Many people with PTSD also relive the event through flashbacks and nightmares.

    People with PTSD often feel intense emotions such as fear, anger, sadness and a detachment from friends, family and community members. They often avoid people and situations that remind them of the traumatic event. Ordinary sounds or incidents such as a door banging or accidental touch in a crowd may cause a strong and uncontrollable reaction.

    How Can Neurofeedback Help?

    Neurofeedback can help reduce, or in some cases, eliminate PTSD symptoms through operant conditioning of the brain. My doctoral research explored the use of neurofeedback to support the treatment of PTSD in combat veterans.  Through this research I became fascinated by the positive outcome of using neurofeedback to treat PTSD, among a multitude of other issues. As a result I knew I had to incorporate it into my clinical practice.   

    Can Intensive Therapy help with PTSD?

    Probably not.  PTSD is a serious condition, that requires time and effort, and healing is not something that can be rushed in this case.  However, if you are working with another therapist who feels an intensive session could be beneficial to your progress, I’m willing to discuss this option further.

    If you or a loved one suffer with PTSD and would like to explore treatment options, please reach out to me. I want to offer the help you need to enjoy life again.