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Browse our collection of resources to support you in your knowledge, understanding and education of neurofeedback and attuned neurofeedback.

Australian Neurofeedback Institute

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Stories Worth Telling with Sebern Fisher

Our guest speaker, Sebern Fisher, has integrated neurofeedback and psychotherapy into the treatment of those with developmental trauma for the last 20 years. 

Join us in this virtual conversation to listen and learn from each other!

Stories Worth Telling with Dr. Moshe Perl

Our guest is a world-class expert in neurofeedback and QEEG/EEG analysis, areas in which he has almost two decades of experience teaching practitioners in Australia and internationally.

Join us in this virtual conversation to listen and learn from each other!

Stories Worth Telling with Rob Buschkens

Our guest is Rob Buschkens, one of the first neurofeedback practitioners in Australia who has taught and mentored many of our clinicians, focusing specifically on the use of the Alpha/Theta Protocol in the treatment of trauma and addiction.

Join us for this virtual conversation!

Heart Rate Variability Basics

Heart rate variability biofeedback is an evidenced based practice that helps clients learn to self-regulate emotional, social and physiological processes. Improving heart rate variability with biofeedback is associated with alleviation of psychophysiological symptoms, improved wellbeing, physical health, socialisation and peak performance.

This program consists of four individual recordings available to watch at your own pace.

Back to Basics Lecture Series

Having analysed over 500,000 EEGs since 1972, published and participated in hundreds of research papers, articles, books and meetings internationally, QEEG Diplomate  Jay Gunkelman is widely recognized as a pre-eminent authority on the EEG.

This lecture series consists of eight individual recordings, including presentations with examples and case studies, available to watch at your own pace.

Neuropsychological Impacts of COVID-19

Jay Gunkelman, QEEG – Diplomate Emeritus and world-leading brain-scan analyst brings his expertise and wealth of experience to the emerging issue of neuropsychological impacts of COVID-19.

He will delve into the pathological mechanisms underpinning the COVID-19 infection and its impacts on the brain, and explain the ACE2 receptor and its role in blood pressure regulation, vascular function and inflammation.

Developmental Trauma, Psychosis and Neurofeedback

Created for the general public, leaders of public services, and mental health clinicians, this seminar is presented by four experts in the field of Neurofeedback.

You will learn about developments in neuroscience that enable us to assess and treat brain dysregulation due to developmental trauma. 

Stories Worth Telling with Sebern Fisher

Our guest speaker, Sebern Fisher, has integrated neurofeedback and psychotherapy into the treatment of those with developmental trauma for the last 20 years. 

Join us in this virtual conversation to listen and learn from each other!

Stories Worth Telling with Dr. Moshe Perl

Our guest is a world-class expert in neurofeedback and QEEG/EEG analysis, areas in which he has almost two decades of experience teaching practitioners in Australia and internationally.

Join us in this virtual conversation to listen and learn from each other!

Stories Worth Telling with Rob Buschkens

Our guest is Rob Buschkens, one of the first neurofeedback practitioners in Australia who has taught and mentored many of our clinicians, focusing specifically on the use of the Alpha/Theta Protocol in the treatment of trauma and addiction.

Join us for this virtual conversation!

Heart Rate Variability Basics

Heart rate variability biofeedback is an evidenced based practice that helps clients learn to self-regulate emotional, social and physiological processes. Improving heart rate variability with biofeedback is associated with alleviation of psychophysiological symptoms, improved wellbeing, physical health, socialisation and peak performance.

This program consists of four individual recordings available to watch at your own pace.

Back to Basics Lecture Series

Having analysed over 500,000 EEGs since 1972, published and participated in hundreds of research papers, articles, books and meetings internationally, QEEG Diplomate  Jay Gunkelman is widely recognized as a pre-eminent authority on the EEG.

This lecture series consists of eight individual recordings, including presentations with examples and case studies, available to watch at your own pace.

Neuropsychological Impacts of COVID-19

Jay Gunkelman, QEEG – Diplomate Emeritus and world-leading brain-scan analyst brings his expertise and wealth of experience to the emerging issue of neuropsychological impacts of COVID-19.

He will delve into the pathological mechanisms underpinning the COVID-19 infection and its impacts on the brain, and explain the ACE2 receptor and its role in blood pressure regulation, vascular function and inflammation.

Developmental Trauma, Psychosis and Neurofeedback

Created for the general public, leaders of public services, and mental health clinicians, this seminar is presented by four experts in the field of Neurofeedback.

You will learn about developments in neuroscience that enable us to assess and treat brain dysregulation due to developmental trauma. 

Published work from ANFI and Collaborators

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Mirjana Askovic, Nerissa Soh, James Elhindi & Anthony W.F. Harris (2023)

Neurofeedback for post-traumatic stress disorder: systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical and neurophysiological outcomes

European Journal of Psychotraumatology, Volume 14, 2023 – Issue 2

This paper details the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis which examines ten clinical trials which were conducted to answer the question: how effective is NFB in addressing PTSD and other associated symptoms across different trauma populations, and are these improvements related to neurophysiological changes?

Highlights from the paper include:

Darius Rountree-Harrison, Shlomo Berkovsky & Maria Kangas (2023)

Heart and brain traumatic stress biomarker analysis with and without machine learning: A scoping review

International Journal of Psychophysiology 185 (2023) 27–49

This paper looks at the enigma of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how it is embedded in a complex array of physiological responses to stressful situations that result in disruptions in arousal and cognitions that characterise the psychological disorder. A total of 124 papers based on adult samples were identified comprising 19 machine learning studies involving EEG and ECG. A further 21 studies using EEG data, and 84 studies employing ECG meeting all other criteria but not employing machine learning were included for comparison. This paper discussing the emerging trends, algorithms used and their success is provided, along with areas for future research.

Liddell B.J. (2019)

Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Profiles in Traumatized Refugees.

Journal of Traumatic Stress, 00, 1-11.

This paper examined PTSD and Complex PTSD (CPTSD) symptom profiles (co-occurring PTSD and disturbances in self-organization [DSO] symptoms) and their premigration, postmigration, and demographic predictors, using latent class analysis (LCA), in a cohort of 112 refugees resettled in Australia. The findings are consistent with the ICD-11 model of CPTSD and highlight the contributions of cumulative trauma to CPTSD and PTSD profiles as well as of contextual stress from visa uncertainty to DSO symptom profiles in refugee cohorts, particularly those characterized by affect dysregulation.

Askovic M., Watters A., Coello M., Aroche J., Harris A.& Kropotov J. (2019)

Evaluation of Neurofeedback Therapy for Refugee Related Posttraumatic Stress Using Self-report and Cognitive ERP Measures

Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 10, 1-8.

This paper describes preliminary results of a pilot study that indicate a possible benefit of neurofeedback for remediating PTSD. We hypothesised that neurofeedback helped to improve cognitive control, observed as normalization of the P3 NOGO. The shift in P3 NOGO in clients who also remitted from trauma symptoms is consistent with the hypothesis that an improvement in cognitive control underlies recovery from PTSD. Further confirmation of the effectiveness and mechanisms of the treatment now requires a randomised controlled trial.

Liddell B.J. (2019)

Neural Correlates of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Trauma Exposure, and Postmigration Stress in Response to Fear Faces in Resettled Refugees

Clinical Psychological Science, 7(4), 811–825.

This paper examines the influence of PTSD symptoms, cumulative trauma, and recent postmigration stress on neural reactivity and regional coupling within the refugee sample. Cumulative trauma and postmigration stress but not PTSD symptoms correlated with fear-related brain activity and connectivity. Trauma exposure correlated with stronger activity but overall decreased connectivity in the bilateral posterior insula/rolandic operculum, postcentral gyrus, ventral anterior cingulate cortex, and posterior cingulate gyrus. Postmigration stress correlated with fusiform gyrus hyperactivity and increased connectivity in face-processing networks. Findings highlight the impact of past trauma and recent postmigration stress on fear-related neural responses within refugees over and above PTSD symptoms.

Askovic M, Watters AJ, Aroche J, Harris AWF (2017)

Neurofeedback as an adjunct therapy for treatment of chronic posttraumatic stress disorder related to refugee trauma and torture experiences: Two case studies

Australasian Psychiatry, 25(4): 358-363.

This paper describes the assessment and application of neurofeedback integrated into the treatment of two clients with chronic PTSD. The details of our treatment schedule, symptoms and quantitative electrophysiological (EEG) data for each case was described. Both clients achieved significant reduction in symptoms of PTSD and improvement in daily functioning post neurofeedback therapy.

Quantitative electroencephalogric measures indicated a normalisation of EEG markers relating to trauma, including overarousal at rest and working memory function. If replicated, the improvements demonstrated in this population would be generalizable to all chronic PTSD.

Askovic M. & Gould D. (2009)

Integration of Neurofeedback in the Therapeutic Work with Torture and Trauma Survivors: A Case Study

Biofeedback Journal (2009); 37 (2), 56-62.

This paper describes a case study of a 14-year-old African refugee boy who survived multiple traumas related to war, displacement, and deprivation. Traumatized from the age of 2, his presentation was primarily one of affect dysregulation. This paper describes how neurofeedback was integrated with psychotherapy to address both the core hyperarousal and the unavailability of the necessary cortical and behavioural skills required to regulate affect.

Aroche J., Tukelija S. & Askovic M. (2009)

Neurofeedback in Work with Refugee Trauma: Rebuilding Fragile Foundations

Biofeedback Journal (2009); 37(2), 53-55.

This paper describes the Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), established by the Australian government to provide specialized services for the many torture and trauma survivors accepted as refugees in Australia. Of the clients served by STARTTS, 30% present with post traumatic stress disorder. The authors report on the integration of neurofeedback into the psychotherapy provided to these individuals.

Askovic M. & Fisher S. (2006)

THE CASE of PABLO DIEGO: The Integration of Neurofeedback in Therapeutic Work with a Torture Survivor

STARTTS.

This paper describes a case of a 62 year-old man who had been tortured by the Pinochet regime in Chile over twenty years earlier. The authors describe his neurofeedback treatment at STARTTS and reflect on the impact of torture and trauma experiences on the nervous system.

Darius Rountree-Harrison

The Polyphonic Brain – The Music of Brainwaves

Australian Neurofeedback Institute

This article explains how brain activity is a song composed by 86 billion neurons. This song has key refrains, sung time and time again by the 6 key large scale brain networks that weave the melodies of our experiences together from inception to swan song. 

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EEG Learn

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EEGer Neurofeedback

EEGer neurofeedback system equipment and packages.

Sebern Fisher

MA, BCN
Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma
Calming the Fear-Driven Brain

In this cutting-edge book, experienced clinician Sebern Fisher keenly demonstrates neurofeedback’s profound ability to help treat one of the most intractable mental health concerns of our time: severe childhood abuse, neglect, or abandonment, otherwise known as developmental trauma.

A mix of fundamental theory and nuts-and-bolts practice, the book delivers a carefully articulated and accessible look at the mind and brain in developmental trauma, what a “trauma identity” looks like, and how neurofeedback can be used to retrain the brain, thereby fostering a healthier, more stable state of mind.

Finding The Path
Group Mentoring with Sebern Fisher

“Given the overwhelming impact of neglect and abuse on the developing brain, it can feel daunting to train people with developmental trauma. I am increasingly convinced, however, that those who have suffered these histories cannot thrive without help in lowering arousal and regulating their brains. So it is up to us to find the path.

Through cases brought by participants, we will look at assessment, protocols, and integration of neurofeedback with psychotherapy.

Conversations could range further into subjects such as the epigenetics of trauma, pattern recognition and repetition compulsion, trauma fields and trauma identity, the disgrace and distraction of the DSM, laterality and the sense of self and other topics as they arise from case discussion.”

Sebern Fisher

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Leanne Hershkowitz

M.A./Ed.S, LPC, BCN
Website
Finding Hope Counseling

Finding Hope Adolescent Counseling is a private practice in northern New Jersey. Therapist and owner Leanne Hershkowitz specializes in helping adolescents, young adults and their parents learn to communicate, create loving, affectionate relationships, develop emotional regulation skills, heal psychological traumas and increase overall functioning. Leanne has received extensive training in the treatment of reactive attachment disorder and other adoption related struggles, sexual and relational traumas, as well as anxiety and depression. Leanne is dedicated to helping families of all configurations including single parent, same-sex parents, blended families, foster parents and adoptive parents. Leanne utilizes an inclusive approach that requires participation from both parents and youth.

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Finding Hope Counseling & Neurofeedback

Finding Hope Counseling is a small private practice focusing on helping adolescents struggling with adoption, trauma and attachment issues.

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Free Bi-Monthly Zoom Orientations!⁠ANITP hosts a bi-monthly 60 minute Question and Answer Zoom meeting at no charge for those interested in professional neurofeedback training. The registration request form for our next zoom meeting can be found below.⁠The Zoom meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm Eastern Time and the fourth Wednesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern Time.⁠Since ANITP is a site for Attuned Neurofeedback Professional Trainings we are only able to include interested individuals with professional licensure, or educational or work experience that provide a potential foundation for engaging in clinical neurofeedback training. We thank you in advance for your understanding regarding attendance criteria for our Q&A Zoom meetings.⁠Please Note: This meeting is for those interested in becoming clinical neurofeedback providers. Information on your professional license, an educational course of study or relevant work environment is required to attend. Thank you for your understanding.⁠www.attunedneurofeedback.com#neurofeedback #eegbiofeedback #traumatherapist #traumarecovery #adoption #counseling #therapistsofinstagram #mentalhealthsupport #anxietyrelief #ptsdrecovery #traumahealing #adhdtreatment #anxietyawareness #neurodivergent #nervousystem #nervoussystemregulation #nervoussystemhealing #calm #innerpeace #depression #trauma #ptsd #anxiety #mentalhealth #selfregulation ... See MoreSee Less
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Dr Ruth A. Lanius

M.D., Ph.D.
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Dr Ruth Lanius on Trauma Therapy
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@ElbasheirAziz @MolPharmer Take home: racism can violate a person's moral beliefs---and more moral distress (eg feeling that institutions have betrayed you or others) can increase susceptibility to PTSD

'I am afraid you will see the stain on my soul'. Our group's latest paper describing the brain correlates of direct eye gaze after moral injury memory recall.

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Dr Ed Hamlin & Dr Mary Ammerman

Institute for Applied Neuroscience
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Ongoing NFB Mentoring Online (Individual, Open Groups, and Closed Groups for Specific Agencies by request)

The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) is the agency that oversees neurofeedback and biofeedback certification. Neurofeedback certification requires 25 hours of mentoring with a BCIA approved mentor. Mary Ammerman, PsyD, BCN is BCIA approved to provide individual and group mentoring for neurofeedback providers. Her sessions are conducted via GoToMeeting, computer software similar to Skyping that enables group members to see one another’s computer screens. That way we can review data and training sessions to get all your questions answered. You’re welcome to email Mary at mammerman@ian-asheville.com for more information, the link to the BCIA mentoring agreement letter, or to schedule a mentoring session.

We also now offer mentoring for providers with Anna Morrell. She offers groups (open and closed) and individual. You can reach her for mentoring at amorrell@ian-asheville.com or by reaching out to Jordan at phamlin@ian-asheville.com or by phone at 828-251-2882 ext. 0 and leaving your name, phone number and e-mail address.

Dr Robert Coben

Ph.D.
Website
Integrated Neuroscience Services Fayetteville AK US

Internationally recognized as brain health experts, Clinical Neuropsychologists Robert Coben and Anne Ward Stevens have been helping clients and patients achieve their best lives through brain health transformation since 2004. Committed to sharing their understanding of the power of the brain to regulate health and wellness, our mission at Integrate Brain Health is to provide the tools, skills, and education necessary to help others optimize the brain-body-mind relationship in achieving brain health awareness and improvement.

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Debbie Asplen Ingraham

Out of the profound journey I’ve had in recovering from developmental trauma, I’ve created two resources as a way to contribute to our shared understanding.

Please use these resources if you think they may be of help to you or anyone suffering from trauma.

YouTube Channel

Neurofeedback & Developmental Trauma Conversations

Facebook Group

My Facebook Group, Neurofeedback & Developmental Trauma: My Lived Experiences as Guide/Resource, is a private group for clinicians and non-clinicians who are interested in Sebern Fisher’s work. You are invited to learn how I cleared my field of trauma using Sebern’s approach to neurofeedback within the therapeutic frame, and neurofeedback psychoeducation.

Research Articles
Infra-Low Frequency Neurofeedback: A Systematic Mixed Studies Review

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Fabian Bazzana, Sarah Finzi, Giulia Di Fini and Fabio Veglia

Neurofeedback Effect on Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (2023) 48:259–274

Yun-Jung Choi, Eun-Joo Choi and Eunjung Ko

Increased Top-Down Control of Emotions During Symptom Provocation Working Memory Tasks Following a RCT of Alpha-Down Neurofeedback in PTSD

NeuroImage: Clinical Volume 37, 2023, 103313

Saurabh Bhaskar Shaw, Andrew A. Nicholson, Tomas Ros, Sherain Harricharan, Braeden Terpou, Maria Densmore, Jean Theberge, Paul Frewen and Ruth A. Lanius

Therapists’ Experiences With Integrating Neurofeedback Into Therapy for Complex/Developmental Trauma

NeuroRegulation, 10(4), 220–238

Anney Tsuji-Lyons and Mark White

Homeostatic normalization of alpha brain rhythms within the default-mode network and reduced symptoms in post-traumatic stress disorder following a randomized controlled trial of electroencephalogram neurofeedback

Brain Communications, 5(2), fcad068 (2023)

Andrew A. Nicholson, Maria Densmore, Paul A. Frewen, Richard W. J. Neufeld, Jean Théberge, Rakesh Jetly, Ruth A. Lanius, and Tomas Ros

Neurofeedback for post-traumatic stress disorder: systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical and neurophysiological outcomes

European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 14(2), 2257435 (2023)

Mirjana Askovic, Nerissa Soh, James Elhindi and Anthony W.F. Harris

Free Zoom Orientations

ANF offers a 30 minute Question and Answer Zoom Meeting at no charge for those interested in becoming clinical neurofeedback providers. Information on your professional license, an educational course of study or relevant work environment is required to attend.

Sebern Fisher

MA, BCN

Sebern F. Fisher, MA, is a psychotherapist and neurofeedback practitioner in private practice who specializes in the aftermath of neglect and abuse in early childhood. She focuses on training the traumatized brain to learn its own regulation which it can learn at any age. She trains professionals nationally and internationally on neurofeedback and on the need to integrate neurofeedback with psychotherapy.

Her book, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain, has helped her readers understand how the traumatized brain can give rise to explosive feelings, irrational thinking and destructive behavior. When the brain learns its own regulation, its owner can engage meaningfully in psychotherapy and in life. The book is now also available as an audiobook on Audible. Visit www.SebernFisher.com to learn more and join the conversation with Sebern at Facebook.com/SebernFisherAuthor — Sebern Fisher on LinkedIn, and @SebernF on Twitter.

Leanne Hershkowitz

M.A./Ed.S, LPC, BCN

Leanne Hershkowitz, M.A./Ed.S, LPC, BCN is a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified neurofeedback provider and mentor. With over 10 years of clinical experience, Leanne has provided services from individual counseling to group and family therapy across all ages, ethnicities, and LQBTQIA identities. Leanne primarily works with children, adolescents, and young adults. She specializes in adoption and in helping those who have found counseling challenging or unattainable in the past.

Leanne began her career in residential treatment and school-based counseling utilizing canine assisted and adventure therapy as well as attachment focused modalities. She now has a private practice in Montclair, NJ.

Leanne is passionate about social justice and is a strong LQBTQIA ally. Her teaching and lecturing work has included Introduction to Statistics, Adolescent Psychology and The Role of Shame in Developmental Trauma. But her favorite part of teaching is working with those who are brand new to this amazing modality. This includes creating and teaching the first fully virtual introduction to neurofeedback practicum and bringing in interns to her private practice.

Leanne’s journey into neurofeedback started early in her career where the neuroscience of attachment was at the forefront of her work. As her speciality in adoption, adolescents and neuroscience blossomed, this concept of neurofeedback continued to cross her path until finally she took the leap to get trained by Dr.Ed Hamlin & Dr. Mary Ammerman. Knowing her speciality required advance training, Leanne quickly began mentoring with Sebern Fisher and has continued to do so to this day.

Neurofeedback has altered and grown Leanne’s counseling practice in innumerable ways. It has made challenging work sustainable and changed how she sees clients, mental illness and the field of counseling. The rewards have been well worth the time and commitment to honing this artful science for both Leanne and her clients.

Leanne is the “Technology Go-To Person” of the group and enjoys figuring out all the ways the equipment and software can enhance her work with clients as well as the work of her mentees and students. She has a passion for making the complex understandable – by breaking it down into manageable and learnable chunks that build into the intricate concepts that we know as neurofeedback and neurobiology.

Leanne also provides QEEG services in her private practice through her work with Dr.Rob Coben and is in training to obtain her Diplomat in QEEG. Her goal, along side others in The Attuned Neurofeedback International Training Program, is to continue to bring the cutting edge of neuroscience and technology to attuned neurofeedback in best service of her clients and all those with trauma who seek healing.

Finally, in her own time, Leanne is a world traveler, dog lover and avid quilter.

Dr Ruth A. Lanius

M.D., Ph.D.

Dr Ruth A. Lanius, M.D., Ph.D. is a Psychiatry Professor and Harris-Woodman Chair at Western University of Canada, where she is the director of the Clinical Research Program for PTSD.

Ruth has over 25 years of clinical and research experience with trauma-related disorders. She established the Traumatic Stress Service at London Health Sciences Center, a program that specializes in the treatment of psychological trauma.

Ruth has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the Banting Award for Military Health Research. She has published over 150 research articles and book chapters focusing on brain adaptations to psychological trauma and novel adjunct treatments for PTSD. Ruth regularly lectures on the topic of psychological trauma both nationally and internationally. Ruth has co-authored two books: The Effects of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic and Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment.

Ruth is a passionate clinician scientist who endeavours to understand the first-person experience of traumatized individuals throughout treatment and how it relates to brain functioning.

Dr Ed Hamlin

Ph.D., BCN

Dr. Ed Hamlin is a psychologist and the Clinical Director of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience in Asheville, North Carolina. He has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Duke University and currently holds an adjunct faculty position as Professor at Western Carolina University and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. In addition to his clinical work, he conducts research and presents workshops regarding applied neuroscience and brain/mind relationships. He serves as a consultant and supervisor for the clinical staff at a number of facilities throughout the world. He has practiced neurofeedback and applied psychophysiology since the mid-1980s and has taught and utilized these techniques in a variety of settings. He has a particular interest in neuroplasticity and the potential for changing maladaptive brain organization patterns. His current research projects involve examining the impact of early abuse and neglect on the developing brain and examining the brain activity in people with eating disorders.

Dr Mary Ammerman

PsyD, BCN

Dr Mary Ammerman, PsyD, BCN earned her undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has been incorporating neurofeedback into her work with clients ever since 2006 and has been board certified in neurofeedback since 2012. She’s taught and mentored beginning neurofeedback providers both domestically and internationally since 2013.

Currently, Mary is the Vice President of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Western North Carolina. Her students and mentees have described Mary’s teaching style as friendly and down-to-earth. She explains complicated concepts in easy to understand language using warmth, humor, and everyday analogies.

Mary is committed to spreading the word about the healing power of neurofeedback as well as to helping make this effective therapeutic tool more accessible.

Dr Robert Coben

Ph.D.

Robert Coben, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree in 1991 and has been a licensed psychologist in the state of New York since 1994. He is the Director and Chief Neuropsychologist of NeuroRehabilitation and Neuropsychological Services. His post-doctoral training in clinical and rehabilitation neuropsychology was done at the UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California.

His experience in rehabilitation neuropsychology includes directing two separate inpatient neurorehabilitation programs. He is the former director of inpatient and outpatient brain rehabilitation at Staten Island University Hospital. He is an affiliate of Winthrop University Hospital and an affiliated researcher of NYU Medical Center. Dr. Coben is a member in good standing of the American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, and the American Association of Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Neurotherapy and Frontiers in Child Health and Human Development. He is also an editorial reviewer for the following journals: Journal of Neurotherapy, Neuroregulation, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Frontiers in Child Health and Human Development, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuroimage, and Journal of Psychophysiology.

He has edited special issues of journals on EEG Connectivity and more recently as a special topic editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. He was the chief editor on two issues on Applied Neuroscience, Neuromodulation and Neurofeedback. These special issues covered topics related to seizures disorders and autism spectrum disorder. He has also edited a book entitled “Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Techniques and Applications.” His research interests include the study of Neuropsychology and Neurophysiology in the understanding of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, especially autism, and treatment applications for the same.

Dr Coben has served as the President of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research as well as the President Elect of the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology.

Debbie Asplen Ingraham

Imagine if neurofeedback was the starting place instead of the last resort, the last hope for someone like me. Now I exist. I have a life and I’m moving toward peace because of neurofeedback, But I didn’t get here until the 7th decade of my life. I wish I had found neurofeedback many years ago.

When I did find neurofeedback it took some time to find the right provider, and it was a particular approach to neurofeedback that allowed me to get to where I am today.

The changes and shifts I experienced from neurofeedback were immediate, subtle, distinct and discernible. But at first the changes didn’t hold, and the path forward wasn’t clear.

My initial response to neurofeedback was so profound that as I went from provider to provider looking for the right approach, I kept hearing a calling from deep inside telling me to keep going. I followed that inner call until I found someone who practiced a particular approach to neurofeedback for early life trauma, with an emphasis on healing attachment disruptions within the patient-therapist relationship.

It was Sebern Fisher’s approach to neurofeedback for early life trauma that made the important difference for me. This, along with neurofeedback psychoeducation that helped me understand and integrate the changes happening in my body and brain. Through working in this way within my important therapeutic relationship, I began to drop into my body for the first time in my life.

The profound work I did with my psychotherapist-neurofeedback provider taught me that I’m not a failure at life. That before now barriers from early trauma had held me back from the healing and growth I was seeking. I learned that my brain protected me for many years from that trauma, even though it had not had a way to heal from it. The changes that came about through my work with neurofeedback became my path out of the field of trauma.

These changes, along with a new understanding of myself and my history, energized me to see myself in a whole new way. I began to feel in charge of my life and to find my way in the world with my new nervous system as a whole new sense of self emerged. I can now truthfully say, my brain is my best friend and not the problem.

There are many things that life has to offer that I don’t have time to get back. But there is always time to have a life, and to contribute to the life of others and to our collective understanding.

TRAUMA 24: Neurofeedback and Deep Brain Reorienting Conference

October 4th & 5th | Online or In-Person in Johannesburg, South Africa

Join Sebern Fisher, Frank Corrigan, and Ruth Lanius for an exploration of how neurofeedback and Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) are opening doors to a new era of brain therapies.