LOS ANGELES NEUROFEEDBACK CENTER
LANC & PTSD TREATMENT
Are you seeking PTSD treatment? Are you or a loved one’s relationships made difficult by PTSD triggers, PTSD flashbacks or PTSD emotional abuse? Are you struggling with PTSD disability? Take hope. LANC’s Direct Neurofeedback (DNFB) is a gentle, time-efficient, finite protocol that can bring enduring PTSD recovery. With nearly a decade in the field, LANC has assisted countless veterans and trauma survivors, providing relief and PTSD recovery.
Read on to understand what makes PTSD treatment different than treating other anxiety disorders, why LANC’s DNFB is rare compared to other PTSD therapy, and how DNFB may be the solution your brain has been hoping for. LANC’s DNFB can work for PTSD in children, PTSD for veterans, PTSD in active military, and anyone with a PTSD diagnosis.
Reduce PTSD triggers at a LANC office today. If your loved one has a PTSD diagnosis, book your first session at a special rate!
PTSD WITH ANXIETY
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is classified as an Anxiety Disorder. While LANC’s DNFB has had positive effects on all kinds of Anxiety Disorders, PTSD has several unique characteristics that are crucial when considering PTSD treatment. With most Anxiety Disorders, the reactions often seem “irrational” in that they are a great overreaction to a minor or nonexistent threat (such as Coulrophobia – phobic fear of clowns) and the phobias often have no discernible origin.
On the other hand, PTSD signs and PTSD attacks CAN be traced to a specific event or series of events where severe harm was experienced or threatened. While PTSD has been most associated with the effects of extraordinary trauma, such as combat, rape, and physical abuse, recent research has shown that PTSD can occur when more “domestic” trauma, such as emotional abuse, is repeated over time. Even when the person isn’t being actively triggered, they are often in a constant state of hypervigilance, and hypervigilance is mentally and emotionally exhausting.
"I have observed patients reporting relief from their neurofeedback sessions. All of my patients love working with the NeuroCoaches at LANC. They have a personable, reassuring, and empathic approach to their care.”
– DR. YONG S. SONG, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST WEST LA VETERAN AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER
COMPARING LANC TO DEPRESSION TREATMENT
PTSD is not feeling anxious or uncomfortable when re-experiencing particular situations. PTSD is not simply remembering how one felt in an unpleasant situation. Nor is PTSD simply an extreme reaction to an extreme situation. When PTSD manifests, an event triggers the person’s body and mind to return to the physical and emotional state they were in at the time of the trauma. Thus, a sudden, loud noise may cause a veteran’s body and mind to go to the extreme fight or flight state they were in at the time of the original trauma. In the most extreme cases, the behavior caused by the response may lead to serious repercussions when it affects others.
Similarly, a person who suffered severe emotional abuse may go into a fight or flight state simply by hearing someone yelling at another, even though the yelling has nothing to do with the speaker whatsoever. Such a state is often referred to as a PTSD flashback. Again, the client’s response in the flashback state may be extreme. In some cases, the person may find themselves lashing out or completely “shutting down”. This may mean that during the flashback and for a time afterwards the person is debilitated and unable to function normally, hence PTSD disability. This may also mean that those suffering with PTSD do not want to talk about the experience or may isolate in order to avoid triggers.
The initial intake session costs only $89 at our West LA office and $149 at our South Bay office, and is the first step towards PTSD help. LANC NeuroCoaches customize packages according to you or your loved one’s needs.
TRADITIONAL PTSD TREATMENT OPTIONS
The most common option for PTSD treatment is psychotherapy with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). While this approach is often effective over time, it can have drawbacks especially if used as the sole therapy for PTSD. In CBT, the client is encouraged to face their fears in a safe, controlled environment. This means the client must effectively trigger and relive their original trauma to some extent many times until they come to terms with it.
While this may be effective in the long run, this approach is very difficult for the client – many clients simply do not want to “go there,” even if it will help with PTSD eventually. Some medications used for other Anxiety treatment are prescribed to treat PTSD as well. In addition to having unpleasant side effects, these drugs have other drawbacks. It takes trial and error to discover the best medication and dosage for an individual, and if that person wants to change or stop taking the drugs, weaning off can take months, often with unpleasant side effects.
LANC PROVIDES PTSD HELP
Many suffering with PTSD can find going through CBT as intolerable as the PTSD itself. LANC can alleviate this problem so PTSD help is possible without medication or re-activating the trauma. One of the greatest benefits of LANC’s DNFB compared to other PTSD treatment, is that LANC’s holistic sessions require almost no involvement on the part of the client. No discussion of PTSD triggers or PTSD flashbacks is needed. Remember that with PTSD, the fight or flight response is almost always “on,” even if the client is not aware the fight or flight symptoms.
PTSD sufferers who use DNFB will usually feel short periods of relaxation lasting hours or a few days. As they continue with their program, these periods lengthen, and the client may find they are less susceptible to triggering stimuli. If the client is also in psychotherapy, Direct Neurofeedback may relax their trigger response to a point where they are more comfortable “going there” and addressing the underlying traumatic events. Persons with PTSD are often concurrently diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. Learn how LANC can also help you with Depression.
EXPECTATIONS FOR A DNFB SESSION
LANC sessions are done in a quiet, relaxing environment that, in themselves, support a reduction in fight or flight. Clients spend the 20-30-minute session sitting back and relaxing in a comfortable chair. Improvement can be seen quite quickly with PTSD symptoms.
Within the first few sessions of LANC’s DNFB, the brain “remembers” how to reset to its resting, non-anxious state and begins charting new pathways. LANC’s DNFB modality is so effective for those needing PTSD treatment, the US Veteran Affairs ordered a double-blind study on the technology to be completed in 2021.
“The Los Angeles Neurofeedback Center was very helpful for my peace of mind and happiness. They genuinely care and help you above and beyond. Highly recommended!"
– D. SONGHORIAN, LOS ANGELES CLIENT
LOS ANGELES NEUROFEEDBACK CENTER TEAM
WEST LA OFFICE
12121 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 810, LA, CA 90025
Phone: (323) 705-3031
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 6:30pm
SANTA BARBARA OFFICE
2329 Oak Park Ln., #1, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone: (805) 322-4375
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday – Monday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
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