Neurofeedback in the Treatment of
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Dr. Dave: I’m very excited to speak with you about your incredibly stimulating book Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma. I was struck by the very powerful forward to your book by Bessel van der Kolk. I recently had the privilege to interview him, and he was already an authority in the field of trauma study, and yet he was so impressed by your approach to neurofeedback that he brought you in to train both himself and his whole staff—that’s quite an accolade.
Sebern Fisher: Oh, thank you, and I felt that too. With neurofeedback, for a lot of people the proof is in the pudding, and he came and tried it, and he interviewed several of my patients and was really quite blown away— considering their histories and the complexity of their mental health disorders—with how intact they were, how solid their executive functioning was, and how their attachment systems seemed to be working in ways that for him were something quite novel. I think that’s true, I think that neurofeedback offers something that is novel for us as psychotherapists…