Neurofeedback for Eating Disorder Recovery

An addition to Eating Disorder Treatment

Given the complexity of eating disorders, we believe an integrative approach that addresses the mind-body connection leads to the most sustainable recovery. Eating disorders often arise when a person has a history of anxiety, trauma, and/or ADHD. Additionally, eating disorders are often a maladaptive coping strategy for overwhelming emotion and chronic stress. 

While therapy and nutrition support are crucial elements of a person’s recovery journey, additional interventions that focus on the ‘rewiring’ the brain and Central Nervous System often lead to even more improvement in symptoms and behaviors.

Neurofeedback is an evidence-based treatment that can lead to reduction in both disordered eating behaviors and distressing symptoms associated with eating disorders.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a 100% non-invasive, drug-free, brain training system that helps the central nervous system (CNS) make the best use of your brain’s natural resources and help you achieve a calmer, more well-balanced state of being. Click here for more information on Neurofeedback.

How can Neurofeedback support my recovery?

Research indicates that feedback-based interventions, such as Neurofeedback, leads to increased calm and ability to self-regulate, which are crucial to effective eating disorder treatment.

More specifically, Neurofeedback can be a beneficial addition to treatment because it targets a variety of common underlying factors that contribute to an eating disorder.

  • Recalibration of brain and nervous system, which become dysregulated with anxiety, chronic stress, and trauma.
  • Increased ability to tolerate distress and regulate emotions.
  • Decrease in both generalized anxiety and acute anxiety during meal times or in the presence of fear foods.
How is Neurofeedback incorporated into eating disorder treatment?

Neurofeedback is not a substitute for therapy, rather a support to your therapy. It can also be used in conjunction with meal support and food exposures, as well as either as a stand-alone session or during a talk therapy or EMDR session.

Do I need to being seeing one of the Catalyst Center's therapists to receive Neurofeedback?

No, you do not need to be seeing a Catalyst Center therapist to come for NF-only sessions. Monthly take-home Neurofeedback rental units are also available.