Neurofeedback For Eating Disorders in NYC

Understanding Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

People with anorexia nervosa may see themselves as overweight, even when they are dangerously underweight. Some people with anorexia severely restrict the amount of food they eat, and eat very small quantities of only certain foods. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. While many young women and men with this disorder die from complications associated with starvation, others die of suicide. Bulimia nervosa is a disorder categorized by recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food followed by a behavior that compensates for this overeating such as forced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, excessive exercise, or a combination of these behaviors.


While many people recognize anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa as eating disorders, binge-eating is not usually associated with mental illness. However, binge-eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States. People with binge-eating disorder lose control over their eating. Unlike bulimia nervosa, periods of binge-eating are not followed by purging, excessive exercise, or fasting. As a result, people with binge-eating disorder often are overweight or obese.

Neurofeedback Training for eating disorders NYC

Why Neurofeedback Therapy for Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are conditions of disordered eating that result from a complex interaction of a multitude of factors including internal mechanisms (homeostatic, cognitive, and emotional) and external influences (environmental cues, social context) on food intake. Neurofeedback has been proven to be an effective treatment for eating disorders. It does this by improving the brain’s ability to respond optimally to internal and external stimuli, such as the ability to recognize hunger or satiation.

Recently, studies have shown that a non-invasive neuromodulation technique, neurofeedback, can induce behavioural changes by targeting specific cortical brain regions. In a recent study, findings suggest that Infraslow Neurofeedback therapy for eating disorders can suppress food craving and improve a sense of well-being in overweight or obese individuals who show signs of food addiction. Click here (link to the article) to read the double-blind placebo-controlled study.

Our Approach to Treatment for Eating Disorders with Neurofeedback in NYC

We take a individualized approach to using neurofeedback therapy for eating disorders in NYC. Often, clients come to us after trying psychotherapy and/or attending in-patient facilities for eating disorder issues. They may feel out of control and have lost hope in recovery. At NFSNY, we work with each individual to develop a treatment plan that is customized to them. This may include Infraslow or sLORETA Neurofeedback for some; psychotherapy and neuromodulation for others; or all of the above plus dietary support and eating disorder support groups.

With Infraslow and sLORETA Neurofeedback brain function is normalized and the nervous system is regulated. As this happens, the person receiving neurofeedback training feels less stress and anxiety. This major system change has a positive cascading effect on emotions and thoughts. The dysregulation that drives eating disorders and over eating is normalized.

In a recent randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study (link to the article), researchers measured the impact of Infraslow Neurofeedback on craving and sense of well-being in obese women. The results were incredible. In just ten sessions, these women had an increased sense of well-being and decrease in food cravings. While this research may be the first of its kind to study Infraslow Neurofeedback on food cravings, we consistently see this result in our clients.

If you or a loved one needs help with eating disorders, please do not hesitate to call and schedule a consultation at (212) 877-7929 or request an appointment online

Neurofeedback Services Reviews in New York, NY

  • Neurofeedback helped me regain my memory, my anxiety has gone down, I can remember things, and I am now able to function. My fear levels have dropped since I no longer have memory issues, and I can drive without fear. I am confident and back on track. Working with Mark at Neurofeedback Services of NY has been a life saver.

    Andrea Diamond Avatar Andrea Diamond
    March 29, 2018

    I love this practice, it has been extremely helpful in many ways. I have been going through so many challenges in my life and i have been in and out of different therapy. With everything i have been through in my life i believe that Mark Smith and Neurofeedback have been the only things that have truly worked. Mark is a very funny, lovable enthusiastic person with an outstanding personality. Anyone would be lucky to work with him and his practice.

    Kat Avatar Kat
    February 7, 2018

    The staff here are very professional and respectable. They are well trained and experts in both Neurofeedback and conventional talk therapy. I recommend this to anyone that is looking for a well-rounded treatment regimen to treat their condition.

    Douglas Mansell Avatar Douglas Mansell
    January 6, 2020
  • Neurofeedback has been a life-changing journey for me. I’ve had sleep problems since I was a kid, and for the first time in two decades, they finally feel manageable. Additionally, it’s reduced my overall anxiety to a staggering degree, and I’ve felt my overall alertness and creativity go up. Grateful for Mark, Noel, and Leila’s support.

    Jimmy Goldblum Avatar Jimmy Goldblum
    March 29, 2018

    I can tell you that I am a completely different person in all the best ways possible. To those who "poo poo" this, you have no idea how much better your life could be. Depression is almost non existent. I feel like a new person.

    Jessica Bern Avatar Jessica Bern
    September 21, 2018

    I found Mark Smith through my training with renowned clinician and researcher Bessel van der Kolk. Neurofeedback has changed my life radically. My basic body functions have improved and I've become a far more regulated person. Aside from having far less anxiety, my sleep has radically changed, I used to toss and turn for hours and now I'm asleep within a minute, maybe two. Training with Mark and his colleagues has been an opportunity I feel exceptionally lucky to have, and would recommend it to anyone who has the privilege of working with him. While much of technology is making us go too fast or creating new addictions, to cell phones, computers, etc- Neurofeedback is a balancing force that is uses technology to help us connect with our bodies. I feel so much more in control of health, my body and my life.

    Fazeelat Aslam Avatar Fazeelat Aslam
    February 13, 2018

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