March 31, 2023
Understanding the Differences between Neurofeedback and EMDR

Neurofeedback and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) are two distinct therapeutic approaches with different techniques and goals. In this article, we will explore the differences between these two therapies and their applications in treating mental health conditions.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive therapy that helps individuals regulate their brainwave activity through visual and auditory feedback. It has been used to treat conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and sleep disorders. During a neurofeedback session, the individual's brainwave activity is monitored using sensors placed on their scalp, and the therapist guides them to regulate their activity. Neurofeedback improves cognitive function, emotional regulation, and physical performance.

What is EMDR?

EMDR is a psychotherapy approach that helps individuals process traumatic experiences. It involves a series of eye movements while the individual recalls a traumatic event. EMDR helps individuals reprocess traumatic memories so that they no longer have a negative impact on their lives. EMDR has been used to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression, phobias, and other mental health conditions. The therapy involves a series of eight phases, which include identifying traumatic memories, developing coping strategies, and integrating positive beliefs.

Differences between Neurofeedback and EMDR:

While both therapies aim to improve mental health, their techniques, applications, and length of treatment differ. Neurofeedback focuses on regulating brainwave activity, while EMDR focuses on processing traumatic memories. Neurofeedback is used to treat conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression, while EMDR is primarily used to treat PTSD and other trauma-related conditions.


Neurofeedback and EMDR are two distinct therapeutic approaches with different techniques and goals. Both therapies have been shown to be effective in treating certain mental health conditions.

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