Alpha-Theta Neurofeedback in the 21st Century: A Handbook for Clinicians and Researchers (Expanded 2nd Ed.)


Edited by: Antonio Martins-Mourao & Cynthia Kerson
Imprint: Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research
Foreword by: Joe Kamiya
Published: October 30, 2017
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Alpha-Theta Neurofeedback in the 21st Century is a new handbook on neurofeedback treatment of emotional trauma and substance abuse, now in its expanded second edition featuring three new chapters, including an introduction to neurofeedback, brainwaves, and neurofeedback training for psychotherapists and other newcomers interested the field. Peniston and Kulkosky’s evidence that training specific brain frequencies could lead to the reprocessing and subsequent remission of traumatic symptoms in alcoholic war veterans with PTSD was revolutionary for its time. They were the first to use technology to tap into the brain’s ability to unlock traumatic memories, showing that unresolved emotional issues could be retrieved and revised in memory in an objective and systematic way. Thirty years after Eugene Peniston’s publications, Alpha-Theta Neurofeedback in the 21st Century is the first comprehensive clinical guide to the treatment of emotional trauma for neurotherapists and psychotherapists.

Table Of Contents
Foreword by Joe Kamiya
Chapter 1. Neurofeedback, Brainwaves, and Alpha/Theta Neurofeedback Training  by Antonio Martins-Mourao
Chapter 2. How It All Began by Patricia Norris
Chapter 3. Experiences With Alpha Theta: Its Origins in Studies of Meditation by David L. Trudeau
Chapter 4. Alpha/Theta Training as a “State Access” Process by John Nash
Chapter 5. The Neurophysiology of Trauma: Effects on the Individual, the Body, and the Brain by Cynthia Kerson
Chapter 6. The Therapeutic Crossover in A/T Training Neurofeedback: Temporal and Spectral Components of Access to Levels of Consciousness by Mark Johnson and Eugenia Bodenhamer-Davis
Chapter 7. Alpha/Theta Training and Phenotypes by Jay Gunkelman
Chapter 8. Two Case Studies in Outpatient A/T Training for Trauma by Richard Davis and Eugenia Bodenhamer-Davis
Chapter 9. Alpha-Theta Training in the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder by Dan Chartier
Chapter 10. Peniston Protocol as an Integrated, StandAlone Therapeutic Modality by Nancy White and Leonard Richards
Chapter 11. Lessons Learned From Peniston’s Brainwave Training Protocol by Estate (Tato) Sokhadze
Chapter 12. Alpha/Theta Training Applied to Substance Abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by William Scott
Chapter 13. Evolution of Alpha-Theta Training Over a Quarter Century by Siegfried Othmer and Susan F. Othmer
Chapter 14. The Integration of the Peniston Protocol: A Tool for Neurotherapists and Psychotherapists by Antonio Martins-Mourao
Chapter 15. Equipment, Training and Ethical Issues by Antonio Martins-Mourao and Cynthia Kerson

Review Quotes

This book provides the reader with a very comprehensive, and yet personal, overview of the field of neurofeedback as it pertains to alpha-theta training. The chapters are both research oriented and intertwined with personal experience and candid insights into training methodology. Sometimes reads as if you were sitting in a room and hearing researchers and clinicians reminiscing in a very personal way about their ideas as well as the research evidence. If you wanted to do work in early memory retrieval, PTSD treatment, and therapeutic visual imagery, this would be the book to have. It answers some of the questions that both therapists and researchers have and want to answer, without having to do all the original research oneself.” – George Fuller Von Bozzay, PhD, Founder and Director Biofeedback Institute, San Francisco.

Finally! Alpha-theta gets the attention it deserves in this excellent book reviewing the almost forgotten history of this critical aspect of neurofeedback training as well as the detailed theoretical and technical details of the technique. Every NFB practitioner needs to avail themselves of this book to fully appreciate the depth and power of this widely used but rarely discussed neurofeedback method for integration of trauma and the enhancement of performance.” – Richard Soutar, PhD, BCN, New Mind Academy NFB Trainer and BCIA Mentor.

A superb collection of articles that includes the history and clinical applications of alpha/theta training. The chapter on the history of alpha-theta training research done by Elmer Green and colleagues makes this book already worthwhile. Equally, the other chapters discuss the many clinical applications of alpha-theta training. The book is a must read for anyone interested in or practicing neurofeedback.” –  Erik Peper, PhD, Professor, Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Department of Health Education, San Francisco State University.

With contributions from

Patricia Norris, PhD
David Trudeau, MD
John Nash, PhD
Cynthia Kerson, PhD
Antonio Martins-Mourao, PhD
Genie Bodenhamer-Davis, PhD
Mark Johnson, PhD
Estate Sokhadze, PhD
Jay Gunkelman, QEEGD
Dan Chartier, PhD
Nancy White, PhD
Leonard Richards, ThD
Richard Davis, MA
Bill Scott, BSW
Siegfried Othmer, PhD
Sue Othmer, BA

Additional information

Weight1.3 lbs
Dimensions6 × .9 × 9 in




Antonio Martins-Mourao and Cynthia Kerson


Joe Kamiya


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October 30, 2017


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