PTSD Specialist
PTSD can affect kids and adults, taking a significant toll on a person’s physical and mental health. At the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Dr. David Velkoff and his clinical team use innovative, effective nondrug treatment with biofeedback and brain map guided neurofeedback to help patients at both Irvine and Northridge, California locations, relieve the symptoms of PTSD so they can enjoy a better quality of life. The Drake Institute started treating PTSD in 1982 with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Santa Monica Police Department.


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What is PTSD?

PTSD is an acronym for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that occurs following either indirect or direct exposure to a very stressful or traumatic event or series of events. For most people, a traumatic event causes some degree of stress or anxiety, but these effects typically last for a short period of time and leave no lasting or long-term negative effects. For those with PTSD, the effects of a traumatic event can persist for many years, and without proper treatment, they can last a lifetime. PTSD interferes with normal activities, success at work or in school, the ability to form meaningful relationships, and can cause health problems. PTSD is most commonly associated with men and women in the armed forces, specifically those who have been in active combat, but it can occur in anyone who has experienced or been involved in a traumatic incident, including car or other severe accidents, emotional or physical abuse, and bullying.

What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder?

Some of the more common symptoms associated with PTSD include:

  • “Flashbacks” or vivid, highly-realistic memories of the traumatic event which may be triggered by an event or even a sound or smell, or may occur spontaneously without any identifiable trigger
  • Bad dreams, nightmares or night terrors
  • Panic attacks or other severe anxiety reactions
  • Angry outbursts
  • Obsessive or intrusive thoughts
  • Sleep problems
  • Problems with concentration or memory
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling emotionally “numb” or disconnected
  • Physical reactions like chronic headaches or nausea

Symptoms may manifest soon after an event, or it may be months or even years before they become apparent.

How do you treat PTSD?

Drake Institute conducts a comprehensive evaluation with a diagnostic patient interview, stress testing with biofeedback instrumentation, and a qEEG brain mapping to identify the specific abnormally functioning brain networks linked to PTSD symptoms. A customized treatment plan for the patient’s specific needs is then developed.

After first undergoing stress biofeedback to relieve any abnormal physiological tension patterns causing symptoms, LORETA brain map guided neurofeedback is administered. Our LORETA neurofeedback protocols are derived from the same technology systems implemented by the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell for soldiers suffering with PTSD.

The biofeedback and neurofeedback treatments enables the patient to utilize and benefit from their brain’s own resources and brain(mind)-body interaction for healing their PTSD symptoms. Thus, enabling the patient to make life changing improvements in their emotional and physical health without the use of drugs or invasive treatments.

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