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This is a homepage for the psychotherapy practice by Dr. Yuko Hanakawa. I embrace a holistic approach in respect to the wisdom of our heart, brain, and body. We all have tremendous self-healing potential within ourselves. My role is to awaken the healing potential inside you by cultivating a warm and safe partnership through our therapy sessions and to help it blossom like flower. My philosophy is to use all modalities of therapy - experiential talk therapy, hypnosis, and neurofeedback - to accelerate the natural healing process.


“The literature, which lacks any negative study, suggests that neurofeedback plays a major therapeutic role in many different areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used.”


by Frank Duffy, M.D., the director of the clinical neurophysiology and developmental neurophysiology laboratories of Boston Children’s Hospital.


Watch a FREE short video presentation about neurofeedback by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, the director at Trauma Center, Boston, MA.

A FREE 1 hr long video presentation by Dr. van der Kolk

Watch a FREE TWO-MIN video presentation on NeurOptimal, the neurofeedback system that I use in my office.

A FREE 1 hour video presentation on NeurOptimal, the neurofeedback system that I use, on Complex Trauma.



Neurofeedback is known to be good for symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, depression, sleep problems, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) among other psychological, neurological, and physical conditions. It teaches the brain how to get a relief from stress, to relax, and to work optimally.

Though based in technology, 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. NeurOptimal® is extremely powerful and effective.

The U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) has approved neurofeedback for relaxation training and the American Pediatric Academy has endorsed neurofeedback as a “Level 1/Best Support” treatment for children with ADHD. Click HERE for more information



2. What is neurofeedback?

NeurOptimal®’s EEG biofeedback or neurofeedback system is a powerful technology that can greatly enhance your well-being and generally help you get the most out of life. Brain training can unlock untapped cognitive potential and help you achieve long-held goals and dreams.

Biofeedback has been around for almost 40 years, but its practical use was inhibited by the scarcity of a practical delivery system. In the past, a neurofeedback interface would require a room full of computers and technicians. Today, Zengar Institute, Inc. has created a simple, interactive software that harnesses this powerful technology in an easy- to-use program called NeurOptimal® that loads onto a laptop computer.

Because neurofeedback has been time-tested, it is also very safe. Respected institutions such as the U.S. FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics have endorsed neurofeedback.



3. How does it work?

The NeurOptimal® proprietary neurofeedback system is a highly personalized brain training software that prompts the central nervous system to help make the best use of your brain’s neural resources. 

Neurofeedback training for the brain is similar to physical training for the body, like when you’re learning to ride a bicycle. Much of our suffering comes from pervasive recurring thoughts and feelings in which our minds become emotionally stranded or cognitively “stuck.” Neurofeedback prompts the brain to draw from its existing resources and pull itself out of these mental “ruts.” The result is a more open and positive mindset in which obstacles are more manageable and problems more resolvable.

Much like a mirror that promotes self-correction, NeurOptimal®’s proprietary neurofeedback program monitors your brain waves and then provides “feedback” to your central nervous system about what it has just done. When the software detects a tremor in your brain wave pattern, it sends an audible signal that encourages the brain to “reset” and self-correct.





Neurofeedback training provides a multitude of benefits for the brain and body, including: improved sleep, heightened mental clarity and enhanced cognitive performance.

Trainers and clients –millions and growing- have used the NeurOptimal® system to address a number of physical, emotional and cognitive complaints with great success. These fall into a few general categories:



Adults, as well as children, have used NeurOptimal® neurofeedback to address the negative effects arising from depression, anxiety, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, autism, sleep disorders, misophonia and other complaints. The FDA has even approved neurofeedback as effective for stress reduction.

Neurofeedback is being used in 17 military and VA facilities for the treatment of PTSD.

At least thirty-six studies have shown that neurofeedback can be an effective and time-limited treatment for ADHD - a treatment that’s as good as conventional medications. Once the brain learns to produce different patterns of brain waves, no more treatment is necessary, unlike medications that need to be taken in order for effects to last (van der Kolk, 2014). It's like once you learn how to ride a bicycle, you don't have to practice it frequently; your brain will remember how to ride it once you get it.


As of November of 2012, the American Pediatric Academy has endorsed neurofeedback aka EEG biofeedback as a “Level 1/Best Support” treatment for children with ADHD. Furthermore, the APA has equated neurofeedback with medication in terms of efficacy for resolving ADHD.

Adding neurofeedback to talk therapy is a great way to accelerate the healing process of your mind, heart, brain and body. Neurofeedback can directly work on the brain to release feelings and cognition that are "stuck" in the past or future, opening up big space for new learning, healing, and growth in the present moment. Talk therapy can move faster and deeper. 



NeurOptimal® neurofeedback encourages an overall positive mental outlook and a deeper understanding of the mind/body connection. For those looking to enhance their daily health and wellness, neurofeedback training can be an excellent supplement to a healthy diet and exercise routine.



Along with healthy lifestyle choices, NeurOptimal® neurofeedback can be a powerful tool to mediate cognitive decline that naturally occurs as we age. Just as physical exercise benefits the body, NeurOptimal® keeps the brain fit and resilient. Neurofeedback can help improve memory, recall and increase overall cognitive dexterity in older individuals.



Neurofeedback training can improve creativity, athletic control, and inner awareness, even in people who are already functioning at a high level. A growing number of Olympic and professional athletes now use neurofeedback to provide that critical mental edge which often results in gold medals and championships. For example, the trainer for the soccer club AC Milan used it to enhance players’ mental and physiological control. In the area of musical performance, students who were trained with ten sessions of neurofeedback had a 10 percent improvement in the performance of playing a piece of music compared to a control group without neurofeedback training (van der Kolk, 2014). When competitors are separated by 100ths of a second, the improved mental focus and physical performance neurofeedback provides can mean the difference between winning and losing.



Because neurofeedback training enhances concentration and mental focus, students use NeurOptimal® as a critical tool to improve their performance in school. Unlike so-called “smart drugs” or neuro enhancing pharmaceuticals, NeurOptimal® is 100% drug-free and has no known side effects (apart from improved sleep!).



What happens in a session?


A certified NeurOptimal® trainer may have you fill out a survey listing the complaints and/or challenges that have brought you into his/her office.

You will next be placed in a quiet space and in a comfortable position. The trainer will attach special sensors to your head that will feed your brain wave patterns into the NeurOptimal® program’s software.


A neurofeedback training session is relaxing, enjoyable and typically lasts about 30 minutes. As the session starts, you will hear music play though headphones and perhaps watch relaxing geometric images gently morph across a computer screen. You will hear occasional “skips” or interruptions in the music – this is the signal that prompts your brain to “reset” and optimize itself.


 At the end of a session, you will most likely feel less stressed and more mentally clear. It is unlikely you will experience any negative after-effects as NeurOptimal® does not artificially “push” the brain in any specific direction. Many users experience deeper sleep and vivid dreams after their very first session.




 Research & Books:


The body keeps the score,” (2014) (Chapter 19), by Bessel van der Kolk, the Medical Director of the Trauma Center in MA.      


A randomized controlled study of neurofeedback for chronic PTSD (2016). Bessel van der Kolk et al. 


Neurofeedback goes to mainstream (2014) Newsweek


Effects of neurofeedback on adult patients with psychiatric disorders in naturalistic setting (2015)


Neurofeedback used for treating PTSD in war veterans (small sample study)


NYTimes article about neurofeedback gaining more popularity among parents whose children have ADHD



 1 regular session $130 (45min) 

Initial Session $175 (60min), including 10min consultation and 50min neurofeedback training

6 session package $765 ($60 discount)

12 session package $1530 (1 session free; $130 discount)

If added to a talk therapy session, additional $25