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Brain Optimization

Amen_picture.jpgLifestyle Changes and Supplements per Dr. Amen

The first phase of treatment involves identifying your brain type. At the Center for Integrative Psychology we have been trained by Daniel Amen, M.D., the author of Change Your Brain Change Your Life.  Dr. Amen (www.amenclinics.com) has done over 55,000 functional brain scans on people and identified 6 different types of ADD, and 7 different types of anxiety and depression. Each type has its own specific treatment protocol. We use questionnaires developed at the Amen Clinic to help identify your brain type. Knowing your own brain type and taking the specific supplements to support it, while making lifestyle changes at the beginning of treatment can efficiently enhance the process of change. We have an ongoing professional relationship with Dr. Amen and can refer you for a SPECT scan at the Amen Clinic if this is needed. Also, we have a working relationship with psychiatrists in this area who can write prescriptions if this is indicated by the scan results. Supplements are sometimes used adjunctively with medication, or are sometimes their own separate intervention, but consultation with your physician is an important part of the process.

barry__s_lens_015_2_.jpgNeurofeedback-The LENS Technique

At the Center for Integrative Psychology we can utilize a state of the art EEG program that provides feedback to the brain in order to help brainwave patterns shift and become more flexible. LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System) was developed by a pioneer in the field of neurofeedback, Len Ochs, Ph.D. (www.ochslabs.com). LENS has been helpful in getting some people unstuck from dysfunctional symptom patterns. This technique can usually be done in 15 minutes and does not require the volition of the individual to change, so that it is useful in the treatment of people otherwise resistant to treatment. The Healing Power of Neurofeedback: The Revolutionary LENS Technique for Restoring Optimal Brain Function by Stephen Larsen, Ph.D. 2006 is a seminal reference on this topic.
 
LENS does not work for everyone, and LENS does not cure any disorder. However, people from a number of different symptom categories have significantly benefited from LENS because it makes them less reactive and helps them problem solve more flexibly:
 
Cognitive Training - research suggests that structural change occurs in the frontal lobe if people perform game like computerized tasks (much like a weight lifter lifts weights to get stronger) for two hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks. This has resulted in some people having better attentional skills, improved memory, better impulse control and less distractibility. The cognitive training program that I use is Captain's Log. Visit www.braintrain.com for more information.
 
BarryJay_BT.jpgPeople lease the program from Braintrain through our office ($499 for one year for two users) and use it at home at their computer. They email the file to us prior to their appointment and we can review how they have done, and modify the program based on their individual needs.

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Some people from the following groups have benefitted from LENS:
  • ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Learning Disabilities
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Autism, Asperger’s Disorder
  • People who notice that lapses in attention, or periods of depression or irritability affect their performance.
  • Performance enhancement in business or academics.