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 ( has done over 90,000 functional brain scans on people and identified 7 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 physicians 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-A Number of State of the Art Treatment Options at the Center for Integrative Psychology (CIP)

Neurofeedback is always done adjunctively with psychotherapy.  The CIP Neurofeedback/Psychotherapy fee is $200./session.  There are a number of Neurofeedback techniques available at CIP: LENS, Neurofield Dehabituator, Neurofield Stimulation,  Real Time Z score training, Loreta Neurofeedback.  Sometimes these techniques are done in isolation, and sometimes they are done in combination with one another.  It does not matter which technique(s) are used, or how long the session is, the fee is always $200/session..

If the individual has mental health insurance then the copay for psychotherapy is billed, along with $100/session fee.

Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) is typically done once per week.  The length of treatment is usually between 20 and 30 sessions.  The patient often begins to see a change in the symptom picture in the first six sessions.  If change is not apparent in six sessions, then some factor is interfering and must be addressed (e.g. sleep deprivation, toxic exposure, bacterial or viral infection, substance use).

When LENS does not work and the underlying reasons have been addressed, a QEEG along with Neurofield treatments are recommended.  These interventions work best when they are done frequently.  Dr. Jay does intensive outpatient treatments where the patient is seen 5 days per week for a month.  Once or twice a week sessions occur following the month of intensive treatment, depending on the patients needs.

BCBS of Michigan PPO now pays for 40 sessions of Neurofeedback for children under 18 who have the diagnosis of ADD or ADHD.  The parents of the child with ADHD  have the out of pocket expense for the QEEGs and their copay for 20 sessions and the pre and post treatment tests..

The non insurance cost for one month of Dr. Jay's intensive outpatient treatment is:   $5773. and includes:

One pretreatment continuous performance test (IVA), and one posttreatment IVA      $300.

3 QEEGs -($491 each)                                                                                         $1473.

20 Neurofeedback sessions      ($200 each)                                                           $4000. These sessions are typically 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes in length.



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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. ( 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:
People from the following groups have benefitted from Neurofeedback:
  • 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 sports, business or academics.