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What Makes Advanced Neurotherapy Unique

Using our highly rigorous computerized brain mapping methods, we can pinpoint problems in the brain and figure out what parts of the brain need to work better.  The brain mapping technology that we use is unique to the field of neurofeedback. We use analysis methods and a computerized system developed by the founder of the field of neurofeedback, Dr. Barry Sterman of UCLA.  This allows us to examine the brain’s electrical output (the EEG) in many different ways.  We search the data for the unique story your brain has to tell.

We then develop neurofeedback protocol based on the specific needs of your brain.  Other brain mapping software packages examine the EEG by brain wave bands.  These bands divided based on Hertz or cycles per second such as:

            Delta 1-4 hz

            Theta 4-7 hz

            Alpha 8-11hz

            Beta 12-18hz

Our EEG analysis is far more specific.  The specific needs of a brain do not typically fall with in these standard bands.  We look for the precise brain waves bands that are important to your individual brain.  This may be 2-7hz or 3-5hz or 7-9hz, for example.  The more specifically we target your brain’s needs, the more effectively your brain can learn.  When you come to Advanced Neurotherapy, PC, you benefit from the specificity model.

My husband Jim, now retired from M.I.T., and I (Dr. Ross) studied with K.H. Wong, Ph.D. who was associated with Children’s Hospital Boston.  We then studied with Dr. Barry Sterman for a number of years to master his complex program and methodology.  We are both certified by the Society for the Advancement of Brain Analysis.

All of our patients receive a Brain Map before beginning neurofeedback to determine treatment protocol.  They also receive a Brain Map after a period of neurofeedback training, to determine progress and to allow for adjustments in treatment protocol.  This is unusual in the field of neurofeedback but has been recommended by neurologists, Dr. Frank Duffy (Children’s Hospital Boston) and Dr. Denise Malkowics (Institute for the Enhancement of Human Potential). 

After more than 1500 of these Brain Map studies, we have enhanced our methodology based on case results.  Every person who has neurofeedback with Advanced Neurotherapy becomes a case study from which we learn and develop our technology.  That means that when you come in for neurofeedback, you benefit from what we have learned based on our ongoing training and over 1500 in-house case studies, over a period of 15 years.

My belief is that we have children so we can enjoy them, be proud of them and help them grow into happy, capable adults.  Over the years, I have seen the burgeoning of special needs, a group that gets larger every year.  I have also watched the incidence of mental health problems grow exponentially across the lifecycle from little children to the elderly and in between.  Although depression and anxiety have hit epidemic proportions worldwide, the most rapidly growing mental health challenges are autism and bipolar disorder.  My great concern for the emotional and cognitive challenges of these growing populations has motivated me to search for effective treatments that truly make a difference in the lives of those with these challenges.  Our mission here at Advanced Neurotherapy is to improve the functioning and quality of life for as many people as possible and to strive to search for the many and varied causes of these challenges for the purpose of better treatment outcomes.

I have been a licensed psychologist since 1986.  What drew me to the field of neurofeedback were the educational struggles of my middle child, Aliza.  I got into this as a mom.  Therefore, it had to be safe and it had to work effectively.  In second grade my daughter’s teacher told me that she had ADD, that she was worse than the worst kid they had on Ritalin, and I should get her on Ritalin immediately.  With a background in behavioral medicine, that was not going to be my first line defense.  After a year of neurofeedback treatment with a local practitioner was completed, she began to lose her benefits.  Soon she was slipping badly and was very upset to be struggling in school again.  Her neurofeedback therapist had left the area.  It was up to me.  I went to California to begin training in neurofeedback.  Upon my return, I began her neurofeedback treatment.  She said, “Mommy, your stuff works better.”  Thus began my quest for the most effective and durable neurofeedback applications.

In 2009 my husband Jim and I were invited to train the staff at an Autism clinic in Amman, Jordan.  Their goal was to collect Brain Mapping data and to provide neurofeedback sessions.  The clinic is dedicated to improving the lives and functioning of a wide range of children on the Autistic Spectrum.  They had an established program of hyperbaric oxygen treatment and the DAN protocol (Defeat Autism Now) (HYPERLINK). They have gotten incredible results with even the most severe of the children they work with.  We continue our alliance by interpreting their QEEG’s, developing treatment protocol and providing treatment protocol reviews.  We are honored to be associated with this group of very dedicated people and are very proud of their work in the area of neurofeedback. (HYPERLINK TO OXYCARE)

Here at Advanced Neurotherapy, PC, we offer a comprehensive Integrative Health perspective.  Our team includes a Massage Therapist and an Acupuncturist.  We also have a Health Coach who works with people on issues related to food, diet and lifestyle.

Many of our clients take advantage of our alliance with physicians, which make it possible for us to offer food sensitivity testing (hyperlink to explanation).  Food sensitivities affect both digestion and neurological function and, if present are addressed.

We also offer Neurotransmitter testing.  The brain communicates with itself and the rest of the body via bioelectrical signals that flow down the neurons.  We enhance the effective functioning of these signals using neurofeedback.  At the synapse or space between the neurons, communication occurs via neurotransmitters.  Imbalances of these neurotransmitters are associated with specific neurological challenges.  Our program of testing and corrective supplementation facilitates improvement in quality of life and functioning.

Given our location in the northeastern part of the United States, many of the people who come in for help with neurological problems have undiagnosed Lyme Disease.  Lyme Disease symptoms are many and varied depending on the specific areas affected by the disease.  Lyme Disease has an affinity for the neurological system and can cause symptoms that fall under many neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric categories often with out accompanying physical symptoms or with unexplained physical symptoms.  We have the good fortune of working with a physician who assists us in determining whether or not the symptom picture is related to this bacterial infection.