What to Expect from your Consultation
at the Center for Brain Training
Michael Cohen, Founder, Director and Chief of Neurotechnology
“Our job is to think outside the box, to look at your problems—and possible solutions—in a different way than you’ve experienced before.”
Remote and In-Person Consultations
Consultations at the Center for Brain Training are conducted either by Mike Cohen, Director, or by one of our other practice specialists, depending on the situation.
Consultations are available both in-person and remotely. Remote consultations typically take place over Zoom or by telephone.
Why your consultation with us may be unlike any you’ve experienced before
In traditional mental health practices, you walk away with a diagnosis, then are typically offered medication, therapy or other conventional strategies to compensate for or manage that diagnosis.
Our approach is different. We know that your brain and nervous system can change on their own—not just be managed or artificially guided—with the help of neurofeedback and other types of biofeedback.
We don’t limit consultations only to people who plan to become our clients. Sometimes what you need falls outside of what we do. In those cases, the goal of the consultation is to develop a game plan for getting you better and utilizing all the resources we’ve become versed in, in over 25 years of practice.
Our Consultation Philosophy
We won’t be focusing our investigation on your diagnosis.
We take a detailed look at likely contributors to your issues which could be preventing your brain from working optimally.
Such factors may include undiagnosed sleep issues, problems in gut health, external influences such as toxins in your environment or exposure to electromagnetic fields.
We’re well-versed in approaches that may not be considered mainstream but nevertheless are science-based. Mike and his team have spent years identifying creative solutions to difficult brain problems, leveraging the research of a wide range of innovative thinkers, including neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, physicians, naturopaths, mental health professionals—even engineers and physicists.
Here’s how the consultation works.
We ask you to complete paperwork on our website. This paperwork is comprised of a comprehensive mix of questions pertaining to your mental, medical and personal history. We study and analyze this information in advance of your meeting.
We give you our impression of what you’ve told us and set out to solve the puzzle of why you aren’t getting better.
During your consultation, we probe for factors that may be contributing to your issue. It’s not unusual for something seemingly unrelated to play a role in getting to the bottom of a problem. (For instance, we discovered that an artist’s chronic pain was, in part, a reaction to the fumes of her oil paints in her poorly ventilated studio. She took our advice to ventilate her studio, and her pain diminished.)
Here are examples of some types of out-of-the-box thinking that may characterize your consultation:
- Is your attention problem really ADD or could it be caused by an undiagnosed learning disability or auditory processing issue?
- Could medications you take to improve sleep in fact be negatively affecting your sleep quality?
- Could poor sleep quality exacerbate your depression/anxiety/panic or impair cognitive function and memory?
- Could mental symptoms have their root in poor nutrition or undetected inflammatory response to certain foods?
- Is a long-forgotten bump on your head contributing to brain issues, despite the fact that you had a clear MRI?
Many clients say they’ve never had a provider ask these types of questions.
Once we’ve synthesized the comprehensive information we have about you and considered numerous possible extenuating circumstances, we suggest some options you may want to try. These options often include promising solutions you may not have ever considered.
Here are some examples:
- Neurofeedback or other forms of biofeedback
- Other research-based technologies such as audio-visual entrainment, PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) therapy or infrared light
- Changes to your diet or the addition of specific supplements known to enhance and stabilize the brain and improve your gut health
- Medical screening tests (there are hundreds) that have never been suggested for your symptoms
Together we agree on an action plan and discuss what comes next.
If neurofeedback or biofeedback is indicated, and you’re in our local area, you can begin your training right away. If we think you could benefit from neurofeedback services but do not live near us or can’t make it to our office, we may be able to help with home equipment. We may also be able to refer you to a practitioner in your area if we know of someone.
If help from an outside professional makes more sense, we’ll suggest you pursue that outside practitioner and may be able to make a referral.
At the end of your consultation, you likely will have gained a new way of looking at what’s going on, some possibilities of how you can change it and, most importantly, hope.