Located in North Hollywood, California, The Balanced Brain is an outpatient-based facility that offers flexible and individualized programs to clients struggling with mental health issues. Utilizing neurofeedback training, it is a specialized care option that’s often not covered by insurance policies. Still, it accepts clients with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. The Balanced Brain is also open to individuals simply looking to gain better control over their moods and cognitive function.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning treatment, clients arrive at the center and take a range of cognitive tests and assessments to determine their baseline mental state. As the facility is not geared towards treating substance abuse, on-site detox services are not available. In general, programs at The Balanced Brain are arranged as “training” modules in different intensities. Clients can take a minimum of 20 hour-long sessions, which they arrange and schedule for themselves (though a minimum twice a week is required). Others can take a full 40 sessions, one of which is a crash course where participants come in twice a day, five times a week for four weeks.
The sessions involve being attached to an EEG machine that gives continuous feedback on brain activity. In this way, clients can see how their brain is behaving and take conscious control over shifting their brainwaves into more positive and calm frequencies. While they are attached, clients may do a variety of activities such as listen to music, watch relaxing videos on a screen or simply focus on the waveforms. Though dual diagnosis support as-such is not provided, neurofeedback is said to show promise for a wide range of psychiatric disorders. The staff at The Balanced Brain is led by John Mekrut, a certified biofeedback clinician, along with some administrative employees.
Clients who complete neurofeedback are, when successful, said to have a relatively permanent positive change in brain function. Neurofeedback can also be combined with other modalities depending on what issues clients may be dealing with—these include medication, nutritional programs, psychotherapy and more.
Overall, The Balanced Brain is a highly-specified option for those looking to learn more about how their brain works and how better to control it. Treatment programs are fairly straightforward and self-guided, with flexible scheduling and quick results. Support for a wide variety of mental disorders and issues is provided as well. While it may not be an option for everyone (as they do not accept insurance), those seeking alternative therapy options for mental health issues may want to give The Balanced Brain a try.
The Balanced Brain
11159 La Maida St
North Hollywood, CA 91601
The Balanced Brain Cost: $3,000 (20 sessions); $5,000 (40 sessions). Reach The Balanced Brain by phone at (818) 605-7669 or by email at [email protected]. Find The Balanced Brain on Facebook and Twitter
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