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Micah Altman, Psy.D.

CA License PSY 10816

I am a Psychologist practicing in Benicia, CA. I have been licensed to practice psychology in the state of California since 1989. I provide psychotherapy to adults and children of all ages for a variety of issues and problems.

Location & Contact

801 East Second Street #101
Benicia, CA 94510
Voice & Fax: (707) 747-9178
E-mail: micah@braindoc.info

Services

Articles

I’m Already in Therapy. Can I have Neurofeedback too?

This is a very common question and the answer is “absolutely”. I frequently treat patients with Neurofeedback who are also in Individual Psychotherapy with another therapist. The two modalities are very complimentary.
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I’m feeling better now, Is It Time To Quit Therapy?

I recommend reviewing this question periodically throughout the therapy process. Think about it. Discuss it with trusted friends or family. Discuss it with your therapist. For some people, periodic review serves as a hedge against drifting along in therapy, possibly without any particular goals.
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What About Medications?

With successful neurofeedback training, the medications targeting brain function may very well no longer be needed, or they may be needed at lower dosages, as the brain takes over more of the role of regulating itself. This decrease in medications is particularly striking when the medications play a supportive role in any event, as is often the case for the more severe disorders that we are targeting with our work. It is important for clients to communicate with their prescribing physician regarding neurofeedback and medications.

Do Training Effects Last?

If the problem being addressed is one of brain disregulation, then the answer is yes, and that covers a lot of ground. Neurofeedback involves learning by the brain and if that brings order out of disorder, the brain will continue to use its new capabilities, and thus reinforce them.

Matters are different when we are dealing with degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s or the dementias, or when we are working against continuing insults to the system, as may be the case in the autism spectrum. In such cases the training needs to be continued at some level over time. Allergic susceptibilities and food intolerances make it more difficult to hold the gains. Poor digestive function will pose a problem, as does poor nutrition. A child living in a toxic environment (in either the physical or the psychological sense) will have more difficulty retaining good function.