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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

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Psychotherapy

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Neurofeedback

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Child and Family Therapy

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EMDR

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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Is Training Unique?

Over the years, certain neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) training protocols have been developed that are helpful with certain classes of problems such as attention, anxiety and depression, seizures and migraines, as well as cognitive function. There are a number of assessment tools we use to help us decide which protocols to use. These are simple neurodiagnostic and neuropsychological tests.

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.