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We Teach People How to Calm and Quiet Their Brain On Their Own

Brain Training New Way to Combat Addiction, Anxiety & More

By Elaine de Valle

Published March 14, 2011

| Fox News Latino

Wynonna Judd credits it with curing her food addiction, and a growing number of people have turned to it as a way to curb unwanted behaviors and stress-related disorders.

Brain training, a relatively new, but growing treatment program, uses sophisticated computer technology and EEG equipment to balance the brain’s energy levels through neuro feedback systems and sound waves.

“Think of it as personal training for the mind, rather than the body,” said Dr. Francis Flynn, a clinical psychologist and addictions therapist.

“The brain is the control center for virtually everything that happens in the human body. When it is out of balance, that imbalance manifests in a myriad of ways,” Flynn said, mentioning addiction as one of the most common imbalances. “People eat or use drugs to silence the noise in their brain.

“Here, we teach people how to calm and quiet their brain on their own,” Flynn said.

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Life Changing Experience for 55 Year Old Man

Over the past 15 years I have seen and been an acquaintance of this gentlemen. He has been in and out of alcoholics anonymous the whole time. He has not been able to put together more than one year of continuous sobriety. Last year I spoke with him for about twenty minutes describing what we do and how we could help him. Unfortunately he did not come in to our office for our cognitive behavioral therapy combined with brain wave optimization (including HIRREM technology). He has suffered for another whole year fighting to get one month to three months of sobriety at a time. I ran into him again last week. He was just coming back from another relapse. He was miserable and pretty much hopeless. I implored him to come in for help with us. He finally agreed and started his sessions last Thursday (March 2, 2011). He had a two hour brain wave optimization session on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. I met with him on Monday to discuss his progress right before he did his session. He told me that he plays in a band on Friday nights and that after he is done playing, his urges to use become over-powering. He typically could not resist them. On last Friday night, the day after his first session, his urges were almost gone. They had become nothing more than quick ideas that were easily dismissed. He stated that he is feeling more relaxed and at peace than he has in years. He can literally feel his life changing right now!!!!

It is another great day at The Brain Training Centers of Florida.

-Geoff Cole

Posted in: Addiction, Brain Wave Optimization

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In Brain Training Today: December 29th, 2010 – Opiate Withdrawal

The major theme this week has been helping people with Opiate Detox and Withdrawal. We have been amazingly helpful for five different people dealing with various stages of opiate detoxification and withdrawal. If you have been through this or know someone who has, you can begin to understand how important it is that our Brain Wave Optimization (brain state conditioning) technology and cognitive behavioral therapy help reduce the withdrawal symptoms dramatically. The majority of people who try to detox from opiates are unsuccessful. Through our process we are not only helping people to get off the opiates, we are helping them to change their lives, reduce their pain (physical and mental), and are helping them stay off the opiates.

We have also been helping several other people reduce their anxiety and improve their focus, concentration and sleep; as well as their overall wellbeing.

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Is your Child (or spouse) Addicted to Video Games?

Here’s a parental kick-in-the-gut from Douglas Gentile, Iowa State University assistant professor of psychology :

“The national prevalence of pathological play among youth gamers, and it is almost 1 in 10… What we mean by pathological use is that something someone is doing — in this case, playing video games — is damaging to their functioning… It’s not simply doing it a lot. It has to harm functioning in multiple ways.”

And, if you’re a parent of a game-playing 17 or 18 year old getting ready to pack-up and head off to college, you just might want to run out to the local Barnes & Noble or Borders, quickly read Ryan Van Cleave’s Unplugged: My Journey Into the Dark World of Video Game Addiction (Health Communications, Inc., 2010).

In a national Harris Poll survey of 1,178 Americans (ages 8-18), Gentile found nearly one in ten to be “pathological players” according to standards established for pathological gambling – causing family, social, school or psychological damage because of their video game playing habits. Gamers were classified as “pathological” if they exhibited at least six of the eleven criteria in the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Pathological gamers played video games 24 hours a week – about twice as much as non-pathological gamers; were more likely to have video game systems in their bedrooms; reported having more trouble paying attention in school, received poorer grades in school, had more health problems, were more likely to report that they feel “addicted,” and even stole to support their habit. Pathological gamers were also twice as likely to have been diagnosed with attention problems – Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

If you’re already saying, “Nah, not me” or “Not my kid,” read Unplugged.

Because suicide is highly correlated with the desperation stage of gull-blown gambling addiction, it is no small coincidence that Unplugged opens with Van Cleave’s sort-of-accidental almost suicide and then traces the development of an addiction that brought him to the Arlington Memorial Bridge on December 31, 2007.

With a PhD in American Literature and a background as a well-published writer and poet, Van Cleave’s memoir presents him as a quite full-of-himself combination scallywag, scamp and all-out-gaming addict. Despite his education, teaching positions in major universities that other would-be writing professors would cut off their left arms for, marriage and children, he was – and still is – a full-out addict to the game World of Warcraft (WoW) albeit in recovery.

Parents and spouses of children, teens and adults whose lives are controlled by the desire/need to be at their keyboard day and night in order not to lose their ephemeral gaming wins would do well to read Unplugged.

Despite two years out of WoW when Unplugged was written and published, Van Cleave makes it clear that the game is designed to not just to draw in the player but to keep him/her trapped forever – unlike earlier computer based games WoW and other MMOGs – massive multiplayer online games – and MMORPG – massive multiplayer online role-playing games – are impossible to win and never end. While providing a sense of “community” or “team” to “guild” members, they also trap players with the sense that the longer he is away from his screen and keyboard the more action he is missing and his community might move on without him – leaving him alone in the hostile world of the game and without the social community that has come to replace family and friends.

In addition, addicted gamers can find themselves trapped in a cycle of ever increasing costs – not just the monthly subscriber fees but trinkets and tchotchkes but imaginary weapons, imaginary money and imaginary powers. Surprisingly (for the non-gamer) it’s just as possible for a gamer to spend himself into debt and bankruptcy as it is for a chronic gambler in Las Vegas.

The Brain Training Centers of Florida utilizes the revolutionary new technology to help relieve adults and children of their addictions.

Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy. D.

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Addictions and Lyme’s Disease Big Stories In Brain Training Today: September 21, 2009

We are brain training four different recovering alcoholics and drug addicts today. All four are continuing to be clean and sober.We love watching the miracles.

One of our big stories is the return of one of our clients whom came to us with fibromyalgia, depression(She said she was considering suicide), chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and anxiety from Lyme’s Disease. She left us two months ago almost symptom free and began life anew. She came back to us last week because someone gave her four free sessions for her birthday. She has been doing wonderfully since then. It was great to see her in her new form. She also agreed to let us video tape her testimonial. The video should be posted to Youtube and our website this week!

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Relief From Tourette’s Syndrome is the Big Story in Brain Training Today: August 21, 2009

Today at the Brain Training Centers of Florida, we are brain training seven different clients. All of our clients today are returning clients. One of them came to us for a five day ten session intensive in June for relief from Tourette’s Syndrome. Before he came he was on medication to fight the effects of Tourette’s Syndrome. Before brain training, he flinched uncontrollably in his arms and legs and his head could not be held still. Unbeknownst to us, he stopped taking his medication three days before he came. Through our brain wave optimization with real time balancing technology and our therapeutic assistance, by the end of the ten sessions, the flinching was 90% gone. He went away for the summer and returned today. His mother reported that she brought him to us hoping to get him off the medication and survive with a little flinching. We were successful way beyond her expectations, Further, there were other great benefits. He became much more relaxed and actually more happy. He asked to come back for additional brain training in order to get ready for school. The other six clients have all had reductions in anxiety, increases in focus, and enjoy overall better attitudes towards their lives. Two of the seven are recovering alcoholics/drug addicts, who remain clean and report that the brain training has helped improve their sobriety.

Posted in: Addiction, Brain Wave Optimization, Tourettes Syndrome

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Ava Cowan Blogs About Experience at Brain Training Centers of FL

Ava Cowan recently visited us at the Brain Training Centers of Florida. She blogged about her experience over at Here is what she had to say:

“I was going to go ahead and do my cardio and then and race to bed as these days I have quite a unique schedule, and barely can put a few seconds together it seems to get everything done in my day.  I will be cooking all of my food for the day either tonight or in the morning and then jump into my car for a 1 hour and 20 minutes drive to the Brain Training Center of Florida.  The reason for this lengthy drive is that daily I have been going to the Braining Training Center.  This is a one of a kind system that adjusts second by second based on the functioning of your brain.  This system is developed to help your brain become balanced.  I had never heard of anything like it, but I have read the testimonials, and I myself have now finished 12 sessions.

You must be wondering the specifics and I am not a doctor or medical dictionary, so you may go to the website for all of the medical terminology.  I am going to speak to you about why I am going there.  My sole purpose is to improve the quality of my life, and the way I feel on a daily basis.   I am only half way through a series of treatments, but I have had a few notable experiences that I can share with you.  The reason that I decided to share is that if I can find a way to be happier and to smile than I want to share it with you.  I want you to feel balanced and happy too!

What if you are living with something so painful RIGHT NOW, and by reading this you were able to completely become pain free, through work, but I feel that there is an obligation to help an other person’s soul.  If I embarrass myself with a few self  “truths” so that you find the courage to take some action, then that is what I am going to do.  We ALL have pain.  And I am always searching for new ways to heal my heart, and I sure hope you are too.

Has there ever come a point in your life that you have had major life issues, and whatever you are currently doing isn’t working?  I certainly have so I was all for getting my “Brain Trained”.  Especially since I personally heard about how several other people “were never the same again“.  That is a pretty bold statement!  Sign me up, and I mean NOW!

I have struggled with previous addictions, (currently 7 years clean and sober), severe depression, sleeping issues ( so don’t snore around me ! lol) and I believe chronic stress and anxiety.  And according to my brain frequencies, it was clear to Geoff Cole as to why after reading my biofeedback.  So you can imagine that If I could find a way to find abalance internally, I would fight tooth and nail to help myself.  And I promise myself as long as I walk this earth, I will always be willing to learn and grow.  So I was hooked up to where my brain was assessed, and this is how imbalances can be determined.  Then after the assessment, I was given a protocol, a suggested amount of sessions to help get my brain back into harmony and balance.  I have done 12 sessions so far.  And I woke up happy for the first time the other day.  Not skipping around the room happy, but excited about the day.  I have never in my entire life woke up and felt happy.  And it wasn’t that I didn’t have reasons to be happy, I just wasn’t able to feel that way.  Plus,  I could actually SEE on paper the what I have known about myself my whole life.  That I wasn’t crazy, but that living with my brain “couldn’t be very easy” (as I was told) and I was like you think?? lol  All joking aside, I have beat myself up for many years.  I am very self critical, and that is just one of the many areas of imbalance that I was able to see.

So far, my reactions and though process have changed as well.  I have noticed a few instances when I clearly reacted differently and more favorably than I ever had in the past.  Through the printed progress reports, I can actually see the dramatic improvement in the stability of my sub consciounsious mind.  Lately, I have felt happy and lighter.  Granted, I feel sad at times, but I know the areas specifically that we will continue to work on, and I know hard work has never scared me.  The thought of never changing or growing as a person does scare me.

My relationships feel more enjoyable, and  I feel more self aware of old patterns that I knew weren’t OK, I just didn’t know how to react differently.  I have a deeper sense of empathy, more so in the moment as opposed to later as a reflection of an action.  I don’t like the long drive, but doing what is right for me I know will make my life forever different.  A sense of calm surrounds me, and I am still deep in the trenches of the work.  But I will keep you posted along the way.”

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More News on Obesity

      A new and important label has made its way into the national struggle against obesity thanks to a psychiatrist and obesity researcher at Canada’s McMaster University.

             While the causes of obesity remain complex, it has become clear that chronic overeating is not only a primary culprit but, especially when it is compulsive and out of control, it can be classified as a “food addiction.”

             In the December 2009 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Valerie Taylor, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster and director of the Bariatric Surgery Psychiatry program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare (Hamilton, Ontario) argues that food addiction in some individuals may be a reality and needs to be considered in the management of weight problems.

            At present, there’s considerable debate about how to define “food addiction” and despite a lack of consensus on a definition, researchers agree that it involves a compulsive pattern of use, even in the face of negative health and social consequences – part of the standard definition of most addictions.

             Ultimately, as with addictive drugs, individuals develop a tolerance – they need an increased amount of a drug or food in order to achieve the desired high or feel full.  And, as with withdrawal from drugs, when individuals begin to limit or modify their food intake – even with only a day or two of dieting, the food addict experiences withdrawal symptoms including mood changes.

             Dr. Taylor argues that the concept of addiction may help to provide some insight into why certain obese individuals continue overeating and are unable to accomplish appropriate weight loss.

             It is important to understand that the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the US National Institutes of Health, defines addiction as a disease of the brain. Dr. Taylor’s observations and the concept of addictive overeating may lead to the development of new counseling and medical techniques that may help obese individuals and food addicts to achieve control over their addictive processes. In the meantime, individuals who believe they are addicted to food may benefit from participating in a traditional 12-Step program and from Cognitive Behavioral counseling.

             At the Brain Training Centers of Florida we are assisting people with breaking the addiction by reducing their urges and cravings. Utilizing our emergent technology of brain wave optimization with real time balancing we have been successful in assisting people with recognizing detrimental brain patterns and changing them. This process provides enhanced motivation and desire to eat right and exercise.

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In Brain Training Today: July 29, 2009

Today at The Brain Training Centers of Florida we are brain training seven different people with diverse issues. Four of the seven are recovering alcoholics and/or drug addicts. By “recovering”, I mean that they are all participating in twelve step programs. Their lengths of time clean from alcohol/drugs vary from two months up to 20 years. Regardless of the time in recovery, everyone benefits from brain training because it is the most effective technique that we are aware of to help the sub-conscious part of our brains change.

The other issues being dealt with here today utilizing the Brain State Technologies systems for brain wave optimization with real time balancing include but are not limited to; depression, fear, anger, stress, focus issues, anxiety, panic attacks, migraine headaches sleep issues, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, sadness, stroke symptoms, paralysis, speech problems, short term memory, overall negative moods and trauma.

It is truely amazing to watch all of the great big smiles our clients are developing.

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