Neurofeedback Program

Improve the way you feel & function by improving how your brain operates

At Jade Recovery we utilize BrainPaint’s® neurofeedback device as part of our treatment program. BrainPaint® is the only neurofeedback system that automates the exact implementation of alpha-theta protocol demonstrated in studies to address trauma (PTSD) and addictions. It also doesn’t require an expensive brain scan to get started. Our neurofeedback program can be helpful in treating the following conditions:

Neurotherapy can be an effective standalone tool for many issues, such as TBI, sleep, PTSD, ADHD, headaches/migraines, Tourettes/Tics. Yet, for other issues like addictions, eating disorders, smoking cessation, abusive relationships, character disorders, and issues related to one’s discipline for or resistance to change, it is only a powerful adjunct to other effective healing modalities.

BrainPaint® neurotherapy can help underlying issues called comorbidities, and not just solely on addiction recovery. These underlying issues can become obstacles to addiction recovery. For example, it is very difficult for a client to sit through an individual, group or 12-step meeting if he or she has ADD, ADHD, anxiety or frequent panic attacks. Helping to heal these underlying issues frees the newly sober to be more present for the drug rehab program. This also applies to other addiction recovery programs other than drug dependence such as eating disorder treatment, gambling addiction, computer addiction, sex addiction, shopping addiction, compulsive behaviors, pain medication addiction and alcoholism.

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There are three primary sources of anxiety that neurotherapy can address in different ways.


The most common type is what we call reactionary anxiety.  This type can not be traced back to birth.  Its roots can be traced to dysfunctional family dynamics, abusive relationships, or extremely scary event(s).  This type of anxiety is quite predictable. For instance, whenever certain events are discussed, or the person is reminded of something scary, anxiety is triggered.  Phobias also fall into this category.  BrainPaint®’s alpha theta protocols usually addresses this type anxiety quickly and effectively. See The BrainPaint® Difference


Another common type of anxiety is called generalized anxiety. Here, one’s brain is overly activated like they drank a gallon of coffee.  It is our observation that most people who have this type of anxiety were born with it, yet it becomes more pronounced with the onset of hormonal changes during puberty.  It also may manifest with the increased pressures of the work place or beginning a family.  If this type of anxiety appears intensely before the age of 5, the child’s mind can not handle the reality of feeling so out-of-control. Their mind fabricates worries as the cause for this overwhelming emotion.  It often increases and decreases without cause. When it’s at its worst lost keys will be experienced as dangerous. While at other times missing keys would just be distressing. A person with this type of anxiety usually has parents or grandparents who also suffered from it. They usually dislike caffeine or activities with a quite a bit of stimulation because their brains are already over stimulated. SMR neurotherapy training can slow their brains down this over activation which makes everyday stress much easier to manage.


A third type of anxiety stems from one’s brain being too slowed down. We are not referring to being slowed down intellectually. These people often take on excessive responsibilities, risky behaviors, or chronic worrying as a way to artificially elevate their arousal levels. They’re often considered adrenalin junkies. When things slow down, they literally fall asleep. Beta biofeedback is always a significant part of their neurotherapy training. This teaches their brains to speed up which has the opposite effect on them.  Neurotherapy can be quite calming.

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Brain Injuries usually respond very well to neurotherapy. Immediately after an injury when one’s brain tries to perform a task and nothing happens it stops trying.  It’s sort of like when a flea jumps and hits the lid of a jar it will never jump higher than the lid again.

The brain is a very powerful tool that works really well until something unexpected happens to it.  After a brain injury, the organ’s process of repair is similar to that of a bad electrician who starts crossing random wires and unplugging circuits until a light comes back on.  As a result, the brain may begin working extremely hard to even accomplish some simple tasks. This pattern of overworking gets wired in even after the healing that happens over the first 18 months.  It won’t attempt to send signals down pathways once it has tried and failed. Neurotherapy appears to retrain the brain to once again begin sending signals to those original areas.

A wonderful example of this regeneration happened in our in our clinic with a man who had suffered a head injury 6 years prior to him starting BrainPaint® neurotherapy.  He couldn’t swallow, was tube fed, and couldn’t walk or talk.  Within 3 sessions, his ability to swallow came back and they could remove the tube from his stomach. After 12 sessions, he began walking unassisted and could talk again.

Pain can be a side effect of serious medical problems such as arthritis, an injury or cancer. However, it also exists independently of other medical conditions. Prescription drugs (e.g. Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet) can be very effective, however, over time they may become addictive and may be contraindicated for individuals who suffer from addictions.

Recent research on the anterior cingulate cortices, one of the areas responsible for perceiving and controlling pain, is revealing that brain activity can reduce pain sensation by up to 64%. It is believe that people can “reshape” the circuits responsible for pain.  Neurotherapy can assist with this reshaping process.

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People seeking therapy just want to feel better. Fortunately there are brainwaves that are related to our feelings (both good and bad), our reactions to events and emotional traumas.

We will ask you 90 questions, which were derived from a large, highly effective UCLA study. Your answers will generate protocol suggestions that prioritize the training of specific brainwaves related to better mood regulation.

The objective is to teach your brain to balance and not be reactive in response to events out of your control. It is a common human experience to feel happy if things go your way, and angry, frustrated or depressed if they don’t. BrainPaint® assists you to live in a state of “What is” rather than should have, could have and would have. Instead of getting your way you perceive options that are better than your way. Instead of getting your way, you get what you want.

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Too often we lack access to the root of our fears, motivations, avoidance or distorted beliefs. They evolved from such a young age that we no longer have a memory of how we originally processed these events from a child’s perspective. Alpha-Theta neurofeedback can help bring these memories and experiences to the surface in a very safe way. Instead of reliving the event, we observe it from an adult’s perspective. We then are free to constructively process the matter with a therapist, and formulate simple ways of regarding the situation moving forward. Many times we hold the accumulated stress from our lives in our body, which can cause tightness or holding patterns that can lead to pain or injuries. We have been told from chiropractors and other therapists that once some emotional issues are resolved with neurotherapy the practitioner has more access to healing the physical body.  BrainPaint® neurotherapy, specifically our alpha theta protocols, usually addresses fears and phobia quickly and effectively. 

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Insomnia is one of the easiest issues to improve with neurotherapy. Many times people who have trouble falling asleep report dramatic improvements with their insomnia in just a few sessions. Some people can fall asleep easily, but then wake in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep. In these cases, neurotherapy may also be very helpful in just a few sessions.

When people’s insomnia involves difficulty with both falling and staying asleep, there are usually other underlying issues at the root. In these cases, it may take as many as 40 -50 sessions to improve a person’s sleep patterns. As always, after attaining your objectives it is important to do 8-10 additional neurotherapy sessions to solidify the developmental gains.

Insomnia is not the only common sleep disorder, and neurotherapy can also help with other issues related to insomnia. For example, many people are plagued by regular nightmares or night terrors. This can be the byproduct of an under aroused brain, and typically can be easily resolved in just a few sessions. We will also mention here, because that strange itching, tingling or crawling sensation in the legs is very common in people who have insomnia or other sleep disturbances. Restless Leg Syndrome is more common in brains that run slow or are under aroused and can be helped with neurotherapy.

Here is a list of issues related to insomnia or associated with sleep that neurotherapy can help:

  • Nightmares or Night Terrors
  • Bedwetting
  • TMJ
  • Sleep Paralysis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Daytime Sleepiness (Hypersomnia)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Reduce Side Effects of Sleeping Pill Withdrawal

Do you know anyone who takes naps, falls asleep during meetings, wakes feeling negative most mornings, suffers from nightmares, has trouble following movie plots or gets teary-eyed more than the average person? This is what we call an under-aroused brain. There are a few locations on one’s scalp we can provide beta feedback during a neurotherapy session to train one’s brain to wake up, be full of energy and vitality.

Sometimes people are exhausted when they are naturally energetic – their brains already produce enough beta. In these cases, their brain needs to learn how to take breaks. This person essentially burns themselves out with too much cognitive energy, which is sometimes referred to as nervous energy.

BrainPaint’s® assessment tool can tease out the possible causes for fatigue, and train ones brain accordingly. 

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BrainPaint® neurotherapy has been used by gold metal Olympian, Hannah Teter, as well as, World Cup Champions to prepare for their games.

Society confuses power with control. Those who Master any sport or instrument make it look effortless. Their training, commitment and motivations are crucial for extraordinary achievement, but never is “trying too hard” rewarded with success. Similarly, truly effective and powerful leaders are not controlling, instead they inspire and empower others around them to do their best.

Most people have beliefs about what letting go of control would look and feel like, but BrainPaint® neurotherapy gives a person an experience of it. Just as a person can not use willpower to access “the zone” – a mental state in which a person is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus – a person will never be able to use control to get BrainPaint®‘s graph to stay green (versus red). Your brain, the organ, learns better control while your mind learns to surrender control. This is a very important distinction. When you have achieved this flow of relaxed focus, the BrainPaint® software will alert you that you are “in the zone”.

When you are playing a sport, do you tell your heart to beat faster or your lungs to take in more air? Of course not. It is the power of your brain that juggles all the necessary bodily processing for you to rise to the occasion. If you improve your brain’s functioning, then you improve your game, whatever your game may be.

How many times have you gotten in the way of your own success? Intrusive thoughts and negative self-talk invade your mind and cloud your judgement. You are no longer in the present – your mind is elsewhere. The more you try to control your thoughts, the more they appear to have a mind of their own. Neurotherapy trains your brain to stay in the present even after you make an error. Being present allows you the luxury of seeing other possibilities versus being locked into ruminating about how you missed your only opportunity to win.

The goal with neurotherapy is to influence the physical connections in the brain using technology as a guide and teacher. BrainPaint® also has a mindfulness trainer that was created with the assistance of Jeffrey Schwartz, MD, Associate Research Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine.

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One of the most disturbing symptoms of PTSD is a very numb feeling of unreality. Most individuals who suffer with this symptom are convinced that they have forever lost their minds.  They have no idea that this symptom is so common among those who suffer with PTSD.  This issue of unreality is one of the first issues to resolve with neurotherapy.

Neurotherapy, specifically alpha-theta protocol, is a training process that has been scientifically-proven to improve all the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as, issues that people develop as the result of dysfunctional family systems, grief or trauma. Bill Scott, the creator of BrainPaint®, is considered a world-renowned expert on alpha-theta, and BrainPaint® is the only automated neurofeedback system that replicates the implementation of the exact protocol used for PTSD proven in research.

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Our society places high regard on productivity whether it be over-achievers, workaholics, overly scheduled children or their parents who are expected to juggle the subsequent carpools and participation. By and large we have become a caffeinated society and the ability to relax has become a challenge for many individuals. Many people report a constant feeling of “I should be doing something” even over the weekend, guilt for taking their allotted two-week vacation from work or remorse for taking a vacation without their children. Others experience the catch up work as so stressful that they bring their Blackberry’s or laptops with them essentially never really getting away at all.

There is no definition of stress that everyone agrees on. What is stressful for one person may be pleasurable or have little effect on another, and we all react differently to stress. The term “stress”, as it is currently used was introduced by Hans Selye in 1936, who defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”. Selye observed in numerous experiments that laboratory animals subjected to noxious physical and emotional stimuli (blaring light, deafening noise, extremes of heat or cold, perpetual frustration) all exhibited the same pathologic changes of stomach ulcerations, shrinkage of lymphoid tissue and enlargement of the adrenals. He later demonstrated that persistent stress could cause these animals to develop various diseases similar to those seen in humans, such as heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis. It is for this reason that stress is generally considered as being synonymous with distress and dictionaries define it as “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension”. Thus, stress has been put in a negative light and its positive effects ignored.

Stress can be helpful and good when it motivates people to accomplish more. With neurotherapy we use the term “arousal level” based on the idea that different individuals perform better at different levels of arousal and that each individual seeks to find his or her optimum level. Many individuals use external stimuli to regulate their brain’s level of arousal:

  • To increase their brain’s arousal levels a person may use caffeine, adventure, danger, a jammed schedule, or drama in their relationships.
  • To decrease their brain’s arousal levels a person may use alcohol, pharmaceuticals, avoid crowds or isolate themselves for long periods of downtime.
  • Some individuals need a combination of both to balance their levels of arousal.

Sometimes these external stimuli work to correct small or temporary brain imbalances of arousal levels, while other times these temporary fixes can, of itself, become a problem. Ideally, an individual’s brain would regulate the appropriate level of arousal depending on the time of day or task at hand.

Most people have come to accept the burden of constant stress as an inescapable part of modern life, and when that stress becomes more than we can bear sometimes our brain gets into inappropriate states and it doesn’t direct our emotions or actions efficiently. We start to break down and develop symptoms, the nature of which depends on our particular physiological fault lines. The result might be addiction, panic attacks, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, ADHD, insomnia, or any of the other problems that seem to originate at the interface between mind and body. Another source of stress is when people have experienced sustained or repetitive traumas – their brain’s can get stuck in a fearful and overly cautious state.

Neurotherapy is often a very effective tool for stress management. It teaches the brain control over its states of arousal, and increases our threshold for what we perceive as stressful.

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Neurofeedback is way to train your brain function more effectively. With neurofeedback, you can see how your brain is working. You can see how and where your brain “lights up” to different stimuli. Then, through treatment, you can work to change your brain’s response to certain ideas, triggers, or stimuli.

An Evidence-Based Program

At Jade, we take pride in utilizing innovative technology in treatment that’s supported by scientific peer-reviewed studies of its effectiveness. 

Bill Scott, BrainPaint®‘s co-founder & CEO, has been published in The Journal of Neurotherapy and was the Principal Investigator and first author of a UCLA study published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. BrainPaint® is also a reoccurring expert on CBS’s The Doctors and Discovery Science.    BrainPaint® has been written about in A Symphony in the Brain by Jim Robbins and In Pursuit of Elegance by Matthew E. May.  


Our Programming

A comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach based on evidence-based treatment modalities.


Develop and improve relaxation techniques that you know are working. Increase self-awareness and regulation, positively affecting outcomes.


The person should have access to a safe and comfortable place to live.


Meaningful activities, such as work, volunteerism, or creative endeavors, should be part of daily life.


Social networks that foster feelings of friendship and love should surround the person.

Our program works to improve these four components through treatment.

Summary of Our Neurofeedback Program

Initial Assessment

We start with an initial 90-question symptom assessment administered by one of our trained therapists, who then evaluates the results to identify parts of the brain that may be under-aroused.

Track & Review Improvement

During a typical session, our trained therapist applies electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors on the patient’s scalp that pick up electrical signals of different frequencies and wavelengths. The sensors may be adjusted 1-3 times during a 25-30 minute session.

During this time, you listen to audio tracks, and watches fractal visuals on a computer screen. BrainPaint aims to identify the types of patterns and music that induce a relaxed state, and then to reproduce (or “paint”) them by practicing becoming calm. Through this process you learn how to activate certain centers of the brain that may be under-stimulated. Protocols are updated over the course of treatment to improve results.