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The Tomatis Method and The Listening Program

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Last week we had a visit from Martha Mack, a Tomatis practitioner in Melbourne Australia. Martha and her husband George have been running the Listen and Learn Center where both auditory training and neurofeedback are being offered. (See Martha emigrated from Argentina some years ago to take up her psychology practice in Australia. The birth of a daughter with auditory processing disorder redirected her focus from a practice oriented to PTSD and chronic pain to one dealing with auditory processing problems. A French psychologist had immigrated to Australia to spread the word about Tomatis, so she got involved in that approach early on. Some five years ago Martha did training with Ron Minson in Denver (who also did our training years ago and gave us our introduction to the Tomatis Method). And Martha adopted The Listening Program as a complement to her practice some three years ago. Movement therapies are part of their offering as well. We met George at the class in Cleveland, where he was brushing up his neurofeedback skills.

At this point, incidentally, the daughter is seventeen years old and the issues around auditory processing have been essentially resolved. There are still some memory and concentration issues outstanding. Recently Martha and George got some notice from the local TV program Second Opinion, so the business side is looking up as well. (more…)

A Visit with Dr. Daniel Amen

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Recently we had occasion to revisit with Dr. Daniel Amen at his clinic in Newport Beach. His colleague Dr. Earl Henslin, a psychologist, happened to be giving a lecture that day on the relevance of brain regulation to relationships. It’s not always a matter of denial, avoidance, or resistance—it could simply be a matter of poor brain function.

He reviewed the principal categories in which these problems are currently being compartmented in the Amen schema. There is, first of all, the matter of frontal lobe function governing attention, focus, planning, and forethought. Pharmacologic intervention here consists of the stimulant class of medications.

The second major category is limbic function, and cingulate function is included here as well. Here we are dealing with moodiness and depression, as well as relationship and bonding issues. Pharmacologic support here is offered through the anti-depressants such as Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, and Paxil, as well as Serezone, Wellbutrin, Lexapro, SAM-E, St. John’s Wort, and 5-HTP. (more…)

An Apology…

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

A couple of weeks ago, in the article “What does Psychology have to do with it?” I mentioned a new research program getting launched at Misericordia Hospital on ADHD. I had welcomed the study earlier as a beneficial fallout of our having taught our course there in September 2001.

I had a number of facts wrong in that little vignette which need correction.
First of all, the hospital did pay for the pediatricians to attend the course, and they did all come at their own initiative, i.e. because of their own interest in neurofeedback.
The hospital is sponsoring the study on ADHD, and the Principal Investigator did attend our course. Further, the psychologist who motivated our doing the course there in the first place is also involved in the research, but he did not wish to serve in the role of Principal Investigator. (more…)

Parallel Universes in Los Angeles

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

The QEEG, Mechanisms, and EEG Dynamics

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

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UCLA Symposium on Neurofeedback

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

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