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23 03, 2017

Help for Veterans in Galveston County

By |March 23rd, 2017|Anger and Rage, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury|Comments Off on Help for Veterans in Galveston County|

I am happy to announce an organization that I am excited to participate with to provide neurofeedback services to Galveston county veterans, Homecoming for Veterans (HC4V).

HC4V exists to treat veterans who struggle with PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and/or other mental health issues that limit their ability to enjoy life after service to our country. By retraining brainwaves and bringing the brain to a more relaxed state, this therapy works as an effective adjunct to traditional therapy, helping veterans find greater relief and hope.  The results are lasting, which is another benefit to this treatment.

I have been involved with neurofeedback, also called eeg biofeedback or neurotherapy, since 2010, and I was a partner at a neurofeedback and Christian counseling practice in Dallas, Dallas Brain Changers. My husband and I moved to Galveston in 2015, where I opened my office in November 2015.

With Galveston Brain Changers, veterans seeking treatment will receive a 30% discount on the evaluation and testing, and they receive 20 neurofeedback sessions at no cost. Additional sessions will be provided at a 30% discount for the duration of treatment.

Please call the office for more information or to schedule an appointment. If there is a waiting list for the 20 complimentary sessions, veterans can choose to wait for availability, or they can start treatment @ the 30% discount and then apply the 20 free sessions when they become available.

For more information, please visit the following sites:

Homecoming for Veterans – http://www.homecoming4veterans.org/

Galveston Brain Changers – http://www.BrainChangersUSA.com

You can also reach us by phone @ 409-300-3113 or via email @ [email protected]
We look forward to hearing from you!
 

7 12, 2015

Brain Changers in the News

By |December 7th, 2015|ADD (AD/HD), Anxiety Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Brain Function, Christian Counseling, Migraine, Neurofeedback, News & Events, Wellness|Comments Off on Brain Changers in the News|

Galveston Brain Changers – Business Spotlight
Managing ADHD without Medications — an Interview with Dr. Stephanie McClung 
Moving Heaven and Earth – Dr. Stephanie McClung and Mindy Fritz
Brain Changers’ Effective Integrated Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Brain Changers Launches Website Providing Information on Effectively Treating Anxiety, Migraine, ADD (ADHD), Behavioral Disorders, and More.

24 09, 2014

Communicating with Teens

By |September 24th, 2014|Anger and Rage, Anxiety Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Depression, Parenting|Comments Off on Communicating with Teens|

The teenage brain is adapting and growing daily. Development of the pre-frontal cortex (responsible for executive functioning and the ability to make wise decisions, set and achieve goals, and communicate effectively) continues to form until about age 24. Thus, even emotionally healthy teens struggle with decision-making and healthy communication.
Anyone who has either taught or raised a teenager is acutely aware that communicating with teens has the potential to be a frustrating and sometimes awkward event. When a teenager is dealing with issues of anxiety, depression, adhd, behavioral disorder, or other mental health disorder, communication can be even more challenging.
The Grant-Halliburton Foundation recently sponsored a dynamic conference entitled, “When Life Hands You Teenagers.”  One of the speakers, Michelle Kinder, from Momentous Institute, shared some great insights for communicating with teens during her session, “Connecting with Teens: Using the Side Door When the Front Door Slams in Your Face.”

Build a Safe Relationship:
Two important elements for adults to consider regarding building healthy communication with teens were addressed in this seminar. The first includes fostering a safe relationship with your teen. Teachable moments are priceless, but when a stressed teen is in the middle of a rage or meltdown, this is not the time to teach a valuable lesson about respect or responsibility. When a teen’s brain is going haywire, very little information will be retained! Kinder refers to this as being dysregulated, and this word clearly describes what is going on in the teenage brain during a stressful situation. Wait until both of you are calm, collected, and thinking clearly before seizing that teachable moment!

Consider the River of Well-Being:
Another element for adults to consider when communicating with a teen is described by the [...]

27 08, 2014

Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?

By |August 27th, 2014|ADD (AD/HD), Behavioral Disorder, Learning Disability, News & Events|Comments Off on Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?|

As parents post pictures of their children on this first day back to school, I can’t help but wonder how many parents are already dreading the first phone call from the teacher about their child’s behavior in class or the impending meltdown when she is struggling with homework.
When a child misbehaves in school or does not complete their work as assigned, adults will often label it AD/HD or a Behavioral Disorder. However, the underlying issue may be a Learning Disability. Behaviorally, the symptoms may appear the same. The brain function issues causing the symptoms can actually be something very different.

Pre-K and Kindergarten:
As early as pre-K or Kindergarten, a child with a learning disability may begin to display a learned helplessness. Rather than fail, he may simply not attempt the assignment. The teacher may describe your child as impulsive, inattentive, easily distracted, or lazy.
On the other hand, especially if your child is quiet and compliant, she may rush through an assignment and receive a poor grade. It is often assumed that if she would just slow down, she would do much better. The truth of the matter is that she may not be able to complete the assignment because of a learning disability, and hurrying is her way of complying with the rules.

Elementary:
As a child with a learning disability progresses through school, he or she will begin to fall further behind each year. A child’s intelligence level, his ability to process information, and the severity of the learning disability will all help determine how early a disability is diagnosed.
Typically, between 2nd and 3rd grade, the learning disabled child may begin to complain about going to school, homework becomes a source of [...]

24 07, 2014

Transformative Education and Mental Health

By |July 24th, 2014|ADD (AD/HD), Anxiety Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Depression, Learning Disability, News & Events|Comments Off on Transformative Education and Mental Health|

Many children and teens struggle with mental health issues which can make traditional education a daily burden that aggravates symptoms. As the mother of a daughter who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 9th grade, I know all too well the stress of worrying about a child’s physical and mental health while trying to meet the attendance and academic requirements of the school, district, and state.
When brain function is out of balance, the chemicals produced in the brain are also out of sync. Children and teens who deal with anxiety, depression, learning disability, ADHD, behavioral disorder, or any disorder that involves brain function may have to work very hard to accomplish even the simplest of activities. This is because the brain is working so laboriously to perform daily tasks.

Click here for a more complete list of disorders treated by Brain Changers
Traditional education has rigorous expectations with regard to time structure, behavior, academic requirements, and socially accepted norms. This is understandable, given the federal and state requirements for students, teachers, and the education facility as a whole.
Transformative education refers to education that falls outside of the normal expectations typically found in most public and private schools. Because transformative education allows for flexibility in scheduling and academic requirements, it can be very beneficial for students who struggle in the traditional school.
Two Examples of Transformative Education
The MorningStar Academy is an online, private Christian school that is fully accredited. Students have access to a virtual teacher for help, they are required to complete daily assignments, and grades are based upon individual assignments and evaluations.  This type of setting is ideal for the student who requires multiple breaks during the day or who otherwise needs [...]

2 07, 2014

ADHD: Interview on KVCE 1160 AM

By |July 2nd, 2014|ADD (AD/HD), News & Events|Comments Off on ADHD: Interview on KVCE 1160 AM|

Dr. McClung was recently interviewed by Dyral McGriff and The Gospel Roundtable on KVCE 1160 AM.  She spoke about ADHD, the symptoms, misdiagnosis, and some reasons for medication side effects. She also talked with them about other effective treatment options, including neurofeedback.

                              Click here or on the link below to listen to the interview with Dyral McGriff and the Gospel Roundtable.

Contact Brain Changers today to see how we can help!
409-300-3113

26 06, 2014

Chemo Brain – Part 2

By |June 26th, 2014|Chemo Brain, News & Events|Comments Off on Chemo Brain – Part 2|

What is Chemo Brain?
Chemo brain is a term commonly used by cancer survivors to describe the thinking and memory problems that often occur with cancer and subsequent treatment. This condition may also be termed chemo fog, chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction.
Although cancer survivors make jokes and try to take it in stride, there is a great deal of concern when one cannot follow a conversation, maintain their previous level of performance at work, or perform day-to-day activities significant memory issues and confusion. Needless to say, these problems can be a frustrating and debilitating side effect of cancer and its treatment.

Click here for Symptoms of Chemo Brain
Research Supports Neurofeedback for Chemo Brain!
Jean Alvarez, a social psychologist and breast cancer survivor, turned to neurofeedback several years after completing chemotherapy in hopes of regaining her ability to multitask cognitively and improve her ability to have a conversation without getting stuck trying to find words midsentence. After neurofeedback, she felt as good as she had before she began chemotherapy.
Alvarez designed a study to attempt to replicate her results. Twenty-three breast cancer survivors, ranging in age from 43 to 70, all of whom had completed anti-cancer treatments, underwent neurofeedback therapy and regular self-reporting evaluations to address the following:

Cognitive impairment
Sleep Issues
Fatigue, energy level, and quality of life
Somatization (physical symptoms related to stress or mental factors)
Depression
Anxiety

Some patients began noticing positive changes after the first six treatments; others began seeing improvements closer to the end of their participation in neurofeedback therapy. Most importantly, twenty-one of the twenty-three women found that their symptoms were reversed after neurofeedback for chemo brain.

Brain Changers Can Help!
Brain Changers understands the frustration associated with brain function issues, including [...]

18 06, 2014

Chemo Brain – Part 1

By |June 18th, 2014|Chemo Brain, Neurofeedback, News & Events|Comments Off on Chemo Brain – Part 1|

What is Chemo Brain?
Chemo brain is a term commonly used by cancer survivors to describe the thinking and memory problems that often occur with cancer and subsequent treatment. This condition may also be termed chemo fog, chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction. Many of these patients also report ongoing problems with sleep, fatigue, and anxiety and/or depression. Needless to say, these problems can be a frustrating and debilitating side effect of cancer and its treatment.

Signs and symptoms of chemo brain may include:

Being unusually disorganized
Confusion
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty finding the right word
Difficulty learning new skills
Difficulty multitasking
Fatigue
Feeling of mental fogginess
Short attention span
Short-term memory problems
Taking longer than usual to complete routine tasks
Trouble with verbal memory, such as remembering a conversation
Trouble with visual memory, such as recalling an image or list of words

Symptoms are not related solely to chemotherapy. Approximately one-third of cancer patients show signs of cognitive dysfunction prior to beginning systemic anti-cancer treatments. During the course of systemic anti-cancer treatments, this number climbs to almost two-thirds. Some of these patients recover when treatments are finished, but for a great number of cancer patients, changes in cognitive function persist.

Chemo Brain is Area of Increasing Attention & Research!
Before 2000, it was widely believed that chemotherapy agents could not cross the blood-brain barrier, and therefore, could not be related to the cognitive issues regularly reported by cancer patients to their doctors. However, research over the past decade has concluded that these treatments can adversely affect cognitive symptoms, and that they are all-too-common for patients undergoing treatment.
At the 2014 annual meeting of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), cognitive dysfunction was the subject of an oral presentation, [...]

20 05, 2014

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Different, Not Less

By |May 20th, 2014|Asperger's, Autism, News & Events|Comments Off on Autism Spectrum Disorder: Different, Not Less|

There has been much research done over the past 20 years on Autism, PDD, and Asperger’s. These conditions bear many similarities, yet they each have some significant distinguishing characteristics, as well. Recently, the medical world has begun to group these disorders under the heading of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Consider the number of children diagnosed in America; these children have parents, siblings, and extended family. These children and families interact daily with many others in society through school, work, church, social organizations, and day-to-day activities.
Dr. Temple Grandin’s mother coined the phrase, “Different, Not Less” in reference to her daughter who was autistic. The impact and blessing of Temple Grandin’s life and legacy has touched millions! Spend a few minutes with a family member of someone diagnosed with autism, and you will note the respect, love, and pride they exude when talking about their loved one with this condition!
While I was with Dallas Brain Changers, I spoke with a woman in our building named Shannon. Shannon’s nephew, Brandon, is 15 years old. Diagnosed at an early age, Brandon’s family was uncertain as to what the future held. Through love, acceptance, and persistence, he continues to flourish. Today, Brandon attends a public high school where he touches lives every day, he plays the pipe organ on Sundays for the congregation at his church, and he enjoys a full, rich life where he is both blessed and a significant blessing to others!
Each of us was created to interact and make a difference in this world. We are all different, yet not one of us is less important than another! As we learn to appreciate and respect this truth, the lives of those diagnosed with [...]

24 04, 2014

What is Cutting?

By |April 24th, 2014|Anxiety Disorder, Depression, News & Events|Comments Off on What is Cutting?|

What is Cutting?
First of all, it is important to understand that cutting is not an attempt at suicide. Cutting is a form of self-harm. It is an unhealthy coping strategy developed by those who want to curb the intensity of emotional pain.
Typically, cutting is a symptom of a greater issue involving depression, anxiety, abuse or other trauma, or another mental disorder. Those who cut may have a desire to calm the painful emotions raging inside of them, or they may feel numb and turn to cutting as a means of feeling something.
Unfortunately, once the cycle begins, cutting often becomes the coping mechanism of choice, making it very difficult to stop without outside help.

Why Do People Cut?
One of the first things we help our clients and families understand is that all self-harm, including cutting, is a form of self-medicating because of what is going on inside the body. When brainwaves are out of balance, it can cause a host of negative symptoms. For instance, if the high beta waves are overactive, it leads to an excess of cortisol and adrenaline production. The surge of these chemicals in the body may cause someone to experience anxiety, rage, an inability to complete tasks, and/or depression. Sometimes our clients describe feeling restless or like they want to crawl out of their skin.
When people experience these symptoms on an ongoing basis, they develop strategies to cope with the associated discomfort and pain. Sometimes, they may develop healthy coping strategies, but most often, people turn to drugs or alcohol, eating, pornography, gambling, cutting, or other unhealthy means of self-medicating. Physiologically, these people have to do something to ease the pain and/or discomfort. Self-medicating, including cutting, [...]