How We Help FAQs

What is Brainwave Optimization?

  • But I’ve had neurofeedback and/or biofeedback. Isn’t this the same thing?

    Although there are similarities in that each of these modalities deals with creating healthier brain patterns, there are significant differences. Click here to see the differences.

     

    Brainwave Optimization is a specialized and proprietary process that has been found to have measurable and relatively quick results in mitigating issues related to an imbalanced brain. Because we provide individualized training, and because Brainwave Optimization is done “in real time,” there are no off-the-shelf approaches. Your experience is uniquely geared to you and your needs.

  • I’ve tried all kinds of medications and therapies (talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, prolonged exposure therapy, etc.)

    Many who find their way to Brainwave Optimization™ do so after years of searching and frustration in working to overcome life challenges. The simple answer is our revolutionary system works. Regardless of the life trauma or behavioral difficulties you have endured, they have created an imprint on the brain. When we see the imprint, we are able to identify the problem and address it.

  • Can I achieve the same results at home with one of the brain modification products currently available commercially?

    While there are numerous gimmicks and various brainwave modification paraphernalia available to the home-user, take-home binaural beat technology (products like Hemi-sync and Holo-sync, to name a few) are by far the most popular. These are mass-marketed CDs; products that force the brain into pre-programmed frequencies, pre-set by the device manufacturer. These types of products are considered brain “entrainment” devices and results vary from good, to neutral, to negative.

     

    This is not the same technology as Brainwave Optimization. The critical difference is that entrainment products are a one-size-fits-all approach. Brainwave Optimization, on the other hand, is individually tailored to suit your specific brain. With Brainwave Optimization, your progress will be monitored and the methodologies adjusted so that you can achieve your own personal goals within a safe environment.

  • Does it work?

    More than 85 percent of our clients report that Brainwave Optimization has resulted in an improved quality of life. More than 80 percent report significant improvements in their lives. Hear about results from our clients for just a few of the unedited testimonials offered by those who have experienced Brainwave Optimization.

     

    With each person we have one mission: to balance and harmonize their brain. As the brain comes into balance, other issues are addressed – clients report that they feel better, sleep better, have increased clarity, enhanced intellectual and physical performance and a greater sense of happiness and hope.

     

    Each brain is like a fingerprint, with each person responding in their own way.  Due to this fact, we cannot guarantee how a person will respond or what exactly will change for them.

  • How does Brainwave Optimization work?

    Brainwave Optimization with RTB™ (Real Time Balancing) is a holistic, non-invasive method during which impaired brainwave activity is identified and then restored to its optimal ability. Throughout the process, you will have the opportunity to see your brain in action, and experience your own brainwaves transformed into sounds that melodically guide your brain back to balance.

     

    Brain State Technologies® founder, Lee Gerdes, discovered that when the brain reaches a state of homeostasis, physical and emotional issues tend to fade or disappear. To learn more about Lee and his discovery of the power of brain balancing, you may want to read his book PURCHASE HERE or listen to him discuss his work. Watch Video

Who can brainwave optimization help?

  • Does Brainwave Optimization work for individuals of any age?

    We have found Brainwave Optimization to be effective for people of nearly any age, ranging from five to 100.  The sessions are pleasant and relaxing and require only the ability to remain relatively still for about 90 mins, so that sensors placed on the head remain secure.

  • What types of issues can be helped with Brainwave Optimization?

    The Brain State Technologies corporate office in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers several types of packages, from basic to VIP, to meet a variety of needs. In general, intensives (which include an assessment and a series of 10 sessions) range from hundreds to thousands.  VIP packages are available for those who are interested in working directly with Brain State founder, Lee Gerdes. Click here for more information.

    Once you and your brainwave technologist have a clear understanding of your situation and goals, he or she will conduct a brainwave assessment – a one-hour session during which sensors are non-invasively placed on various sections of your head. The result of this session is a brainwave assessment – a visual guide that illustrates areas of brain wave disturbance (also called “brain imbalances”). The brainwave assessment will be used to create a personalized Brainwave Optimization program for you.

    All of our certified providers receive their initial education at our corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. They complete a comprehensive three-week educational program to learn how to work with clients and the technology. Yet, each provider comes from a different life experience, profession and education. It is perfectly acceptable to contact the centers near you to schedule a consultation or discuss your issues and goals. It is likely that you will find a brainwave technologist nearby that best fits your personal needs and preferences.

What's the process?

  • What is the average time commitment?

    Most clients initially commit to a series of 10, 90-minute sessions – what we call “an intensive.” This is the time period that we have found delivers the best results for most people. (Individuals with severe, life-debilitating or life-long issues may find that more time is required.)  We find that it is important for these sessions to occur within a one- to two-week period of time, during which the client minimizes other life activities. Occasionally, a client will need to take vacation time from work or school.

  • Why can’t I drink alcohol while I am doing the Brainwave Optimization?

    Alcohol (or illegal drugs) taken during Brainwave Optimization and within the three weeks following the completion of sessions act as a “wet blanket” on the brain. Instead of new, healthier connections being made rapidly and with ease, alcohol slows the response time. Our goal is to help you arrive at maximum effectiveness as quickly and easily as possible. That is why we work with you to minimize any activity that will hamper that progress and ask that you not ingest toxic substances during or, for a limited time, after the sessions.

  • How can I get started?

    You’ll want to locate an Optimization center near you and schedule a consultation session.

  • How safe is my information? Who sees my results?

    Your results are private between you and your brainwave technologist. All data that is transferred to the main Brain State database is encrypted for client privacy, and goes beyond federal privacy rules. The research team at Brain State never sees the client name or any identifiable client information so you are never directly associated with any data we may receive. For more details, visit our Privacy Policies page

  • What happens during the actual Brainwave Optimization session?

    In its simplest form, a Brainwave Optimization session feels very much like an induced state of relaxation or meditation. You will be seated in a quiet, comfortable room in an anti-gravity chair, with a brainwave technologist by your side. Although there are protocols during which you will be asked to remain awake, often clients are so comfortable that they may cuddle up in a blanket and fall into a pleasant and deep sleep.

     

    Some of the Brainwave Optimization will be with your eyes open and you may watch a video or other activity on the computer screen, and some will be with your eyes closed, during which time the brainwave technologist may allow you to sleep or will direct you in a personal visualization or imaging exercise.

     

    Most people report a highly pleasurable experience and enjoy hearing their own brainwaves transformed into relaxing sound. The Process

  • Once I decide to receive Brainwave Optimization, what are the first steps?

    As a new client, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire prior to your first visit that helps us gain a full understanding of your issues, concerns and goals. Your brain technologist will discuss the questionnaire with you in order to gain a mutual understanding of what you need and the results you are seeking. Unlike more traditional therapies, it is not necessary that you discuss your past or current life challenges.  

     

    Once you and your brain technologist have a clear understanding of your situation and goals, he or she will conduct a brain assessment – a one-hour session during which sensors are non-invasively placed on various sections of your head. The result of this session is a brain assessment – a visual guide that illustrates areas of brain wave disturbance (also called “brain imbalances”). The brainwave assessment will be used to create a personalized Brainwave Optimization program for you.

  • Should I stop taking my medication while doing sessions?

    Many medications – both over-the-counter and prescription – can have an effect on mood, concentration, sleep, pain, and/or energy levels.  Brainwave Optimization may facilitate improvements in these areas by helping the brain to better regulate itself.

     

    If you are using any type of medication, please be aware that it may influence the outcome of your optimization. If you are taking any medication on an "as-needed" basis, you may wish to consider taking less of it during your Brainwave Optimization.

     

    Brain State Technologies® does not make any specific recommendations about medication usage. Please direct any questions about medication usage to your health care provider.

     

    We recommend that you share your Brainwave Optimization experience with your physician, therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, medical spa, and/or any other alternative, medical, or therapeutic provider you may have.  Please click here for a letter you can provide to your health care professional to help them understand Brainwave Optimization. Physicians Notification Letter

  • Do people experience any negative side effects from Brainwave Optimization?

    We have not seen negative effects from Brainwave Optimization.  People who experience Brainwave Optimization – and those around them -- notice changes. Typically, those changes are toward more effectiveness, not less. Clients report that things like focus, memory, concentration and a sense of happiness and well-being increase. Our tools are used to help your brain restore itself to its natural and desired state of balance.

  • How much will it cost?

    The cost depends upon the location you visit, and whether you are a new client, or simply looking for additional sessions. Each office is individually owned and operated so costs vary.

     

    The Brain State Technologies office in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers several types of packages, from basic to VIP, to meet a variety of needs. In general, intensives (which include an assessment and a series of 10 sessions) range from $700 to $6000.  VIP packages are available for those who are interested in working directly with Brain State founder, Lee Gerdes. Click here for more information.

  • Will my insurance cover the costs?

    If you receive your Brainwave Optimization through a licensed medical facility or therapist, then insurance may cover the cost of your services. Some people have health care accounts that may help with the cost, or they may have an insurance that allows alternative modalities to be explored. This is something that you must check with your own insurance company and your local Brainwave Optimization provider.

How do I choose a provider?

  • What if there is more than one office in my area. How do I choose which is best?

    All of our certified affiliates receive their initial training at our corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. They complete a comprehensive three-week training program to learn how to work with clients and the technology. Yet, each affiliate comes from a different life experience, profession and education. It is perfectly acceptable to contact the offices near you to schedule a consultation or discuss your issues and goals. It is likely that you will find a brain technologist nearby that best fits your personal needs and preferences.

  • How can I find a brainwave technologist near me?

    Our Certified Network of provider offices can be found on the Locations Page. This list is updated monthly as new provider offices are opened.

  • Why might different providers do things a little different?

    Each provider is instructed in “best practices.” Over time, they may find that some variation on a practice works best for them and/or their clients.