Carl Shames, PhD

Carl Shames, PhD received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado in 1975. He has extensive experience as a psychologist in a variety of settings, including community clinics, hospitals, criminal justice agencies. In a private psychotherapy practice he specialized in work with adolescents and young adults.

Dr. Shames left this profession to undertake research and consulting on health and nutrition issues. He has continued to work as a holistic health educator and practitioner. He became interested in neurofeedback while searching for alternative, holistic treatments for ADHD, depression and other mental health issues. He studied neurofeedback with Sue and Siegfried Othmer among the initial founders of the field. He believes that neurofeedback is the beginning of an entirely new field of knowledge and practice, lying between psychology and neurophysiology: our understanding of and communication with the living patterns of brain functioning.

Dr. Shames has written and lectured extensively and is especially interested in the relations between healing, spirituality, politics and human evolution.

Our Practice

Following an initial evaluation, sessions are 45-50 minutes. In general, expect 12-20 sessions; more may be needed in some cases, for instance with serious early trauma. Often a significant reduction of symptoms can be achieved sooner. We will be able to tell within the first few sessions whether neurofeedback is likely to be helpful for your condition and how many sessions should be expected.

Cost Comparison

Infra-low frequency training at Bay Area Neurofeedback

  • Fee: $120 per session
  • Total number of sessions 15-20
  • No charge for initial assessment – usually done on the phone or in 15 minutes attached to first session; we assess as we go along
  • Total cost: $1800-$2400 
  • How soon you know if it’s working: 3 sessions at most. Total at risk investment $360

Typical fee schedule for standard neurofeedback

  • Fee per session: $140 and up
  • Initial assessment and discussion: $3-400
  • Brain map: $5-800
  • Number of sessions: at least 40; they generally recommend or require people to buy blocks of 20
  • Follow up Brain map: $5-800
  • Total cost: $7000 – 10,000 or more
  • How soon to know if it’s working: hard to say. Often the follow-up brain map shows improvement but the client doesn’t experience an improvement. In many cases the client does experience improvement but only after many sessions.

Please note: this is not a program of diagnosis, treatment or prevention of specific disorders. It is a holistic health approach addressing imbalances that often underlie many conditions. These methods are not a substitute for medical treatment and should be used in conjunction with other health care services.

Nutrition plays an important role in our wellbeing and in effective brain functioning. Nutritional imbalances that may be contributing to the presenting problems will be discussed. Neurofeedback may be helpful in reducing the cravings that are part of an unbalanced dietary cycle.

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