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Pros and Cons of Electrical Stimulation Treatments for the Brain

Electrical Activity in the Brain
Electrical Activity in the Brain

Navigating through the complexities of mental health treatments, one encounters a myriad of options, each with its unique advantages and disadvantages. This document provides an insightful comparison of four prominent brain stimulation therapies: LENS Neurofeedback, Traditional Neurofeedback, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Electric Shock Therapy (ECT). With roots dating back to various points in the 20th century, these treatments occupy a significant domain of mental health care. They vary in cost, average session count, efficacy, and potential side effects, hence the importance of thorough understanding before deciding on the ideal approach. At Harmonized Brain Centers, we emphasize the use of LENS Neurofeedback, but the choice of treatment is always contingent on individual needs and circumstances. We wish you well on your mental health journey.

Treatments for the Brain

LENS Neurofeedback

Founded in the early 1990's by Dr. Len Ochs

Average cost per session $125

Average number of sessions 12 once a week


  1. FDA Approved - non-invasive method

  2. Often results in improved cognitive function

  3. Non participatory and used on all age groups

  4. Brain Mapping is completed during session.


  1. Results may vary significantly between individuals

  2. Treatment duration is unpredictable

  3. May not be effective for severe mental health issues

  4. Most insurance does not pay for treatment

Traditional Neurofeedback

Traditional Neurofeedback came about in the late 1950's early 1960's and was pioneered by Dr. Joseph Kamiya at the University of Chicago and Dr. Barry Sterman at UCLA

Cost per session can range from $120 to $200 plus a QEEG prior and post treatment adding $1,000 to $1,500

An average of 20 to 40 sessions required.


  1. Non-invasive and drug-free treatment option

  2. Can lead to long-term improvements in brain function

  3. Suitable for people ages 10 and up

  4. Is accepted by some commercial insurance


  1. May take multiple sessions to see noticeable improvements

  2. Effectiveness can vary between individuals

  3. Requires active participation during treatment sessions

  4. Requires a QEEG prior to treatment and post treatment

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Founded in 1984 by by Dr. Anthony Barker and put into practice in 2008

Typically 36 session over a 9 week period

Cost can vary from $400 plus per session


  1. FDA-approved for treating depression

  2. Non-pharmaceutical treatment option

  3. Can be targeted to specific areas of the brain

  4. Accepted by most insurance


  1. May cause headaches or scalp discomfort

  2. Time inconvenient

  3. Must have failed from 1 to 4 medications before approved for insurance

Electric Shock Therapy (ECT)

Founded in the 1930's by Ugo Cerletti and Lucio Bini

Number of sessions range from 4 to 20 depending on situation

Cost is $2,500 per session


  1. Often effective for severe mental illnesses

  2. Rapid symptom relief

  3. Can be life-saving in extreme cases


  1. Side effects can include memory loss

  2. Requires anesthesia

  3. Stigma surrounding the treatment method

  4. Time inconvenient

At the Harmonized Brain Centers we specialize in LENS Neurofeedback as we have found it to be fast, safe and effective. We incorporate other proven, drug-free, safe and effective care create the best environment for the brain to function.

It is easy to get started with us:

  1. Come in for a consultation and brain mapping

  2. Schedule your 12 session brain wellness plan

  3. Live life with a harmonized brain

With a decade of experience and over 100,000 successful sessions, our clients have overcome many obstacles and challenges while achieving their best brain ever.

The journey to mental health recovery and peak cognitive performance is a deeply personal one, with each individual having unique needs and circumstances. Whether it's LENS Neurofeedback's non-participatory approach, the long-term improvements seen with Traditional Neurofeedback, the targeted treatment of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), or the rapid symptom relief provided by Electric Shock Therapy (ECT), each method holds its unique strengths and limitations. At Harmonized Brain Centers, we strive to support this journey by providing expert advice, treatment, and a nurturing environment tailored to individual needs. We invite you to step into a life of better cognition, improved function, and harmonized living, achieved through the power of a harmonized brain.

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