WHO WE ARE
At Neuropotential Clinics, our goal is to help you feel better by providing specialized services. If you have been struggling with focus, attention, sleep, stress, or feel you are not reaching your potential, our services may be right for you. We at Neuropotential Clinics strive for our clients to not only improve their symptoms, but to reach their brain’s potential.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Talk to a real person over the phone. Are you tired of asking for more information and only getting a chat window or sending an email without any response? We believe everyone deserves to talk to someone over the phone when they are trying to figure out what services they need.
Learn about your options without worry. We believe that learning about your treatment options should be free and without any commitments. We are one of very few clinics that offer a free one-hour consultation where you can meet the staff, see our facilities, discuss your concerns privately, and see if we are the right clinic for you. If we can’t provide the services you are looking for, we will do our best to find someone who can.
We do our best to get our clients reimbursed for their services. It is important to seek services with someone who has a medical billing number so your insurance company can verify this and reimburse you accordingly. All of our treatment plans are supervised by a licensed Clinical Psychologist who is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). If you are covered for psychological services or services conducted by a psychologist, there is a very good chance you can get some of your services reimbursed at our clinic.
No commitments or prepaid conditions. We believe in our process and feel you should pay for services only after you complete them. Once we discuss your personalized treatment plan you can begin your sessions and can drop out of your program at any time. We are truly confident in our thorough method of assessment, detailed treatment plan design, and communication of results to our clients.
We are committed to constant learning. The field of mental health is ever-changing and you deserve a team that is committed to consistent growth and learning. We are constantly reading new journal articles, purchasing new, updated textbooks, and often invite specialists in the field to our clinic for additional training to make sure we are up to date on the best ways to help our clients.
We constantly invest to ensure you have the best experience possible. Our state-of-the-art facility, website, and technology are a few ways we try to ensure you are getting your money’s worth while conducting services at our clinic.
CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Our combination of non-invasive treatment modalities can help with conditions such as:
Attention Deficit (ADD) and Hyperactivity (ADHD) Disorder
Concussion, TBI, and Post Concussive Syndrome
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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If you feel like you are in a constant state of exhaustion, stress, daydreaming, frustration, and/or anxiety, you may have deviated brainwave patterns. Deviated brainwaves are similar to that of an unharmonized symphony orchestra. When the orchestra is tuning up, it makes a lot of noise that is unpleasant to the ear which causes discomfort. However, with the right training and practice, the orchestra can work towards harmony and so can your brainwaves.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is an alternative treatment method aimed at targeting symptoms which stem from mental and physical trauma. This treatment modality was developed by Psychologist, Dr. Peter Levine when he discovered that we can stimulate our natural healing mechanisms to help our nervous and muscular systems as well as our organs.
SE is not just about “facing” the pain, or “curing” it by developing high tolerance or using medication. Rather, SE is about balance as it facilitates a natural recovery between the mind and body.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an emotional response to a frightening and/or dangerous experience involving actual or threatened harm. Although any real danger may have passed, the thoughts and memories from that experience can heavily impact a person’s life.
Psychological trauma is damage to the mind that stems from a distressing event that was perceived to be life threatening to oneself or others by our nervous system. Trauma can be a one-time event, a prolonged event or a series of events. Emotional (verbal abuse), physical (physical harm) and sexual assault usually result to trauma, but it is not limited to that. Experiences at school or work and big changes like moving to a new country can all be traumatic. Thus, traumatic events can vary from person to person and trauma may look different to everyone.
Once you have been diagnosed with post concussion syndrome, your doctor will most likely recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) to reduce any neck pain or headache symptoms. However, these medications may come with some unwanted side effects such as becoming more tolerant to these pain relievers, making it harder for you to experience pain relief.
Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries which usually occur after a motor vehicle accident, sports injury, physical fight or trips/falls. Individuals who have experienced this type of injury often report a number of physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms. These symptoms are referred to as post concussion symptoms (PCS). PCS are categorized into two different groups; circuit (physical) malfunction and metabolic (chemical) malfunction.
If you’ve read our last blog post, you know that there are different types of concussions and several symptoms associated with them. If you experience any of the cognitive, physical or emotional symptoms after an injury, then you may have a concussion.
After a head injury, it is important to visit a family physician and/or medical doctor. Your doctor will review your medical history, evaluate your symptoms and conduct a preliminary neurological exam in order to make a diagnosis. Remember, signs and symptoms of a concussion may not appear until hours or even days after the injury so it is important to visit your doctor even if you think your injury was minor.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that may occur through trips and falls, sports injuries, fights/assaults, bicycle accidents, motor vehicle accidents and much more. After a concussion, you may think, act, move or feel differently as there are several symptoms that one may experience from this traumatic brain injury.
Do you ever feel like you have no control over your emotions? Do you find it difficult to manage disruptive impulses and behaviours? Well, self-regulation may be what you are missing. According to Ottawa Public Health, self-regulation is the ability to adjust our thinking, attention, emotions, behaviour, and bodies so we can be in a calm, focused, alert state when learning and responding to our environment.
Operant conditioning is a method of learning that occurs through rewards and punishments for behaviour. It was coined by American Psychologist, B.F. Skinner who believed we should only focus on the external, observable causes of human behavior.
Skinner’s theory was heavily influenced by Edward Thorndike’s Law of Effect which states that actions followed by pleasant consequences are likely to be repeated, whereas actions followed by unpleasant consequences are less likely to be repeated. Essentially, operant conditioning has a similar premise as actions followed by positive reinforcers are strengthened and will likely occur again.
For 400 years, it was believed that the brain was permanently fixed but that is simply not true. Just ask yourself, have your behaviours and thoughts changed from 15 years ago? Most likely, the answer is yes and that is because our experiences play a role in shaping our brains. These shifts are neuroplasticity in action.
To understand what neuroplasticity is, you must first know the meaning of plasticity. Plasticity is derived from the word plastic and plastic is something that can easily be shaped, molded and/or altered. Neuroplasticity uses the same concept as it is the brain’s ability to reorganize and restructure itself by forming new neural connections in response to learning and other events. Neural connections are connections between nerve cells called neurons and as mentioned in our last blog post, the human brain contains about 100 billion neurons. Attached to these neurons are long nerve fibers called axons which transmit information to different neurons, glands and muscles. If an axon is undamaged, it is able to grow new nerve endings to reconnect injured neurons and form new neural pathways.
The human brain contains about 100 billion nerve cells called neurons. Neurons are electrically excitable cells that communicate with other cells through connections called synapses. When these neurons are communicating, they form synchronized electrical pulses which produce brainwaves.
Brainwaves are patterns of electrical activity that occur in the brain and different brainwaves have different frequencies (slow, fast, etc). The frequency of a brainwave helps us tell one brainwave pattern apart from another. Brainwave frequencies are measured in Hertz (Hz) which looks at how many cycles of a brainwave pattern occur each second. For example, a 1 Hz wave means there is only one wave occurring each one second, while a 20 Hz wave means there are 20 waves occurring in one second. Therefore, delta waves (0.5-3.5 Hz) are much slower than beta waves (13-38 Hz).
Many people describe themselves as high performing employees but there are only a few who deliver that promise on a daily basis. This isn’t to say that most employees are lazy but rather, workers are feeling more stressed and overwhelmed. According to Canada Life, stress and anxiety have a large detrimental effect on productivity. In fact, 9.7 million workers reported that their productivity has been affected by stress and anxiety. Moreover, certain job positions have a high degree of turnover due to burnout. This can cause additional stress in the workplace as administrative staff scramble to fill the position, retrain new employees, and integrate that person into the culture of the company. Peak Performance Neurofeedback training may be an essential support to reduce burnout. Thus, to ensure individual and organizational well-being, it is important for everyone to strive for resilience.
Being an elite athlete doesn’t just involve physical strength and speed, but also requires discipline, focus, and resilience. While physical training is important for conditioning, mental training may help improve things like resilience and focus.
School can be challenging for students, even those who are labelled as gifted. Often, people assume that gifted students do not struggle with homework, presentations, and tests because they are seen as above average and/or advanced in comparison to others. However, what many people don’t know is that gifted students are just as, if not more, likely to suffer from performance anxiety.
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From our first blog post we know that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most prevalent mental health disorder affecting children in Canada and 80% of children maintain their diagnosis into adolescence. Once diagnosed, many doctors prescribe medication to manage symptoms such as inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Amphetamine based medications are a popular choice in the management of ADHD symptoms.
St. Patrick’s day is a holiday that incorporates elements of Irish culture but it is celebrated globally by people of different backgrounds. Every year, St. Patrick’s day falls on the 17th of March which means that many will be dressed in green, drinking beer at their local pub this Sunday. After a full day of drinking, you may wake up with a hangover the next morning.
Hangover is a non-medical term used to describe the physical effects that occur after excessive consumption of alcohol. Veisalgia is the medical term for hangover and symptoms of veisalgia include:
Blood is a fluid in the body that carries oxygen and nutrients to cells while helping with the removal of carbon dioxide. All of us have it in our body and though everyone’s blood may look the same, your blood is actually categorized into one of four types: A, B, AB, and O. Knowing your blood type is important for blood transfusion procedures, but as of recent, your blood type may reveal your chances of cognitive decline.
What comes to mind when you hear the word grief? Perhaps you think of the death of a loved one or destruction caused by a natural disaster. These are major events that take a toll on your life but grief does not have to be caused by a major loss. Grieving can occur when you are adjusting to change, whether that be your kids leaving for college or retiring from your job of 30 years. These changes may not be as obvious of a loss but they impact your life in ways that you wouldn’t expect. So while your life changes, your brain is undergoing neurological changes too.
As humans, we all use different types of attention to attend to both internal and external stimuli in our everyday lives. In psychology, attention is used to describe the concentration of awareness on phenomenon to the exclusion of other stimuli. Concentration of awareness can either be automatic or controlled, depending on the type of processing employed to elicit attention.
To better understand how attention actually works, attention has often been compared to a highlighter. In a sea of text, a highlighter is used to make certain portions of text stand out more than the rest of the text. Similarly in a sea of competing stimuli, attention causes us to selectively focus our interest, whilst ignoring competing information and stimuli, on certain specifics in our environment. However, not all attention is the same. Mateer’s Hierarchical Attention Model differentiates between attention, categorizing it as divided, sustained, selective or alternating in nature. Although there are various types of attention, today’s post will concentrate specifically on breaking down one type, namely Focused Attention.
“Love is in the air” is a popular saying but should it be changed to love is in the brain? The feeling or emotion of love has been studied for years, yet it is the least understood behaviour. In fact, if you were to search up love in the Oxford dictionary, you’ll find that that there are several definitions for it. Some of them include:
An intense feeling of deep affection.
A strong feeling of affection and sexual attraction for someone.
Affectionate greetings conveyed to someone on one's behalf.
A formula for ending an affectionate letter.
A personified figure of love, often represented as Cupid.
While we may not completely understand love, what we we do know is that love and lust are neurobiologically correlated. From an evolutionary perspective, this makes sense since lust helps produce offspring and love helps to care for the offspring.
The neurological basis of personality has always been a bit of a mystery but researchers are now one step closer to understanding it. Using advanced brain scan technology, researchers were able to estimate myelination levels in different brain areas.
So what exactly is myelin? Myelin is a fatty substance that insulates nerve fibres in your brain. It speeds up information processing and it’s usually thicker in cortex areas related to perception and movement. The process of coating nerve fibres, also known as axons, with myelin is called myelination. Myelination helps protect and conduct electrical signals in the neuron.
Each person has a different combination of traits within each dimension that make up their personality. Based on these combinations, people tend to behave in certain ways that are in line with characteristics of each dimension. In addition to playing a role in influencing one’s behaviour, recent research out of The University of Texas at Austin suggests that these personality dimensions may also influence a child’s performance in math and reading in ways we might not expect.
It is common to feel anxious before taking a test and while some experience the harmless “butterflies in stomach” feeling, others are severely impacted. Statistics show that low-income students are less likely to complete four years of high school science in comparison to high-income students. This prevents students from low-income families to major in science at a post-secondary level which means that they are unable to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
When looking at a midwestern high school, 40% of students from low-income families were assured to fail their biology course. They had internalized feelings of inadequacy which lead to high levels of anxiety prior to taking a test/exam. As a result of low self-esteem and anxiety, these students received poor grades.
If you were to look up the word trauma on WebMD, you would find “a serious physical injury.” While that may be the medical definition, trauma is much more than that. Trauma is an emotional response to a traumatic event and according to the Canadian Psychological Association, an event is considered traumatic if an individual “experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others. The person’s response must have also involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror.” But how do you explain your trauma symptoms if you have not personally gone through a traumatic event?
Indulging in your favourite food is common during the holiday season and while your new year's resolution may have been to eat more healthy, a neurotransmitter called dopamine could be preventing you from doing that.
Dopamine is a pleasure chemical that plays a role in identifying and reinforcing rewarding/pleasurable experiences. Researchers at Max Planck Institute in Germany decided to use a positron-emission tomography (PET) technique to monitor the peaks of dopamine release while people ate palatable (pleasant tasting) and non-palatable (unpleasant tasting) food. This PET technique also helped identify the brain regions associated with the releases.
Brain development is complex and varies from person to person. There are several factors that affect development and socioeconomic status may be one of them. Recently, U.S. researchers discovered that the brain areas responsible for language, learning, and emotional development were far more complex in children whose parents had a higher level of education and/or worked professional jobs compared to those with parents working manual labour jobs and/or having lower levels of education.
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat. These are just a few of the most popular social media platforms used in Canada. According to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), 74 percent of Canadians spend a minimum of 3-4 hours online per day. While this may not seem so bad, the effects of social media on your mental health suggest otherwise.
You may know or have described someone as narcissistic but did you know that narcissism is not just a character trait but an actual personality disorder?
Personality disorders are characterized as behavioural patterns or inner experiences that vary from the norm of the individual’s culture. These patterns are stable and have a long duration which can lead to distress or impairment in work, social environments and more.