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Valerie Holland, M.A., M.S.
Kalaheo, HI 96741

What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a straightforward process. For example, when you look in a mirror to see how you look, you are receiving biofeedback from the mirror.  Scientific biofeedback in modern medicine uses sophisticated electromedical measurement devices that provide feedback of many body functions, including brainwaves, heartrate and heartrate variability, skin resistance, skin temperature and muscle tension.   

What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a particular subspecialty of biofeedback which utilizes EEG technology.  EEG readings are taken from scalp sensors.  These readings can indicate levels of mental arousal, mental stress, or even levels of relaxation.   For instance, the brainwaves of meditators have been studied for decades.  Ongoing  research into the applications of neurofeedback for pain control, attention-deficit, anxiety, PTSD, epilepsy control, brain injury recovery, and insomnia continues to yield encouraging results.  

What is BAUDtherapy?

BAUDtherapy refers to a therapy tool called the Bio-Acoustic Utilization Device.   With this device one can access the brain state associated with pain, fear, attention-deifict, or any feeling state.  One also learns to access the therapeutic state of the brain that heals.  It has been demonstrated as effective with ADHD, pain, addiction, and phobias.  It was featured on a segment of Oprah Winfreys' televised program "Ask Oprah's All Stars. 

What is auriculotherapy?

Auriculotherapy  is the electrical stimulation (TENS) of acupuncture points on the external ear. It is believed by practioners that the entire nervous system is represented on the ear, thus forming the  basis for a therapy that involves stimulation of these points.   No needles are used.  The stimulation level is barely perceptible; there is ordinarily no pain or adverse reaction to this level of stimulation. The effectiveness of this technique has been scientifically validated in a variety of clinical settings.  At Brainwaves Kauai LLC we use protocols that have been developed to address conditions such as pain, addiction, and a variety of stress-related medical conditions including high blood pressure and migraine headaches.

How can your services help me?

At Brainwaves Kauai, we believe that the way one pays attention greatly determines our health and well-being. Therefore, training can reinforce positive coping skills.  We measure results with patients in behavioral changes, such as elimination or reduction in the intensity, frequency, and duration of their symptoms.  Behavioral change can also be measured by a reduction in the necessity for medication. 

What can I expect?

Every session is unique and caters to each individual and his or her specific goals.  It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, which may vary in length.  Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to practice what has been learned and integrate it into your life between sessions. For this process to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People who benefit most  from our servicesare those who are willing to take responsibility for their habits of mind.

Here are some things you can expect from your sessions with us:
  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.

Do you accept insurance?

Our psychological services may be covered by your insurance carrier under outpatient psychological services.  Although access to our services usually does not require a medical referral, we welcome referrals from medical practitioners, and we look forward to collaborating with your physician for your benefit.   We accept HMSA, HMAA, AlohaCare, Medicare, Ohana, Workers Compensation, and Auto Insurance.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a patient and a licensed psychologist.  No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the patient.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The psychologist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The psychologist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The psychologist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.