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Outpatient Mental Health Services

The Better Brain Center uses evidence-based practice to integrate the best available research with clinical expertise to meet the needs of each client’s personal characteristics, culture, strengths and preferences. We draw upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Theory, Interpersonal Therapy (IT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) depending on the needs of each client. From anxiety and mood disorders to life transitions and trauma, we here to help you get your brain back to where you want it to be through psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management.

Northern Virginia & D.C.’s Premier Neurofeedback Treatment

The Better Brain Center is Northern Virginia and D.C.’s premier neurofeedback treatment center offering the most comprehensive neurofeedback treatment options by fully licensed therapists. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Deborah Stokes, Better Brain has become an industry leader with its cutting-edge technology, innovative treatment, and proven outcomes.

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Symptoms we treat:

Chronic Pain:  Neurofeedback helps you learn to relieve stress and improve your brain’s ability calm itself, which can lessen the experience of chronic pain, stress headaches, and migraines.

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Insomnia: Get rid of the “busy brain” chatter that keeps you lying awake at night.

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Anxiety: We assist you to learn to be less reactive to stress associated with anxiety and related conditions using the latest neurofeedback techniques.

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Depression: Depression often is seen as slow brainwave activity. We can help identify if this can be improved with neurofeedback.

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ADHD: Neurofeedback is a proven non-medication treatment to increase concentration and focus, and decrease hyperactivity.

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Additional Areas: There are a variety of behavioral and functional issues we can help with from autism and anger management to athletes and executives wanting enhanced performance.

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Our Results

Three out of four clients show marked improvement in symptom reduction and improved brain function as found in the Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA).


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What is Neurofeedback and How is it Done?

Also known as EEG biofeedback, neurofeedback training assists individuals in improving their overall functioning. It is a non-drug, non-invasive and painless method for training the brain. Sensors are attached to the scalp, which feed brainwaves into an amplifier which converts the brainwaves into audio and video displays, which resemble video games. Watching the video screen and listening to tones give the client immediate feedback on whether his/her brain is making faster or slower brainwaves. By repeatedly making the desired brainwave patterns, clients learn to maintain the desired state.

How We Treat

The professionals at The Better Brain Center offer the widest variety of neurofeedback procedures and equipment available in the DC and NOVA region using comprehensive state of the art neurofeedback protocols. Our professionals regularly receive continuing education on the most effective and rapid methods available to date. We are also uniquely qualified to help you using:


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The Better Brain Center is operated by a staff of highly qualified
professionals dedicated to the improvement of your neurological health.

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  • 76 %

    Of our clients with anxiety
    experienced improvement in
    ability to focus.*

  • 77 %

    Of our clients with insomnia
    experienced improvement in
    executive function.*

  • 70 %

    Of migraineurs at our clinic
    experience a reduction in the frequency of their headaches.*

  • 75 %

    Of our clients with ADHD
    experienced improvement in
    ability to focus.*

*Mental health and neurofeedback treatment is not an exact science, therefore no guarantees can be made regarding the process or outcome of these services.
Individual results may vary.


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I have been very impressed and delighted to see some of my more challenging patients with migraines who had been on a number of medications finally get relief by undergoing neurofeedback. I referred them to Dr. Stokes’ neurofeedback clinic because we were running out of conventional options. Neurofeedback is something more physicians need to add to a repertoired approach to migraines.

Our adopted son threatened to break apart our family with his violent rages. He also had crippling fears and anxiety and could not fall asleep at night. Now after 4 months of training, we have a happier, calmer and more insightful child than we could have ever imagined. He is sleeping finally, has friends and seems happier in general. He is completely off the medications he was taking prior to neurofeedback. My entire family is so happy with the results that neurofeedback has provided that I am going to bring in my daughter soon to help her with her focus.

Before neurofeedback, I couldn’t get my son out of bed in the morning. He would sleep through the first 2 hours of school and not be able to remember his assignments. When he did complete them, he would forget to hand them in. Now he is waking up right after his alarm goes off and he is no longer sleeping or daydreaming in class. His grades have improved dramatically and his soccer coach wanted to know what he is doing since his performance and stamina has gotten so much better so quickly. We are so happy we found neurofeedback and Dr. Stokes.

*Mental health and neurofeedback treatment is not an exact science, therefore no guarantees can be made regarding the process or outcome of these services.
Individual results may vary.

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Meet the Staff at The Better Brain Center

The experienced staff at The Better Brain Center is dedicated to the practice of neurofeedback and the health and wellness of our clients. We follow accepted best practices while adapting treatment to meet your unique needs.


Featured Team Member

Lorraine Faherty – Site Director, Neurofeedback Technician

Lorraine has been part of The Better Brain Center since 2001 working initially as the lead neurofeedback EEG technician. She has since become the lead trainer for all technicians at the clinic and for other programs as available.
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