Alpha-Stimulation Sessions

Baltimore Washington Counseling Center is pleased to provide Alpha-Stimulation, also known as Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), for the relief of symptoms related to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and PTSD. Alpha-Stim is a clinically proven, highly effective, FDA-approved form of treatment that acts as a complementary addition to psychotherapy.

Why Alpha-Stim?
Your moods and emotions are controlled through electrochemical signals in your brain. When these signals aren’t functioning properly, the hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate your emotions can become unbalanced. Alpha-Stim works to modulate the brain’s electrochemical signals, which can safely and effectively improve anxiety, depression, and difficulty sleeping. 

How Does Alpha-Stim Work? 
When painlessly attaching clips onto your earlobes, the Alpha-Stim device generates a waveform that is the same frequency as an alpha brainwave, which has been compared to the relaxed state that individuals desire to achieve during meditation. The waveform returns cells within your body's central nervous system back to their baseline, significantly reducing bothersome symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Sessions are typically 20, 40, or 60 minute long.

What Does Alpha-Stim Feel Like?
Alpha-Stim users have described the sensation as being awake, but relaxed, or,  "the peace you feel on awakening or just before falling asleep."   Most users notice an immediate reduction in symptoms during the very first treatment. Alpha-Stim’s effect is cumulative, meaning each treatment session is potentially more and more effective. The benefits of Alpha-Stim are often felt for several days after a session has concluded.

Who Can and Cannot Have Alpha-Stim? 
All ages and types of clients can use it, except for pregnant women and those with implanted devices (pacemakers, defibrillators, etc). Clients who might benefit from Alpha-Stim include ones who don't take medications, are apprehensive about medications or side effects, or their medications aren't effective enough.

I'm Interested, How Can I Try Alpha-Stim?
Your first Alpha-Stim session at BWCC is completely free of charge! For more information, please speak directly with your therapist about setting up your first session. If you are not a current client, please contact Kristen McDermott, LCSW-C at 410-768-6088 x104 or

After my first free session, what are the fees associated with continuing Alpha-Stim?
The fees for continuing Alpha-Stim are as follows: $10 for 20 minutes.  $20 for 40 minutes.  $30 for 60 minutes. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, money order, and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

Alpha-Stim Referral Program
When referring someone that completes two alpha-stim sessions, you will receive a credit for a free 20 minute alpha-stim session of your own at BWCC. You may speak with your individual therapist and/or the therapist conducting your alpha-stim session regarding completed referrals.


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