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Listings of Therapeutic Businesses and Organizations

A former member
Post #: 35
If you know of any or have/run a therapeutic businesses or organization that you'd like to share with the group, please post it here. It can relate to any of the subtopics our group explores such as brain health, psychology, medicine, wellness, etc.

Please be sure to include the business name and a few sentences of description on what the business offers or is about and why you recommend it so that people have an understanding of what this business can provide for them. Also, if you have any personal comments about your experience the particular group you're recommending, or if there are specifics you would like to point out, please be sure to include that as well.

Your contributions to the group are appreciated!
A former member
Post #: 36
Virtual Reality Medical Center (VRMC)
Los Angeles Clinic:
William Rickles, M.D., Medical Director
1950 Sawtelle Boulevard, Suite 357
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 208-3311

VRMC currently uses virtual reality exposure therapy (3-dimensional computer simulation) in combination with physiological monitoring and feedback to treat panic and anxiety disorders. These conditions include specific phobias such as fear of flying, fear of driving, fear of heights, fear of public speaking, fear of thunderstorms, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, arachnophobia, social phobia, panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder due to motor vehicle accidents. General stress management and relaxation skills are taught for stress-related disorders.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) places the client in a computer-generated environment where he or she can "experience" several aspects of situations that make them anxious. The environments include auditory cues, three dimensional visual cues, and movement vibrations, which are presented through a headmounted display with small TV monitors and stereo earphones.

William H. Rickles, M.D. did a postgraduate degree in Neurophysiology at Baylor School of Medicine and obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He took his in training in Psychiatry at UCLA and stayed on at the Department of Psychiatry as Chief of the Clinical Psychophysiology Research Laboratory. Dr. Rickles' early laboratory research and resulting publications concerned neurophysiology of schizophrenia, psychophysiology, migraine, marijuana and biofeedback therapy of stress related disorders. His interest in psychotherapy integration has produced lectures and paper regarding psychoanalytic object relations, self psychology, and physiological monitoring of stress reduction training. Dr. Rickles is a member of the clinical faculty in the Dept. of Psychiatry at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences and teaches at psychotherapy training programs in the Los Angeles area. His current interest and practice is in integrating treatment methods including Virtual Reality Immersion Therapy, Biofeedback, Medication and Dynamic Psychotherapy.

On July 8, 2011, Dr. Rickles held a meetup at his office to introduce his VR work to us. View the attendee comments:­

On William Rickles, M.D.:­
A former member
Post #: 42
Jon Gabriel: "The Gabriel Method" approach to dieting and managing stress:

What if there was a way to work with your body’s biology to lose weight and keep it off without struggle or suffering? What if you could solve your weight loss problems forever? Best-selling author and world-renowned speaker, Jon Gabriel, lost 227lbs without extreme diet or exercise using what he calls, The Gabriel Method. If diets actually worked, there would be only one diet, everyone would do it, and that would be the end of it. But dieting puts your body in a state of famine leading you to gain more and more weight as time goes on creating a vicious cycle of struggle. Your body has incredible potential for change and healing, regardless of your background, your genetics, or your current life circumstances. Using The Gabriel Method you can totally transform your life.

View his video clip on the biochemistry behind "Why" the body wants to be thin or fat:­

Visit Jon Gabriel's site and read the first chapter of his book for free which explains why dieting doesn't work, and why using his biological approach to dieting and dealing with stress worked for him, and how it may work for you: http://www.thegabriel...­

About Jon Gabriel, http://www.thegabriel...­
Jon Gabriel has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he also pursued extensive coursework in biochemistry and performed research for the internationally recognized biochemist Dr. Jose Rabinowitz.

I had the great privilege of hearing Jon Gabriel speak and was impressed with his biological know-how and plain old good common sense in his ability to conceptualize effectively on that level. Listen to his video and read the first chapter of his book for free. His diet and approach for dealing with stress, no matter the source, makes complete sense from a biological and evolutionary standpoint. Even if you don't need to diet, hearing his perspective is utterly mind-blowing and completely revolutionary, even though he is ironically using evolutionary biological principles we've all known for a long time.
Andrew H.
user 95657522
Culver City, CA
Post #: 6
Are you looking to optimize brain function or address specific challenges in attention regulation, stress, sleep, migraine, or other regulatory features of the brain?

Check out the Alternatives Brain Institute:­

We currently host an ADHD Meetup on the first Friday of each month:­

So far this year topics have included the "Neuroscience of ADHD", mindfulness for attention, introductions to neurofeedback, and discussions of research and practical considerations of biofeedback/neurofeedback and Quantitative EEG (QEEG).

Many LAB&C members have attended over the past few months. In August I'll be speaking on "Trajectories of Attention Across the Lifecourse", touching on how attention resources are different in developing, adult, and aging brains.

ABI works with tools and technologies to give our clients a better understand of brain function (though QEEG assessment, or "brain mapping"), and works to improve function in both healthy and challenged brains with neurofeedback, including EEG biofeedback and HEG biofeedback. ABI also offers mindfulness training programs including one-on-one training and group classes for adults and teens.

Chilren, teens, adults, and elders all come to ABI work on brain problems, learn to maximize performance, or to get a snapshot of brain function and explore physiology in more detail.

ABI and it's sister program Alternatives Treatment ( are located at Robertson Blvd in Los Angeles, in adjacent suites (822 S. Robertson Blvd, 90035, suites 308/300).

ATx is an intensive outpatient substance abuse program (non-12 step) that brings a multidisciplinary approach to support goals of either abstinence or moderation.

Both programs may be accessed at this link:­
A former member
Post #: 67
Thank you, Dr. Hill for providing these excellent health informed meetups for our community!
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