Carol Ann Rowland, MSW, RSW, SEP

Design a Life You Love to Live

Psychotherapy & Neurofeedback


Psychotherapy & Neurofeedback
Are you tired of struggling and just want to feel better?  Do you sometimes feel as if you have tried everything and yet nothing has helped?  Have you sought help before and while you found new insights, your day to day life didn't improve as much as you had hoped?

I'd like to help.

I have trained in a variety of cutting edge approaches that are based upon the latest research on the brain and the nervous system. Many of the concerns that typically bring someone into therapy - issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, anger, addictions, autoimmune disorders and more - have at their root a dysregulated nervous system. This is why when we talk about our problems and obtain insight about them, we don't necessarily find that our symptoms improve. It is only by working with the body, the brain and the nervous system that we are likely to experience true and lasting improvement.

In addition to Somatic Experiencing - a nervous system based psychotherapy - I also offer NeurOptimal neurofeedback, and the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) by Stephen Porges. Each of these systems help to promote optimal healing of the brain, nervous system, and associated bodily systems. Improvements are often noted with concerns such as tinnitus, brain injuries, misophonia, chemo brain, learning disabilities, migraines, alzheimers, dementia, sports performance, academic performance, autism spectrum disorders, and more. Both NeurOptimal and SSP are available either in office, or as rentals for home use. Please see the neurofeedback and SSP pages for additional information.

Rather than simply learning how to cope better with their symptoms - which is often what happens when talk therapy is used alone - many of my clients now find that they simply don't get as anxious, stressed or depressed, etc... in relation to events that previously would have really triggered them. I find in my own life, I often suddenly realize I have simply forgotten to be anxious or upset, and that I have been applying the calming skills I have learned without even being fully conscious of doing so.

I am also trained in more traditional approaches to psychotherapy such as talk therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness, as well as more alternative approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Energy Psychology, and Energy Medicine.

I provide a very comfortable and peaceful environment in my home office, located near the Georgetown, Ontario GO station.

Although healing work can definitely include difficult feelings at times, I am someone who has a quirky sense of humour that my clients tend to really enjoy. As a result, sessions with me often include more gentle laughter together than one might typically expect in therapy.

In addition to having over 24 years of experience as a therapist, I also have been through a lot in my own life, so I am also very familiar with what it is like to be a client and the special mix of feelings, hopes and fears that that can include.

Before starting my private practice over 14 years ago, I was a therapist for over 10 years at Hamilton Health Sciences' McMaster University Medical Centre, predominantly in the Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Care Centre.

I am assisted in my home office by my two canine assistants: Maggie, who is a 14 year old schnauzer-poodle cross, Jasper, my 5year old beagle who is a St. John's Ambulance therapy dog, and Molly, a ragdoll kitten. Please advise me if the pets' presence poses any difficulty for you.

I also have availabile, on my "self help rental" page, a number of devices that many people find helpful, for various concerns such as sleep, chronic pain, anxiety or depression. Often these devices are quite expensive to buy, so I have made available some of those that I have found to be most helpful, so that people can choose to rent them to see if they are helpful for them specifically, before choosing to purchase their own.

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Services


Individual Therapy

I provide individual psychotherapy sessions for those aged 16 and over.

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NeurOptimal Neurofeedback

I offer NeurOptimal brain training neurofeedback sessions to all ages, as well as having personal neurofeedback units that are available to be rented out for home use. If you are booking a session for a child, please send me a message letting me know this, and the age of the child or any special needs they may have.

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Neurofeedback


Click here to watch a video that explains the basics of NeurOptimal neurofeedback

WHY USE NEUROPTIMAL®?

I am often asked: ‘Who uses NeurOptimal®?‘
And I reply with a smile…’Anyone with a Brain.‘

This is because training your brain with NeurOptimal® will get you functioning at your best, WHATEVER THAT BEST IS.

NeurOptimal® is used by peak performing athletes, artists, and business people who want to achieve and maintain their edge. NeurOptimal® is also used by individuals who feel they are not functioning at their best, including many adults and children with severe impairments, who want a drug-free approach to feeling and functioning optimally.

How is it possible that one tool can work for widely different brains and purposes? It’s all to do with brain optimization. The various complaints we all suffer can be considered signs the brain is not functioning at its optimal level. Training with NeurOptimal® can change that. And it doesn’t matter if you are looking for changes on a physical, emotional or mental level — you only have one brain and it affects everything in your body. While you may have one reason for using NeurOptimal®, positive changes can show in ALL areas of your life. You CAN have it all!

Many NeurOptimal® users report life changing results. Elite athletes have used NeurOptimal®, reporting improvement in their physical performance and mental stamina. Sufferers of sleeplessness report improved sleep. Veterans use it stating it helps relieve the extreme challenges they face returning home from a war zone. Mentally clouded individuals, due to injury or life circumstances, tell us how after using NeurOptimal® they’ve rediscovered clarity to an extent they and their loved ones once believed unattainable. Brain training with NeurOptimal® has helped improve the lives of children suffering from communication and social challenges, and general difficulties focusing in school. And many challenges stemming from stress commonly fall away when the brain is trained for optimal function.

NeurOptimal® is “diagnostically agnostic”, your label or diagnosis - or lack thereof - is not significant to the use of NeurOptimal®. All you will need to do during sessions is to sit in the chair and relax. Yet despite being so easy, the change experienced is comprehensive, and not just in the area that is hoped for. The benefits manifest across many areas of functioning. Best of all, NeurOptimal® is completely safe and has no side effects.

NeurOptimal® is the most advanced brain training option on this planet!

Rest assured, whatever your situation, you can probably significantly upgrade your quality of life by training your brain with our unique system of Dynamical Neurofeedback®.

Some suggestions for its use are:

Wellness enhancement
Stress reduction
Facilitate return of veterans into home and work life
Academic and job enhancement
Athletic and sports training
Optimizing your intelligence with improved brain function
Preparation for testing: improved focus, attention and retention, reduction of test anxiety
As part of an anti-aging program
Enhancing creativity and awareness
Personal and spiritual development in individual and group settings
Enriching partner, family and work relationships
Group training in retreat settings

Neurofeedback Fees

Initial session (approximately 1 hour) $110.00,

$110.00 for subsequent sessions (approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour),

Package of 10, $990.00 (to be redeemed within 6 months).

OR rent a system to use at home!

Rental Pricing: 

Up to 10 sessions, over 4 weeks......................$600

Up to 20 sessions, over 4 weeks......................$800

Up to 50 sessions, over 4 weeks.....................$1000

Up to 100 sessions, over 4 weeks...................$1200

Systems are also available for purchase, please ask me for details!  It is fantastic to have your own system at home to use for yourself and with family, any time that you like.  Many people feel so helped by their use of NeurOptimal that they then go on to start their own NeurOptimal business.   Should you choose to purchase a system through me after renting one, I will rebate up to $200 of your rental fee - please enquire for details.

Neurofeedback

Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP)


Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP)
What is the Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP)?

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the SSP is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, by calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more successful therapy.

The SSP is a research-based therapy showing signicant results in just five days in the following areas:

Social and emotional difficulties
Auditory sensitivities
Anxiety and trauma related challenges
Inattention
Stressors that impact social engagement

Emotional and physiological state are critical to how we approach the task at hand. So when a client has better state control, not only can they be more socially engaged, they are more open to therapy. Better state regulation improves therapeutic outcomes.

Read more here about how the SSP is helping clients.

This non- invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage. This allows the client to better interpret not only human speech but, importantly, the emotional meaning of language. Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviors and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen.

The SSP system is available to professionals only.  For ways you can use the SSP at home, please email carolannrowland@gmail.com.

Read here to learn more about research involving the SSP. 

Read here to learn more about clinical applications of the SSP.

How does it work?

The SSP uses the auditory system as a portal to the vagus complex, which controls our physiological state. Once physiological state is regulated, we can accelerate or enhance subsequent therapy.

Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, the program is derived from nearly four decades of research on the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social-emotional processes. It is designed to stimulate nervous system regulation by exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system with specically processed music.

The music trains the auditory pathways by focusing on the frequency envelope of human speech. As the client learns to process these speech-related frequencies, they improve the functioning of two cranial nerves that are important for promoting overall social behavior. Cranial Nerve VII (Facial Nerve) helps clients focus on human voice and tune out irrelevant frequencies. Cranial Nerve X (Vagus Nerve) enables self-soothing and autonomic regulation.



Pricing


Pricing
Psychotherapy

$150 for a one hour session

Covered under extended health plans that cover counselling with a social worker rather than requiring that the therapist be a psychologist.  Check with your plan provider for details.

SSP

For in office sessions, or those done with me over Zoom or Skype, the fee is $150 per hour.

If renting a SSP system for use at home, the rental fee is $350-500. Please enquire for details.

Please note that only sessions done in office are covered under extended health plans - those that cover therapy with a social worker - within the limits and restrictions of your plan.  When renting a system for home use this is NOT covered by extended health plans.

Neurofeedback 

In office neurofeedback sessions:

$110 per session (45 mins, 32 mins of which is neurofeedback)

$990 - ten session package, when purchased together. Must be used within 6 months.

Neurofeedback Rental Units Available!

Rent a NeurOptimal® tablet and use it in the comfort of your own home, for your family and friends.  Many clients like to rent because it’s the cheapest way to have a NeurOptimal® session. If you have a family, renting is convenient - no need to get everybody into the car, just run it at home. For clients who live out of town, renting might be the only option. Feel free to share your sessions with friends and family, if desired.  Anyone can benefit from brain training.  Fastest change is often seen when doing sessions more frequently - it can be beneficial to do up to two brain training sessions per day.

Neurofeedback Rental Packages

Feel free to share your sessions with friends and family!

Up to 10 sessions, over 4 weeks.......$600 ($60 per session)
Up to 20 sessions, over 4 weeks......$800 ($40 per session)
Up to 50 sessions, over 4 weeks......$1000 ($20 per session)
Up to 100 sessions, over 4 weeks.....$1200 ($12 per session)

NeurOptimal rental units are available on a first come, first served basis.  

NeurOptimal units are also available for purchase.  Should you choose to purchase your own unit after renting one from me, I will rebate up to $200 of your rental fee. Please enquire for details. 

Please note that neurofeedback is NOT covered under extended health plans, unless used as part of a therapy session.

Neurofeedback & Psychotherapy combination sessions are available

$225 for 90 mins (45 mins of neurofeedback + 45 mins of psychotherapy)
$300 for 2 hours (45 mins of neurofeedback + 75 mins of psychotherapy)


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Contact


  • Near the GO Station Georgetown, ON L7G 3L5

Self Help Rental Items


Self Help Solutions

Oska - 7 day rental

Proven medical technology that integrates into your life. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy has 60 years of clinical success in relieving pain at the source by pulsing electromagnetic waves at precise frequencies, which speed the body's recovery at a cellular level.

$50

Alpha-Stim M - 7 day rental

Drug-free treatment that works. Safe, effective, and proven relief from pain, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Do you need a better way to relieve pain, control anxiety, fight depression, or treat insomnia? Maybe you’ve tried prescription medications, but they haven’t worked as planned. Perhaps you haven’t tried pills or shots yet because you have well-founded concerns about side effects, interactions, and even addiction. Maybe you’ve tried natural remedies recommended by a friend or family member or holistic treatments you’ve seen on popular blogs – but those are not regulated by the FDA, not backed by research, they’re inconsistent and tend to be ineffective at controlling anxiety or panic attacks, chronic insomnia, depression symptoms, or pain signals. Prescription medications attempt to target an issue or imbalance in the body with the use of chemicals. But did you know that only 2% of your nervous system is chemical? The rest of the nervous system – an enormous 98% – is electrical. The Alpha-stim speaks to your nervous system in its own language.

$100

Dreampad Pillow - 7 night rental

You’ve Never Heard Music This Way Before The Dreampad is a completely different experience than listening to music through a sound machine or a traditional speaker. Its specially-treated music has a unique sound, and a unique effect on your body and mind. Once your head is relaxed on the Dreampad, the music travels internally, signaling your body’s natural relaxation response​ so you can ease into a great night’s sleep. Added plus: it’s for your ears only, your sleeping partner won’t hear a thing.

$30

Bellicon Plus 44", strong bungees - 7 day rental

This is a 44" Bellicon Plus with the new "comfort mat", detachable stability bar (not shown in photo), and "strong" bungees. One of the many major health benefits of the Bellicon is that it helps the lympathic system to drain toxins that may contribute to inflammation, autoimmune disorders and cancer. In addition, with Somatic Experiencing, we use the Bellicon to help to shift the nervous system out of a state of collapse or depression, to help to integrate a big positive shift, to bring up life energy, and to help ourselves to arrive at a place of fun, happiness or joy.

$100

Bellicon, 39", medium bungees - 7 day rental

This is a 39" Bellicon Classic with "medium" bungees. One of the many major health benefits of the Bellicon is that it helps the lympathic system to drain toxins that may contribute to inflammation, autoimmune disorders and cancer. In addition, with Somatic Experiencing, we use the Bellicon to help to shift the nervous system out of a state of collapse or depression, to help to integrate a big positive shift, to bring up life energy, and to help ourselves to arrive at a place of fun, happiness or joy.

$85

NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Rental Systems - 4 week rental

NeurOptimal is not a treatment or a therapy, but rather a way of optimizing brain function in order to achieve greater health, wellness, happiness and optimal performance. *Anyone* can benefit brain training. Pricing ranges from $600-1200, depending upon the package chosen.

$600

Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) - 5 & 10 Day Rental Packages

SSP is most often used for concerns such as trauma, social anxiety, difficulties with attachment, fibromyalgia, anxiety, sleep, coordination & balance, auditory processing, speech and expressive language, attention & focus, auditory sensitivities, learning & memory, and behavioral regulation. Pricing ranges from $350-500 for rentals, please enquire for details.

$350

Blog


  • 05/29/2019 10:35 PM

Information about somatic experiencing, a neurological and physiological approach to psychotherapy.

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  • 09/08/2018 01:55 PM

In the ADD Book, Dr. William Sears & Lynda Thompson recommend the use of neurofeedback to improve outcomes for those with ADD

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  • 09/08/2018 12:10 PM

Explaining my own experience with NeurOptimal

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  • 09/04/2018 09:26 PM

A brief information that covers the basics of NeurOptimal

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  • 08/25/2018 10:58 AM

While research is in the early stages, initial studies appear to show promise for using neurofeedback to treat opioid addiction.

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  • 03/28/2016 12:00 PM

Brain training can be a great way to recharge!

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