Cutting-Edge Brain ScienceThe Fifth Dimension Of Addiction Treatment

As the world changes, and technology advances, so must we. Tribe believes in utilizing every possible modality to increase the quality of recovery for those in our treatment program. Neuroscience is just one way we augment traditional therapies in the service of mental health and addiction treatment.


Much of how the brain actually functions remains a mystery, and no one knows how any form of psychotherapy works in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. This can also contribute to a vulnerability to addiction.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.

It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.

EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.

Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.


The brain doesn’t come with an off button. Whether we are talking, focusing, reading, problem solving, exercising, or even resting – during any cognitive, behavioral or emotional function our brains are continually changing frequencies throughout our day. Neurofeedback helps the brain function more effectively and more efficiently through guided brain function training.

Neurofeedback therapy (Brainpaint©) is a holistic way to help clients overcome problems such as addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD and social phobias. Brainpaint helps guide mental energy by giving audio and visual feedback that involves increasing or decreasing certain brain wave frequencies. This allows the brain to function with greater stability and control and enhances its function through its regulation of thoughts, feelings, and focus.

BrainPaint acts like a stethoscope to listen to what is going on in the user’s brain. The user’s brain-wave activity is then replicated in brightly-colored hues on the computer screen in accompaniment to short bursts of sounds. Beta waves are associated with problem-solving and concentration; alpha waves, relaxation; theta waves, sleep; and SMR waves link the functions of the body and brain.

It’s like meditation on steroids!

During a typical Brainpaint© session, the client listens to audio tracks, and watches visuals on a computer screen. BrainPaint© aims to identify the types of patterns and music that induce a relaxed state, and then to reproduce (or “paint”) them by practicing becoming calm. Watching the images, the client is lulled into a meditative-like state and instructed to keep their concentration on the color spectrum of continuous wavelike motions set against short, yet continual, bursts of sound. Should their focus stray, a pop-up message redirects their attention back to the graphics presentation. The client automatically learns how to activate certain centers of the brain that may be under-stimulated or over-stimulated. It’s like meditation on steroids!


Tribe is a nationally accredited Intensive Outpatient Program for mental health and substance abuse disorders in sunny Southern California. Our evidence-based therapies include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, CBT, along with a host of others. We support the use of SAMHSA-recommended Medication-Assisted Treatment.

We also offer cutting edge treatments such as EMDR for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma, depression, and grief, and our neuroscience and holistic techniques chip away at long standing depression, anxiety and trauma, such as BrainPaint, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Sound Baths, and Mindfulness training. Our clients are exposed to a variety of recovery groups such as the 12-step model, Refuge Recovery, Celebrate, and Smart Recovery.

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