Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)

Have You Struggled to Find Relief From Anxiety?

Have you tried other treatments for anxiety and are still struggling? Maybe this is your first time seeking treatment and you're looking for the best way to overcome it. Do you struggle with thoughts racing in your mind and have trouble relaxing? Do you worry about what the next thing that needs to be done? Do you get fear in situations that and feely guilty, saying "I shouldn't feel this way"? Is it hard for you to be around people or in certain situations? Do you wake up anxious or struggle to sleep at night because of your anxiety? Is your anxiety making it hard to get through the day? Perhaps you're having difficulty at work, home, or relationships because of your anxiety.


There are numerous forms and causes of anxiety and not everyone’s situation looks the same. Many clients feel relief after the initial use and the benefits are cumulative, meaning that with each use the benefits may last longer each time. We can help you process your experiences and reduce symptoms and symptoms often improve with the first treatment. One review of 34 studies found that CES can produce significant relief (DelFelice, 1997).


At LifeWorks Resources we have a new option to treat anxiety that can be done as a separate visit or in combination with counseling, called Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES). We use the FDA cleared, prescription, Alpha-Stim device. After the use of CES can help with the processing of emotions and assistance with feeling more relaxed. Some may choose to come between sessions for additional treatments. More than 100 American Veterans Affairs and Military Medical Centers are also using Alpha-Stim Therapy.


There are 100s of research studies over more than 20 years that have been done using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) and all have supported the safety of the treatment. Psychology Today reports that "...studies and meta-analyses show that CES is a safe and effective treatment of generalized anxiety". Marksberry & Kirsch (2018), note that "CES is a well-researched, safe, effective, and cost-effective" treatment.


Our brain functions by messages transmitted through electrochemical signals. We use a handheld prescription device called Alpha-Stim M that delivers a patented waveform to through small clips that attach to your earlobes. The process takes only a few minutes and can be used even if you are already on medication. Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) is clinically proven to relieve anxiety by changing the brain activity to reduce anxiety. Where medications treat the chemical part of the brain, CES treats the electrical part of the brain by targeting the alpha and delta brain waves. We use the Alpha-Stim device to apply microcurrent with clips that attach to your ear lobe. The anxiety treatments last for 20 minutes. Many experience relief after the initial treatment and the treatments have a cumulative effect, meaning that can last longer each time. Typically, clients who receive 4 to 6 Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation treatments experience longer lasting reductions in anxiety.


When you arrive at LifeWorks Resources you will have some initial paperwork to complete and a brief clinical interview/session with one of our therapists. If the CES treatment is recommended for you, our therapist will get you setup on the device for a 20 minute treatment. You can sit in our office and read or be on your phone or tablet. We do not bill insurance for CES treatment but the cost is only $35 per visit (less than some copays!).

We recommend at least once a week for 4-6 weeks but will work with you to accommodate your schedule, needs, and cost factors.

“Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device”

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