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Audio-Visual Entrainment Therapy

What is Audio-Visual Entrainment?

Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) is a drug-free, non-invasive solution to treat anxiety, clinical depression, panic attacks, PTSD, or other mental health conditions. Iit involves the repetitive presentation of rapidly blinking wavelengths of light that guide the brain into desired mental states. This alters electroencephalographic (EEG) activity since it involves promoting or suppressing brainwaves at certain frequencies (Joyce & Siever, 2000).

Zone Health & Performance Psychology is home to a team of psychologists in Edmonton that use Audio-Visual Entrainment and Neurofeedback methods to treat many types of mental health conditions in a natural, drugless, and non-invasive way.

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What Happens During an AVE Session?

Your EEG activity is being altered – As the AVE frequency changes, so does the frequency of brainwaves.

You are being dissociated – When using AVE, you get drawn into the present moment and let go of thoughts relating to your daily hassles, hectic schedules, paying bills, worries, or anxieties and stop the unhealthy mental “chatter.” Dissociation involves a “disconnection” of self from thoughts and body awareness, as is experienced during deep meditation. Dissociation begins in four to eight minutes from properly applied AVE.

Your limbic system is being stabilized – Your body is calmed, your breathing becomes rhythmic, your hands warm and your muscles relax.

A number of neurotransmitters are being produced – People with depressed mood have low levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. AVE may be used to boost brain levels of serotonin, endorphins, melatonin, and norepinephrine to improve overall well-being. Increasing endorphins allows enhanced relaxation and calm, while boosting norepinephrine and suppressing melatonin promotes improved alertness (Shealy, 1989).

During an Audio-visual entrainment session, your cerebral blood flow is being increased. Good levels of cerebral blood flow are crucial for proper mental health and cognitive functioning. Several mental health disorders are associated with inadequate cerebral blood flow, including anxiety, depression, attentional disorders, and many others. AVE has been shown to substantially and rapidly increase cerebral blood flow (Fox & Raichle, 1985).

Audio-Visual Entrainment For Students

AVE may be used in several capacities useful to students. Focus and attention while studying can be improved, while simultaneously tuning out distracting thoughts. Research has shown that use of AVE while studying can also accelerate the learning process (Siever, 2006). Test anxiety symptoms or feelings of anxiousness before a presentation may also be alleviated, leaving the user in a calmer, more confident state. The benefits of AVE also translate into better sleep, enabling students to take on their high-stress days and exams feeling refreshed and competent. Using the sleep function may help individuals fall asleep easier and stay asleep.

Common AVE Protocols



Used to boost energy, alertness, and attention. These protocols can even be used as a substitute for caffeine to start your day!


“Brain Booster”

Used to enhance focus, attention, and memory. This protocol helps to optimize cognitive functioning, and is a great tool for staying on task during studying and working.


“Mood Booster”

Helps reduce negative emotions and promotes relaxation with a calming effect.



Helps reduce busy brain and bring the mind to the clear alpha-theta state experienced right before one falls asleep. Can be used in conjunction with mindfulness and neurofeedback protocols.



Sessions are used for relaxation and calming effects. Help with decreasing busy brain and may also be used for creative visualization.


Who Can Benefit From Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE)?

AVE has a wide range of treatment applications. Research has shown treatment efficacy for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, concussions, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and chronic pain to name a few.

AVE has a wide range of treatment applications. Research has shown treatment efficacy for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, concussions, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and chronic pain to name a few (Siever, Dave, & Collura, 2017). AVE also benefits those who are looking to improve academic performance, peak performance, and cognitive and emotional well-being.


How Long do the Effects of AVE Last?

The effects induced by AVE may last anywhere between a few hours, up to a couple of days, depending on the protocol being used and the amount of training done (Siever, 2017).

Our Featured Technology

Quantitative Electroencephalography

We start by using advanced qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalography) technology that precisely measures your unique brainwave activity. It is performed to investigate brain wave patterns associated with concentration and attention.

The assessment usually takes between 3-4 hours and consists of:

  1. Interview and history. Review of previous assessments if any.
  2. A series of questionnaires and behavior checklists.
  3. Cognitive Performance/Perceptual Assessments.
  4. Psycho-Educational/Executive Assessments.
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Cognitive Assessments With Cambridge Brain Sciences

Zone Health & Performance Psychology is proud to partner with Cambridge Brain Sciences. They are a leading provider of cognitive assessment tools for clinicians and medical practices, providing scientifically-validated cognitive tasks that produce objective measures across multiple cognitive domains.

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Cognitive Assessments

A series of Cognitive Performance tests that provide objective and quantifiable measures of:

  1. Attention: Visual and Auditory, selective attention, vigilance, memory and verbal working memory.
  2. Executive Functioning: Figural Fluency, interference, cognitive flexibility, response inhibition and task switching.
  3. Visual Information Processing and Mental Processing Speed.
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John Stevenson is one of the most passionate and dedicated professionals I’ve ever met. He provided me with a new perspective and insight with regards to chronic pain and anxiety. He has a genuine desire to help others realize their maximum potential. I would highly recommend John and his team of professional staff to anyone.

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I would highly recommend everyone at Zone. They are absolutely amazing and caring. They customize a plan to fit you individually, follow up on progress and keep you posted consistently. This is hands down the best place for neurofeedback ! Very happy with the results and I appreciate every single employee at Zone, including John who provides excellent patient care.

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I want to share my experiences at Zone Health & Performance wIth John Stevenson. I had a stroke and my speech was irreversible damaged so I had to remap my brain for my speech again. I worked with John and his staff diligently 3X a week for over a year! It was hard work but it also was fun.My speech has improved so much that when I meet someone that don’t know that after my stroke I couldn’t even put a sentence together! I would highly recommend Zone Health & Performance it…improved my life!

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Why Should You Choose Zone?

One of the things that makes us unique at Zone Health & Performance Psychology is that we combine these types of Talk Therapies with Neurofeedback/Biofeedback to optimize the nervous system. Our clients learn a variety of Mindfulness-based/Biofeedback tools and strategies to stabilize their mind while simultaneously optimizing their internal physiology and overall health. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Zone Health and Performance will provide permanent and natural alternative solutions for those who are seeking non-pharmaceutical options to their health and well-being.