Brain Music Therapy

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Dr. Orli Peter Explains and Demonstrates Brain Music


Brain Music Therapy is a scientifically supported treatment that transcribes your own unique brain waves and translates them into unique musical compositions. By listening to these compositions, you can efficiently move your brain into relaxed or alert states.

Brain Music is an effective treatment for stress, insomnia, anxiety, trauma, depression, and attentional problems. It has also been found to increase productivity and concentration, helping to enhance performance for athletes as well as business people and students. Brain Music Therapy may also accelerate the effects of other psychological treatments, by putting the brain into a more receptive state.

People sometimes ask, "Can't I just listen to any kind of music, including another person's brain music, and get the same results?" The answer is "No." Research has shown that listening to your own brain music is more effective and efficient. The reason is that every person's brain produces its own unique "music" and responds most readily to these familiar rhythms. This is analogous to the difference between responding to your mother's voice and a stranger's voice. Your brain music is uniquely yours and your brain recognizes it as such.

Brain Music Therapy has been used by over 10,000 people in Europe and Canada since 1993. Dr. Galina Mindlin, of New York City, introduced it to the United States. Dr. Peter was the first West Coast provider of Brain Music Therapy and is currently the only provider in Southern California. Brain Music Therapy has been featured on many television news programs, such as The Today Show.

Who Can Benefit From Brain Music Therapy?

You can benefit from Brain Music Therapy if you are experiencing:

  • Sleep difficulties or sleep disorders, such as insomnia
  • Daily stress or a sudden increase in stress due to work or personal situations
  • Anxiety, panic disorder, or social phobia
  • Traumatic reactions or posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Depression, mild or moderate
  • Attentional problems, including Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Substance abuse and/or dependence, including withdrawal difficulties
  • Problems with productivity or performance.

What is the Procedure?

Brain music therapy enables individuals to record their own brain rhythms in a painless and non-invasive procedure. The procedure is done comfortably in the office of the Center for Accelerated Psychotherapy in Beverly Hills. The procedure has six steps:

  1. You will complete a brief psychological evaluation.
  2. You will fill out two short questionnaires: the Beck Depression Inventory and the Subjective Sleep Scale.
  3. Your brain wave patterns will be recorded using EEG (electroencephalogram) equipment. For best results, you will need to keep still and relax. Some patients find it helpful to precede the recording with a brief neurofeedback treatment or heart training to help them relax completely (billed as a separate procedure).
  4. Your recordings are sent to the offices of Dr. Galina Mindlin in New York where the brain wave patterns are processed through algorithms and converted into music. Two types of waves are extracted: relaxing and activating. Separate recordings will be made for each of these two types.
  5. In approximately 3 -4 weeks, you will receive your personal brain music CD by mail together with a treatment plan. The music should be listened to on a headset so that you get the benefits of bilateral stimulation to the brain. You should feel free to transfer the brain music from your cd to your mp3 player.
  6. After using the CD for several weeks, you will schedule a brief follow-up meeting with Dr. Peter to make any needed adjustments to your treatment. For out of town patients, the follow-up may be conducted by phone.

Advantages of Brain Music Therapy

Brain Music Therapy is easy, convenient and cost efficient. Because you have a CD on hand you can use it as often as needed to treat yourself, which is much more convenient and less costly than repeated office visits. You may also save money on medication, since many Brain Music patients, with their doctor's approval, have reduced or discontinued medications.

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Brain Music Research

Kavumon L, Hawa R., Lowe A. Levin Y, Golbin A, Shapiro CM. Increases in Evening and Night-Time Melatonin Levels Following Itr. In Music Therapy for Anxiety-Associated Insomnia. Sleep, V. 26, 2003,p. A99
(1) Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada, (2) Sleep Disorders Center, I. M. Sechenov Moscow Medial Academy, Russia, (3) Sleep and Behavior Medicine Institute, Skokie, Il, USA

Brain Music Therapy for the Treatment of Insomnia and Anxiety, Neuropsychiatry Reviews, Sept. 2002, Vol. 3, No. 8.

Kayumov L, Soare K, Serbine O, Kotlyar B, Simkhovich Z, Goldstein Y, Gavrilov D, Gavrilov D, Levin Y, Shapiro CM, Brain Sleep, Music Therapy for the Treatment of Insomnia and Anxiety.  April 15, 2002.

Levin YaI. "Brain music" in the treatment of patients with insomnia. Neurosci Behav Physiol. 1998;28:330-335.

Press Coverage

Beverly Hills 90210  
The Beverly Hills 90210, Beverly Hills, California. "Music for the Mind: Dr. Orli Peter's Tunes Relax and Inspire" by Kate Grim, May 2008

This article also appeared in the following publications: Santa Monica Sun, Mailbu Beach, Bel Air View, Palisades 90272, and Brentwood News
The Beverly Hills Courier  
The Beverly Hills Courier, Beverly Hills, California.
"Beverly Hills Psychologist Takes 'Brain Music' To Israel To Help Treat Tauma Patients" by Steve Simmons, February 15, 2008
Ventura County Star   Ventura County Star, Ventura, California. "Therapeutic use of brain waves employs music" by Kim Lamb Gregory, January 6, 2008
Angeleno Magazine

  Israeli National Radio, "The Tamar Yonah Show"
Dr. Orli Peter Radio Interview (Listen or Download)
December 2007.
Angeleno Magazine   Angeleno, Los Angeles, California
The Radar Health: The Sandman Cometh by Tasha Nita Adams, October 2007
  My Desert, Palm Springs, California.
"Music to Your Brain: Translated to Musical Notes, Brainwaves Prove Soothing" by Richard Guzman, September 6, 2007
Brain Music

KABC, Eyewitness News
Therapeutic Technique Produces Music for the Brain: Brain Music Produced Through Series of Mathematical Formulas by Denise Dador,  August 9, 2007.

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Los Angeles Business Journal
  LA Business Journal
Brain Waves, July 30, 2007
Third Age
  Third Age, Health and Wellness Section
Music of the Mind: Brain Waves Make Melodies in New Kind of Therapy  by Semhar Debessai, July 21, 2007
Third Age
  Long Beach Press Telegram
Music of the Mind: Brain Waves Make Melodies in New Kind of Therapy  by Semhar Debessai, July 9, 2007 
Los Angeles Daily News
  LA Daily News
Music of the Mind: Brain Waves Make Melodies in New Kind of Therapy by Semhar Debessai, July 9, 2007 
  MSNBC News
An algorithm can turn brain waves patterns into musical scores

16 November 2006

  New York 1 News
Doctor Says Listening To The Tune Of Your Own Brain Can Help Relieve Anxiety, Depression
18 August 2005

  ABC 7 Los Angeles
18 August 2005

  MTV Online
Music Geek: The One-Track Mind

  KTVN 2 Reno
HealthWatch: Personal Brainwaves Help Insomniacs
26 July 2005

  WishTV 8 Indianapolis
Brain Music Therapy Helps Insomniacs
18 August 2005

  Florida Herald Tribune
Music of the mind: Brain waves are being converted into musical sounds to treat insomnia, anxiety and other disorders.
18 August 2005

  EDIT International
30 June 2005

  RT Image
Staying Sound of Mind.
3 October 2005

  Time Out New York
Trebled Mind.
17 November 2005

  New York Post
23 August 2005

  The Bergen Record
Brain music therapy tunes into trouble.
4 October 2005

  Health Digest
Brain Music Therapy.
18 April 2005

29 March 2006

  The Boston Globe
Good Sleep Hunting.
23 April 2006

  The Bradenton Herald
Brain music therapy trains mind.
9 March 2006

  SRQ Magazine
Body Dimensions: The Soundtrack of the Mind.

  FOX News
Brainwave 'Music' May Soothe a Troubled Psyche.
26 April 2006

  NY Plus
Snooze to Your Own Tune.
1 May 2006

  Psychiatry Weekly
In Session with Galina Mindlin, MD, PhD.
12 June 2006

  Pelican Press
Brain ballads: a swan song to sleepless nights
19 June 2006

For more information, see

Orli Peter, Ph.D., BCIA-EEG
Diplomate, American Board of Psychological Specialties
Director and Founder, Center for Accelerated Psychology
Licensed Psychologist
Brain Music Therapy CD
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for an appointment to make your own Brain Music Therapy CD