Greater Peoria Metro Area, IL

Working with the community... for a healthier community.

Why is Your Bad Mood Not Going Away?


By Shane Young, MA, LCPC, Chapin & Russell Associates – Neurotherapy Institute of Central Illinois


Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) is an innovative therapeutic modality that has shown promise in treating various psychological and neurological conditions, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). At Chapin and Russell Associates / Neurotherapy Institute of Central Illinois, depending on your individualized treatment plan, we integrate AVE alongside Neurofeedback, a form of bio-feedback assisted psychotherapy, to offer a comprehensive treatment approach for our clients.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs at a specific time of year, usually in the winter when there is less natural sunlight. Symptoms can include fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal. Traditional treatments for SAD include medication, psychotherapy, and light therapy. Some patients may not respond to specific treatments, and they may also experience side effects that are undesirable.

AVE is a non-pharmacological and non-invasive method that involves the use of light and sound stimuli to gently guide the brain into specific states of mind. This technology works by flashing lights and pulsing tones at precise frequencies through headphones and a visual device, such as goggles. These frequencies correspond to various brainwave states that are associated with mood regulation, relaxation, and cognitive function.

The principle behind AVE is based on the concept of brainwave entrainment. When the brain experiences a rhythmic stimulus, like a beat or flashing light, it tends to synchronize its own electrical patterns, known as brainwaves, with the rhythm of the stimulus. By targeting frequencies that promote relaxation and positive mood, AVE can help to alleviate the symptoms of SAD.

At our institute, we combine AVE with Neurofeedback to enhance the treatment outcomes for our clients with SAD. Neurofeedback is a technique that helps individuals learn to regulate their brainwave patterns by monitoring their brain’s electrical activity and providing real-time feedback. This combination allows for a personalized treatment plan, as we can adjust the AVE frequencies and Neurofeedback protocols based on the individual’s response to therapy.

Clients undergoing AVE and Neurofeedback therapy for SAD report a range of benefits, including improved mood, increased energy levels, and better sleep patterns. These improvements can significantly enhance their quality of life, especially during the challenging winter months.

It is important to note that while AVE and Neurofeedback show promise as treatment modalities for SAD, keep in mind that using alternative therapies can be a great complement to traditional treatments. They can work together to create a comprehensive and holistic approach to your wellbeing. So don’t be afraid to explore your options and find what works best for you! At Chapin and Russell Associates / Neurotherapy Institute of Central Illinois, our team collaborates with each client to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses unique symptoms and requirements. We ensure that the plan is tailored to individual needs.

In conclusion, AVE and Neurofeedback offer innovative and complementary approaches to treating Seasonal Affective Disorder. By leveraging these technologies, we aim to provide our clients with effective, personalized, and non-invasive treatment options that help them navigate the challenges of SAD and improve their overall wellbeing.


            Shane Young, MA, LCPC is with Chapin & Russell Associates at 3020 W. Willow Knolls Dr. in Peoria He can be reached by calling 309-681-5850.