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When Galina Mindlin worked with Dr. Iakov I. Levine in 1991,  he developed Brain Music Therapy .  Since then he has helped tens of thousands of people throughout Europe, Canada and, more recently, the United States resolve their sleep issues (Apria Healthcare). Galina brought  Brain Music Therapy (BMT) to the United States in 2004; Brain Music Therapy is a form of bio-feedback. The process of brain music therapy begins with Galina Mindlin conducting a brief medical evaluation and assessment of a person’s brain waves. She then slides a plastic netting cap with embedded electrodes over the patient’s head.

The electrodes record brain wave patterns using a 16-channel electroencephalogram (EEG). Recording the brain waves takes about five minutes. (Lew, 2006). When recording, Galina Mindlin directs the patient to concentrate on something that is soothing and not exciting. Unlike traditional bio-feedback, which requires multiple EEG recordings and doctor’s visits, this process takes about 20 minutes. She has gone on The Today Show and preformed this action with the head cap and wires. It was interesting to hear how each person’s music is different.

A computer program then uses algorithms to transform the snapshot of the patient’s brain waves into music. This bio-feedback software can make the brain waves sound like any of 120 instruments, but Galina Mindlin programs them to sound like piano music. In about four weeks, the patient receives a CD with two music tracks, one to be used for relaxation and the other for activation. Individualized instructions are sent with the CD so the patient knows exactly how to use the program to relax, improve performance, concentration or creativity (Lew, 2006). Galina Mindlin put a lot of time and effort into studying for her intense professional career in sleep disorder, which also includes special training for Brain Music Therapy. Her expertise training includes anxiety, mood, and personality disorders. She has also studied different types of psychotherapeutic such as DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), short-term dynamic psychotherapy and classic psychodynamic psychotherapy (Continuum, 2007).

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