Neuropsychological Testing

Dr. Wayland is trained to administer the following neuropsychological tests:

MIST (Memory For Intentions Test)
Neuropsychological Predictive Memory Testing

Mini-Mental Status Exam – II and IIe

SASSI-3

Dementia Rating Scale

Clock Drawing Test

Trail Making Tests A and B

Stroop Neurological Screening Test

Visual Form Discrimination

Boston Naming Test

 

 

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

 

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a recognized medical modality for changing or modifying physical responses and behaviors. Biofeedback is learning an activity where your mind controls the actions or your body - playing golf, riding a bicycle, or playing the piano. As with watching your golf swing on video, you will watch the responses of your body on a computer and learn to make adjustments so your health improves.

If you have ever made a decision for yourself by looking into a mirror, weighing on a bathroom scale, or taking your body temperature with a thermometer, you have practiced biofeedback. Biofeedback therapy uses tools that are designed to give you changing information instantaneously, so that you can watch your body changing in positive ways and see your progress toward better health.

Biofeedback is one part of a comprehensive plan of ongoing monitoring and treatment by your professional health care team. It is not a replacement for physical therapy, medical, dental, or psychological care. Your doctor will be regularly updated so that your progress is monitored because improvements may indicate changes in other treatments, medications, etc. 

Research has shown Biofeedback to be an excellent treatment alternative for stress-related disorders.

•    Muscle Contracture and Vascular Headaches
•    Muscular Pain
•    Muscular Tension: Back & Neck Pain
•    Digestive Problems
•    Cardiovascular System Issues: Hypertension & Tachycardia
•    Joint Pain
•    Stress Management

 

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

 

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Treatment

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is a powerful psychotherapeutic treatment method which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is dramatic change from talk therapy because of its simplicity and it can bring quick and lasting results for most types of emotional distress.
Ongoing research is indicating EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.

EMDR has helped those who have:

•    Survived Life Trauma
•    Severe Physical Abuse
•    Sexual Abuse
•    Domestic Violence
•    Combat Trauma
•    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
•    Depression
•    Anxiety
•    Stress Management
•    Adjustment to Chronic Medical Problems and Medications
•    Addictions (sex, alcohol, drug, gambling, etc.)
•    Phobias
•    Chronic Pain Management
•    Fibromyalgia

More information may be found at www.emdr.com

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ) is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after seeing or living through an event perceived as dangerous; from life threatening to loss of livelihood or marriage.  When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But, in PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged.  Often there are a number of high stress-related occurrences happening at one time.  The fear may be compounded by feelings of being trapped, helpless, hopeless, and wanting to help others without the ability. People who have PTSD almost always feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.

PTSD can cause many symptoms. These symptoms can be grouped into three categories:

1. Re-experiencing symptoms: 

Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in a person’s everyday routine. They can start from the person’s own thoughts and feelings. Words, objects, or situations that are reminders of the event can also trigger re-experiencing.

  • Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
  • Bad dreams
  • Frightening thoughts.

2. Avoidance symptoms: 

  • Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
  • Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
  • Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.
  • Things that remind a person of the traumatic event can trigger avoidance    symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her    personal routine. For example, after a bad car accident, a person who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a car.

3. Hyperarousal symptoms: 

Hyperarousal symptoms are usually constant, instead of being triggered by things that remind one of the traumatic event. They can make the person feel stressed and angry. These symptoms may make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.

  • Being easily startled
  • Feeling tense or “on edge”
  • Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts.

It’s natural to have some of these symptoms after a dangerous event. Sometimes people have very serious symptoms that go away after a few weeks. This is called acute stress disorder, or ASD. When the symptoms last more than a few weeks and become an ongoing problem, they might be PTSD. Some people with PTSD don’t show any symptoms for weeks or months.

4 Types of Treatment

The four most common treatments for PTSD include psychodynamic, cognitive-behavior therapy, pharmacotherapy, and group therapy. And, there is Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). 

3 Phases of Therapy

Therapy can be divided into three phases:
Establishing trust, safety, and "earning a right to gain access" to carefully guarded traumatic material.
Trauma-focused therapy, exploring traumatic material in depth, reducing intrusive recollections with avoidant/numbing symptoms.
Helping the patient disconnect from the trauma and reconnect with family, friends, and society.

Therapeutic Methods

Therapeutic methods might include Psychodynamic Therapy (talk therapy), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (designed to manage anxiety), Pharmacotherapy (medications to reduce anxiety symptoms while allowing individual and group therapies to work), Group Therapy (mutual support from others with the same experiences), and Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for developing more appropriate understanding of the trauma to help in managing the trauma.

 

 

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

 

Addiction Treatment

Dr. Wayland is trained to treat sexual, drug and alcohol addiction.

Sexual Compulsivity/Addiction:

   Compulsive sexual disorders

   Cyberporn

   Phone sex

   Chat rooms

   Personal ads

   Anonymous sex

   Compulsive masturbation

   Unsafe or unprotected sex activities

   Illegal sex activities

   Prostitution or escorts

   Intervention

   Treatment options

Drug Addiction:

   Drug abuse

   Drug dependency

   Intervention

   Treatment options

Alcohol Addiction:

   Alcohol abuse

   Alcohol dependency

   Intervention

   Treatment options

 

Chronic Pain Treatment

A multidisciplinary treatment approach is the most effective way to address the complex problem of chronic pain. Multidisciplinary treatment teams are generally composed of 2 or more treatment disciplines (e.g., psychology, anesthesiology, neurology, or physical therapy), each with expertise in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain. Team members work together to provide the best treatment program for a patient’s pain.

 
Psychological Approaches to Pain Management:


Psychological factors -- mood, beliefs about pain and coping style-- are important in an individual’s adjustment to chronic pain. Over time, chronic pain creates increased, and debilitating, pain. For example, when pain persists over time, a person may avoid doing regular activities for fear of further injury or increased pain. This can include work, family events, social activities, or hobbies. As the individual withdraws and becomes less active, their muscles may become weaker, they may begin to gain or lose weight, and their overall physical conditioning may decline. This can contribute to the belief that one is disabled. As pain continues, the person may develop hopelessness, e.g., "this is never going to get better," or negative thoughts about themselves, e.g., "I’m worthless to my family because I can’t work." This type of thinking can lead a person increasing levels of depression and anxiety. These moods can maintain and increase the pain cycle and the level of experienced pain.

 

The fact that psychological factors can have an impact on the experience of pain does not mean that the pain is "in the person's head" or not real. Most people who report pain are really experiencing it, even if a physical cause cannot be identified.

Dr. Wayland is a survivor of a disabling, chronic pain injury.  He understands the pain cycle and offers both understanding and appropriate optimism with those people working to become pain managed.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been found to be highly effective in helping patients to reduce pain, disability and distress. CBT for chronic pain management involves modifying negative thoughts related to pain -- this pain is going to kill me, I’m worthless because of the pain, I can’t cope with this pain -- and on finding and increasing a person’s activity level and productive functioning. This approach for pain management promotes positive changes in thinking and behavior. Treatment can be delivered individually or in a group setting.
CBT for pain management is tailored to the individual needs of the patient but may include:

•    Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
•    Biofeedback
•    Hypnosis
•    Relaxation Training
•    Stress and Anger Management
•    Activity Pacing
•    Psychotherapy for insight and development of coping skills (Cognitive Restructuring)

As part of a multidisciplinary pain treatment team, CBT may incorporate exercise goals set by the physical therapist, or may include recommendations made by the anesthesiologist for taking pain medications at prescribed time intervals.


Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

 

Hypnosis

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Hypnosis occurs naturally, every day, during our daily activities. We actually spend an estimated 70% of a typical day in some level of hypnotic activity. It is a means of focusing attention or concentrating in a manner that can help a person learn, remember, or solve a problem. 

"Trance" that is often described as a part of hypnosis also occurs naturally. It occurs when a person's attention becomes focused and relatively free of distractions, and a person may feel more relaxed because of the reduction of distractions. During hypnosis the focus of attention can sometimes be narrowed to a level which can allow distractions to be ignored or blocked out of conscious thought. Examples of trance are daydreaming, mentally rehearsing for an event, memorizing material for future recall, and in certain forms of meditation.

In psychotherapy, hypnosis can help a person enter a relaxed, comfortable, alternative awareness state for obtaining specific, goal-oriented outcomes. As the therapist, I can provide suggestions designed to help a person achieve, or recall, specific internal processes, e.g., feelings, memories, images and internal self-talk, that can lead to desired outcomes.

Myths and Misconceptions about Hypnosis:


•    Hypnosis is not mind control or brainwashing. The therapist uses the communication methods of suggestion that are designed to help a person focus their attention. However, the person actually decides whether to use or accept any suggestion(s).

•    During the “trance state,” a person is not immobilized. The person knows exactly where they are and what they are doing throughout the entire hypnosis session. They can adjust their position, scratch, sneeze, or cough without interrupting the hypnosis process. They can open their eyes (if their eyes have been closed) and come out of hypnosis and the trance-state at any time they wish. During hypnosis, they can still hear sounds around them. They will be immediately responsive to an emergency situation, e.g., hearing a fire alarm or any other situation that may need their immediate attention. They can speak as they might need or hold a conversation during their hypnosis session.


•    Trance is not the same as sleep. Some people become relaxed enough during trance they may feel as though they have fallen asleep. In a deep trance (relaxed and focused) state, they may actually no longer consciously hear the therapist. This is not a problem because the so-called unconscious part (a normal part of brain activity) of their mind continues to listen to the voice of the therapist while another part of brainwave activity seems to daydream. During trance, the person can still follow instructions and will come back --"awaken"-- when they are asked to do so.

•    There is no "right" way to experience being in trance. One person may experience it as a deep, heavy restful feeling, while another may experience it as a light, floating sensation. Some people hear every word spoken by the therapist, while others allow their minds to drift to other thoughts. Some experience vivid imagery, while others do not. Some people remember the suggestions they hear, and some may not. Every person's experience of hypnosis is unique.


•    Hypnosis cannot cause anyone to do something against their will or that contradicts their values. A therapist is ethically required to make only those suggestions that support agreed-upon outcomes.

Hypnosis, however, cannot be used for every problem. It may still be necessary for you to do some conscientious planning and research about the types of changes you want to achieve. You must still take action to get results. Hypnosis is not a cure-all; it is a help-aid. Hypnosis can be effective in many cases, but without your willingness and dedication to your desired outcome or goal, it is likely that hypnosis may not have the effect you want.

Hypnosis has many applications in therapeutic settings. Among them are:


•    Academic Performance
•    Anger Management
•    Athletic Performance
•    Confidence Building
•    Depression (done conjointly with psychotherapy)
•    Grief and Loss (done conjointly with psychotherapy)
•    Habit Control
•    Motivation and Creativity
•    Interpersonal Problems (done conjointly with psychotherapy)
•    Intimacy Difficulties (usually done conjointly with psychotherapy)
•    Life Transitions (usually done conjointly with psychotherapy)
•    Motivation and Creativity Enhancement
•    Pain Management (with a physician's or dentist's prescription, and done conjointly with psychotherapy)
•    Phobias, Fears and Anxiety Treatment (usually done conjointly with psychotherapy)
•    Post Trauma Reprocessing and Relief (done conjointly with psychotherapy)
•    Preparation for Medical/Dental Procedures including Relaxation and Preparation for Anesthesia (done conjointly with psychotherapy)
•    Psychosomatic (health and pain) Complaints (done conjointly with psychotherapy)
•    Relaxation and Preparation for Anesthesia During Childbirth
•    Sexual Difficulties
•    Sleep Disorders and Disturbances
•    Stress Management

I have been a researcher in hypnosis for over 30 years. I was one of the first researchers who used brain-mapping technology to observe how hypnosis affects the brain. My experience includes published research, and academic presentations to many professional groups, audiences and researchers.