Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Many individuals prefer alternative, non-medication approaches to dealing with the symptoms of ADHD and its co-existing conditions. These evidence-based interventions can be used in isolation or with medication.

Alpha Stim Cranial Electrotherapy

Alpha-Stim: A New Technology for Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia is designed for patients who prefer a non-medication treatment approach, or for those whose medication regimen is insufficient for treating their symptoms. The Alpha-Stim is a small, hand held, FDA approved device that uses electromedical technology to relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia in a safe and painless way. It provides long-lasting, cumulative relief without the risk of negative effects. Go to to read how Alpha-Stim works and the supporting research. Dr. Hallowell reports, “We are very pleased to discover Alpha Stim, a safe and effective approach for our patients; I highly recommend it — our results have been excellent.”

Listen to Dr. Hallowell describe the Alpha-Stim technology. Listen to an audio recording of Alpha-Stim with Rebecca Shafir, M.A. C.C.C. and Jeff Marksberry, M.D., Vice President Science and Education at Electromedical Products International, Inc.

Watch this interview with “Kurt “The CyberGuy” features Alpha-Stim.” in best of CES 2020 on FOX & Friends

Click here to read more on how Alpha-Stim helps to reduce anxiety.

If you would like to experience the Alpha-Stim technology, contact The Hallowell Center (978) 287-0810 and set up a 30 minute appointment with Rebecca Shafir, Coordinator of the Alternative and Complementary Services at the Hallowell Center.


Our Coaching services utilize the latest in applied psychology,  organizational theory and brain science to help get you on track and keep you on track. Coaching helps you achieve your goals by breaking down and simplifying all the specific tasks you need to complete first in order to reach those goals. Our certified professional coaches work with you in a non-judgmental partnership that emphasizes practical tools for time management, planning, organizing, prioritizing, and decision-making systems for effective daily living.
Learn about our Coaching services here.

Cogmed Working Memory Training

Cogmed Working Memory Training is a proven, software-based intervention, specifically designed to help children with attention deficits. The program can be done at and from your home; all that is needed is internet access and a phone. The program is directed by Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC speech language pathologist and qualified Cogmed coach 978 287 0810 x117. Rebecca is the Cogmed coach at the Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest. Patients do not have to be seen at our office to participate in the program.

Working memory is the ability to hold information in your mind, focus on a task, and remember what to do next. It plays a major role in attention, concentration, reading comprehension, mental math, problem- solving and getting projects done in a timely way. More than an high IQ, a strong working memory is key for success in school and on the job.

Working memory is often responsible for the gap between performance and potential.

Cogmed Working Memory Training (CWMT) is a do-it-at-home, computer-based program assisted by a qualified Cogmed coach. The goal is to improve attention by training working memory in children and adults. No need for office visits. More than any other program that claims to improve working memory, CWMT is scientifically validated by placebo-controlled clinical studies published in respected professional journals with on-going research at several leading U.S. universities.  View Key Research Findings!

Anyone ages 7 and up with a working memory deficit may benefit from CWMT. See the checklist. Some persons participate in CWMT simply to score higher on college admission tests or to enhance workplace performance. Diagnoses often associated with working memory weaknesses include:

  • ADHD
  • learning differences
  • executive dysfunction
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Normal aging

The basic training consists of 25 training sessions of 35 minutes each done over 5 weeks. Your training is supervised by a clinician, Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC, who is a qualified Cogmed coach. The quality of the coaching is an integral to your success with CWMT.

Rebecca is a certified and licensed speech language pathologist and author with over 20 years experience working with children and adults with working memory deficits and training teachers and psychologists about working memory. During the training period Rebecca will motivate you to do your best. She will also provide you with ways to enhance your working memory in everyday tasks over the course of the training period.

Included in your purchase are 100 Cogmed Extension Training sessions which allows you to further sharpen your acquired capacity.

The published research, which rivals any other working memory program and our experience has shown the CWMT improves:

  • Working memory capacity
  • Attention and concentration
  • Math and reading comprehension
  • Independence with homework
  • Self-esteem

Social skills, namely impulsivity and self control. The research also shows that CWMT correlates with increases in brain activity as noted in MRI studies, neuropsychological testing and observer reports.

  1. Contact Rebecca for a free complimentary phone screening to see if CWMT is appropriate for you at (978) 287 0810 x117 or (978) 255 1817.
  2. Make an appointment for an initial interview with her. This is a 90 minute health and academic or work history intake, discussion about working memory and demonstration of the CWMT. This interview can take place at the Hallowell Center in Sudbury or at Rebecca’s office in West Newbury, MA. After this interview we encourage users to go home and carefully consider whether CWMT is right for them.
  3. The Start Up session is done by phone to discuss the training and coaching schedule, the software installation and the training website for the purpose of charting progress.
  4. You proceed with five weeks of training with weekly coaching calls. Once a week Rebecca will call you to discuss progress via the training web, answer questions, and make suggestions to help you get the most out of the training. User support is always available.
  5. One month after you complete the 25 sessions, there is a wrap up session to discuss improvements in working memory noted so far. You have the option to obtain the 100 shorter extended training sessions. You will receive a written report of your training progress.
  6. Six months later there is a follow up phone interview to see what other improvements have been noted since the training.

Working Memory, the ability to keep information in your mind for several seconds, manipulate it, and use it in your thinking is the engine of learning. Cogmed training is for children and adults who wish to improve their ability to concentrate, reduce impulsivity and resist distraction. Reading Comprehension, problem solving, organization and mental math are just some of the working memory tasks we employ every day. Working memory weaknesses are common in persons with ADHD, executive dysfunction and head injury. However, Cogmed training can also benefit those without learning problems who seek an extra edge in optimizing their academic and professional potential. Researchers claim that intensive brain training can help stave off deteriorating effects of brain aging.

Cogmed training is backed by solid research that no other brain training product can match. An outstanding track record of strong and lasting effects in our thousands of trainees in America and around the world show that Cogmed training makes a real difference in people’s lives ( see Cogmed training is done at the user’s home. Weekly or as needed coaching sessions by Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC, speech pathologist and former Cogmed coach trainer, are provided by phone or Skype.

Contact Rebecca Shafir at 978 287 0810 or 978 255 1817 if you would like to learn more about Cogmed Working Memory Training for you or your child.

CWMT is not a “medical intervention” and is typically not covered by health insurance, but you may be eligible for reimbursement for the initial/follow up interview and the report writing. Some flexible health spending accounts may reimburse for training. The Hallowell Center will provide you with a receipt with the proper codes and fees to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Further Information

Contact Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC at The Hallowell Center, 144 North Road (Rte 117) #2450, Sudbury, MA 01776, 978 287 0810 x117 or 978 255 1817 or email her at

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Call our New Patient Care Coordinator at 978-287-0810 to schedule your free 15 minute patient care consult.

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