This treatment seems to only be effective when a person has specific triggers. For example, if a person is triggered only by his brother or husband, then this treatment may work for you. If you are triggered by sniffing by anyone and anywhere, then this treatment will not work or will take a long time.
Also, when treating children, any behavioral issues must be addressed simultaneously, which is the primary career focus of Tom Dozier.
I (Tom) want to preface this page with a big success! I gave the first treatment to a 10-year-old girl last week, and she and her mother did the homework each day. Today (7/3/13) when I tested her for sensitivity to the trigger sound, she had no reaction – none! This does not mean that she is cured, just that she is not responding to the recorded trigger sound (which is a big improvement). I also provided treatment to an 8-yr-old. She is making great progress, but much of the treatment is actually provided by her parents.
This new treatment for misophonia ( patent pending) was developed by Tom Dozier and is based on the fundamental science and research of human reflexes. This treatment helps you in the following areas.
1. Understand what your body does when you hear a trigger and why.
2. Deal with your existing triggers to prevent strengthening them and to minimize pain, anguish, and guilt.
3. Prevent the development of new misophonia triggers.
4. Reduce or eliminate specific triggers through “repatterning” the neural connections in your Autonomic Nervous System.
This treatment system may provide significant relief to the pain and anguish of one misophonia trigger in a few weeks (or it may take a few months). The complete treatment takes longer. Some respond to this treatment better than others. One person seemed to show no improvement for 6 weeks, but then observed some very positive improvement.
This treatment is a POSITIVE EXPERIENCE your you. It is not painful. It is not distressing. It is appropriate for the most timid of people. It is appropriate for both children and adults. But it only seems to be appropriate if you have something that makes you happy or relaxed. Otherwise you cannot create the “Happy Time” needed for the treatment.
The treatment is a “happy treatment” method. It is a “NO PAIN” method. In fact, our motto is “Pain Means No Gain.” This may be hard to believe, but it is true.
Misophonia appears to be an acquired involuntary reflex reaction to specific sounds. This form of reaction (called respondent behavior) has been shown to develop through an experience process. The process is a pairing on the specific sound with the distressed physiological condition. A neurological connection is formed between the sound and the emotional/physiological condition. This is actually neural wiring in the the Autonomic Nervous System of the brain stem (the lizard brain, or the type of brain that a lizard has). The treatment Tom Dozier developed “repatterns” the neural connection that controls the misophonia reaction. This is done by creating a pairing between the trigger sound and a positive physiological/emotional condition. After repeated pairings, the neural wiring changes. The misophonia reaction to the trigger decreases and can even completely go away. The actual repatterning treatment is delivered via the Trigger Tamer app. The “repatterning” treatment takes about 30 minutes. These can be divided into smaller treatment sessions. The individual is expected to do these treatments as homework most days.
Treatment results vary greatly with individuals. One happy college student eliminated 2 triggers with her mother in just 3 weeks of treatments.
The initial results are VERY exciting. For example, one person had a reduction in the severity of his reaction to the trigger sound from 9 to 4 after 2 treatments. Another person had a reduction in reaction from a 6 to a 2. The person with the most treatments so far had a drop in her overall rating on the Misophonia Assessment Questionnaire as follows:
- Before treatment – 41
- After 2 treatments – 17
- After 4 treatments – 7 (Misophonia is no longer a debilitating condition for her!)
- After 6 treatments – 9
- After 15 treatments – 9
- 8 months after treatment started – 5
This new treatment has been used successfully with children as young as 8 years old and with adults of all ages. If you would like to try this treatment, contact a provider on the “Treatment Providers” page. This treatment can be provided by Skype (VSee actually) or in person.
The Treatment: The first session is designed to understand the patients unique misophonia experience and determine how to provide the “repatterning” treatment. The time and cost of the first session can be greatly reduced by the patient watching the “Overcoming Misophonia” webinar or the new videos by Tom Dozier about misophonia.
The “repatterning” treatments start the 2nd week, and require the Trigger Tamer app. The second session includes a short “repattering” treatment using the Trigger Tamer to make sure you have the process set up correctly. You will also have daily homework that takes 30 minutes. After the 2nd week, the sessions are 15-30 minutes. It is expected that treatment will require 9-15 sessions. If this treatment is right for you, you should see positive results during the treatment after 2 weeks. Depending on how well you respond, real-world improvement may be a few weeks or a few months.
This treatment is best for a person who has a few serious triggers, and the triggers are limited to specific individuals. If you are triggered by a sound with a lot of variety (like any chewing sound) that is made by anyone, then the treatment is not recommended for you.
Cost: The cost of the treatment is set by each provider, but is now lower because of the TriggerTamer app. The app automates the treatment process, reducing therapist time required for treatment. For example, Tom Dozier charges $100 per hour. The first week is usually 1 hour, but can be less if you watch the Overcoming Misophonia webinar. The second week is also an hour, which includes a treatment session. After that, each weekly session is 15-30 minutes ($25-$50). The app costs $40 on iTunes and Google Play.
Guarantee: Tom Dozier provides an unconditional money-back guarantee for this treatment. The guarantee is a satisfaction or money back guarantee. There are no specific conditions for the guarantee. Ask other providers if they provide any guarantee for their treatments.
For more information about starting treatment, contact a treatment provider today.