Treatment by Tom Dozier

Tom Dozier is a behavior scientist who began studying misophonia in 2012.  He is the author of 6 journal articles on misophonia and has conducted 2 experimental studies on misophonia.  He has presented at every Misophonia Association Annual Conference and several other conferences.  He is the founder and president of the Misophonia Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit.  He is the author of Understanding and Overcoming Misophonia, 2nd edition: A Conditioned Aversive Reflex Disorder.  He developed the Neural Repatterning Technique for misophonia and the Trigger Tamer apps.  He has a Master’s of Science degree from California State University, Stanislaus, which was titled, Behavior Analysis and the Family.  Tom is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA, behavior scientist), but his work is misophonia is primarily clinical behavior analysis for reflex behavior, and as such, it is usually included in his BCBA certification (see footnote).

Tom regularly works with individuals world-wide through confidential internet video-chat.  If you are interested in his help, please fill out the forms at misophoniatreatment.com/forms.

Tom Dozier, author of Understanding and Overcoming Misophonia

Tom can work with young children with misophonia by training the parent to provide effective treatment.  This treatment can be provided to literally any age child, including children as young as 2-years-old.  This is generally a “level 2” service as described in the footnote.  The parent spends the most time with the child and has the most influence on the child.  By converting the home into a therapeutic environment, the parent can provide treatment in a broad way that is not possible when the child visits the therapist.  Tom focuses on treating misophonia and behavioral problems which exacerbates the negative effects of misophonia.  Behavior problems in the home often contributes to misophonia severity and the progressive worsening of misophonia.  As a variation in the Neural Repatterning Technique (Trigger Tamer) Tom developed “trigger games” for young children which are very fun and reduce the fundamental misophonic reflex response.

  • Tom Dozier, MS, BCBA
  • 5801 Arlene Way
  • Livermore, CA  94550
  • 925-371-1576
  • email: tom@3LParenting.com or tom@misophoniatreatment.com

More information about the misophonia treatment provided by Tom Dozier.

Misophonia Treatment Services provided by Tom Dozier:

I offer treatment for misophonia by confidential video-chat (similar to Skype, but confidential).  The first session covers assessment/education/management/treatment-options.  My fee is $100/50-minute session and I have a reduced fee for financial hardship.  I charge more or less based on the time required.  It typically takes 80 minutes and costs $150.  If a person has read my book, or the pages and videos on misophoniainstitute.org, then the time and cost could be less.  There will be some “To Do” items from this session that will start the treatment process.  These form the foundation for treatment provided by me, with ongoing consultations and additional exercises to gradually reduce the misophonic response.  I work from a home office, where I do meet with local clients.  When I meet with clients in my office, it usually takes up to 2 hours and costs $200.

Based on the assessment we will decide on the treatment to pursue.  I provide some types of treatment, but others require another therapist, who I will introduce you to.  If the treatment is with me, then it varies greatly.  Usually there is a start of treatment session ($100) plus follow-on sessions.  These follow-on sessions could be as little as meeting for a half-session every 2-4 weeks for 3 months, or meeting every month for 6 months.  I can provide a better estimate after the initial session.

The most common treatment for severe misophonia that I currently recommend is Sequent Repatterning hypnotherapy, which is provided by another therapist.  The minimum age for this treatment is 10 years.  This costs about $850 (as of July 2017) and takes 8 consecutive weeks.

The assessment/intake forms need to be filled out by the person with misophonia (as best possible if it is a young child).  I am attaching these forms, which can be filled out electronically, and emailed back to me.

I offer a reduced fee for cases of financial hardship, and I also provide a satisfaction-money-back guarantee for my services.

I offer these services either as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or as a Behavioral Life Coach.  The service as a life coach is less rigorous that as a behavior analyst.  The attachment describes 4 levels of service.  Levels 1 and 2 are as a life coach.  Levels 3 and 4 are behavior-analytic intervention and so I would be working with you as a behavior analyst.  The level at which we work is up to you.  The primary difference is the level of data collection and monitoring of progress.  In general, experience has shown that when progress is monitored, adjustments in the treatment can me made in an a timely manner which facilitates effective treatment. This is one feature that makes behavior-analytic interventions very powerful.  Most individuals choose to work with me at level 2.

I meet with individuals/families from 8am to 10pm Pacific Time, Monday to Saturday.  I am happy to schedule a time to meet.  Please email me at tom@misophoniatreatment.com and suggest 2 or 3 times, or phone me at 925-371-1576.

 

 

Footnote:  Misophonia Training and Misophonia Services Provided by Tom Dozier:

My goal is to provide the service that you want and need.  I provide 4 levels of behavioral services.  Levels 1 and 2 are provided by me as a Behavioral Life Coach.  Levels 3 and 4 are provided by me as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

  1. Misophonia Assessment / Behavioral Instruction / Consultation – This service includes a behavioral assessment of misophonia, which is a reflex or respondent behavior. It also includes teaching you behavioral principles of misophonia and how it applies to your specific situation.  This includes discussing/teaching about misophonia and behavioral interventions that you could choose to apply.
  2. Misophonia Assessment / Behavioral Coaching / Consultation with Development of Intervention Plans – This service includes all aspects of #1 above, plus collaboratively developing specific intervention plans for you to implement. It often includes regular follow-up meetings to review plans and developing modifications to intervention plans for you to carry out.
  3. *Behavioral Coaching / Consultation with Plans, Data Collection, and Analysis – This service includes all of the above, plus data collection and graphical analysis of the data. Typically, you will collect daily data on your child’s (or your) behavior and send it to me.  I will provide a graphical analysis of the data, so we can easily determine if we are making progress toward your goals.
  4. *Behavioral Coaching with Direct Observation – This service includes all of the above, plus direct observation by me and data collection of the behaviors of concern.

*Levels 3 and 4 are “behavior-analytic” interventions, and meet the professional criteria for applied behavior analysis.  Levels 1 and 2 are assessment, coaching, and instruction based on the fundamental principles of human behavior.  Levels 1 and 2 interventions are not behavior-analytic services, and therefore do not fall under the purview of my BACB certification.  The level of service that you choose will depend on the severity of the problem behavior, your willingness to participate in data collection, and your ability to afford the service provided.

Identifying the characteristics of misophonia, and confirming/refuting your unofficial self-diagnosis of “misophonia” are not covered by my BACB credential.