Frequently Asked Questions

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The following information is educational. It is not medical advice.

 

Some of our services can be offered virtually, on your own schedule, or through telehealth appointments.

Highlights of Home-Based Services:

Neurofeedback  & Sound Therapy (Safe and Sound Protocol)  – User friendly, lower cost, option for unlimited sessions, and access for the entire household.

Ketamine – Intake, Preparatory and Integration sessions (when in-person is not possible).

No, but we can provide a superbill so you may submit for out-of-network reimbursement. Payment plans and discounts are available in some circumstances. Please Inquire.
Some medication may be tapered before or during treatments. You can still receive therapies while on most medications.
Yes. Our ability to work with minors depends on the age, condition to be treated, and type of treatment.

We provide an inclusive, safe, healing space, and welcome feedback where we still fall short.

We understand that not everyone can afford helpful medical therapies. In addition, we know that equality and equity are elusive goals in societies that do not work daily to eradicate systemic advantages for some and disadvantages for others. If you have experienced adversity and/or disadvantage in your life, or are undergoing temporary hardship, please let us know what we could do to allow you to receive our services.

Ketamine

Ketamine Assisted Treatment is also known as Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), and Ketamine Assisted Therapy

Ketamine is an FDA-approved medicine that can be used off-label to treat a number of mental health challenges, such as: Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), Suicidality, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Eating Disorders, Pain, Trauma, Adjustment Disorders, and more. New research is being published or publicized often. Please inquire if you have a specific question.
Ketamine at low dose is considered psycholytic—mildly altered state of consciousness–where speech and verbal cues are still intact, and more flexibility occurs related to thoughts and beliefs. At higher doses, psychedelic effects occur that generally include temporary visual hallucinations with lesser ability to speak, move, and think.

Ketamine is considered very safe, such that it is used in children, older adults, and even large animals, to allow for anesthesia and/or pain management without decreasing the heart rate or breathing.

Ketamine Assisted Treatments are supervised by, or occur with, Brent Jaster, MD. Dr. Jaster has completed Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP) training with PRATI (Psychedelic Research and Training Institute).

Additional safety assurances include: a detailed medical intake with informed consent; blood pressure monitoring; onsite management of blood pressure, anxiety, and nausea; an AED (defibrillator); and required Integration sessions after ketamine to help you invoke healthy changes and insights.

Ketamine can rapidly shift someone from wanting to commit suicide (suicidal intention, suicidality), to a relatively safe mindset, and often within 40 minutes.

Ketamine can successfully improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, treatment resistant depression, PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar depression, eating disorders, chronic pain, and many more conditions.

Addiction, alcohol abuse and substance abuse may respond favorably to ketamine.

Evidence is favorable for ketamine treatment in certain situations with traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and other movement disorders.

Please inquire as new research is being published frequently.

People with certain conditions or diagnoses are excluded from ketamine treatments, such as: pregnancy, breastfeeding, cardiovascular disease, arrhythmia, untreated high blood pressure, unstable blood pressure, untreated hyperthyroidism, and unstable mental illness.

Other conditions may also exclude someone from treatment, for example: migraines, obstructive sleep apnea (unless CPAP used during ketamine treatments), chronic thought disorder, active substance abuse, borderline personality disorder, other personality disorder, severe trauma history, and unclear mental health history. If you have one of these conditions please discuss it with the physician/provider.

We are located in Denver, Colorado. All ketamine treatments take place at one of our locations in Denver, CO.
Ketamine sessions are typically 2 hours long. Depending on the amount, and route of administration you may feel the effect of the medicine, generally, for 2-6 hours. You may not drive yourself home from your appointment, and must wait to drive until the next day.
Ketamine is a powerful medication with rapid onset and generally profound improvement of mental health. For example, an IV ketamine session over 40 minutes can move someone from being at risk for suicide to having the thought of suicide “off the table”. As an antidepressant the improvement of depression symptoms occurs in a single session. Similarly, someone with invasive, obsessive compulsive, or rigid thinking, or negative thought loops can experience more contentment, peace of mind, and feelings of relaxation (a relaxed mind) with one session.

Every person will experience a variable level of improvement of their symptoms. A person with severe depression, or highly likely to commit suicide, may need ketamine sessions 2-3 times a week initially. Another person with anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) may get improvement of their symptoms that lasts 3-4 weeks. Most people will reach a point where they have a few months or longer with symptom improvement related to depression, anxiety, OCD, etc.

Ketamine changes the brain (neuroplasticity), and over time ketamine is not likely needed to maintain improved mental health and mental wellness. However, ketamine is not a silver bullet. Mental wellness is optimized, and/or maintained, through daily self-care, including proper nutrition and supplements, physical activity, access to nature, stress management techniques, quality sleep, mindfulness, connection (to purpose and meaning), and other supports.

You may not drive yourself home from your appointment, and must wait to drive until the next day. We do not recommend ride services, and will not allow use of them in some cases.

This depends on the severity of symptoms. Read more. (Link to above: How long will the impact of ketamine last, in relation to improved mental health and wellness?) Initially, we determine the proper dose to receive the desired effect, also known as dose-finding. Clients should plan to have at least 3 sessions to determine if ketamine provides the expected relief. 6-10 sessions is reasonable in the first 6-12 months for an average client with moderate or more severe symptoms.

A new client will have 4 total visits, including one ketamine session. These are: Intake, Preparatory, Ketamine, and Integration sessions for $1,800. Payment plans are available, and we try to promote health and health care equity through a health care support fund. We appreciate if people can pay full price, or more, that they do so, as sometimes we will offer ketamine to those in need, but without the financial resources.

A follow-up client will have 2 total visits, including a Ketamine session followed by an Integration session for $900.

Payment / Discounts / Payment plans

In order to promote health/health care equity, we have a Support Fund so we can accomodate more people independent of one’s ability to pay. For people with the ability to pay the listed price, or more, we request that you do so to allow others with financial challenges to access life-changing treatments.

Payment options include cash, debit, and all major credit cards.

We recognize Social Determinants of Health, and that differing privilege and forms of discrimination exist in our society. These variables impact people’s access to quality education, high-paying jobs, affordable housing, healthy food, etc. All of which affect one’s financial resources directly or indirectly.

We offer discounts on as-needed basis, or when Support Fund monies exist.
Automated payment plans are available on an individual basis. Note: Payment plans pay for future services, i.e. a service is offered once full payment has been collected. Or other arrangements have been discussed.

There is power in community. Better outcomes are likely in a group, and more than individually. A higher level of service can be received through group experiences, while at a lower price. Ask about our group offerings, and gain the additional benefits that can only be experienced in the supportive, educational, accountability-promoting, highly therapeutic, and joy-promoting shared (group) experience.

Many people need/want a less expensive, but richer, ketamine experience. Dr. Jaster believes and research supports the better outcomes seen in shared medical appointments (group visits), thus Heartmind Medicine offers Preparatory, Ketamine, and Integration sessions to be shared with other peers.

There is power in community. Better outcomes are likely in a group, and more than individually. A higher level of service can be received through group experiences, while at a lower price. Ask about our group offerings, and gain the additional benefits that can only be experienced in the supportive, educational, accountability-promoting, highly therapeutic, and joy-promoting shared (group) experience.

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is biofeedback for the brain, and is sometimes referred to as EEG biofeedback. Our brains can change (neuroplasticity), and neurofeedback is a tool that helps train the brain for optimal use and cultivate healthier brain waves. Brain training improves attention, cognitive abilities (optimized performance), and mood (including mood regulation and mood stabilization).

Anyone can receive neurofeedback, as a non-invasive support. While we individualize treatment for each person, some neurofeedback centers and devices can destabilize people using one-size-fits-all approaches. We monitor sessions in real time, sitting next to you, so any adjustments can be made to minimize the likelihood of side effects.

Neurofeedback could be a great complement or alternative to stimulants in young people with ADHD.

Children and Teens can especially benefit from neurofeedback through improved sleep and attention/focus, and less anxiety and depression. It works well, and there is minimal to no resistance to treatment, because they can watch a movie or play a game while receiving neurofeedback.

Sensors are attached to the scalp with conductive paste to record your brainwaves. It is painless and does not apply any voltage or current to your brain. It is entirely non-invasive.

A computer reads your brainwaves, extracts certain information, and shows specific frequencies to you while you watch a display–film, video, game. There is a natural ebb and flow of your brainwaves. The specific, healthier, brainwave frequencies we reinforce and the sensor locations on the scalp are unique to each individual.

Anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, insomnia (sleep problems), PTSD and complex PTSD (C-PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar depression, chronic pain, addiction and alcohol abuse and substance abuse, traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, memory loss, cognitive issues, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke, movement disorders, eating disorders, and many more.

Please inquire as emerging evidence is published frequently.

We encourage minimal to no use of alcohol, nicotine, cannabis (THC), and recreational drugs, so you know the impact of neurofeedback. People may notice an improved ability to cut back on these substances during neurofeedback treatment.

Neurofeedback can be very helpful as a complement to ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP), and this is likely true for other medicinal and therapeutically-used psychedelics. Neurofeedback on the day after ketamine assisted treatments, or within 72 hours, is recommended in these cases.

If you use prescription (Rx) medications please discuss a plan with Brent Jaster, MD. People often reduce or stop their medications while receiving neurofeedback.

Every person is impacted differently. Many people do 20-24 sessions and stop neurofeedback permanently, with sustained improvement in symptoms. Others shift to a maintenance, or tune-up, schedule and come monthly or quarterly because they notice recurrence of some symptoms. Home-based neurofeedback may also support the positive changes received through intensive, in-person, neurofeedback.

In the vast majority of clients (>95%), outcomes exceed expectations.

No matter the habit, changing behavior for good presents lots of challenges. Neurofeedback changes the brain, so behavioral change is more likely to last.

Clients receiving neurofeedback will purchase the first 12 sessions (6 week), followed by another 12 session (6 week) package. For changes to be sustained (or even irreversible) it is recommended to do a minimum of 20-24 sessions. More may be recommended if you continue to notice improvements. Missed appointments due to illness, travel, etc. are not refunded or rescheduled. If you cannot do at least 20 out of the 24 consecutive appointments over 12 weeks then it is better to wait until you can block this time.

Neurofeedback in our Denver location lasts about one hour.

The recommendation is twice a week, on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.

Personalized neurofeedback that does not rely on protocols and/or technicians with less training is similar to the cost of a session with a therapist/counselor. Payment plans are available.

We charge approximately $125 per session for the first 12 sessions, and approximately $150 per session for the following 12 sessions and any additional sessions/packages purchased. A small administrative fee is added to each package. Prices may change without notice for future packages, yet to be purchased. An intake session may be required prior to beginning neurofeedback and costs $250.

We do try to promote health/health care equity and accommodate people with financial hardship through our Support Fund, which is funded by generous donations. For people with the ability to pay the listed price, or more, we request that you do so to allow others with financial challenges to access life-changing treatments.

Click here (Support Fund link with option to Donate) if you are able to support health equity and make a donation. To be considered for lower cost services through assistance from our Support Fund please inquire.

We recognize Social Determinants of Health, and that differing privilege and forms of discrimination exist in our society. These variables impact people’s access to quality education, high-paying jobs, affordable housing, healthy food, etc. All of which affect one’s financial resources directly or indirectly.  

Payment / Discounts / Payment plans

Payment options include cash, debit, and all major credit cards. Prices may change without notice.

We offer discounts on as-needed basis, or when Support Fund monies exist.

Automated payment plans are available on an individual basis. Note: Payment plans pay for future services, i.e. a service is offered once full payment has been collected. Or other arrangements have been discussed.

For new patients, we block 12 weeks (24 appointments) on our schedule for you, when you start neurofeedback. Thus, a partial refund of 90% (of total cost of 24 sessions) is only possible prior to the 1st session. Once you have begun neurofeedback a refund is not permitted. 

You are allowed to pay for the 24 appointments in 2 payments, or a payment plan, if we have authorization to charge your credit card. You will be charged for the last 12 appointments 1 week prior to appointment 13.

New patient (1st 24 appointments) reschedules are not guaranteed, and must occur on the same day or same week IF schedule permits. We aim to provide you with 20 sessions over 24 appointments over 12 weeks. You may miss up to 4 appointments and still receive the recommended number of sessions. You will not receive a refund for unused sessions, but you can use all 24 sessions in 12 weeks.

For established patients (after 24 appointments or 12 weeks) rescheduling of appointments are only possible IF you scheduled a single maintenance session AND 2 business day (48 hours) notice is provided. If you schedule an additional 12 sessions, the refund policy for new patients applies. Maintenance appointments will not commonly be available and are not guaranteed, outside of 12 session package purchase

Any appointments rescheduled or missed with less than two business days notice will automatically be charged a $100 fee. A 2nd no show or late cancellation will be charged $200; a 3rd no show or late cancellation will be charged $300. Additional missed appointments or late cancellations are $300, and cause for dismissal from the clinic.

We currently offer neurofeedback at our north Denver location:

5335 W 48th Ave

Suite 500

Denver CO 80212

The north location will be closing in July to allow for consolidation of services near I25 and Colorado Boulevard:

1805 S Bellaire St

Suite 100

Denver CO 80222

Or

1777 S Harrison St

Suite 1200

Denver CO 80210

Neurofeedback is completely non-invasive. It is very safe. Application of sensors is painless. Side effects are possible, but reversible. For example, when treating depression symptoms, someone might realize they are not able to fall asleep as easily, but their mood is improved. Someone may develop a headache during neurofeedback, but communicating this to the neurotherapist allows adjustment in real time to reverse or minimize the headache.

A rewired brain will likely have greater insight, react differently in the world, and choose to engage more mindfully.

No! Neurofeedback is not electroconvulsive therapy. Neurofeedback is a gentle, non-invasive way to change/train your brain.

Clients generally feel better, although some, in a more relaxed state, may feel tired.

Driving is permitted if you feel awake and alert. Some people may prefer to get a ride home if driving a significant distance, driving is excessively stressful for them, or if sleepiness is common.

After neurofeedback we encourage people to plan for a relaxing day/night without known stressful interactions and chaotic environments. Nourishing and grounding food, and other self-care activities, like a bath, stretching, reading, journaling are all great activities to integrate the neurofeedback and your neuroplastic state of mind.

Set the intention to allow your brain in its changeable state to release negative patterns and qualities, and form healthier new pathways to mental wellness.

If an intake session is required this can be done virtually.

Our home-based neurofeedback can be supported virtually.

Otherwise, neurofeedback with a neurotherapist is always in the office setting.

Brain Map (qEEG)

Brain Mapping is currently offered through a 3rd party.

A Brain Map can also be called a qEEG, or EEG, depending on the setting and context. A Brain Map shows us the predominant brainwaves in various parts of your brain. Patterns can give hints about symptoms you might be experiencing.

A Brain Map (qEEG) gives hints so that a trained therapist/doctor/professional can inquire about possible traumatic events, personal characteristics and symptoms that may challenge you.

While it may appear supernatural, this science-based approach may save you many talk therapy sessions, as a compassionate, yet direct, inquiry is more likely to uncover something relevant. Normally, humans present multiple defense mechanisms that may delay getting to the root causes, and delay healing.

No. Using infralow frequency neurofeedback we find it an option, but not required. Home-based neurotherapy may benefit most from a Brain Map (qEEG), because you are not monitored in real time. Newer protocols for home-based neurofeedback decrease the chance of an adverse reaction. If you are not responding as expected, a Brain Map (qEEG) would be helpful.

A scalp cap that makes contact through conductive gel on your skin is worn so that data may be collected.

A professional will analyze the Brain Map (qEEG) and share the pertinent findings. The Brain Map may guide the Neurofeedback approach in the clinic, or at home if you are renting a home-based unit.

A Brain Map (qEEG) can be repeated and show the changing brain, and that chosen therapies are working.

A Brain Map (qEEG) does not make a diagnosis. However, certain patterns may indicate a person struggles with symptoms related to: anxiety and panic, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, emotional trauma, head trauma (concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)), insomnia, memory loss and dementia (Alzheimer’s), Parkinson’s, other cognitive issues, and many other conditions and situations.

A Brain Map (qEEG) will take an hour or less, typically.

Sensors attach to your scalp with conductive paste to record your brainwaves. It is painless and does not apply any voltage or current to your brain. It is entirely non-invasive.

You will keep your eyes open for a period of time, and then repeat the process while you close your eyes for the same amount of time. You will repeat the above for a shorter time.

A computer analyzes your brainwaves, and compares them to a database to provide a map showing the predominant brainwaves in various brain regions. This map informs the type of neurofeedback that would be helpful, and the challenges you may have had in the past, or struggle with currently. The map can be a shortcut for your therapist (neurotherapist) and/or Dr. Jaster to build rapport, and gain your trust. Thus, you will likely get to root cause issues more quickly, and experience healing faster.

If you get a Brain Map (qEEG) at baseline, a second Brain Map (qEEG) will help verify that things are improving. A Brain Map (qEEG) can always be repeated to confirm progress or to clarify other brain regions that may still benefit from targeted neurofeedback.

A Brain Map (qEEG) costs approximately $500, as accurate interpretation is time-consuming.

We do try to promote health/health care equity and accommodate people with financial hardship through our Support Fund, which is funded by generous donations. For people with the ability to pay the listed price, or more, we request that you do so to allow others with financial challenges to access life-changing treatments.

Click here (Support Fund link with option to Donate) if you are able to support health equity and make a donation. To be considered for lower cost services through assistance from our Support Fund please inquire.

We recognize Social Determinants of Health, and that differing privilege and forms of discrimination exist in our society. These variables impact people’s access to quality education, high-paying jobs, affordable housing, healthy food, etc. All of which affect one’s financial resources directly or indirectly.  

Payment / Discounts / Payment plans

Payment options include cash, debit, and all major credit cards. Prices may change without notice.

We offer discounts on as-needed basis, or when Support Fund monies exist.

Automated payment plans are available on an individual basis. Note: Payment plans pay for future services, i.e. a service is offered once full payment has been collected. Or other arrangements have been discussed.

Rescheduling of appointments must happen at least one business day (24 hours) in advance of the initial scheduled appointment to avoid penalty. Any appointments rescheduled or missed with less than one business day notice will automatically be charged a $100 cancellation / late reschedule fee. An additional cancellation fee by the 3rd party we work with may apply.

Currently, we offer Brain Maps (qEEG) through another clinic in Ft. Collins, CO. We are working on an option where you can do a Brain Map (qEEG) with instructions in your own home. Equipment will be sent and returned through the mail.

No! Brain Maps (qEEG) are not electroconvulsive therapy. A Brain Map (qEEG) is painless and  non-invasive.

If a virtual appointment is requested for the Brain Map (qEEG) reporting session, we can go over the Brain Map through a telehealth appointment.

Sound Therapy

Sound Therapy may encompass various delivery mechanisms. At Heartmind Medicine in Denver, Colorado, we use the Safe and Sound Protocol and Unyte (ILS) Focus. 

Can also be done from your own phone/computer, and without the hassle of driving somewhere, or through rented equipment

Sensory Processing Differences (Disorder), autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, PTSD/C-PTSD, insomnia, memory loss, cognitive issues, bipolar, overwhelm/stress, vagus nerve dysregulation, and more.

Clients receiving the Safe and Sound Protocol will pay for 5-7 sessions before starting, and repeat them over 2 weeks maximum. 5 consecutive days for the core SSP are necessary, or results may be sub-optimal. Some people repeat the SSP periodically, as they notice continued benefits over time.

The Unyte (ILS) Focus protocols occur daily for 2-4 weeks typically, and may recur over time, with different areas of enhancement as the focus.

About one hour

Headphones are worn, so that adequate volume can be heard, and for the Unyte Focus program beyond hearing the music you also have a mild vibration on the top of your scalp through bone conduction. The music is filtered to promote healing.

You will not use sound canceling headphones for either Sound Therapy approach.

Depending on the music setting, certain activities will be encouraged (and discouraged) to receive optimal benefits.

A spontaneous, and free form, drawing component is a part of the 7 day SSP protocol. No art background is required, and it may be more challenging for artists, over people who do not consider themselves artists.

The recommendation is daily for 2-4 weeks for Unyte Focus.

For the SSP, 5-7 sessions are completed over 5 -14 days, with the 5 core sessions required to be completed on consecutive days for optimal benefit.

In person sessions will be the most expensive. 5 day SSP is $1500, 7 day $2100. Discounts may be provided IF some unsupervised home sessions are approved. Please do not count on home session approval, and results are usually better when done in the clinic with direct supervision.

The Unyte (ILS) Focus protocols require a security deposit (loss/damage of $1500) to rent the device for 1 month. The device rental can be renewed one month at a time. If there is more than one person at home that would like to do the Sound Therapy protocols, the device can be shared, with a lesser charge per person.

The total cost depends on whether sessions are supervised in the office, or performed at home, and the complexity of a personalized care plan and sound therapy protocol that is created. You can plan to pay approximately $600 per month to rent a device, and $600 for an in-office intake, followed by $300 for in-office sessions. Expect to rent a device for 2-3 months or more. Prices may be increased at any time, and for additional time required as a part of the onboarding process, or extra appointments. Additional family members living at the same address can receive care for a fraction of the total cost to maximize your family investment.

We do try to promote health/health care equity and accommodate people with financial hardship through our Support Fund, which is funded by generous donations. For people with the ability to pay the listed price, or more, we request that you do so to allow others with financial challenges to access life-changing treatments.

Click here (Support Fund link with option to Donate) if you are able to support health equity and make a donation. To be considered for lower cost services through assistance from our Support Fund please inquire.

We recognize Social Determinants of Health, and that differing privilege and forms of discrimination exist in our society. These variables impact people’s access to quality education, high-paying jobs, affordable housing, healthy food, etc. All of which affect one’s financial resources directly or indirectly.  

Payment / Discounts / Payment plans

Payment options include cash, debit, and all major credit cards. Prices may change without notice.

We offer discounts on as-needed basis, or when Support Fund monies exist.

Automated payment plans are available on an individual basis. Note: Payment plans pay for future services, i.e. a service is offered once full payment has been collected. Or other arrangements have been discussed.

SSP

Any refunds will apply in this order– 90% prior to Intake session, 80% if software has been licensed on your behalf and more than 1 week ahead of time , 50% if within 1 week., 25% if SSP session 1 has been started No refund of any money if session 2 has been started.

We hold 5-7 appointments on the schedule to complete the SSP in-person. All 5 sessions, or sessions 2-6 (when doing 7)m must be completed on consecutive days or you will need to repeat the series. We require 7 days notice PRIOR to session 1 (or session 2 when doing 7) to avoid a late cancel fee. 1st late cancel fee is $150. 2nd is $300. 3rd is $600. A no show fee is $300 for the 1st, $600 for the 2nd, and $900 for the 3rd. A 4th occurrence, or more, will incur a $1500 late cancel/no show fee, which is equal to the 5-session cost.

Any refunds will apply in this order– 90% prior to Intake session, 50% if within 1 week of first appointment, No refund of any money if session 1 has been started. Security Deposit will be refunded if returned in the same condition. An insurance policy may be available–inquire if you are interested.

Rescheduling of appointments must happen at least one business day (24 hours) in advance of all scheduled appointments to avoid penalty. Any appointments rescheduled or missed with less than one business day notice will automatically be charged a $75 fee. A 2nd no show or late cancellation will be charged $150; a 3rd no show or late cancellation will be charged $300. Additional missed appointments or late cancellation is $300, and cause for dismissal from the clinic.

We are located in Denver, Colorado. All Sound Therapy treatments take place at one of our locations in Denver, CO.

Sound Therapy is a gentle, completely non-invasive intervention. It is very safe. Occasionally, someone may feel a low grade headache after Sound Therapy, or feel a little anxiety or fatigue. These are temporary symptoms.

If a video appointment is requested for the Intake, or a Closing session, we will decide on a case-by-case basis if we can accommodate.

Some sessions can be done at home, and unsupervised, after in-clinic completion of previous appointments without any challenges or concerns.

HeartMath

HeartMath is a biofeedback technology proven to increase heart rate variability. Heart rate variability is proportional to health and fitness at a basic level, so someone with low heart rate variability (HRV) is considered to have low level health and low level fitness. The good news is that we can train ourselves, primarily through our breath, to have higher heart rate variability.

Higher heart rate variability will also increase emotional resilience and our ability to be less rigid in our thinking when life throws us curve balls.

While we might override our heart to appease the mind, in reality our heart is always sending signals to our brain. If the signals are distressed then we are more likely to make poorer decisions, as we often do when anxious, afraid, overwhelmed, etc.

At Heartmind Medicine in Denver, Colorado, we aspire to help you achieve mental wellness in various ways. We use HeartMath to help people thrive in an often chaotic world.

HeartMath can help multiple symptoms and conditions, such as: anxiety, depression, insomnia (low quality sleep), fatigue, attention deficit (ADD/ADHD), stress, mood swings, overreactivity, brain fog, anger, impatience, and others.

Feel calmer, with more peace of mind, through increased “coherence”.

Additional expected benefits are lower blood pressure, and less risk of stress-induced disorders or complications, such as heart disease and stroke, premature aging, cognitive decline (poor brain health), and many more.

Imagine stress-induced scribbles that parallel the ups and downs of a typical life and impact our emotional regulation. Then imagine a smooth curve that navigates the same ups and downs with more fluidity and less feeling stuck, or barbed by the sharp edges of life.

Coherence creates positive emotions and leaves people feeling more clarity, joy, patience, resilience, and with enough energy to not only get through the day, but to have enough space to tap into your intuition with more confidence and predictability.

Clients receiving Heartmath will purchase 6 sessions that occur in office with direct supervision and coaching. Learn to quickly achieve higher heart variability and increased coherence. In between sessions you will do short sessions in your home. You may purchase additional sessions if you are still improving at 6 weeks. After 6-9 weeks you will likely achieve better mental and emotional well-being, like over 11,000 people that were studied using HeartMath.

About one hour in office, and we encourage 5 minutes or longer for home sessions on a daily basis.

A sensor is attached to your ear lobe to record your heart rate, and its real-time pattern. It is painless and does not involve the application of any voltage or current–it is entirely non-invasive.

A computer processes the information and shows you a waveform that you learn from and can affect with your breathing. A coherence score is provided, and various levels of difficulty allow you to stay engaged and make clear progress.

Daily for at least 5 minutes with 1 in-person (<60 minutes) session weekly. You will follow this schedule for 6-9 weeks.

HeartMath is similar to the cost of an extended appointment with a psychiatrist.

We charge $1800 for the first 6 in-office sessions, and $300/session for any additional sessions.

The total cost depends on the complexity of a personalized care plan that is created. You can plan to pay approximately $60 per 4 weeks to rent a device, and $200 security deposit. Expect to rent a device for 8-12 weeks or more. Prices may be increased for additional time required, as a part of the onboarding and supervision process, or extra appointments.

We do try to promote health/health care equity and accommodate people with financial hardship through our Support Fund, which is funded by generous donations. For people with the ability to pay the listed price, or more, we request that you do so to allow others with financial challenges to access life-changing treatments.

Click here (Support Fund link with option to Donate) if you are able to support health equity and make a donation. To be considered for lower cost services through assistance from our Support Fund please inquire.

We recognize Social Determinants of Health, and that differing privilege and forms of discrimination exist in our society. These variables impact people’s access to quality education, high-paying jobs, affordable housing, healthy food, etc. All of which affect one’s financial resources directly or indirectly.  

Payment / Discounts / Payment plans

Payment options include cash, debit, and all major credit cards. Prices may change without notice.

We offer discounts on as-needed basis, or when Support Fund monies exist.

Automated payment plans are available on an individual basis. Note: Payment plans pay for future services, i.e. a service is offered once full payment has been collected. Or other arrangements have been discussed.

Any refunds will apply in this order– 90% prior to intake session, 50% if within 1 week of first appointment, 25% if SSP session 1 has been started. No refund of any money if session 1 has been started. Security Deposit will be refunded if returned in the same condition. An insurance policy may be available–inquire if you are interested.

Rescheduling of appointments must happen at least one business day (24 hours) in advance of all scheduled appointments to avoid penalty. Any appointments rescheduled or missed with less than one business day notice will automatically be charged a $75 fee. 

We are located in Denver, Colorado. All HeartMath treatments take place at one of our locations in Denver, CO.

HeartMath is completely non-invasive, it is completely safe.

No! HeartMath is a gentle, non-invasive way to change/train your brain.

A video appointment may be requested for extra support, and with extra cost.

Coaching/Guidance

Any change to a pattern requires significant effort. A journey of significance will require planning and support, and contain successes and failures. A coach/guide will deepen and quicken the journey and facilitate opportunities to gain insight.

We believe a coach/guide must have significant life experience, exposure to, and personal experience with, the depth and vastness of the human condition, including consciousness and existential/spiritual curiosity.

At Heartmind Medicine in Denver, Colorado, a session will include: being heard, and being held (metaphorically); opportunity to connect to Heart, and in turn cultivate a connection between Heart and mind (Emphasis as noted). A coach/guide will encourage your own intuition, mirror insights and exploration of your authentic Heart, and help you express your true self with improved clarity and confidence.

Personalized coaching/guidance that does not rely on protocols, or coaches without proper certification and/or training/experience is similar in price to what you would pay to see a psychologist.  

We do try to promote health/health care equity and accommodate people with financial hardship through our Support Fund, which is funded by generous donations. For people with the ability to pay the listed price, or more, we request that you do so to allow others with financial challenges to access life-changing treatments.

Click here (Support Fund link with option to Donate) if you are able to support health equity and make a donation. To be considered for lower cost services through assistance from our Support Fund please inquire.

We recognize Social Determinants of Health, and that differing privilege and forms of discrimination exist in our society. These variables impact people’s access to quality education, high-paying jobs, affordable housing, healthy food, etc. All of which affect one’s financial resources directly or indirectly.  

Payment / Discounts / Payment plans

Payment options include cash, debit, and all major credit cards. Prices may change without notice.

We offer discounts on as-needed basis, or when Support Fund monies exist.

Automated payment plans are available on an individual basis. Note: Payment plans pay for future services, i.e. a service is offered once full payment has been collected. Or other arrangements have been discussed.

Rescheduling of appointments must happen at least one business day (24 hours) in advance of all scheduled appointments to avoid penalty. Any appointments rescheduled or missed with less than one business day notice will automatically be charged a $75 fee. A 2nd no show or late cancellation will be charged $150; a 3rd no show or late cancellation will be charged $300. Additional missed appointments or late cancellation is $300, and cause for dismissal from the clinic.

We are located in Denver, Colorado. All coaching/guidance sessions take place at one of our locations in Denver, CO.

Yes. If a video appointment is requested we will decide on a case-by-case basis.

Consultation/Research

Brent Jaster, MD, FAAFP, graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 2001. He became a board certified family physician in 2004, and integrative medicine (ABIHM) Diplomate in 2014. 

Dr. Jaster provides personalized private consultations and appointments without the restrictions imposed by insurance. Customized research and speaking events (link to below) are tailored to your specific needs and interests.

Present your concern or question, and receive Brent’s expertise through the lens of 21+ years experience as an innovative and creative medical doctor (MD).

What types of research is offered by Brent Jaster. MD, FAAFP?

Dr. Jaster will work with colleagues and assistants to help answer your research questions. Brent is available to help design, co-sponsor, co-investigate, or consult on research projects of importance.

Dr. Jaster’s unique background includes:

Training

  • Dartmouth Medical School, Doctor of Medicine (MD), Class of 2001.
    • Geisel School of Medicine is the present name of the medical school
  • Mentoring by leaders in Integrative Medicine (Family Medicine and Pediatrics)
  • University of Colorado Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Completed 2004
  • Master of Science in Public Health, Coursework, 2004.
  • Clinical Research, Vegan vs ADA diet in Type 2 Diabetes, 2005
  • Mentoring by leaders in Plant-Based Diets and Research
  • Primary Care Research Fellowship
  • American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) Certification, Diplomate 2014
    • Personal study, experience, and/or mentoring with Naturopathic Doctors, Acupuncturists, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chiropractors, Rolfing, Physical Therapy, and more.
  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Certification, Psychedelic Research & Training Institute (PRATI)

Service

  • Summer Volunteer, Patch Adams’s Gesundheit! Institute
  • Dialogue on Race – Founded and organized programming at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • National Primary Care Week – Founded and organized programming at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
  • Youth Soccer, Coach
  • Youth Basketball, Assistant Coach
  • Youth Tee Ball and Baseball, Coach
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Equity – Advocacy and Leadership
    • Parent Multicultural Affairs Committee

Nutrition

  • Vegetarian Diets Knowledge/Experience
  • Medical Writing (Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, 1st and 2nd editions)

Experience

  • Entrepreneurship – Founded and oversees two unique clinics
  • Insurance-Based Private Practice
  • Cash-Based Private Practice
  • Public Speaking – Health Care Innovation, Shared Medical Appointments (Group Visits)
  • Mentoring, Co-presentations in Shared Medical Appointments (Group Visits)
    • John Scott, MD, FACP
      • University of Colorado Hospital
    • Sharon Schindler Rising, MSN, CNM, FACNM
      • Centering Healthcare Institute
    • Ed Noffsinger, PhD
  • Consulting for Health Care Entities – Merck, Novartis, large medical systems, private practices
    • Topics: Shared Medical Appointments (Group Visits), Health Care Innovation

Student/Resident Training

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Department of Family Medicine
  • Co-Founder, Faculty: Nutrition and Preventive Health Student Interest Group
    • University of Colorado School of Medicine 
  • Co-Founder, Faculty: Nutrition and Preventive Health Student Elective
    • University of Colorado School of Medicine
      • Special Topic: Industry influence on Nutrition
      • Special Topic: Shared Medical Appointments (Group Visits)
  • Faculty: Integrative Medicine, Residency Elective
    • University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Department of Internal Medicine
      • Special Topic: Industry influence on Nutrition
  • Faculty: Independent study, Medical Student Elective
    • University of Colorado School of Medicine
      • Special Topic: Shared Medical Appointments (Group Visits)

Leadership Positions/Experience/Training

  • American Medical Student Association Leadership Course
  • American Medical Association Delegate
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, Committee on Special Constituencies
  • Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership Training

Interests & Experience

  • Advocacy and Activism
  • Cultural Humility
  • Environmental Health
  • Global Health
  • Spanish language (proficient)
  • Group Visits/Shared Medical Appointments Expertise
  • Men’s Groups
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Psychedelic Medicine
  • Sound Therapy – Safe and Sound Protocol Training
  • Sound Therapy – Unyte – ILS Focus Training
  • Sound Therapy – SEGAN Method Training, Ana do Valle, OTR, SEP
  • Neurofeedback
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CS1) Training – Upledger Institute
  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • Music – Eclectic exploration of varied musical genres that Stir Your Soul

Public Speaking

Brent Jaster, MD, FAAFP, graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 2001. He became a board certified family physician in 2004, and integrative medicine (ABIHM) Diplomate in 2014. 

Dr. Jaster can speak on numerous topics, and speaking events are tailored to your specific needs. Receive Brent’s expertise, opinions, and vision through the lens of his experience as an innovative and creative human, father, and thoughtful, sensitive man, who also happens to be a medical doctor (MD) for over 21+ years.

Dr. Jaster’s unique background includes:

Training

  • Dartmouth Medical School, Doctor of Medicine (MD), Class of 2001.
    • Geisel School of Medicine is the present name of the medical school
  • Mentoring by leaders in Integrative Medicine (Family Medicine and Pediatrics)
  • University of Colorado Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Completed 2004
  • Master of Science in Public Health, Coursework, 2004.
  • Clinical Research, Vegan vs ADA diet in Type 2 Diabetes, 2005
  • Mentoring by leaders in Plant-Based Diets and Research
  • Primary Care Research Fellowship
  • American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) Certification, Diplomate 2014
    • Personal study, experience, and/or mentoring with Naturopathic Doctors, Acupuncturists, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chiropractors, Rolfing, Physical Therapy, and more.
  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Certification, Psychedelic Research & Training Institute (PRATI)

Service

  • Summer Volunteer, Patch Adams’s Gesundheit! Institute
  • Dialogue on Race – Founded and organized programming at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • National Primary Care Week – Founded and organized programming at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
  • Youth Soccer, Coach
  • Youth Basketball, Assistant Coach
  • Youth Tee Ball and Baseball, Coach
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Equity – Advocacy and Leadership
    • Parent Multicultural Affairs Committee

Nutrition

  • Vegetarian Diets Knowledge/Experience
  • Medical Writing (Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, 1st and 2nd editions)

Experience

  • Entrepreneurship – Founded and oversees two unique clinics
  • Insurance-Based Private Practice
  • Cash-Based Private Practice
  • Public Speaking – Health Care Innovation, Shared Medical Appointments (Group Visits)
  • Mentoring, Co-presentations in Shared Medical Appointments (Group Visits)
    • John Scott, MD, FACP
      • University of Colorado Hospital
    • Sharon Schindler Rising, MSN, CNM, FACNM
      • Centering Healthcare Institute
    • Ed Noffsinger, PhD
  • Consulting for Health Care Entities – Merck, Novartis, large medical systems, private practices
    • Topics: Shared Medical Appointments (Group Visits), Health Care Innovation

Student/Resident Training

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Department of Family Medicine
  • Co-Founder, Faculty: Nutrition and Preventive Health Student Interest Group
    • University of Colorado School of Medicine 
  • Co-Founder, Faculty: Nutrition and Preventive Health Student Elective
    • University of Colorado School of Medicine
      • Special Topic: Industry influence on Nutrition
      • Special Topic: Shared Medical Appointments (Group Visits)
  • Faculty: Integrative Medicine, Residency Elective
    • University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Department of Internal Medicine
      • Special Topic: Industry influence on Nutrition
  • Faculty: Independent study, Medical Student Elective
    • University of Colorado School of Medicine
      • Special Topic: Shared Medical Appointments (Group Visits)

Leadership Positions/Experience/Training

  • American Medical Student Association Leadership Course
  • American Medical Association Delegate
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, Committee on Special Constituencies
  • Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership Training

Interests & Experience

  • Advocacy and Activism
  • Cultural Humility
  • Environmental Health
  • Global Health
  • Spanish language (proficient)
  • Group Visits/Shared Medical Appointments Expertise
  • Men’s Groups
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Psychedelic Medicine
  • Sound Therapy – Safe and Sound Protocol Training
  • Sound Therapy – Unyte – ILS Focus Training
  • Sound Therapy – SEGAN Method Training, Ana do Valle, OTR, SEP
  • Neurofeedback
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CS1) Training – Upledger Institute
  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • Music – Eclectic exploration of varied musical genres that Stir Your Soul

Brent is an affordable speaker, and willing to work with your budget. Costs may be dependent upon multiple variables.

Dr. Jaster will travel locally, regionally, and internationally for an engaging, well-received, talk of your topic choice.

Brent is based in Denver, Colorado.

While Dr. Jaster and participants typically prefer in-person events, he understands the challenges, budgets and multiple costs of travel. Online presentations are offered as needed.

Press Requests

Yes. Please contact us with your specific requests (topic, forum, format, etc.) and deadlines.