Dr. Lukasz Konopka’s Brain to Behavior Program
What is the Brain to Behavior (BtB) Program?
You can come to our BtB Program through self-referral or through their providers, but before the initial visit, we hope you will visit our website or speak with your providers about Dr. Konopka’s publications and the online program outline.
- In the initial consultation, the patient and concerned “significant-others”, such as family members, are invited to join in a discussion with Dr. Konopka, a psychiatrist, and their patient advocate. Here, we discuss the ideas behind therapy using the Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Model. The specific topics include: A) brain plasticity and developmental stages; B) assessment tools that cover the body’s biochemical systems, genetics, neurophysiology and neuropsychology, i.e., quantitative EEG, evoked potentials, pharmaco-EEG, and behavioral activation studies, MRI, PET, and behavior and objective behavioral assessment with neuropsychological evaluation. C) a historical review of development, medical, psychiatric, and psychological conditions and past treatments, learning progress and education, and family systems.
- After a thorough workup, we will analyze the data and define converging findings. Afterwards, we will arrange a follow-up meeting so the team can discuss the findings with the patient and family. During this feedback session, we highlight the new therapeutic plan. For the plan to succeed, the patient must wholeheartedly agree to treatment.
- Our patient’s therapeutic plan will clearly define what improvements we expect for the patient. To help the patient progress, we will give the patient specialized assessments every three weeks. We will continue tailor the patient’s therapies based on these results.
- Each patient can expect a personalized combination of face-to-face individual therapy and group therapy. The weekly individual therapy includes: cognitive-behavioral therapy, biofeedback, neuro- feedback, alpha stimulation, and cognitive training enhanced by medication and nutritional education and supplements as needed. We will monitor each patient using electronic data tools that collect information about exercise, diet, sleep, and mood. The weekly group therapy includes various educational modules that focus on life skills, nutrition, the understanding of the brain and how it works in relation to the self, addictions, cognition, stress management, art and expressive therapies, exercise monitoring, and the creation of a life narrative. Family therapy is also available based on specific needs; treatment often is more successful with full involvement of the family. Depending the circumstances, family members may participate in therapy sessions at least monthly. Each patient interacts closely and is monitored by their patient liaison.
- Every month, we will invite the patients and their families to an educational Open House where our senior clinicians, patient liaison, and patients will lead discussions about our therapeutic programs and provide additional, unique opportunities for interaction and feedback.
- Annually, our patients, who participate in expressive therapies, present or display their works to give themselves and others insight into their experience and treatment.
- Konopka and the treating clinicians will review the patient’s progress each month.