June 29, 2017
The woman who would be mapping my brain, Cynthia Kerson, had tanned, toned
arms and long silvery hair worn loose. Her home office featured an elegant
calligraphy sign reading "BREATHE," and also a mug that said "I HAVE THE
PATIENCE OF A SAINT-SAINT C**Y MCF**KOFF."
Kerson is a neurotherapist, which means she practices a form of alternative
therapy that involves stimulating brain waves until they reach a specific
frequency. Neurotherapy has a questionable reputation, which its
practitioners sometimes try to counter by putting as many acronyms next to
their names as possible. Kerson comes with a Ph.D., QEEGD, BCN, and BCB.
She's also past president of the Biofeedback Society of California and
teaches at Saybrook University. Even so, somehow it was the tension between
those two pieces of office ephemera that made me instinctively want to trust