Alpha Stim

Optimal Psychiatry has partnered with Alpha Stim to offer treatment in Maryland. Alpha-Stim can be used as an effective low-risk treatment for anxiety and insomnia. The treatment has been shown to decrease the intensity of symptoms related to anxiety in a single treatment. The positive effects are even greater with continued use.

Overall, the device works by transmitting an electrical waveform to modulate the cells in someone’s body and brain. This has a calming effect, thus greatly reducing symptoms of anxiety and helping to improve sleep. In other countries it is also approved to help aid with depression

What Is Alpha-Stim?

Alpha-Stim is a small electronic device that works using cranial electrotherapy. The device delivers small microcurrents through ear clips that attach to the earlobes. The microcurrent is painless and stimulates specific nerve cells in the brain. This helps the brain to regulate and produce more chemicals like serotonin, the body’s feel-good chemical.

While stimulating parts of the brain that produce serotonin, the Alpha-Stim also calms areas of the brain that process fear. This helps to soothe mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.

Relief is often immediate and treatments are cumulative, meaning that, over time, the device(s) train your brain to do on its own what the treatment provides.

Unlike medications, Alpha-Stim treatments have no lasting side effects, no risk of addiction, and no danger of interaction with medications.

What to Expect From an Alpha-Stim Session

Treatments using Alpha Stim can last from 20 minutes to 50 minutes depending on the intensity that the device is set.

Once you check in at the front desk, we will get you set up in one of our rooms with our massage recliner. We will then teach you how to apply the alpha stim to your earlobes and adjust the settings. Once you are comfortable, there is an oil diffuser at your table that you can adjust different scents to promote a sense of calmness. We also have relaxing music or a bluetooth speaker that you can connect to play music..

Since Alpha Stim is a non-invasive treatment you can be on your phone, laptop, carrying on like a normal day!

How does Alpha-Stim make one feel?

Alpha-Stim can bring about feelings of:

  • Calmness
  • Relaxation
  • Stability
  • Reduced irritability
  • Improved focus

These effects can be felt in as little as one treatment in some cases. Repeated treatments have been shown to make the benefits of Alpha-Stim more effective.

Who Can and Cannot Have Alpha-Stim?

All ages and types of clients can use it, except for pregnant women and those with implanted devices (pacemakers, defibrillators, etc). Clients who might benefit from Alpha-Stim include ones who don’t take medications, are apprehensive about medications or side effects, or their medications aren’t effective enough.

I'm Interested, How Can I Try Alpha-Stim?

Your first Alpha-Stim session at Optimal is completely free of charge! For more information, contact our front desk at 4105057952 or email us at

After my first free session, what are the fees associated with continuing Alpha-Stim? Does insurance cover it?

The fees for continuing Alpha-Stim are:

$50 for 45 minutes

$60 for 60 minutes

Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, and credit card.

Unfortunately, Insurance does not cover alpha stim at this time.

Can I purchase an Alpha Stim?

Currently, a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional is required to purchase an Alpha Stim Device. We recommend trying it first for use during a visit with one of our providers or during a paid session in our relaxation room.

At Optimal Psychiatry, an Alpha-Stim device can be purchased from us after a consultation with one of our providers.

Alpha Stim AID machine: $840