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Founded by Candia Smith, DMH, a doctor of mental health, with staff certified in a wide-range of neurofeedback techniques and devices, we offer patients a unique approach to your treatment program.

Our Team

Candia Smith, DMH | About Us

Candia Smith, DMH

Founding Director, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Candia Smith specializes in a highly-effective combination of neurofeedback systems, integrative psychotherapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR).

Basing each treatment on more than 40 years of experience and expert diagnostic evaluations, Dr. Smith often sees marked client improvements in a short time. She has a proven track record with clients who have found other treatment methods to be unsuccessful in overcoming issues related to brain injury, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and stress.

Dr. Smith has been in private practice in Orinda, California, since 1997. She has extensive experience as a clinical director and counselor for adolescents and troubled youth. Dr. Smith taught Addiction Studies at John F. Kennedy University for five years. She has also taught the Bootcamp and Introductory courses for the Neurofield Neurotherapy system.


  • DMH, University of California, San Francisco, 1985
  • MS, Health and Medical Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1982
  • BS, Biological Psychology, University of California, Davis, 1981


  • Psychology License: PSY 12502


  • BCIA-EEG (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance)
  • Advanced Training in LENS Neurofeedback
  • Qeeg-D (Diplomate in Quantitative EEG)


  • Parapsychology with Charles Tart
  • Neurofield Bootcamps and Advanced Trainings
  • Nicholas Dogris, PhD, Bishop
  • Jamie Moore, RN, Omaha
  • Robert Thatcher, PhD, Florida
  • Joel Lubar, PhD, Florida
  • Jay Gunkelman, Suisun City (EEG Analysis)
  • Dirk DeRitter, MD., New Zealand and the Netherlands
  • Harry Kerasidis, MD, Maryland (Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Stress Therapy Solutions, Cleveland
  • APED Applied Psychophysiology Education, Napa
  • School of Neurotherapy, Santa Barbara
  • LENS, Sebastopol
Ellen Kruse | About Us

Ellen Kruse

Technician and Director of Client Relationships

Ellen has worked at Advanced Therapy Center since 2015. She has immersed herself in the world of Neurofeedback under the guidance of Dr. Smith. She has been part of innovative research into trauma and has helped train other professionals in Neurofeedback. Ellen enjoys her daily interactions with patients and seeing the profound impact treatment can have on their lives. The patients love her! Ellen is moving toward certification as an EEG technician. She has an MS in Counselling and provides psychotherapy at ATC.


  • MS, Counselling, Wright Institute
  • BS, Psychology, University of San Francisco, with honors


  • EEG Technician, in progress

Consulting Partners

Advanced Therapy Center has professional relationships with many professionals throughout the Bay Area and beyond – including psychologists, neuropsychologists, and other specialty providers. We often consult on cases and refer patients when appropriate.


Professionals who refer to us are psychologists, MDs, clergy, and other health professionals.  We keep the referring source updated on their client’s progress to the extent the client allows. We love collaborating and sharing the skills of other professionals.