Professional & Philosophical Background: I am a graduate of the Adler Graduate School, Marriage and Family Therapy program, with years of experience in counseling and psychotherapy using art as therapy, and in recent years EEG biofeedback with families and individuals. I relate EEG patterns and functions based on research to individual and family lifestyles as we improve them. EEG biofeedback is brain education and therapy for learning to monitor and strengthen our reactions, and replenish our brains with good blood flow. I look at people as having a fundemental wholeness, because the body operates with logic and feelings. If a person has a functioning part of life, then it is evidence of a part of them that is whole. That needs to be encouraged, strengthened and expanded in some cases, which EEG biofeedback allows us to do efficiently. When a person has symptoms of negative stress that are causing lifestyle problems, we may be able to get the symptoms into a normal "bubble", and then I believe the way a person does things is just a style. I work from a perspective of adaptation, intuition and goals. I have done EEG biofeedback with a variety of conditions like ADHD, PTSD, autism, depression and anxiety, migraines and others with adults and children in schools, homes and my office. I have seen great success. I've also done Applied Behavioral Analysis with children with autism. I work under the supervision of Joan Hasper, Licensed Psychologist. You can return to the home page here.
I have had education and training endorsed by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance taught by John Anderson, M.A. BCN, who was a founding member of the EEG biofeedback programs at New Visions Charter School in Minneapolis with Dr. Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D., BCN. I also have participateed and contributed in group discussions that include Dr. Othmer, Mr. Anderson, and other biofeedback leaders internationally. I have worked as the lead researcher for two educational companies, MyFocus, Inc. and SoundEducator which I founded. I am developing these models into art therapy, virtual reality therapy, and brain computer interfaces that can model thought, expression, and mood in an intelligent tutoring system for global deployment. I am a graduate student in Human Computer Interaction in an online format at Iowa State University to research and develop frameworks for developing sensitive computer interfaces that help peoples emotions, thoughts, and expressions.
Earlier Life and B.A.: My childhood was half in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan and Florida by Miami. I went to a one room school in Michigan. As a teenager I did "thought experiments" where I monitored my mind and let multiple thoughts "travel" in seemingly opposite paths. Later I learned this is a method in therapy for resolving emotional patterns to stress or stimulation. As a teenager I was also looking at whether my art made my feelings as much as my feelings drove my art. Coincidentally EEG biofeedback is done with a person's mind connected to a computer with visual displays or movies and games that play normally when the persons brain functions as desired. My art and my later doing EEG biofeedback is a natural progression. I continued gaining expertise and experience in visual processing and visual object recognition research while studying art, and psychology in my B.A.. I studied Western and Eastern psychology and psychotherapy, including body based and group based psychologies and therapies. I studied visual art in leading schools, including western conceptual art, University of London, and under the Chinese Master Painter Harrison Tu at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. It was a research journey to answer a question of "what are the values of a 'good' mental activities with media, the self, and in relationship to others". What I developed are methods of art therapy, human computer interaction and pedagogy in cognitive science, and brain media interaction for layering media complexity and brain evolution into communication aids, practice, and theory.