Meet Our Practitioners
We are uncompromising in our selection of potential practitioners.
We have strict entry criteria – we require at least a Master’s degree in a related subject and/or extensive experience working with people in a clinical setting.
To work at BrainTrainWA practitioners must demonstrate an ability to work within a client-practitioner relationship and demonstrate a high level awareness of the challenges presented to those relationships within the field of mental health, and the responsibilities these challenges require of practitioners.
Training is part of the process and consists of courses in both the UK and abroad, using 3rd party trainers and our own in-house training to teach how we combine multiple modalities of Biofeedback and Applied Neuroscience with our in-house tools.
At BrainTrainWA, not only do we have our own internal support, we are also part of the world’s largest such support network, which includes supervision with the Susan Othmer, described by the Biofeedback Federation of Europe as ‘the world’s most respected clinician ’.
Applied Neuroscience is still a young field and can be likened to a an enormous cave to be explored, and we believe we have the best ‘torch’ to explore the cave right now.
Whilst the sophisticated neurofeedback technology is a key part of your neurofeedback training, every client is different and we believe the most important skill is the ability to take a client-centric approach to training. Our approach has been developed and refined over more than 20 years and continues to do so, led by clinical practice, making our approach the leading 21st century Neurofeedback approach based around the whole client.
We supplement this core approach with the sophisticated technology and brain-mapping capability offered by BrainMaster Technologies, Inc.
We see Neurofeedback as an important part of medicine that the medical community are still learning about. We complement and augment conventional medicine, spend a lot of time collaborating with the existing healthcare system, we are members of the Royal Society of Medicine and we have strong relationships with world-leading Dieticians, General Practitioners and Specialist Consultants.
Our experience at the highest levels of private and public healthcare means we lead the field in integrating Neurofeedback with your overall healthcare experience.
Meet the BrainTrainWA team
Agnieszka Sosnecka-Rumianowska – Neurofeedback Practitioner and Consultant – London
Agnieszka is a Cognitive Neuroscientist with a specialisation in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology. She graduated from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland. She continued her education in Germany and Sweden to advance her theoretical and practical knowledge about the brain and neuroscience. Agnieszka has conducted and assisted with many EEG research projects. She has a wide knowledge about the brain, cognitive processes and sleep disorders. She is particularly interested in accelerated learning methods and memory improvement for all ages.
Zuzana Kovacova – Neurofeedback Practitioner – Hertfordshire and London
After attaining a degree in Psychology at Presov University in Slovakia (focusing on health related behaviour, stress and chronic pain) and working as a member of a professional team of doctors and psychologists, Zuzana was an active participant in chronic pain and anxiety research which was consequently published in a number of medical journals. Whilst working as a psychologist in Juvenile Justice Centre, Zuzana had the opportunity to discover the powerful field of biofeedback. But also she was able to truly experience how the daily exposure to trauma, suffering and pain of others can leave compassionate helpers and caregivers emotionally exhausted and lead to burnout. Zuzana has had an existing practice in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire since 2012.
Jo-Anne Buttle – Neurofeedback Practitioner – Tonbridge, Kent
Jo-Anne Buttle obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences (Psychology) from Edinburgh University, her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh and her Master of Science in Educational Psychology from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professional Council as an Educational Psychologist. Jo-Anne has worked as an Educational Psychologist, both for a number of Local Authorities and independently, since 1993. Her training and experience have given her knowledge and understanding of child development and the educational, emotional and psychological requirements of children and families, including those with additional needs.
Marina Chirco – Neurofeedback Practitioner, Milton Keynes and London
Marina attained her MD from the University of Palermo, is registered with the General Medical Council and holds a license to practice as a medical doctor in the UK and Italy. Marina furthered her studies in alternative therapies of Psychoneuroendocrinimmunology, Homeopathy, Acupuncture and NAET along with Neurofeedback and has successfully integrated these methodologies to offer clients a holistic approach to healing. Marina first began using Neurofeedback to help her two year old son overcome night terrors and hyperactivity. It also helped her overcome her lifelong anxiety. Marina eventually went on to train with several experts in the field of Neurofeedback and is currently specialising in QEEG brain mapping.
Christina Merryfield – Dietician/Nutritionist and Reflexologist
Christina studied Nutrition and Dietetics at King’s College, University of London, gaining a BSc Honours Degree. She has been a Registered Dietitian for over 15 years and also has a Diploma in Reflexology. Christina is Lead Dietician at the Bupa Crowmell Hospital and also has a private dietician/nutritionist and reflexologist practice in Twickenham and Chelsea Natural Health Clinic. Christina has worked within the NHS and Private sector, Nutrition Companies and regularly features in the media. Christina is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, is a full member of the British Dietetic Association and Member of the Association of Reflexologists. BrainTrainWA will be pleased to refer you to Chrisitina’s dietician/nutritionist services as part of a holistic approach.
Stuart Black – Founder and Managing Director, Neurofeedback Practitioner
Stuart obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from King’s College London and his Master’s in Coaching & Development from Portsmouth Business School. Stuart has worked in various roles and industries, management consultancy, and worked with the executive team at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital in Kensington from 2009 – 2012. Particularly interested in the intersection of technology and healthcare. Stuart has had a long interest in Neurofeedback for therapy and peak performance, and credits previous Alpha training with Jim Hardt as key to his own personal transformation.
The BrainTrainWA standards of service
Although Neurofeedback is too new in the UK to be a regulated healthcare profession, and Neurofeedback is too new to be a regulated service, we have set standards to which we hold ourselves – our staff and practitioners – accountable. These Standards are broadly based on the principals of the standards adopted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for care services and the Health and Care Professions Councils (HCPC) for health professionals. Although not all parts of the CQC and HCPC standards are relevant, we have adopted standards for the following areas for our services:
- Respecting and involving people who use services
- Consent to care and treatment
- Care and welfare of people who use services
- Cooperating with other providers
- Safeguarding people who use services from abuse
- Cleanliness and infection control
- Safety and suitability of premises
- Safety, availability and suitability of equipment
- Requirements relating to workers
- Supporting workers
- Assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision
- Financial position
For our Neurofeedback Professionals:
- Standards of conduct, performance and ethics
- Standards of proficiency
- Standards of education and training
- Standards of continuing professional development
These standards mean you can be confident that our Neurofeedback Practitioners can be trusted to provide safe, confidential and competent care to you and your loved ones. Our Character Standard builds upon the HCPC standards by also requiring that all our Neurofeedback Professionals are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (the new name for CRB checks) prior to employment.If you have any questions about the experience or clinical standards of our staff and practitioners, please pick up the phone. Our service is 100% open and transparent and we’d be happy to speak with you. Please call BrainTrainWA on 0207 978 0186.
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