Leaders in Neurofeedback
Our training approach models that of leading medical schools, to support our unique multiple modality approach to the Applied Neuroscience of EEG Biofeedback aka Neurofeedback, and our multi-disciplinary culture. Our experience at the highest levels of private and public healthcare means we lead the field in integrating Neurofeedback with your overall healthcare experience.
Comprehensive & unique training
We use the medical school model to ensure that our practitioners are the right people with the right skills.There is a good reason why medical doctors don’t go directly from the classroom to their own clinic.
Technical classroom training on the technology is an essential part of the process and consists of courses in both the UK and abroad, using external and in-house training. Training to use Neurofeedback hardware and software is essential but for our best-in-class practitioners, this is a small part of their skillset.
Even more important are clinical methodology and practical training and the essential skills that make an effective and trustworthy clinician, through shadowing, case studies, operational and client relationship training, and ongoing support from the UK’s leading practice.
At BrainTrainUK, not only do we have our own internal support from the UK’s most experienced and only multi-disciplinary Neurofeedback practice, we also have direct support from the world’s leaders in the field. From clinical, scientific, engineering and research disciplines. Our support network includes Susan Othmer, described by the Biofeedback Federation of Europe as ‘the world’s most respected clinician’, Dr. Siegfried Othmer, Dr. Bernhard Wandernoth and Dr. David A Kaiser.
We view 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 Researchers, General Practitioners and Specialist Consultants.
The Neurofeedback Practice you can Trust
We have worked hard to earn our reputation as ‘The Neurofeedback Practice you can Trust’. You can trust us to:
- Talk straight and answer your questions.
- Give you an honest, fact-based explanation of how our approach compares to others.
- Be at the leading edge of Neurofeedback practice and technology.
- Put your interests first.
We receive hundreds of hits on the website every month from around the World. We pride ourselves on our personal, responsive service and 98% of inquiries receive a response the same day, 7 days a week.
Why choose BrainTrainUK?
Firstly, we care very much for every single client and family that we have the pleasure of helping. We know a physical and mental condition can have a devastating affect on someones life and their family as a whole, so we’re very proud of the role we play in helping you.
We measure – We systematically track symptoms to accurately measure progress during treatment. It means you can see the improvements each week and motivation is enhanced by positive change.
Get the personal touch – We provide you with one-to-one contact with our expert clinicians. In other words, you’re not just a number to us. We treat all our patients as individuals and take the time to listen to your unique circumstances.
Customised treatment – Our BrainTrainUK training programme is customisable to suit your needs. From the schedule of sessions to fit with your busy schedules to a treatment plan designed to maximise success rates, you can be sure we’re focused on you.
Latest technology and thinking – We follow the latest research in Neurofeedback and brain training techniques. Using the latest equipment, with a culture of continuous learning, training and development, our engagement across the world of Neurofeedback, we ensure we’re at the forefront of the field globally, so you can be confident we lead the UK.
You or your loved one will be safe – With no medication, invasive procedures or surgery of any kind, you can be sure our treatment is completely risk-free. In fact, in decades of Neurofeedback brain training research and application there has never been a single case of harm recorded (something that can’t be said for medications that are prescribed for many conditions).
Transparent pricing – With our easy, upfront and no hassle pricing structure, you will know exactly what your treatment will cost from day one. There will be no hidden costs and no surprises, just effective treatment for you.
Who chooses BrainTrainUK?
No matter what kind of symptoms or condition you or your loved one experiences, everyone is welcome at BrainTrainUK and can come to us directly for treatment (only with your permission do we inform your GP of your treatment programme). Therapists, GPs or specialist registered medical practitioners (consultants) also refer clients to us for treatment.
We also provide services to maximise performance for serious amateur and professional sports men and women and business executives. In other words, any individuals wishing to maximise their potential with peak brain performance.
We always give you an unbiased opinion on whether we can help you and offer an initial consultation by phone or in person to discuss your treatment possibilities at BrainTrainUK.
Meet the team
We are uncompromising in our selection of potential practitioners and have strict entry criteria. A Masters degree in a related subject is a prerequisite, unless you have many years of highly-relevant clinical experience (e.g. Nurse Practitioner). To work at BrainTrainUK practitioners must demonstrate a proven ability to work within a client-practitioner relationship and be able to cope with the challenges presented to those relationships within the field of mental health.
Marcia is partway through her doctorate EngD programme, based primarily at Bournemouth University. She is currently conducting a literature review, with plans to begin experiments towards the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year. Stuart Black of BrainTrainUK is the Industrial Supervisor of Marcia’s research, which is focused on multiple participant EEG (also known as ‘hyper-scanning’) neurofeedback.
Marcia participated and won first place in a group hackathon at the BCI Society Meeting in California 2018 where she and her group created a ‘mind-controlled’ zombie avatar. She has also published and presented a research paper on resampling techniques in machine learning at the UK Computational Intelligence conference in Nottingham 2018. Previously, Marcia completed an MSc in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics.
Hayley Clarke – Neurofeedback Practitioner Surrey, Hampshire, Birmingham
Hayley’s keen interest in neuroscience, the brain and plasticity has been influenced by her drive to help people with mental illness and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as her family’s experiences with Alzheimer’s.
Hayley’s first degree was a 2.1 BSc(Hons) in Human Neuroscience. She then earned a distinction in her MSc in Computational Neuroscience.
Hayley is our lead practiioner in Egham, Surrey and Farnborough, Hampshire; she also supervises home training clients and oversees our new clinic in Birmingham.
Kasia McCartney – Neurofeedback Practitioner, London
Kasia has a Master’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education, with a certification in Neurobiology.
Having extensive experience in hospitals and schools, she has cared for a variety of children and adults with traumatic brain injury and learning disabilities in Canada, America, and The Bahamas.
She is passionate about providing holistic solutions to brain health. After noticing the effects of holistic therapies on her client, Kasia began studying Neurofeedback and its contribution to science in 2015.
Anna Dybul – Neurofeedback Practitioner London, Sussex
Anna obtained her Master’s degree from the Pedagogical University of Slupsk, faculty of Education & Philosophy, and has worked within integrated and complementary therapy settings, including Neurofeedback, in the UK and Poland.
Anna was first introduced to Neurofeedback in Poland in 2004.
Saiba Abbas – Neurofeedback Technician, Birmingham
Saiba has a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with Psychology from Keele University, and delivers Neurofeedback sessions in our Birmingham clinic.
When Saiba was 5, a friend tragically died of a brain tumour. Since then she has been fascinated by the brain and nervous system, fuelled by studying psychology at school and learning about the interaction of the physiology and psychology of the brain, as exemplified by Phineas Gage, who had a rod go through his brain at a work accident, miraculously survived but was a completely different person afterwards. She went onto study Neuroscience, and soon after graduating found her current role with BrainTrainUK.
Helping people with their brains is all Saiba really wanted to do, this role is everything that interests her in one, and she finds it infinitely rewarding.
Stuart Black – Founder, Managing Director, Neurofeedback Practitioner
Stuart has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and a Master’s in Coaching & Development, based on the transpersonal psychology psychosynthesis. He has worked in industries from defence to healthcare delivering innovation and change; he was on the Executive team at the Cromwell Hospital in Kensington from 2009 – 2012.
The intersection of technology and well-being led him to Neurofeedback and how it could be used for therapy and peak performance. Stuart credits Alpha neurofeedback training with Jim Hardt as key to his own personal development. Stuart founded BrainTrainUK in 2013.
Stuart has a particular interest in the application of neurofeedback to remediate the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and developmental trauma.
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 ran our clinic in Hertfordshire until the birth of her daughter in 2020. She is now focused on supporting our home training clients.
Kirsten studied Psychology at Nottingham , then moved into the teaching profession, teaching English and Psychology in SEN, working with young people with significant behavioural difficulties and Autistic Spectrum conditions. She continued studies at the Northern Guild in psychotherapy for a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy.
Registered with the BACP and the UKCP, Kirsten integrates psychodynamic approaches, neurobiology, transactional analysis and gestalt techniques. She currently runs a mental health service in the North East of England and has a private practice in Yorkshire. Kirsten’s areas of academic interest are somatic psychology, trauma, encopresis and enuresis, self harm and self regulation.
Sairah Shah – Education Consultant
Sairah graduated in History in History (Asia and Africa) from the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies where she also gained a Masters in History. Sairah pursued her initial ambition to write for a newspaper and worked in Lahore, Pakistan for a daily broadsheet before returning to train to teach in History at The University of Bath. Sairah has taught History and been a successful education leader in a variety of mainstream contexts in including 5 secondary schools, an FE College and local authority for 20 years.
Her fascination in neuroscience started as a young learner herself in reading about the study of phrenology during the Victorian period. The modern developments in the field of Neuroscience became a focus of her pastoral support in schools 15 years ago from which point she has been seeking strategies and meaningful interventions to support the learners she has taught and supported by using her research and applying this to her practice.
Sairah believes that coming across the work of BrainTrainUK and the potential of Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback based on this, could be a breakthrough in education where no other intervention has reached in assisting numerous young people achieve optimal brain function.
Sairah was Assistant Headteacher with Surrey County Council (SCC) Virtual School for Looked after Children. Sairah was instrumental in commissioning the SCC project with BrainTrainUK for looked-after children.
Sairah advises BrainTrainUK on our strategy for the educational sector.
Our values guide our direction and action:
Make a Difference – to be not just ‘The best in the World’ but ‘The best for the World’.
Service – to serve our clients and communities to make a difference.
Trust – to engender trust throughout our organisation, our client base and our communities.
Leadership – to set and deliver the agenda to establish Neurofeedback as a mainstream approach in the UK.
Independence – to be ‘21st Century Galileos’ and challenge conventional thinking.
Respect – to respect all approaches, evidence and individuals.
Our 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
- Standards of conduct, performance and ethics
- Standards of proficiency
- Standards of education and training
- Standards of continuing professional development
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