I became a neurofeedback provider over seven years ago for the same reason as most others who choose this profession: I wanted to help people. I saw the great potential of NeurOptimal® neurofeedback to improve lives and reduce suffering. Serenity Neurofeedback was founded for the purpose of raising awareness of the benefits of neurofeedback and making it accessible and affordable to all who wish to use it. I have worked tirelessly over the years to achieve these goals, reinvesting business profits into community outreach, research, and affordable training opportunities.
To date, Serenity Neurofeedback has conducted one in depth case study and one year long double blind pilot study of NeurOptimal® neurofeedback for stress and burnout in the workplace. We have provided over 600 hours of community walk in training ($25 sessions and free sessions for military, veterans and first responders), over 20 free presentations at universities, conferences and community groups, and we provide worldwide outreach through our Facebook forum and YouTube channel. Over 47 trainers have become certified via our live NeurOptimal® neurofeedback classes, and we have helped launch and support businesses for countless new neurofeedback trainers.
For the last two years, I have been attending monthly behavioral health meetings to support first responders because we all know this is one group that could really benefit from the stress resilience that comes with NeurOptimal® neurofeedback training. I have done my best at these meetings to explain why and how NeurOptimal neurofeedback should be made available to first responders, not as a patch for PTSD, depression, insomnia, anxiety, anger or other problems after they emerge but rather as a proactive tool for building stress resilience as a coat of armor to help protect these heroes from the inevitable pressures and tolls that come with their profession. For two years, I have attended these meetings and explained what NeurOptimal® neurofeedback could do for these men and women. I thought perhaps with repeated exposure, one day it would click. I offered my services for free and even offered to collect data to show results of a program for a large municipal department. I received no response to my offer. I was feeling defeated; it’s hard to listen to the stories of suffering and the same plans for addressing the problems after they emerge all the while knowing of such a powerful tool for preventing or reducing such suffering from reaching critical mass in the first place. I could not understand why I was asked to join this group if there was no real interest in what I was offering. I felt selfish giving up, yet I felt like I was wasting my time continuing to attend these meetings. I decided to pray about it. I asked God to make his will in my life clear, to use me for his purpose and let me put my ego and my own will aside. I prayed that God would put me where I could really help people, people who were ready and wanting such help.
The next week I received contact from two individuals inquiring about neurofeedback: one in Uganda and one in Kenya. I didn’t think much about it as I speak to hundreds of people worldwide about neurofeedback weekly. But then something interesting happened: I had a curiosity to reach out to these two people and learn more about neurofeedback in their countries. I looked at the website for the Dorna Centre Home for Autism in Uganda and my heart melted. To learn about the reality for these children and their mothers in that country broke my heart, and to see the genuine passion and heroic efforts by the school’s director, Ms. Dorothy Nambi, on behalf of these children inspired me. Here was someone with a heart of gold who wanted to find a way to bring neurofeedback in to help her students and here I had been trying to give it away to people who weren’t ready to receive it. It became clear to me what I needed to do so I reached out to Dorothy with a proposition of a loaner system and instruction / support for her and her staff for a pilot program for the students at her school. I would provide equipment and supplies and they would administer the sessions and collect and share data, pictures and reports of observations. It was clear to me from my first interaction with Dorothy that she is a woman of God and is called to do this work to improve the quality of life for children with autism in Uganda and I am very proud, honored and humbled to have been given the opportunity to partner with her in her mission as her sister in Christ.
This experience has been a blessing beyond measure for me as every picture, every video of these children, every comment I receive just makes my heart burst with joy. I look forward to news of program progress and I thank God that I was put in a position of being able to help when the opportunity presented itself. I asked Dorothy if she could take a publicity photo of one child training for me in a company t-shirt that I could share on my website. Dorothy suggested that all of the children and staff would be more than happy to receive branded t-shirts…I don’t know if she anticipated how much seeing all of these beautiful children wearing my company t-shirts would impact me but I now feel a connection to these kiddos that I can’t even describe. I am totally invested in seeing these kids thrive, in helping them to be the best versions of themselves. I know how much NeurOptimal helped my loved one on the autism spectrum with self-confidence, anxiety, sleep and so much more, and I can’t wait to see how it helps these boys and girls.
If you would like to help us support these children by assisting with room, board and tuition, please join us in making a contribution at https://www.gofundme.com/f/rg8jb-transforming-lives-for-children-with-autism or https://dornahomeforautism.org/.