Rhode Island Neurofeedback Therapist
Cristina Berard, RPh, MEd
Founder of A Mind of Your Own
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
University of Rhode Island
Masters of Education in Counseling
Residency in Counseling
Interfaith Counseling Center
Author of Magic at the Library
Why did I go into Neurofeedback?
I'm frequently asked how did a pharmacist end up having a practice in neurofeedback. After experiencing the benefits of neurofeedback for Multiple Sclerosis related symptoms, I was captivated by this simple yet powerful technique. I am a licensed pharmacist and have counseled many clients with anxiety, depression, ADHD and PTSD and although medications can be lifesaving, I also saw how adverse drug reactions and side effects can complicate the healing process. I often suggested that my clients incorporate holistic therapies as a part of healing regimen. Having a background in counseling, I understood that neurofeedback could potentially play an important role in the healing process.
I received a certification in neurofeedback from EEG Education and Research and trained with Ed Hamlin, PhD who is at the cutting edge of neurofeedback research and completed an internship with Larry Hirshberg, PhD, a professor at Brown University, who also does research and gathers clinical data on neurofeedback therapy and outcomes.
In addition, I continue to collaborate with Nancy Hetherington, LICSW, who has outstanding clinical skills and is an accomplished neurofeedback therapist, as well as attend lectures by Sebern Fisher, a pioneer in the field of neurofeedback and developmental trauma.
It is called neurofeedback training because its a learning process for your brain. Operant conditioning is a learning process through which the strength of a behavior is modified by reinforcement or punishment. The training is customized to each client. It is a journey we embark on together that requires a commitment to the training sessions.