I have always had a desire to help others. When I started college as a biology major, my plan was to continue on to med school to become a pediatrician. I enjoyed science and psychology classes. But, when I was 19, I was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer. After years of chemotherapy, I was ready for a change. I decided to help others by becoming a teacher, and I have had the privilege of teaching for the last 20 years. My teaching career allowed me to make a difference and shape lives. I love watching a child’s eyes light up when they gain a new understanding of a difficult concept.
Along the way, I earned my Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. With this level of training I became an expert in understanding children’s specific needs—and the degree was the foundation in allowing me to become certified in Neurofeedback.
Now I’m combining my medical background and my long educational experience to help patients overcome mental challenges.
But why did I choose to pursue neurofeedback in the first place?
My discovery of neurofeedback therapy began at home. My son has epilepsy, learning disabilities and severe social anxiety, plus struggled with insomnia and never rested well through the night. He was always tired and wanted to sleep throughout the day. We tried all kinds of medication to help with these challenges. Medicine helped the seizures, but he continued to struggle in school and in life. Have you ever been there? You feel like you’re at the end of your rope, helpless to fix your child, as conventional medicine continued to come short.
Thankfully, a friend raved about the benefits of neurofeedback.
This kind of therapy involves using non-medicine stimulation to train the brain to heal and regulate itself. The result is better mental health.
Her children had such amazing results, and I knew I wanted that for my own family.
We traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to begin our neurofeedback journey. I saw a difference in my son’s sleep within the first few sessions. After a month, he was excited to leave home and go to school. He went from Bs and Cs on his report card to Honor Roll! He plays soccer and is now going to play football. I honestly know these changes would not have been possible without neurofeedback.
Well, seeing the improvements in my son gave me the push I needed to get help too. You see, after experiencing trauma as a young adult, I hadn’t slept through the night in over 20 years. Understandably, I also had attention issues. I felt like I was constantly in a hamster wheel but never making any progress. After two weeks of neurofeedback sessions, I could lay my head down at night and actually sleep. Thanks to neurofeedback, I no longer take medicine for ADHD or sleep. I have energy to finish my daily tasks and enjoy my life again.
After witnessing the positive results within my own household, I decided to become a certified Neurofeedback Clinician through the Center for Brain Training in Jupiter, Florida. I completed 20+ clinical hours, as well as an intensive training program where I worked one-on-one with a certified Neurofeedback Clinician.
The Center for Brain Training has over 30 years of experience working with people from around the world, and I can now use neurofeedback to help people heal their brains and live a life full of happiness and possibility.
I’m sure you’re wondering how it all works. There are more in-depth pages on this website if you want to read more, but the bottom line is this: Through neurofeedback, the brain creates new pathways. These new pathways heal old trauma, learning issues, anxiety, depression, sleep, and so much more. Neurofeedback sessions take 15-30 minutes but will create a lifetime of wellness and healing.
My son who once cried about going to school every day now looks forward to leaving home and interacting with friends and teachers. Once exhausted and plagued by ADHD, I’m now well rested and able to focus. These results and so much more are available to you and your loved ones.
I hope we get to work on your brain health soon.
Shay Sanderson, MA, Neurofeedback Clinician