Diane Wilson, author of Back in Control, has contributed to many publications. She is certified in neurofeedback, EMDR, and the Listening Program. Here, she tells her personal story.
My Story: A Career in Progress
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After more than 20 years of coaching, I felt confident at identifying barriers and creating strategies to help people be successful in the ways that mattered most to them.
I had always been interested in brain science and enjoyed reading about it. However, it wasn't until 2005 that I intimately understood the importance of how the brain impacts life and work. In 2005, I was in an automobile accident and suffered traumatic brain injury.
After finishing five months of physical therapy for a head and neck injury, I was finally diagnosed with having brain trauma. Still, I consider myself a lucky one. Since once this was identified, I found excellent treatment for the brain injury and have made a full recovery. It wasn't immediate. It took almost two more years. Yet, unlike many, I was able to find what I needed to reclaim my life.
A primary component of my treatment was neurofeedback. This is biofeedback from an EEG to help the brain optimize functioning. It is used by NASA to train astronauts, by elite athletes, and on ADD, AD/HD children and adults -- just to name a few applications. Research findings include that AD/HD children treated with neurofeedabck have shown IQ increases from 10 - 23 points.
My injury and recovery was a huge personal learning experience; it changed my life in some fundamental ways. I had learned firsthand everything could change dramatically, in an instant, without notice. I started doing things I always wanted to do. For example I started to learn to sing (why not?!) and joined a choir. It made me much more likely to treasure the present moment and see what's beautiful in it.
In time, my recovery was also accompanied by intensive professional learning. I've spent hundreds of hours in clinical training treating children and adults, taking workshops, and doing case consultations with mentors and master teachers in this field. I've been very fortunate to meet incredible people in both my professional and personal lives. Then in late 2011, I sat for the board exam for neurofeedback given by Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. After passing it with flying colors, I finally felt I had, in fact, recovered.
Given my experiences, I hope you'll understand my happiness in being able to offer neurofeedback to my coaching and counseling clients.
Not everyone I see needs or wants neurofeedback treatment. However, just adding a brain science perspective can be valuable for tackling different kinds of goals. These include issues people have struggled with a long time, without hope.
I believe life's twists and turns often bring us to just the place we are meant to be. At least, that's been true for me. And, I hope my journey allows you to trust that your challenges can be some of your greatest teachers. If I can help your journey, please feel free to call 312 925-5176 to set up a consultation.
Lisa helps out with marketing and special events. She is a freelance digital media associate with a background in communications for nonprofits. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature.
Credentials and Publications
Diane is a member of the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research where she serves as a member of the Publicity Committee. A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, she has a Master's degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. She has continued her education in neurobiofeedback, NLP, training with Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? and The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. She completed the core curriculum with CTI (Coaches Training Institute).
Diane is an ABT Certified Provider of The Listening Program®, Board Certified in Neurofeedback as an Associate Fellow by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and completed the rigorous EMDR Basic Training.
Diane has been a contributing columnist for the Chicago Tribune's Working Section feature, Insider. Her first book, Back in Control: How to Stay Sane, Productive and Inspired in Your Career Transition (Sentient Publications, 2004) was a finalist the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards and translated into Chinese. Her work has also appeared in Reader's Digest, Conscious Choice, and in trade publications. Known for her compassionate as well as practical perspective, she has been interviewed for numerous television, radio and print periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Christian Science Monitor, Black Enterprise and Financial Times.
In 2016, Diane completed a rigorous course in meditation teacher training, earning certification. She looks forward to incorporating this tool into her practice.
Dr. Kathy Abbott
Dr. Kathy Abbott is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with 25 years of experience doing psychotherapy and over 10 years of experience doing neurofeedback. She plays a pivotal role in overseeing Grimard Wilson Consulting's QEEG assessment services.
Dr. Abbott earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and has extensive training in QEEG brain mapping and interpretation. She is a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research where she has held elected board positions. Dr. Abbott is board-certified in EEG Biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.
Prior to starting her own practice in Evergreen Park, Illinois, Dr. Abbott worked in outpatient and hospital settings. She helped start the EEG biofeedback program for addicted health professionals at Rush Behavioral Health. We are grateful to have her expertise at Grimard Wilson Consulting.
Theresa assists our office with appointment scheduling and coordination. Her background includes several years of experience as administrative coordinator for a large neurofeedback and psychological services practice. She has a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and is known for her kind and organized approach to helping people.