My Story: A Career in Progress
I am a coach, counselor and psychotherapist, board-certified in neurofeedback.
My background is in career counseling and executive coaching. For years, I have had the privilege of sitting across from many courageous people struggling with work issues. They taught me many lessons from their secrets. In 2004, I drew upon those to fortify and inspire others in my first book called Back in Control: How to Stay Sane, Productive and Inspired in Your Career Transition.
Since then, my own career has continued to evolve. I've added new passions and tools to my list. One of my great pleasures now is leveraging neuroscience to address challenges which stand in the way of peak performance -- such as ADD, anxiety, sleeplessness.
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, life presented me an opportunity to more intimately understand the importance of how the brain impacts life and work. In 2005, I was in an automobile accident and suffered traumatic brain injury.
Despite excellent medical care for whiplash, the brain injury was not diagnosed until a full seven months after the accident. Still, I consider myself a lucky one because once it was identified, I found excellent treatment and have made a full recovery. This wasn't immediate, either. My recovery took almost two more years. Yet, unlike many, I was able to find the help I needed to reclaim my life.
A primary component of my treatment was neurofeedback. This is biofeedback from and 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 neurofeedback have shown IQ increases from 10 - 23 points.
My injury and recovery together 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 a huge advantage 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.
Credentials & Publications
Diane is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with 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 Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN) as an Associate Fellow by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), ABT Certified Provider of The Listening Program®, 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 Nautilus Book Awards and is 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. She is currently working on a medical memoir on her personal and profession journey that nourished her passion for using neuroscience-based tools for peak performance.
In 2016, Diane completed meditation teacher certification course with Ananda headquartered in Northern California. She is also completed in-person retreats with a number of Buddhist teachers and writers including Thich Nhat Hahn, Jack Kornfield, Gelek Rinpoche, and Dr. Boonshoo Sribun. She continues her mindfulness meditation study and practice with the Zen Life and Meditation Center of Chicago. In Spring, 2019 she earned a Certification in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition for Mental Health with author Dr. Leslie Korn which pulls together many of her passions for creating well being and peak performance.
The Grimard Wilson Team
Tricia assists our office with neuroscience-based assessment and training with the clients. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently working towards her master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is passionate about understanding how the brain works and helping clients with their personal endeavors.
Lisa helps out with marketing and special events. She is a digital media associate with a background in communications for nonprofits. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature and specializes in creating websites using the Squarespace platform.