M.Phil.Hons.(Education) B.Soc.Sc.(Psychology) Dip.Tchg.
Counsellor (Member of NZCCA)
Psychological Assessor (Registered with NZCER to use Psychological Tests, Level D highest level)
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” ~ Buckminster Fuller
Gerry Douglas is a Counsellor, Psychological Assessor, and an Educationalist. He specialises in therapeutic and wellness approaches that focus on body and brain function. Gerry works with nutrition, physical exercise, stretching, and breathing. Additionally, biofeedback, neurofeedback, and synchronised metronome training are used to optimise brain function. While more traditional forms of counselling and psychotherapy are utilised as needed, Gerry carries a keen awareness of their limitations. Many of the more usual approaches in essence work with reprogramming the conscious or sub-conscious mind. What’s so often ignored is the powerful influence of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Many of the difficulties people struggle with are sustained by chronic dysregulation of the Autonomic Nervous System. These foundational functions of the nervous system work together synergistically. For example, abdominal breathing, as opposed to chest breathing, regulates heart rate variability (HRV) into a sine wave pattern. This sends a message to the brain-stem and limbic brain which in essence says “this person perceives the environment to be safe”. At an autonomic level, the brain is now pre-disposed to the Prefrontal Cortex (immediately behind the forehead) engaging in a more optimal manner. In turn more engagement of the Prefrontal Cortex will help quieten down uncalled for over-activity of the limbic brain, implicated in excessive anxiety and/or depression, and learning disabilities such as ADHD/ADD.
Engaging in the use of medication or talk therapy before re-regulating the Autonomic Nervous System can be costly to our health, (as well as our pockets). Whereas getting the Autonomic Nervous System re-regulated means we optimise the use of our internal chemist shop, which potentiates rapid, sometime spontaneous self-healing. This is the essence of the approach Gerry Douglas brings to the role of counsellor.