University of Auckland Qualifications:
Master of Philosophy with Honours Post Graduate Study & Practicum Include: Counselling; Applied Behaviour Analysis; Psychological Assessment; Developmental, Educational, & Organisational Psychology
University of Waikato Qualifications:
Bachelor of Social Science Majoring in Psychology.
Wellington Teachers College Diploma with Commendation Majoring in Music (3yrs full time study)
Diploma of Teaching
Trained Teachers Certificate
Professional Development Training:
- “The Brain & Behavior: Comprehensive Clinical, Course in the Neurobiology of Everyday Life.” A Masters Level Program with Neuro-Psychiatrist Dr Daniel Amen
- EMDR -Advanced training with Dr Francine Shapiro PhD, EMDR Institute USA
- Interactive Metronome Provider Certification in the USA
- Advanced training in pIR HEG Neurofeedback with Dr Jeffery Carmen PhD in the USA
Membership of National Counsellors Organisation:
Psychological Testing Registration:
Registered with NZCER to use Psychological Tests at the highest levelugla
“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 Neuro-educationalist, Counsellor, and Psychological Tester. He has been working with adults, teens, and children for more than 25 years. The range of challenges that people face who consult with him are listed on the Counselling page of this website. In addition to numerous counselling approaches, his professional point of difference is gaining the benefit of evoked neuroplastic brain change. This results in counselling goals being a achieved quickly and efficiently. Brain-computer interface technology used to achieve this include neurofeedback, biofeedback, and Neurotiming Therapy. Additionally Gerry places an emphasis on abdominal breathing, nutrition, stretching, and physical exercise to re-educate the body-brain back into a functional self-regulating state.
Gerry is attuned to observing chronic dysregulated behavioural patterns of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
An example would be habituated raising of the rib-cage when breathing in, rather than the extension of the abdomen. Via a series of ANS functions, this dysregulated breathing pattern has the unfortunate result of curtailing neural activity in the Prefrontal Cortex (immediately behind the forehead), which leads to overactivity in the parts of the brain strongly associated with ADD/HD, anger, anxiety, and depression. In this situation medication or talk therapy without an initial re-regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System, is like having one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator at the same time. Whereas getting the Autonomic Nervous System re-regulated early in the process, leads to optimising the internal chemist shop, and potentiating comparatively rapid -sometimes spontaneous- healing.
Many of Gerry’s clients are children challenged with a variety of behavioural and/or learning disabilities. Gerry has extensive experience in carrying out pre-school and classroom observations to monitor social, emotional, or cognitive development and associated behaviour patterns.