M.Phil.Hons. (Education) University of Auckland; B.Soc.Sc. (Psychology) Dip.Tchg. University of Waikato
Registered with NZCER to use Psychological Tests levels A B C 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 Neuro-educationalist, Counsellor, and Psychological Tester. He works with adults, teens, and children. In addition to a range of counselling approaches, his point of difference is using neurofeedback, biofeedback, Interactive Metronome®, 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 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 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 -sometime 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.