Client Stories

Client Stories

Chris Walters

A Personal Story

Chris’s story is inextricably linked with the story of the Brain Collective and its raison d’etre. His story marks the inception of the Brain Collective, culminating in the triumph of a young man who, after completing a degree in Science, joined our team as clinician, with a special focus on brain and sports injuries.

It was for Chris that his mother Maria, one of our founders, hunted for and found solutions in neurofeedback therapy and brought the technology to the UK from abroad.

Living with PTSD

At birth Chris was restless and inconsolable. After being egregiously ill-treated by a nanny, Chris struggled with different things. Sending him to a prep school at three-and-a-half to avail of smaller class sizes was unhelpful. While he coped with mental arithmetic, understanding patterns, and learning times tables, he couldn’t do anything non-linear. He struggled to read.

One of the worst consequences of having additional needs is the verbal onslaught of derision that came from ignorant bystanders. He was constantly told in school he had bad handwriting. He couldn’t read, couldn’t do this or that. The effects to his self-esteem were heart-rending.

His parents moved him to a faith school which had much better pastoral care. They changed his diet, took him to a dyslexia institute for help with reading and writing and had private tutors provide additional support at home. He took a long time to learn how to read.

Being a dare-devil had its share of accidents and Chris remembers spending a lot of time in hospital. Teachers commented he was an overactive child and suggested he see a child psychiatrist who diagnosed Chris with ADHD and prescribed Riatlin.

The side-effects of Medication

The side-effects of the medication were horrid. Chris developed facial tics. He was sad and quiet. He completely lost his appetite and coped with sleep dysregulation. Medication doesn’t allow you to develop your own coping strategies. Over the years his parents worked on changing Ritalin doses and preparations but the side effects did not abate. They reported all this to the consultants who seemed uninterested.

In order to ensure he ate, his parents skipped the medication on weekends. He remembers them trying fervently to get him to eat and remembers his father resorting to bribe him with money in his teenage years. He also remembers buying all his friends pizza slices at lunchtime to use up his food money at school so he would not been flagged with an eating disorder.

He was regularly visiting the Child Development centre at his local hospital which sent him to a socialising group comprising children with serious needs and bad behaviour. Chris was traumatised by the group and still remembers hiding in the garden to avoid going.

Hope amidst trial

Juggling a family around one person is always a source of strife in family life. Chris’s parents did everything they could leaving no stone unturned. They finally came across a clinic in Canada that offered neurofeedback therapy.

When Chris was mapped it was found that his brainwave pattern corresponded more with PTSD than ADHD. Chris went in for 3 weeks of intensive therapy in Canada (three times a day) then a year later went back for two weeks. His mother trained in the therapy and brought the therapy back to England – resulting in the Brain Collective as we know it today.

The Results

The therapy was a God-send for Chris. He did not need Ritalin anymore. His appetite came back. He developed a new and exciting relationship with food. His parents found they had a teenager overnight! They were able to get reacquainted with their son. A child on Ritalin, is a different child.

Chris’s grades soared. He took up music and learned to play. He felt comfortable within himself for the first time. A popular lad, he enjoyed a great circle of friends and his parents noted he had a lot more control over himself, warning them not to cross the road if a car was coming or not to drink their cola too quickly.

Chris continued weekly training sessions at home and the Brain Collective updated the technology in 2014 when Chris was around 19. He got a lot of additional academic support at home with GCSE tutors everyday and managed to get fantastic GCSE results.

When all was on top of the world, another tragedy struck. Chris had a mountain biking accident with a serious head injury and went through another gruelling period, once again restored by Neurofeedback and the determination of him and his family.

The Future

Chris always hated watching people being bullied and often intervened on the playground and joined anyone he saw sitting alone at lunch. His own experiences rendered a compassion for people with learning difficulties. Chris developed an insatiable passion for helping people. After completing his degree in science, Chris joined us here as clinician specialising in brain and sports injuries and is an inspiring addition to our team…

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Edla Itai

A Testimonial from Edla

I am currently having Neurofeedback mainly to treat my anxiety which can get out of control and thank my lucky stars every day that I found Melanie and Maria. Not only are they amazing at what they do, they are two of the loveliest ladies I have ever met.

Although we still have some work to do, the Neurofeedback is working very well and my brain maps continue to improve. I also feel fully supported and know that these two ladies will stop at nothing to get this fully under control for me. The equipment they use is the best – as is their training. They also have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to any new developments in the world of neurofeedback. Worth every penny!

*In order to protect our clients identity, names and photographs have been changed for this story.

Next Steps

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Jason Williamson

Living with ADHD

For the first 12 years of his life Jason played alone, avoided eye contact and never socialised. He couldn’t concentrate or pay attention to anything properly. He was struggling in school. Mainstream medicine put Jason on the maximum dose of Ritalin. Jason’s parents Stan and Sue were resolute in researching solutions amidst balancing the pressures of life.

After a decade’s quest, they found the Brain Collective and got Jason mapped. We were able to determine the neurological roots of the problem and Jason began therapy.

Jason’s Journey with Us

Jason is now a teenager and has been in therapy over a year. He is completely off the medication. Jason’s parents have described his journey with us below.

A Testimonial from Jason’s parents

We have been attending Neurofeedback sessions for approximately 12 months with our 12 year old son and the change in him is unbelievable. We have gone from a child who played alone, avoided eye contact, didn’t socialise, had little attention span or concentration and was struggling in school to one that has suddenly started making friends, has a wicked sense of humour and displays normal teenage behaviour and a scary amount of independence. In addition, he was on maximum dose of Ritalin for ADHD and the thought of taking him off the medication to start Neurofeedback was frightening, but he hasn’t had a tablet since!

After 10 and a half years of looking for answers, Maria and Melanie have identified the root of his problems and literally changed his life. For us, it is a long process, but it has been the best money we have ever spent, as said before, it has literally changed his life.

*In order to protect our clients identity, names and photographs have been changed for this story.

Next Steps

If you have a child suffering from ADHD, you will be very familiar with the myriad symptoms including inattentiveness, hyperactivity, impulsiveness and little sense of danger. You will also be familiar with the many pressures this puts on your entire family and the functioning of the family as a whole…

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Rahul Mistry

Traumatic Brain Injury

Rahul’s birth involved a 16 hour labour which ended in a ventouse/suction delivery. He was given paracetamol, for what was deemed a head-ache, immediately after birth but weeks later his parents realised he couldn’t see. As months went by, they realised Rahul’s development was stalled in every way. The doctors called it Global Development Delay but this was not a diagnosis as there was no cause found.

Living with Global Development Delay

Rahul responded to music and sound but stared up at the ceiling and did not move. The doctors said that he would probably never walk or see. Ophthalmologists could not explain why. He was sent for second opinions with opthalmologists and to geneticists to see if his condition was hereditary. It wasn’t. His parents did not give up hope and travelled across the world for therapy finding a cranial osteopath in India who was able to help restore Rahul’s vision and help Rahul walk.

Rahul’s Journey with Us

Rahul is a teenager who is as yet non-verbal with mental age of a young child. He has been attending the Brain collective for a few years now. We have been able to help so far with problems with maintaining body temperature, stopping aggressive and frustrated behaviour and his parents have commented on being extremely relieved by small things like Rahul not resisting while his nails are being cut and not screaming, but actually sitting comfortably, while his hair is being cut.

Next Steps

Global Development Delay can be caused by a variety of things, generally Traumatic Brain Injury, often at birth. Healing with neurofeedback is a very long process for this condition and Rahul continues bi-weekly sessions with us.

A Testimonial from Rahul’s parents

After trying everything, researching everything and spanning three continents in the pursuit of healing for our beloved son, we seriously considered uprooting the entire family (with four children and an established family business) and moving lock, stock and barrel to Canada to access Neurofield and Neuroguide therapy – this miraculous marvel of modern science that mainstream doctors seem oblivious to.

When Brain Collective set up the technology not just in England but in Harrogate – a half hour from us – it was an answered prayer, a miracle, a realised dream – utterly unbelievable – and we hadn’t even started yet!

Melanie and Maria are the kind of women one aspires to be. They conduct the practice with the utmost passion, professionalism, vocational commitment, bounds of positivity, cheerfulness and an awe-inspiring pastoral care that is deeply touching. They’re fanatical and excited about keeping up-to-date with latest technological developments, internationally available training, and even advances in alternative therapies – all at great personal investment.

Our son started with them in January 2016 and is on the path to developing far beyond what the ‘medics’ expected of him. And this is only the beginning for him. Our story, we have no doubt, will be added to countless others in years to come as The Brain Collective heals brains, lives, and homes across the UK (and possibly further afield) – creating hope where none seemed possible and proving consistently and defiantly that miracles do happen – if you dare to believe.

Come here with open minds and put your trust in them – it’s the chance of a lifetime!

*In order to protect our clients identity, names and photographs have been changed for this story.

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Wang Xiu Ying

A Testimonial from Wang’s parents

Our daughter suffers from an intractable form of epilepsy which presented 7 years old. The symptoms worsened over the years and the full rainbow of episodes present at any time.

Temporary relief of symptoms were short lived even with medication and vagus nerve stimulation.

Now grown up, Wang is unable to work or partake in any form of study due to the changing nature of her status.

Many visits to the world’s leading epileptologists and brain surgeons fed back that even the latest Deep Brian stimulation would be a futile venture and the only possibility left was surgery to the corpus callossum which is a path that both family and surgeons were reluctant to follow.

Two of the loveliest professionals, Mel and Maria, have taken up the challenge and we are most grateful to them. We are not out of the woods yet but the dedication and commitment way above duty here at the Brain Collective has already given positive results for Wang. The episodes are shorter, milder and less frequent while Wang feels much better in between. In particular, we have noticed that the episodes of dystopia (painful involuntary tightening of the limbs) manifest once every two months instead of every day.

It might be a long road ahead but with unconditional support from Mel and Maria we are certain we are heading for a better destination.

We have no reservation in recommending Neurofield therapy here at Harrogate for patients of any age group, particularly those for whom mainstream medical options have run out.

*In order to protect our clients identity, names and photographs have been changed for this story.

Next Steps

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