About Catharine Hamilton
For over 25 years, I've been using natural approaches and medicines for my own health care, and that of my family and friends. I am sensitive to medicines and many mainstream medical procedures. I get easily overwhelmed by too much sensory stimulation. I enjoy being in nature and peaceful environments. Although I perceived these characteristics as a weakness growing up, I'm now seeing the strength in being sensitive.
After all, this is why I've been working in alternative health all my life, a journey where I have learned so much, met many fascinating and courageous people. And this has brought me to neurofeedback, which excites me and which I love!
In the early 1990s, after my children were born, I studied Homeopathy and Heilkunst. Click here to learn more about Heilkunst, a remarkable and comprehensive medical approach. For over 15 years, I had a private practice, working with clients to enable their healing journey in body, mind and spirit.
In 2016 I trained in to work in neurofeedback, a tool that helps organize the brain, restoring balance and helping you function more effectively.
Why did I switch from Heilkunst to neurofeedback? Because I had a break-through in own my health that was life-changing!
For six years I experienced chronic pain from osteo-arthritis in my left hip. Mainstream medicine could not help me except to prescribe painkillers, which I knew would make me feel bad. The Nurse Practitioner told me I'd have more success in the alternative health field! I worked with several Heilkunst colleagues, a couple of osteopaths, pelvic health physiotherapists, to mention a few, over those six years. I took supplements, homeopathic medicines, and Advil, to combat the pain. I learned a lot about myself which was good but the pain didn't decrease much.
By the time I tried neurofeedback, I was in pain 80% of the time and it was a seven or eight out of ten in terms of intensity. I had stopped many of my favourite activities like biking, tennis, downhill skiing because of the pain and limited mobility, and was limited to shorter outings (car trips, hikes, cross-country skiing). And I expended most of my energy in getting through each day. I wasn't sleeping well, I was anxious, I was depressed...
After my first neurofeedback session, the pain in my hip went down to 30% of the time, and to a two to three out of ten. Slowly the pain has gone until now I only have occasional twinges. My depression and anxiety are almost gone completely, I sleep well most nights, in short — I've got my life back. I still have osteo-arthritis and limited mobility, but having no pain to very little pain has meant renewed energy levels, ability to enjoy life again and renewed hope for the future.
After all the years of working as a homeopath and heilkunst practitioner, to find this neurofeedback system that enables symptoms to fall away effortlessly and easily, was a game-changer! I thought of many of my clients who might also benefit from such changes and improvements. And so, in May 2016, I bought a neurofeedback system, in June 2016 I became a Trainer, and thus Guelph Neurofeedback was born...
About Joanne Smyth
Joanne Smyth, from Moving Forward Educational and Wellness Services, runs neurofeedback and movement-based learning sessions at Guelph Neurofeedback’s office. For more information about Joanne’s background, her training and program, please click here to go to Joanne’s website.