About Catharine Reynolds 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 the work I do now, NeurOptimal 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 NeurOptimal Dynamical Neurofeedback, NeurOptimal is a tool that helps organize the brain, restoring balance and helping you function more effectively. NeurOptimal is considered by many to be the most advanced neurofeedback system in the world.
Why did I switch from Heilkunst to NeurOptimal? 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. My Nurse Practitioner at the time 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 NeurOptimal, 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 NeurOptimal 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 NeurOptimal 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 NeurOptimal system, in June 2016 I became a Trainer, and began offering NeurOptimal sessions in Guelph. And thus Guelph Neurofeedback was born...
The benefits from NeurOptimal neurofeedback for my clients have been remarkable and wonderful. Please click HERE to read about some of their testimonials.
My colleague, Angela Klauss works on Fridays at Guelph Neurofeedback, and also covers for me when I'm away from the office.
About Angela Klauss
Angela is a fully qualified NeurOptimal trainer and has both her Basic and Advanced Certification courses with NeurOptimal.
In 2010 I joined the team at Integrated Centre for Optimal Learning, Kitchener, where I was introduced to and trained on the NeurOptimal Neurofeedback system. At both Guelph Neurofeedback and Yordy & Associates in Waterloo, I have been extremely fortunate to have witnessed some amazing changes in both adults and children.
Here are a few of my favourite stories:
Shortly after suffering a traumatic injury, a young girl came in on crutches, looking for help with a drop foot. After a few sessions, she no longer needed the crutches. Additional training gave her full and proper use of her foot.
A healthy, athletic mother of two suffered for years with pain. Training for just a few sessions eliminated the pain and the need for an invasive surgery.
A mother cried when she told me that some of her son’s OCD behaviours had disappeared after just one session.
And finally, numerous clients have told me that they have experienced significant improvement in the duration, intensity and frequency of their anxiety, depression and concussion symptoms.
As for me, I have a busy life juggling the needs of aging parents, my family and the work I love. NeurOptimal helps me to manage my stress and to better navigate life’s many disruptions.