Susan L. Ford, BA, OMC #1017, Othmer Certified in Neurofeedback
Susan Ford received her BA in Psychology and Human Behavior from Ryokan College in CA in 1985. She continued on in the Master's Program to become a Clinical Psychologist but switched gears when she learned about the powerful effects of Neurofeedback. Since Neurofeedback wasn't offered in United States Universities, Susan began studies with EEG Institute in CA, and became certified through BCIA (Biofeedback Certification Institute of America) in EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback) in 1998. Since 1997 she has been working clinically with adults and children suffering from a wide variety of issues from symptom reduction to performance enhancement. Among her clinical interests Susan enjoys working with adults and children with neurological or developmental disorders.
Currently Susan is writing a chapter to be included in the EEG Institute book project, writing a book on her clinical experiences with Neurofeedback over the years and is working towards the Othmer Certification.
Leo, a 6 oz. Yorkshire Terrier, joined the team as therapy dog in 2003. Originally he was 'hired' and trained to help with the heavy demands of keeping hyperactive and fidgety children still and entertained while doing Neurofeedback. Children earned the privilege of having Leo assist and sit next to them if they sat still. Children (and adults) quickly learned that if they moved around during training, Leo would leave and so they were motivated to sit still and play the game! Leo grew to a whopping 6 lbs. and today, with the latest technology via Cygnet, children and adults are now more captivated by the games they play which has changed Leo's job to one of companion and comforter. He still sits with clients in need and even alerts to person's who are severely distressed. Often just the sight of Leo calms a frightened or crying child (or adult!). Leo often walks up and down the halls checking into the rooms of his clients to make sure each person is okay. If they aren't, Leo jumps up beside them to assist! Old and young alike have benefited from having a happy, snuggly companion by their side as they retrain their brainwaves. He is loved by many!