Today, Kathy welcomes Jenni Schaefer and Mike Gurr, MS, MA, LPC, CDWF and their topic is biofeedback and neurofeedback in relation to eating disorder recovery complicated by trauma and PTSD. They cover a lot of ground in this interview, including information on a machine they use that you can purchase for your own use.
Jenni Schaefer is one of the foremost motivational speakers of her generation. She has carried her message of self-acceptance and triumph over adversity to the campuses of Harvard and Yale, to corporate leaders and mental health professionals, and to audiences ranging from teens to seniors, earning an international reputation for her ability to bring just the right insights and approach to each.
She recently joined The Meadows as a Senior Fellow. Jenni is Chair of the Ambassadors Council of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and a recipient of their Westin Family Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Activism, as well as a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, the Academy of Eating Disorders, and the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress.
Mike received a master’s degree from the University of Utah in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in sports psychology. He then went on to receive another master’s degree from Argosy University Phoenix in professional counseling and is currently a licensed professional counselor in the State of AZ. He has also received licenses to facilitate the work of the Arbinger Institute which focuses on relationships, stopping blame, how to transform and resolve conflict and teaching the power of choice and is a certified daring way facilitator (CWDF) which comes from the research work from Dr. Brene Brown on shame resilience, the power of vulnerability, living in a place of worthiness, and the ability and importance of connection. Mike has worked in the mental and behavioral health field for 16 years. For the past 13 years, he has been the director of a residential treatment center for girls ages 13-18. He has been the program director, clinical director, and interim executive director during that time. When looking at behavioral health Mike believes in a total wellness approach. One needs to look at the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the person to make lasting changes. He has extensive experience with depression, ADHD, anxiety, bi-polar, low self-esteem, extreme shame, defiance, body image, substance abuse, self-harm, addiction, conflict in relationships, trauma, and adoption/attachment.