Louise van der Westhuyzen is a registered Occupational Therapist (HPCSA) and Internationally Board certified (BCIA) Biofeedback Therapist. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Mental Health as well as Peak Performance in the work place or sport field. Her integrated approach in assisting her clients is evidence of her enthusiasm in incorporating the knowledge and experience gained about Biofeedback’s potential in improving their overall health.
Her focus as an Occupational Therapist is that of assisting clients with improving and optimising their daily function that have been affected by stress, illness or disease, whether at school, work, socially, the sport or art arena (Peak Performance). Using evidence based approaches in assisting clients in reaching their potential and restoring day to day functioning.
Biofeedback is one of the key areas of interest and expertise that characterises the help you will receive from Louise van der Westhuyzen. Other strategies of importance are the influence of your Sensory Systems in how you perceive and interact with your environment, training the auditory system through Auditory Integration Training, learning the value of being Mindful during our engagement in tasks performed, the impact of Heart Rate Variability and effective breathing on regulating daily response to stress. Learning to use Cognitive Behavioural strategies to help optimize mind-body interaction. Optimal brain functioning and healthy emotional and behavioral regulation is seen as vital in optimal daily functioning.
Examples of challenging symptoms that have been addressed during training include:
- Restoring healthier sleeping patterns
- Managing anxiety symptoms
- Headache and migraine symptom relief
- Combatting effects of Depression
- Learning to lower Blood pressure
- Stress managing strategies
- Improving quality of attention and memory
- How to optimise learning in combination with learning strategies that suit each individual
- Learning to manage challenges faced by Autism or ADD
- Alleviating effects of trauma
- TBI – encouraging process of brain plasticity
- Addiction behaviour - incorporating Biofeedback with recovery work
Louise van der Westhuyzen believes in the potential that Biofeedback holds in helping clients. Her passion is also to encourage colleagues to become skilled in incorporating Biofeedback in conjunction with their current modalities used in their practices. She is one of the founding members of Biofeedback Association of South Africa (BFSA). Their aim is to develop and ensure effective training and development of competency levels of clinicians as directed by the guidelines of BCIA (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance).