Leena has been, since 2011, under the mentorship of Waveney
Richards (Clinical Psychologist, Trauma Specialist) and Dr. Paul Swingle
(Clinical Psychoneurophysiologist), both of whom are leaders in their
Serving both the north and south populations in Trinidad, she
operates out of two locations: Port of Spain and Gulf View, where she offers
psychoneurotherapy to children and adults alike.
This specialized treatment is customized based on a client’s
specific brainwave profile. Using EEG biofeedback, clients are guided to transform
their brainwave architecture to regulate attention, emotion and learning, thereby
creating the optimal conditions for the resolution of psychological trauma.
Clinical Psychoneurotherapeutic treatment combines
neurofeedback with traditional psychotherapy techniques from:
- Flash Technique
- Somatic Experiencing
- Re-evaluation/Peer Counseling
- Polyvagal Theory
- Emotional Freedom Therapy
- Mindfulness Meditation
This unique approach to treatment addresses the interaction
between a person’s underlying brainwave dysfunction and the specific traumatic
life events that often trigger problem symptoms (e.g. depression, anxiety,
sleep difficulty, problems with attention and memory).
Conditions treated include:
deficit (hyperactivity) disorder
& sleep quality disorders
& psychogenic pain
A second level of focus of her practice, that goes beyond
treatment, is Optimal Performance Training. This is geared towards individuals
seeking to maintain peak performance in their domain, such as business
executives and elite athletes.
Leena also has a background in Psychoeducational
Assessment through part-time work under the consultancy of Dr Korinne Louison
at the Ministry of Education’s Student Support Services Division.
Psychotherapy creates a relationship of secure attachment within which clients
can learn to feel safe within themselves.
self-soothing, emotional and behavioural regulation skills are taught and
practiced in order to stabilize and contain psychological distress.
a client can reliably self soothe, trauma resolution methods such as EMDR/Flash
are utilized to allow the brain to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories,
which create “sore spots” or “triggers” that often underlie psychological
distress or behavioural concerns. This facilitates the reorganization of neural
circuitry that constructs coherent narratives of traumatic events
so that they are not re-lived in the present moment.
combination of skill-building, distress tolerance and trauma resolution helps
clients recover from distressing life experiences and lays a strong foundation for
the development of healthy attachments. Further, it reactivates the brain’s
wiring in the areas of pleasure, engagement, control, and trust and provides
clients with a sense of empowerment over their daily lives.
Telehealth Psychotherapy (Zoom)
Flexible distance therapy options to suit your needs while staying within your safe place.
Neurofeedback is a cutting edge, drug free therapeutic technique by which individuals are trained to alter their brainwave activity. The brain produces electrical signals, called brainwaves, which can be measured from the surface of the skull. Small sensors are placed on the scalp to detect and record changes in a person's brainwave activity. Problems occur when we produce brainwave signals that are inappropriate to the task at hand. This information is immediately analysed by a computer that then presents real-time sound and video feedback based on the brain’s performance. Using this feedback, clients learn to regulate or control their own brain states over time until changes are stable. By training brain patterns towards normative ranges, there is usually a reduction in problem symptoms and behaviours, as well as positive changes in physical, emotional, and cognitive states.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback
This is a biofeedback technique that allows you to change your heart rhythms in order to bring you into a state of "Coherence" — an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions are operating in sync and in balance, and the immune, hormonal and nervous systems function in a state of harmonious coordination. This is done using a pulse sensor that translates heart rate data into graphics displayed on the computer screen.Using these interactive biofeedback exercises and games, you can create optimal mental states that build resilience, increase energy, and promote focus, mental clarity and emotional balance.
Sleep Quality Assessment
The Sleep Monitor is a take home device that provides a real-time caption of your sleep quality. It consists of a gentle headband worn at night while asleep which communicates wirelessly with a bedside monitor that tracks your sleep patterns throughout the night. The headband uses a sensor that measures electrical signals produced by the brain at the frontal cortex as you shift through different levels of sleep. Typically, four nights of data is required which assists in diagnosis of your exact sleep quality challenges.
Cranial Electrostimulation Therapy
The CES Plus is handheld device that uses a gentle electrical impulse applied to the ear lobes that is transferred to the brain. This helps to restore the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain back to pre-stress levels, thus reducing anxiety and improving mood and sleep quality. It also helps to sustain your gains made in neurotherapy.