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About the Team

michelleDr. Michelle Presniak, Ph.D., C. Psych., BCN

Dr. Presniak is the director of the Ottawa Neurofeedback Centre. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2009 and began offering Neurofeedback as part of her clinical practice in 2011. Dr. Presniak herself admits skepticism when she first heard about Neurofeedback. At the urging of a colleague, she decided to undergo the training to add this psychological treatment as an option for her clients. At the same time, the success stories and efficacy of Neurofeedback was rapidly growing in North America. It didn’t take long for Dr. Presniak herself to see many clients finding Neurofeedback effective at overcoming symptoms, particularly for patients averse to depending on medication. Neurofeedback allows individuals to become more self-aware and treat health problems from the inside out. It can independently treat symptoms or it can be added as an adjunctive treatment into an already existent plan, all aiming to help individuals increase their ability to make desired changes. Upon seeing initial success for herself, Dr. Presniak spent the next two years reading, researching, and practicing Neurofeedback so that she was able to become Board Certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). Dr. Presniak is one of very few psychologists in Canada who are board certified in Neurofeedback by BCIA.

Today, Dr. Presniak is successfully employing Neurofeedback to treat many conditions, ranging from those that are chronic in nature and difficult to treat (i.e., severe PTSD, Asperger’s Syndrome, OCD) to those that may be mild in nature (i.e., attention, performance based skills, stress). Dr. Presniak has seen Neurofeedback help individuals make progress that they were unable to with multiple traditional forms of treatment.

As part of her efforts to increase the scientific basis of Neurofeedback, Dr. Presniak is undertaking a research program involving systematic studies evaluating the effectiveness of Neurofeedback. If you are interested in taking part in any of these research projects, please watch for future studies to become available.

sharonSharon Kader, M.A., C. Psych.

Sharon is a Clinical, Health, Rehabilitation & Counselling Psychologist. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and L’Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. She offers a full range of psychological services and interventions at the Ottawa Neurofeedback Center including psychodiagnostic assessments, psychotherapy treatment, neurofeedback training and mindfulness-based interventions. Sharon’s areas of specialty include recovery from PTSD, present and developmental trauma, chronic pain & illness, depression, anxiety, back to school or work issues, marital and family challenges as well as grief, death and dying. Sharon has experience in helping Professionals who are experiencing burn-out, such as Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers and Dentists. Additionally, she has experience working with Military Members, the RCMP, Ottawa Police, Veterans, and Front Line Workers. In her earlier career, she was a Registered Nurse.

Sharon’s approach with her clients is holistic, incorporating the vital mind-body connection in healing and transforming our emotional wounds, building resiliency and evolving in our abilities to respond with greater psychological flexibility. She collaborates with her clients to tailor therapy to each person’s needs and goals. Sharon’s treatment approach is informed by research studies in Neurofeedback, Mindfulness and Compassion-Focused perspectives in Psychotherapy as well as Cognitive-Behavioral, Experiential, Psychodynamic, Relational, Emotionally Focused and Solution Focused Models. Psychological services are provided for adolescents, adults and seniors within individual, marital, family and group therapy.

Sharon is very passionate about the growing field of neuroscience, particularly neuroplasticity and psycho-neuro-immunology, otherwise known as mind-body medicine. Sharon completed training in EEG Biofeedback: Neurofeedback in Clinical Practice. In addition, Sharon completed the Foundations of Mindfulness Teacher’s Practicum at The Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, trained to be a Teacher in Mindfulness Interventions. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Levels 1 & 2, as an on-site Trauma Responder with expertise in facilitating CISM Interventions for small & large groups. Sharon is a member of the Ottawa Academy of Psychologists, The Canadian Psychological Association, The Mindfulness Ottawa Professional Association and The National Capital Region Employee Assistance Program Association.

jennaJenna Johnson, MSW, RSW

Jenna Johnson is a counsellor and registered social worker with nearly a decade of experience supporting individuals with mental health challenges in the Ottawa community. Areas of expertise and interest include: autism spectrum disorders and social functioning, LGBTTQ issues, coping with trauma and stress and the effects of mental health challenges and disability in the workplace. Jenna uses an eclectic counselling approach that is client-centred and combines cognitive behavioural, emotion-focused and psychodynamic interventions. Jenna offers counselling and Neurofeedback services at the ONC downtown location.