Joanne Couture

Counsellor, Beyond Neurofeedback Technology Coach

Counselling is quite often about finding support in the creation and building of better relationships with those around us.

In order to attend to our relationship issues, feeling comfortable and establishing a relationship with a counsellor is the number one ingredient of success in therapy. Even then, some people may feel frustrated that talking about their struggles is not enough. In my office, I offer an approach that goes beyond neurofeedback to help people move past those areas in their life in which they feel stuck.

Stress has a way of affecting us emotionally, mentally, physically or spiritually. Past experiences sometimes keep us in defensive mode, reacting in situations rather than improving communication in our relationships and growing. I offer a client-centered approach that helps you be more attentive to your body-brain-heart needs. As do many talk therapy approaches, I work with different modalities that help clients find their strengths within the different systems (family, gender, culture, politics, etc.) that affect them. Among these modalities, you will have the choice of engaging your brain's neuroplasticity which is a system in and of itself. By using a brain mirroring neurotechnology to restore your brain's left and right balance and rhythm naturally, you can manage stress more effectively. With your brain being supported into relaxation without the "talk" or conscious effort, you may find yourself responding better in the present moment, building the future you've been hoping to live. You may find yourself going deeper in your therapy sessions and having more commitment in your wellness strategy.

How I can help.

A variety of wellness challenges have been shown to be associated with less than optimal patterns of neural functioning.

Sometimes, when it comes to changes, all the good intent we bring to our relationship with a counsellor does not help us reach our goals as fast as we’d like. With the brain being the central command center of our actions, our counselling process may benefit from a boost by directly engaging our neuroplasticity. By enabling the brain to optimize its own rhythms on its own terms, my neurotechnology option may help clients achieve restful sleep; release “stuck” stress patterns; overcome worry and anxiety; restore hope and happiness; enhance learning and memory; increase energy levels; or achieve peak performance.

My story.

Depression had a hold in my life until I discovered that attending to my brain function could make all the difference. With an out of balance, or stuck brain, how could I feel right or even function at my highest level? I was often in a dark place, struggling to be comfortable with others or in my job. Even after changing my eating habits and doing some counselling, I still wasn’t comfortable with myself. Using this neurotechnology helped me come home to “me.”

Life outside the office.

Gardening and renos (including building decks) keep me happy in the summer. In winter, I love my circuit training on Saturday mornings. Both keep me physically fit and “out of mischief.”

Specialties.

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Areas I can assist with.

  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Anger management
  • Behavioral issues
  • Chronic illness
  • Chronic impulsivity
  • Coping skills
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Grief
  • Learning disabilities
  • Life coaching
  • Self-esteem
  • Sleep or insomnia
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Traumatic brain injury

Therapies offered.

  • Brain mirroring neurotechnology
  • Coaching
  • Mindfulness
  • Strength-based counselling

Testimonials.

“This “Brain Spa” experience has been impactful in my life. The awareness of what my brain is doing and how that impacts my life is greatly enhanced. I have especially found benefit in some of the relaxation techniques you taught me. I am more able to calm my brain activity, resulting in better sleep and decision making.”

Qualifications.

Years in Practice9 years as a brain mirroring technologist; 18 years as a therapist
SchoolUniversity of Winnipeg, Aurora Family Therapy Centre (formerly Interfaith Marriage and Family Program)
Year Graduated2001
EducationRMFT (Registered Marriage and Family Therapist); certified brain mirroring technologist; Bachelor of Education

Finances.

ClienteleIndividuals of any age; services en français aussi
Average cost per session$200/session (1.5-2 hours) + GST
Sliding scaleYes
Introductory brain mirroring session$49 + GST (can be attributed to purchase of Wellness Package)
Accepted payment methodsCash, debit, credit card
Accepts coverage?No
Accepted Insurance PlansNone to date
Liability Insurance provider and expiration dateJones Deslauriers Insurance Exp. November 2019

Additional credentials.

MembershipSince
AAMFT2011
MMFT2011

Contact information.

NameJoanne Couture, Services La Loba Services
Phone204-612-1579
email laloba@lalobatraumarelease.com
Websitehttp://www.lalobatraumarelease.com

Publications.

Family Therapy MagazineClick Here

Here to Help.

Safe Harbour Therapy Podcast – Episode 17: Moving Toward Body-Brain Wellness

written by Joanne Couture on 05/12/19

When it comes to wellness, we often talk about physical health, mental health or relationship difficulties and we attend to each as being very distinct from each other. We find ourselves treating the body without realizing what it might be doing to the brain. Or treating the brain without realizing that the body is keeping […]

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Safe Harbour Therapy Podcast – Episode 3: Attending to Brain Fitness with Joanne Couture

written by Joanne Couture on 05/10/19

I recently came across an excerpt I had noted in Norman Doidge’s book, The Brain’s Way of Healing[i] that has me reflecting on what I do as a Brainwave Optimization technologist. Through his work, Doidge has observed different stages in neuroplastic healing that I see as extremely pertinent to the innovative technology I offer in […]

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Attention Students of Every Age

written by Joanne Couture on 04/09/19

Does your child struggle academically in school? Do you struggle with your performance at work? Learning is NOT about content – it is about neuroplasticity, flexibility and resiliency. This month’s Psychology Today speaks to the myths we have about the brain. Our capacity for learning is not about being right or left brained, about learning […]

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