**NEWS**–Dr. Friesen is now board certified in Neurofeedback through the Biofeedback International Certification Alliance (BCIA) and we are offering both Biofeedback and Neurofeedback training and treatments. Neurofeedback (also known as Neurotherapy or EEG Biofeedback), is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity, to teach self-regulation of brain function. Typically, sensors are placed on the scalp to measure activity, with measurements displayed using video displays or sound.
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves (neurofeedback), heart function (e.g., HRV), breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately “feed back” information to the user. The presentation of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behaviour — supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument (adapted from The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research www.isnr.org).
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are used to treat ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress, epilepsy, headache, TBI, strokes, and to help with optimal performance for those who want to perform at their best such as students, entrepreneurs, executives, and athletes.
**NEWS**–Dr. Friesen has launched Friesen Sport & Performance Psychology (www.FriesenPerformance.com) which offers in-person sport and performance psychology services to serious athletes (ages 12 to adult) from Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region (Niagara to Oakville). We also focus on helping high achievers (e.g., athletes, executives, entrepreneurs, academics, writers) achieve goals and improve their performance and productivity. We do this by leveraging the latest research from sport/performance psychology, executive coaching, and cognitive neuroscience. We offer coaching, consulting, and workshops to high-achieving individuals and businesses looking to maximize personal and professional potential. Dr. Friesen also provides such services online (e.g., Skype) or via phone to high achievers across North America.
**NEWS**2013–Dr. Friesen and the NNS now offer one-on-one personal and executive coaching/consulting to individuals looking to increase their personal and/or professional potential/success. We are also now providing personalized career guidance to students and those considering a career change. The process involves helping individuals find career paths that are most suitable to their unique interests, personality, passions, and strengths. This can be done in-person, via phone, and/or online (e.g., Skype).
The Niagara Neuropsychology Service (NNS) provides neuropsychological and psychological services to the Niagara, Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Brant regions.
The Niagara Neuropsychology Service (NNS) was founded by Dr. Christopher Friesen, Ph.D., C.Psych. and officially opened in January 2011. The mission of the NNS is to provide evidence-based psychological and neuropsychological services to the Niagara and surrounding region. Particular areas of focus include neuropsychological assessment and management of sports concussion, cognitive changes that occur with aging (e.g., normal age-related changes and dementia), and workplace safety. The NNS also offers broad-based neuropsychological and psychological assessment and treatment (e.g., cognitive behaviour therapy–CBT) services including assessment and treatment of victims of motor vehicle accidents, psychovocational assessments, and one-on-one coaching/consulting to high achieving individuals looking to maximize their potential.
Biographical Information about Dr. Christopher Friesen, Ph.D., C.Psych., BCIA-BCN, Director of the NNS
Dr. Friesen is authorized to practice in the areas of clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and forensic/correctional psychology and is a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He is board certified in EEG Biofeedback (aka Neurofeedback or Neurotherapy) through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA.org). He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from York University. He completed a CPA/APA accredited internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) with major rotations in the Adult Forensic Outpatient Service and the Psychological Trauma/Work, Stress, and Health Program, where he also worked for several years. He obtained his neuropsychology training at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s (TRI) Neurology Services and the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. He obtained my forensic/correctional training at CAMH and at the Ontario Correctional Institute (OCI). He has held contract faculty positions for the psychology departments of York University and the University of Guelph where he taught courses in psychological assessment and measurement. He is an invited reviewer to the APA’s journal Psychological Assessment. He is currently the director of the Niagara Neuropsychology Service and Friesen Sport & Performance Psychology (FriesenPerformance.com) and works as a consultant psychologist/neuropsychologist for various psychiatrists and agencies throughout southern Ontario, including the Niagara Regional Police Service. He is a member of the following organizations: Canadian Psychological Association; American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology; National Academy of Neuropsychology; Association for Contextual Behavioral Science; APA Division 13—Society of Consulting Psychology; Association for Applied Sport Psychology; International Society for Coaching Psychology; APA Division 47—Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology; Sports Neuropsychology Society; International Society for Neurofeedback Research; Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury and Law.