Brainworks Team

 

Our biggest strength is our team. We've worked together a long time, and consider ourselves a family. 

When you first get in touch, you’ll speak with James. A founding director of the company, few people know more about brain training than he does. He will expertly answer your questions, review your case and help find the best approach for you. He oversees your experience with us from start to finish.

If your assessment or sessions are done in the London clinic, you’ll meet another of our founders, Christina. She takes care of everything in London from the initial brain map to the final session.

If your sessions are done at home, you’ll meet Ingrid (Ida). Our remote neurofeeback pro, Ida holds diplomas in Children’s Psychology, Medical Neuroscience, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. 

If you have opted for a brain fitness programme to accompany your sessions, you'll meet Kate, our resident Yogi. She will put together your meditation, breath, and physical exercise plan. 

Behind it all is another of our founders, Sarah. Sarah keep everything running, she will be in touch for payments, shipping, and all things logistics related. 

 

Meet the Team

 

Christina Lavelle

Clinical Director Brainworks, London Clinic, 10 years exp. 

Christina Lavelle - Neurofeedback Specialist, ILS Certified
Christina is Brainworks’ Managing Director and founder of the London clinic, where she expertly supervises all aspects of client care. 
 
Christina holds certifications as a Wuttke Institute Neurofeedback Specialist, LoRETA neurofeedback certification, iLs certified, certified Neurofeedback Specialist NTCB, BST Master Level neurofeedback practitioner, certified Biofeedback Specialist NTCB, a member of the Society of Applied Neuroscience, with independent training and continued affiliation with world leaders in neurotherapy. 
 
Originally from Durham, Christina studied psychology and sociology before deciding to travel to experience the world first-hand.  In Asia she realised the transformative potential of meditation, yoga, nature and nutrition.  Returning to her roots in England some 10 years later, she continued her interest in the mind and body with studies in naturopathy, hypnotherapy and NLP.  
 
On experiencing Neurofeedback she found that her experience, knowledge and empathetic nature could come together in this scientific framework.  Today she expertly integrates her technical ability with the insights gained from the eastern traditions to her work.
 
 

James ('Jamie') Roy

Technical Director Brainworks and Transformational Retreats, client coordinator, 10 years exp. 

James Roy - Founder and Director of Education and Development, Certified Neurofeedback Specialist

Jamie is Brainworks' client liaison, Director of Research and Development, co-founder of Brainworks and Transformational Retreats. He keeps us up-to-date on all the latest technical wizardry, keeps us 'web-connected' and develops new tools to keep us ahead.

Born and raised on Vancouver Island in Canada, James holds certifications as a Wuttke Institute Neurofeedback Specialist, LoRETA neurofeedback certification, Certified Neurofeedback Specialist NTCB, BST Master Level Neurofeedback Practitioner, Certified Biofeedback Specialist NTCB, a member of the Society of Applied Neuroscience, with independent training and continued affiliation with world leaders in neurotherapy.

Struggling to overcome his own dyslexia in the 1970s gave Jamie a keen interest in the mind. By the time he was 12 he had grown into an early computer nerd and brain-geek. In his early thirties, he began a personal quest to uncover the inner mechanisms behind the brain and the process of inner growth. With neuroscience still in its infancy, he looked abroad. 

He dedicated the next seven years to travelling the globe for a first-hand education in traditional mind sciences. He ordained as a Buddhist monk, studied with a wide range of yogis, traditional healers and village shamans; all the while keeping up with the fast advancing field of neuroscience. The insights gained from these studies led Jamie and his wife Sarah to pioneer neurofeedback and mind technologies in the UK.

As well as continued involvement with clients, Jamie is currently in Costa Rica writing a book on the brain and self-development. He develops new brain training concepts, and is also a neurotherapist and bodyworker on our Transformational Retreats.

 

Sarah Roy

Company Director Brainworks and Transformational Retreats, 10 years exp.

Sarah Roy (Neurotherapy, Nutrition)
Sarah is the co-founder and Operations Director of Brainworks and Transformational Retreats; she handles all the accounts, provides client support and neuro-nutrition advice, and generally keeps the company running efficiently. 
 
Company Director and Brainworks co-founder. Sarah holds certifications as a Wuttke Institute Neurofeedback Specialist, LoRETA neurofeedback certification, iLs certified, Certified Neurofeedback Specialist NTCB, BST Master Level Neurofeedback Practitioner, Certified Biofeedback Specialist NTCB, member of the Society of Applied Neuroscience, with independent training and continued affiliation with world leaders in neurotherapy.
 
Born and raised near London, Sarah spent her twenties working as an accountant in industry. Following a deeper calling, she co-managed a renowned health food store, while continuing her studies in mind-body health at The College of Natural Nutrition and running a private practice as a nutritional advisor. In her 30s, she moved to India to develop a greater experiential and theoretical knowledge of Yogic philosophy. It was here that she met her future husband James, with whom she built a renowned practice specialising in spiritual development for advanced practitioners.
 
Since closing their full-time Bristol clinic in 2012, James and Sarah have re-located to Costa Rica to return to the roots of their practice, blending the best mind technologies of the east and west into an integrative retreat setting. 

Home Clinic

Ingrid ('Ida') Valentin

James Roy - Founder and Director of Education and Development, Certified Neurofeedback Specialist
Ingrid (Ida) Valentin is a certified Neurofeedback practitioner and is finishing her Master’s degree in Health Psychology. She holds diplomas in Children’s Psychology, Medical Neuroscience, and Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Ida first encountered neurofeedback during an internship in Spain. By coincidence, she found herself working alongside leading neurofeedback experts in the Spanish speaking world. Fascinated by this new field, Ida became their QEEG expert after less than a year.

Being a digital nomad and polyglot, Ida has visited and worked for several neurofeedback clinics worldwide and learned different techniques from experts in Europe, Russia and America. She has experience in working with children, stress disorders and integrating neurofeedback and mindfulness practices. She has given 2500+ hours of neurofeedback training and interpreted 200+ QEEG recordings. She’s able to conduct neurofeedback therapy in French, Dutch, English and Spanish, and speaks basic Russian, German, Italian and Greek.

At this moment, Ida runs her own clinics in Belgium and the Netherlands, and is a Certified Neurofeedback Instructor for the BFE (Biofeedback Federation of Europe). Ida also is a certified yoga teacher and mindfulness teacher and has attended several silent meditation retreats. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing contemporary ballet and plays the cello.
 

Supporting Services

Kate Hewett 

Director Transformational Retreats, Mindset Coaching and Mindset Fitness

Kate Taylor (Yoga, Mindfulness, Coaching)

Kate is a co-founder of Brainworks Transformational Retreats, and directs our Mindset Coaching and Mindset Fitness programmes. With 18 years as a yoga and meditation teacher and 3 years working closely alongside neurotherapists Jamie and Sarah Roy, she specialises in developing tailored programmes to suit her clients' brain and nervous system patterns.
 
She has a rare understanding of how to customise traditional brain balancing techniques to individual brain patterns. This she does through specific breath, movement, and meditation exercises which can be adapted to suit your lifestyle. 
 
Kate is also a qualified coach working with professionals around the world since 2011, and sees time and again how vital brain-body balance is to her clients' success. 
 
Highly dedicated to her own personal and spiritual development, over the past twenty years she has extensively practised yoga and meditation, studied Taoist, Tantric, Buddhist and Yogic texts with insightful teachers, undergone spiritual initiations, attended numerous silent meditation retreats and had some transformative neurofeedback. 
 
In 2012, Kate joined our team as co-founder of Transformational Retreats. Based on the stunning results from combining neuroscience and traditonal techniques on our retreats, she helped innovate our Mindset programmes.
 
 
 

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