By Interactive Metronome - October 19, 2018
Diane became an IM provider after using IM to assist in her own recovery from a concussion in 2005. Diane is a member of the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research where she served as a member of the Publicity Committee. A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, she has a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron and became Board Certified in Neurofeedback from the Board certification International Alliance (BCIA). She has continued her education in neurobiofeedback, NLP, and other related topics training with Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? and The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. She completed the core curriculum with CTI (Coaches Training Institute).
Diane is an ABT Certified Provider of The Listening Program®, Board Certified in Neurofeedback as an Associate Fellow by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and completed the rigorous EMDR Basic Training. Diane has been a contributing columnist for the Chicago Tribune’s now-defunct Working Section feature, Insider.
Name: Diane Grimard Wilson, LCPC, BCN
Type of Professional: Peak Performance Coach, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with Board Certificate in Neurofeedback.
Number of Years Using IM? 1.5 years (over 25 years in private practice)
Facility Name & Location: Grimard Wilson Consulting, Inc. | Chicago, IL. I work in private practice in big beautiful downtown Chicago.
Background: A member of the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research where she served as a member of the Publicity Committee. A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. She has continued her education in neurobiofeedback, NLP, training with Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? and The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. She completed the core curriculum with CTI (Coaches Training Institute).
Diane is an ABT Certified Provider of The Listening Program®, Board Certified in Neurofeedback as an Associate Fellow by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and completed the rigorous EMDR Basic Training.
Diane has been a contributing columnist for the Chicago Tribune’s now-defunct Working Section feature, Insider. Her first book, Back in Control: How to Stay Sane, Productive and Inspired in Your Career Transition (Sentient Publications, 2004) was a finalist the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards and translated into Chinese. Her work has also appeared in Reader’s Digest, Conscious Choice, and in trade publications. Known for her compassionate as well as practical perspective, she has been interviewed for numerous television, radio and print periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Christian Science Monitor, Black Enterprise and Financial Times.
Population: I am a licensed counselor with a background is in career and executive coaching. I began focusing on brain-based tools in my practice about 8 years ago after recovering from a concussion and post-concussion syndrome. I now work with both individuals and organizations for peak performance, brain brightening, focus, anxiety, and stress resilience. My clients include organizations often with a technical bend wanting key members to be able to step to new challenges and leaders wanting to increase emotional intelligence and focus. Also work with executives, lawyers, visual and performing artists, athletes, adolescents, college students, retirees and professionals concerned about staying mentally sharp enough for competitive settings.
What do you like most about IM?
I like that the IM is very tangible, behavioral and involves the whole body. People can move, challenge themselves and see the results immediately. It wakes them up mentally and everyone tends to enjoy it and feel great afterward. Very motivating. With coaching, counseling, and neurofeedback, the IM can fill a special gap since it is not sedentary, passive. Using the IM on clients, watching their movements, challenges, and triumphs, I feel like I know them in ways I would not know them otherwise, no matter how long we have worked together. The thing I like the absolute most is that it works. It just does. Information processing speed increases, as does focus, interest in life, confidence, memory, speech fluency and more. So it not surprising that my clients with resistant depression have used it as a powerful tool in moving back into their lives and taking control of them. I have seen some astonishing results in reducing feelings of depression and increasing motivation. I was surprised at first but it does have a sense of grounding people, reducing anxiety since they trust their cognitive skills more, they feel more solid and willing to take risks. For everything I have seen in my clients, I have also experienced for myself in using. I really love this tool.
Do you incorporate Best Practices with your IM training?
We have a number of clients who do remote training with the IM At-Home and that’s been great. Repetition is the basis of change and people can do this in their homes, late at night or whenever it works. That’s been very helpful to clients.
One practice I find pretty helpful is videotaping people as they use the IM so they can see themselves change. It’s exciting. From that, we also made videos to share and educate our markets on what this tool does. It’s hard to convey such a complex topic as neurotiming — something that affects everything.
What other modalities do you use in your practice that you like to combine with IM?
As mentioned above, I sometimes combine neurofeedback with the IM. For a short-term program with an emphasis on attention issues and being able to only use one tool, I would choose the IM since it’s quite powerful. Not everyone gets what they need from a 15 session program though and some are longer especially if people can do it from home. I also combine the IM with doing a meditative, focused breathing exercise on the front part of the session and with neurofeedback. I have done QEEG brain scans before and after the training to track differences using the IM.
What marketing methods have you found successful, what ones have failed:
Giving presentations is a good way to help people understand what this is. It’s hard to convey what one of my clients called “slapping and clapping” results in enduring, positive brain changes. In presentations, you can show videos, talk about professional teams and others who have successfully used this, map out the brain parts entailed and build a sense of understanding of this complex tool.
Giving screening demos works too since once people try it and get results, they all love a challenge and want to get better. The concept of neurotiming starts making sense when you experience it. I love doing the screening demos and would enjoy finding more fun and interesting companies that want to give employees an edge, a biohack with this tool. We are hoping our Instagram videos will help people find their way to us. We have begun to develop a Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram and Youtube.com presence with our integrative coaching approach using the IM but are relatively new at some of this media. Some practitioners dislike social media, my team with assistant coach Tricia Dangcalan and marketing coordinator Lisa Files, love it. We are all finding it fun to make videos and posts to share the joy and results of this work. We are learning and building and our team will grow too.
The thrust of my practice is very purpose-driven, I spent months between 2006-2008 recovering from a brain injury. I know what it’s like to not feel at your best and wonder how or if you can change your world and fulfill your potential when everything around you feels like it’s moving to fast. I love helping people gain confidence and competence with their brain, to shine, to lead skillfully and do their best. For that purpose, the IM is a powerful tool.
Tips for other IM Providers: Learn, learn, learn. I have so much to learn and my team and I am always learning. Be willing to adapt and try new ways of presenting the information to patients and your market.
Anything else? A blog I wrote on my personal experiences with the IM, Read It Here!
I am the author of Back in Control (2004) a finalist for Nautilus Books Award which celebrates significant literary contributions which also help the world become a better place. A former columnist for the Chicago Tribune’s now-defunct Working section feature called “The Insider” and am currently working on a second book on my recovery from concussion and traumatic brain injury and the work I now do in coaching and neuroscience.