About Me: Cassie Baceda
Training and Background
I am a Certified NeurOptimal® Trainer and provide Neurofeedback training to clients. I have 10 years of experience in the mental health field with a focus on Neurofeedback and Counseling.
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree with a combined major in Biology and Psychology from the University of Victoria. I also have a post degree diploma in the Inter-professional Mental Health and Addiction (IMHA) program at Camosun College.
I have always had a fascination with the brain and how the brain functions normally and how it can be altered when it is functioning abnormally. I am also interested in structural plasticity of the brain and how this can be influenced by age, stress, and traumatic brain injury.
I am a huge supporter of non-invasive rehabilitation therapies such as neurofeedback. I think it is particularly important to find ways to rehabilitate the brain without medications to decrease harmful side effects and make treatments more effective and sustainable for long-term use. I think neurofeedback is currently underestimated as reliable treatment and I want to educate clients about its benefits. Check out the FAQ for more info.
My Experience with Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback changed my life. I have had migraines since I was 12 years old that occurred at least once a month and often lasted for over a week straight My migraines could be could be brought on by atmospheric pressure changes (chinooks and airplanes), hormone changes, and stress. I had been to many doctors and headache clinics and no one had any answers about how to fix it. I tried so many medications that I damaged my liver and stomach. I also experienced several years of vertigo, extreme nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Every day was a struggle for me; all I could do was cope. I missed a lot of work and was in and out of the hospital regularly. Every test the doctors did came back “normal”, but I did not feel normal. I was told that my symptoms were likely from multiple concussion injuries and that I would have to learn to live with it.
Nothing helped, no one had any answers and then I found neurofeedback. At the beginning of my own neurofeedback journey, I was able to temporarily decrease my pain and nausea with just a few sessions. After doing many sessions, I am no longer experiencing vertigo or migraines. Now, any headaches that arise can be easily mitigated by doing another session. I wake up every day so thankful that I no longer have to cope with such terrible symptoms all the time.
More on the personal side. I love to travel and would like to see as many new places as possible in my life. I enjoy golf, yoga and camping. I volunteer at music festivals and like to dance and spin poi. I have a very cute cat named Joaquin Boots who we like to take on adventures. My family and friends are especially important to me and I appreciate all the love and support they have given me all my life. A special thanks to my mom and dad and boyfriend for helping me accomplish my dream of starting a neurofeedback business, love you guys!