Helena Bester has her roots in Africa which she loves dearly. She believes that mother nature is an important and wise mentor that patiently mirrors the lessons we ought to master through our endeavors.
She started her professional life as a teacher. She was promoted to the youngest female Head of Department and soon thereafter Deputy Principal after she had been honored with two merit awards.
Helena was the co-founder of the first private remedial clinics in the Western Cape. In her extended work with children with learning problems and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, she also conducted her own research in an attempt to find viable alternatives to stimulant medication. She also compiled a learning readiness program focused on preventing barriers to learning.
Her first book “Help, My Kind Makeer Iets” was published in 1996 as a result of her work and experience at the remedial clinics she had co-founded. The book was listed as a best seller and reprinted twice. In 2000 her second book, “Help, My Child is Causing Chaos” followed and was reprinted as well. This book was published in both Afrikaans and English. By the time she had completed her third book, “How to Cope with ADHD” (which was published in Afrikaans as well) she had completed her training as a neurotherapist with EEG Spectrum International and included an introductory chapter on Neurotherapy in the book.
In “New Hope for ADHD in Children and Adults” and “Nuwe Hoop vir ADHD by Kinders en Volwassenes” which was released in June 2014, Helena writes extensively on Neurofeedback as a therapy for ADHD and many other disorders. This book was nominated for Rapport/Kyknet book award.
The book contains information on the usual relevant aspects of ADHD such as diagnosis, medication, frequently asked questions and offers practical advice to parents and teachers. “New” in the title refers to Neurotherapy which has been rated as a level 1 treatment for ADHD by the American Association of Pediatrics in October 2012. ADHD in adults is also discussed elaborately.
Since the initial research Helena has conducted for her first book, she has been closely, involved in the quest of special accommodations for learners with special needs. Helena has also been closely involved in the implementation of the adaptations in evaluation methods since White Paper 6 of the Inclusive Education Policy. She has had regular radio interviews and participated in numerous in service training programs for teachers. Parental guidance and other workshops have been presented at her private practice regularly since she started her private practice as psychometrist and remedial consultant and therapist in 1990.
Helena has a sound background in various meditation practices which she incorporates in her work with children and adults.
Since she qualified as a neurotherapist in 2005, she has been an investigator in two international Neurofeedback research projects lead by chief investigators from prominent universities in the USA. Neurotherapy is currently the main therapy in her practice. She addresses problems pertaining to ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Sleep problems, problems with energy levels, Autism, Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injuries and numerous other disorders and problems.
Helena is a professional member of SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group), PsySSA, EEG Spectrum, BCIA and CPD Well program of the University of Stellenbosch. She is also a professional member of the ISNR (International Society for Neurofeedback & Research) which has representation from 27 countries. Helena is a private practitioner in the Western Cape. She has been appointed the Vice President of the BFSA (Biofeedback Association of South Africa) and is a BCIA accredited clinical neurotherapist.
Psychological and Remedial Consultant and Therapist
EEG Spectrum Neurofeedback Certification
Registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa
Ella is a five year old Labrador Retriever and is part of the practice.
She stays by Helena’s side when she writes and also mostly when she works. She is much loved by all the clients of the practice.
Three years ago, while Helena was attempting to evaluate a very difficult child, Ella’s fate changed. The child kicked, screamed, punched two people in the reception area and bit the furniture.
Ella made her way through to the practice because of all the commotion. She managed to keep the little boy calm and focused so that the evaluation could be done. Since that day she has been sitting in on approximately 80% of the evaluations and therapy sessions. She has since managed to help many children to overcome their fear of dogs as well.
She has the beautiful habit of resting her head on any crying person’s lap. Sometimes she functioned as a bridge in cases of selective mutism and other times she just offers her recharging and calm presence.
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BCIA Congratulates Helena Bester, psychological and remedial consultant and therapist from the Western Cape, on Receiving Board Certification in Neurofeedback
Arvada, CO – The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, formerly the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA), is pleased to announce that Helena Bester has become Board Certified in Neurofeedback. Ms. Bester joins an elite group of professionals who have met the educational, clinical, ethical, and exam criteria required in order to become a certified provider of neurofeedback services.
Miss Bester, of the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, has a practice that provides services to both children and adults. She specializes in ADHD, is a renowned author and clinician and has been working with depression, anxiety, seizure disorders, TBI, CVA and many other disorders as well over the last 12 years.
Board Certification demonstrates professionalism and adherence to carefully developed standards as a healthcare provider. BCIA’s procedures follow the Department of Health & Human Services Guidelines. Healthcare professionals who achieve BCIA Certification demonstrate commitment to professionalism by completing basic degree and educational requirements, endorsing a rigorous code of professional conduct, learning to apply clinical biofeedback skills during mentorship, and passing a written examination.
The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) is the only institute recognized worldwide that grants certification to biofeedback practitioners. The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) all endorse BCIA certification. BCIA was established in 1981 to certify individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and to progressively recertify those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. Currently, more than 1800 healthcare professionals have achieved this certification in 29 countries.
For more information, visit the BCIA website at www.bcia.org.