Margarete Horstmann is the research assistant for a joint project with Darius Rountree-Harrison and Richie Harkham that aims to understand post traumatic growth.
She is in her third year of studies at the University of New South Wales, currently undertaking a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons). Her focus areas are on the psychological science of resilience and wellbeing. She recently produced a report on strategies to counter the negative effects of self stigma in those suffering mental illness.
She is the Education Coordinator for Street Growth, a not-for-profit charity aiming to improve the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
In her previous role as an Outreach Support Worker at One Door Mental Health, Margarete provided social support and information services to persons with schizophrenia.
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Darius Rountree-Harrison received his Neuroscience training at the University of Sydney. There he researched learning, problem solving, memory and their neurological underpinnings. Using behavioural techniques and environmental manipulations his research was able to induce improvements in working memory and associated functional changes in the brain.
For over a decade Darius has, and continues to work with Sydney's homeless and disadvantaged. In 2011, he founded Street Growth a not for profit social enterprise that empowers individuals through community, green enterprise and wellbeing. His work has seen numerous individuals transition away from homelessness and has prevented the loss of many lives. Through Street Growth, Darius is currently working in conjunction with St Vincent's O'Brien Centre to deliver mindful gardening courses for psychology out patients. This work has given him a deep understanding of mental illness, including trauma, stress and the ways to manage these issues.
In the corporate sector Darius has developed expertise in peak performance and stress management. For five years Darius helped migration lawyers manage their mental health when working with refugees in detention centres.
He introduced biofeedback, mindfulness and positive psychology training programs, improving wellbeing and minimising vicarious trauma.
Darius currently works as an EEG brain scan analyst for the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). There he is involved in trauma research and identifies maladaptive patterns of brain function to inform clinicians how best to address complex trauma presentations. He is also a senior consultant for MindSpace Australia, where he is the lead researcher of a collaboration between Monash and Charles Sturt University looking at mindfulness interventions for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With MindSpace Australia, Darius conducts qEEG recordings, analysis and supervises neurofeedback.
Darius has taken training in workplace training and assessment, crisis management, various meditation practices and numerous forms of biofeedback, including neurofeedback. Darius is a member of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia, International Society for Neurofeedback Research and The Royal Society of NSW.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Headache & Migraine
BSW (Hons I), DipT&H, MAASW (Acc)
Nicola Bewley is an accredited allied health professional with First Class Honours in Social Work (Sydney), and a Diploma of Trauma & Healing (SCU). Nicola began practicing neurofeedback at a major neuropsychology clinic in Sydney as second to director where she designed individualised protocols and trained new technicians. She has experience with a variety of presentations, particularly attention issues and the autism spectrum. Nicola also has a background in providing other services for children with complex needs.
Nicola understands the cutting-edge, neurobiological insights drawn from neurofeedback to be highly valuable in enhancing and deepening the bio-psycho-social framework that informs clinical social work. Neuro- and bio-feedback is representative of the paradigm shift that is starting to occur across the mental health field, and Nicola is astute in pursuing these techniques so as to be on the forefront of change.
Nicola’s technique is embodied and relational – neurofeedback enables authentic collaboration and active engagement as it is your unique brain’s response that guides session plans.
Nicola is an accredited professional member of the Australian Association of Social Workers as well as a member of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia and the International Society for Neurofeedback Research. She is currently on her way towards certification from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance with expected completion this year.