Chris Edwards, MS, NCC, LPC, CIMHP
Chris Edwards is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado, Neurotherapist, and the Director of Neurotherapy of Colorado Springs. He completed his undergraduate studies (B.S.) in Psychology, in 1992, at the State University of New York College at Oneonta. He completed his Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University at Buffalo in 1994. He has 27+ years of experience in the fields of mental health and research as well as over 25,000+ direct client hours in the field of neurotherapy. In addition, Chris is certified in Alpha-Stim and Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation and a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional (CIMHP). He is traveling nationwide to teach the unique methodology he has honed during his career, to clinics using neurofeedback and qEEG testing. He is highly educated in integrative healthcare, psychopharmacology, trauma and attachment, somatic integration, cognitive behavioral therapy, and neuroanatomy.
“When I graduated from Graduate School in 1994, I began working as a child and family therapist in the inner city of Buffalo, New York, with severely emotionally disturbed children and their families. After several years I noticed that early on in treatment I was starting to get this ‘feeling’ with certain clients of, “I just don’t think I can help this person with just the traditional set of psychotherapeutic tools”. As a result, I began my quest into looking for modalities other than the traditional ‘talk work’ I had been trained to use. I started using biofeedback with children who had ADD/ADHD and found I was having more success when I combined this with talk work. Then, I started adding stress management techniques and found even more success. I started asking more “outside the box” questions about quality of sleep, diet, exposure to sunlight (SAD), and gut health. Slowly but surely, I started to develop a layered approach to mental health that was really getting results.
At that same time, I was running into a personal health conundrum. Over the course of my lifetime, due to regular infections, I had become allergic to several major classes of antibiotics. At 25 years old, a doctor had strongly urged me to address my recurrent health issues or risk becoming allergic to even more antibiotics and run out of options should I be in serious need. Concerned, I began to deeply research diet and natural supplements for myself and was introduced to a cutting-edge supplement company by my mentor, Dr. Kelley Snodgrass. I have spent an incredible amount of time over the last 25 years researching this topic along with many others and have developed an understanding of the importance of quality supplements and diet, and the various issues they can assist in resolving. I also personally studied; yoga, meditation, sleep, exercise, diet, chronic pain management and optimal performance techniques all in an effort to improve my own health and functioning. I was hooked. I had made incredible gains. My overall health had greatly improved.
In 2006, after years in developmental research at the University of Buffalo, I began to bring in one of the biggest and best tools I would come to possess… Neurofeedback. The idea that we could address behavioral health, mental health, and cognitive abilities through brain training intuitively made sense to me. My journey into neuroscience quickly revealed what felt like the “missing link” I had been looking for. A quantifiable and definable way to measure and train the brain. I dove in, in 2006, and have not come up for air since. It is my love and passion. When combined with everything I have mentioned above I have seen results in patients that have been truly astounding. It has driven me to work hard. Build this practice. Learn more. It’s what I have always wanted…. a job that doesn’t feel like a job. A job where I can bring my growth mindset along with everything I have learned and am passionate about, to the table. It’s an integrative approach that gets results. On top of all that, I practice what I preach. And I feel like I am a testament to my own methodologies. Here I am, at 50 years old, feeling like my brain is the BEST it has ever been… by far. It’s a true and heartfelt honor to be able to share this with our clients.”