Who We Are

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy defines our whole approach to our work and our lives.  Since ancient times,”solstice” has been celebrated as a turning point, a new beginning, a time of inner renewal. That’s why in order to bring a new hope to you, our customer, we have created our centre Solstice-Mind Matters, where professionalism is combined with knowledge, wisdom and experience.

Solstice -Mind Matters, now operating as Brain, Mind & Memory Centre, has been established since 1992 to meet the needs of families, individuals and couples who want to take ownership of their lives.  We have become known both locally and internationally for the quality of our services and our commitment to client care. Our talented team of highly qualified practitioners is dedicated to empower you to become stronger, healthier and in control of your life.

At some point in our lives, we all need guidance and we at the Brain, Mind & Memory Centre believe that, with personalised support, everyone can improve the quality of their lives. Our approach is based on acceptance and respect of each individual. We work closely with you to find the guidance you need to create positive change in your life.


Our Team



Nerida Saunders – Senior Psychologist

BA, Dip Ed, Grad Couns., MPhil., Certified EMDR practitioner


Positions held past and current:

President Gold Coast Australian College Clinical Psychologists (ACCP) (2007-2008)

President Applied Neuroscience Society Australasia (ANSA) (2008-2010)

Clinical Advisor Solstice-Mind Matters (SMM) (1992-current)

isnr-logoCo-Director “The Memory Clinic” Tweed Heads – current

Co-Director Brain Resource Company Laboratory installed at SMM Tweed Heads location

School Guidance Officer – Queensland. Teacher qualifications.


Fellow ACCP


Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)


Nerida strongly believes in the power of the individual and the ability of the individual to overcome what may seem to be insurmountable problems and regain effective control of their lives. She believes a catalyst such as a Psychologist is necessary at times for this process to be nudged along, to empower and direct towards resolution. Nerida’s belief in and her acceptance of the individual are her most effective counselling tools. Her knowledge and experience come a close second.

Areas of expertise and interest:

  • QEEG measurement and interpretation
  • Neurofeedback for relaxing the brain and thereby improving performance
  • Trauma
  • Head injury
  • ADHD – adults and children
  • Supervision of psychology interns – registered in NSW as supervisor
  • Employer support
  • Provision of Employee Assistance Programmes – measurement of employability, emotional state in the workforce and rehabilitation
  • Career assessment
  • Individual growth
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationships
  • Separation counselling
  • Measurement and interpretation of cognition, diagnosis of learning difficulties in adults and children
  • Depression and Anxiety


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Dr Rustam Yumash – Managing Director


B. Med, Russia, Dip.Neurology (Russia)

Rustam is a Neurocoach, Neurofeedback Practitioner, Researcher and developer of neuroscience based products and services.

After finishing his degree in medicine, he developed his approach to Mind – Body Somatic Therapy for treating trauma and chronic tension. Rustam’s main interests are in Brain Health & Fitness.  His objectives are developing and providing Neuroscience based services and products for enhancing brain performance, cognitive abilities and improved mental health.

Rustam is fluent in Russian.



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Dr Louise Olivier – Senior Psychologist

BA, MA, Dip Ed, Psy D, MAPS, MACCP

louise_olivierRegistered psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellor, educator and trainer, Ms Olivier has over twenty years experience in Australia and USA working with individuals, groups and community organizations. Ms Olivier specializes in a wide range of stress management therapies and conducts classes and courses in personal transformation and lifestyle techniques. She also works with adolescents, adults and the elderly, in areas of:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • isnr-logoPost Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Terminal /chronic illness
  • Eating disorders
  • Anger and Conflict resolution
  • Disabilities
  • Relationships
  • Premarriage preparation
  • Career Issues
  • Debriefing of professionals
  • Workplace conflict /stress
  • Developing personal goals
  • Job network counselling
  • Study & exam preparation

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Prof Bulent Turman – Clinical Neuroscientist

MD (Ege), PhD (UNSW)

BTBulent Turman studied medicine at Ege (Aegean) University which is located in another coastal city, Izmir (Smyrna), in Turkey. He graduated with high distinction average in 1982 and as part of his Compulsory Government Service and National Service worked as a general practitioner for four years.

In 1987, he moved to Sydney and commenced his doctoral study in neurophysiology at the University of New South Wales. His work was based on investigating the functional organisation of cortical somatosensory areas. In 1991, prior to completion of his degree, he took up a lectureship position at the University of Sydney and subsequently received his PhD in 1992. In 2005, he was appointed to Bond University and continued his academic career as Professor of Physiology & Neuroscience.

Currently, Bulent teaches and conducts research at Griffith, Sydney and Ege universities. Having a brain expert of such caliber with interest in neuromodulation and neuroplasticity in Tweed and Southern Gold Coast will help to improve health and lives for many local people and visitors to come to our clinic from all around Australia and overseas.

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John Barter- Psychologist and Meditation teacher

BA (PSYC), Grad Dip. Sci. (PSYC), M. Coun., MAPS

John Barter is a registered Psychologist and an Internationally Practised Meditation Teacher.10646983_1483428628608979_1345088273737140358_n John works from a Mindfulness and Wisdom based approach, which he has developed through over 30 years of continuous practice of Mindfulness and Wisdom based disciplines.
He has a great interest in helping people heal through the choices and challenges of contemporary life, while also appreciating the possibilities of Personal and Trans-personal Potentials.
John was, for 10 years, an ordained Buddhist Monk of the Theravada Forest Tradition; living and practicing in Australia, North East Thailand, Britain and Europe.  John has worked as a Psychologist in Private Practice for 20 years and has also been a University Lecturer at UNSW in the Faculty of Medicine and at UTS in the Faculty of Nursing. He has also taught Mindfulness Meditation Classes and given presentations in all major Hospitals and Universities in Sydney, and many Organisations and Corporate Companies.
John offers Psychological Counselling and Coaching in areas that include:
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Work and Life Coaching
  • Professional Development and Performance
  • Relationship and Couples Counselling
  • Working with Illness – Cancer, Persistent Pain etc.
  • Grief and Loss
  • Spiritual / Transpersonal Development
  • Mindfulness and Wisdom based Training and Practice

A/Prof Leon Petchkovsky – Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional


leonNeuropsychiatrist, Jungian Psychoanalyst, Psychodramatist, neurosciences researcher.

Director, Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts.

Specialises in Neuropsychoanalysis, Attachment dynamics, Ethnopsychiatry, Psychodrama.

Leon combines life-long experience in “mindfulness” meditation, depth psychotherapy and  neuroscience research. Has recently published papers on the fMRI correlates of psychological “complexes” and QEEG changes in depressed patients attending an 8 week choir program.

Works in long-term psychotherapy with people who want a creative approach (dreams, art, music, drama, meditation) that combines with an understanding of  attachment dynamics and neurodevelopmental issues.

Leon is also available for tertiary consultations/opinions in difficult and controversial cases, when he can use clinical QEEG and neurofeedback paradigms.

Dr Petchkovsky has been regularly visiting Aboriginal communities in Central Australia over the last 20 years.

Leon is available for consultations on a weekly basis.

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Ana Almagro – Provisional Psychologist

BA (Psyc Sc) (hon), MPP

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Ana runs the Auditory Processing Training Program.  The program used electronically modified music and voice to enhance auditory neural plasticity.  It is targeted toward children who have Auditory Processing difficulties; these are often children with an ADHD or ASD diagnosis.

Ana completed Masters of Professional Psychology at University of Southern Queensland after finishing her Bachelors and Honours in Psychological Science at Bond University.  Ana interests are in Mindfulness meditation, neuroscience and the brain and the body connection.  Ana uses techniques such as Mindfulness, CBT and EMDR with her clients.

Ana is a qualified Cogmed Working Memory Training  coach and also trained as  Auditory Training Program provider with Martha Mack from The Listen and Learn Centre in Melbourne.

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Julie Way & Lorraine Bassett- Reception/Administration

Julie and Lorraine are the front of house at the Brain, Mind & Memory Centre and are the first smiling faces you’ll see as you arrive.  As well as first point of contact for clients & professionals Julie and Lorraine are responsible for administrative support across the clinic.  Together, they handle the flow of clients, new referrals and customer inquiries, all accounts & billing and all clerical duties.  Basically, Julie and Lorraine are our dynamic duo who keep our centre running smoothly


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