About Us

Meet the 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 – QEEG Manager


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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Sydney Stokes – Provisional Psychologist

BA. Psych. Sc. (hons 2A)

APHRA: PSY0002116732

Sydney attended the University of Queensland where she completed a bachelor degree in Psychological Science, graduating with honours in 2016. Her research aimed to find a better understanding of the role that modern media and specific personality traits have young women’s body image perceptions. Sydney has experience in working with adults and children on a number of issues including: anxiety, depression, trauma, autism, attention deficit, couples, attachment and adjustment difficulties, anger, body image, school and work-related issues. Sydney uses a range of evidence-based techniques with her clients, incorporating advanced technology and methods of relaxation and self-regulation such as bio-feedback.

Sydney is competent in recording Quantitative Electroencephalography and Event Related Potentials, psychometric assessments, and auditory processing evaluations. She has also completed her training as Auditory Training Program© provider with Martha Mack (The Listen and Learn Centre) in Melbourne, 2018.

Recent professional development include:

  • ANSA Conference, 2018
  • MHPN Webinar on Management of Self-injury and Suicidality in Borderline Personality Disorder, 2018
  • MHPN Webinar on Borderline Personality Disorder in Youth and Early Intervention, 2018
  • MHPN Webinar on Personality disorders and Substance Use Treatment Options, 2018
  • MHPN Webinar on Identifying Body Dysmorphic Disorder, 2018
  • Auditory Training Practitioner 5-day Workshop, 2017

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Lorraine – Reception/Administration

Julie – Administration/NDIS Coordinator

Julie and Lorraine are the front of house at Brain Care 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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