My name is Lexi Meinhold and I am currently on the Board of Directors and the Conference Planning Committee. I joined ISNR in 2006 and the Planning Committee during the Conference in Carefree, AZ. My first responsibility was to help keep track of the volunteers. Which is why you might recognize me from the Conferences, I’m still organizing the volunteers. I started my career as a special education teacher working with moderate to
severely handicapped students in Phoenix, AZ, but I always knew I was going to become a therapist. I completed my Master’s in Counseling at Arizona State University in 1980. Biofeedback was just beginning to be used and Neurofeedback was not being talked about at all. So, I worked a number of years at St. Luke’s hospital working with teens who were hospitalized for a variety of psychiatric illnesses. I was on the founding staff of Arizona Youth for Change, the first day treatment program for children and adolescents in Arizona. I was looking for a puppy in the paper when I came across an ad for a part-time counselor, school year schedule with the City of Tempe Social Services. The schedule was perfect since I had young children, so I went to work as a drug and alcohol prevention counselor at Tempe and McClintock high schools in the Tempe Union High School District. I was there until the grant ran out about 12 years later. I was a weekend away from starting as a full-time person at the Tempe Union High School District when a good friend of mine called and said, “Hey do you still want to play with friends?” And that was my introduction to Neurofeedback. I did my training a few months later and began working with Neurofeedback. That was 15 years ago, and I am still learning new information and enjoying providing Neurofeedback treatments. I have also learned that I am dedicated to working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced early developmental trauma. I’d work with this population before but never as effectively as I can with Neurofeedback. I went to my first ISNR conference in San Diego and I knew I had found my people. We shared a common language and a common desire to help and I’ve been a member of ISNR ever since. ISNR provides for those of us who work in this field a place to exchange ideas, a place to develop our skills and a professional home. If we haven’t met already, I look forward to meeting you at the next conference. Thank you for your time.