Life has led me down a path that started back in 2000. I have twin boys and when they were in the 2nd Grade, one of them was hit by a car. In 5th Grade, he had convinced himself that he had ADHD. He couldn’t remember anymore and focus so he told me his brain just did not work. I checked with the school counselor and she only thought he was lazy. I searched for answers. I found a neurologist that did neurotherapy. After 10 sessions, I saw a change in him especially in his self-confidence. I was pleased.
I had been in the ICU at one point and had lost my sense of smell. The neurologist said that’s the way it’s going to be. I decided to try neurotherapy and I got my sense of smell back. It was a life-changing event for me.
I got involved with neurotherapy. I started working with a neurologist in 2004 and got board-certified in 2005. The Brain Performance Center was founded in 2009 with a shift from a medical health center to a behavioral health center, dedicated to improving all aspects of brain health. Our services have evolved over the last 13 years. When I started, we did 4-channel neurofeedback. Now we do whole-brain training, neuromodulation and neuroplasticity training. When I started with psychotherapy, we only used CBT. Now we use DBT and performance coaching.
My education has contributed to where I am today. I have a Master Business Administration that I received in 1985. I completed my Master Science in Counseling in 2013 and today, I am in the PhD Psychology Program at Walden, with an estimated completion in 2024.
More About Leigh
Leigh Richardson has studied human behavior for over 30 years. Her initial focus was on organizational behavior then shifted to human behavior in 2003 after her son had a traumatic brain injury. Leigh has been in ICU twice with brain injury and all of this fueled her need to understand how the brain works or why it doesn’t work. She can relate to brain dysregulation on a very personal level and she visualized what could be done for many others like her.
Leigh is founder and clinical director of The Brain Performance Center utilizing her MBA, MS, Counseling, and board certifications to offer state of the art solutions for “brain problems.” As a brain health expert, she regularly contributes to radio and television stations across the nation. Whether it is anxiety, ADHD, depression, insomnia, or brain injury, Leigh’s understanding of the brain and the different methodologies that can be used to organically change the brain is immense. And more importantly, they will provide the right solution for the problem. Leigh has a unique ability to connect with people, understand their situation, and win their trust.
Leigh is the author of Turn Your Brain On – To Get Your Game On, an international speaker, and a popular syndicated radio host. Leigh enjoys educating the general public on how the lifestyle choices and environmental factors impact brain health and the physiology and psychology of your mental state.
Leigh gets inspiration from her friends, family, and clients. It is the positive change that she sees in others that motivates her to continue to learn. She just recently converted her upstairs office to an in-home art studio where she paints as a way to explore her creativity.
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Why did you found The Brain Peformance Center?
The longer I work with the brain, the more I realize that no two brains are the same. I had been working with a neurologist since 2005 that only wanted to utilize neurofeedback to create change in the brain.
As my style evolved, I became more eclectic, wanting to utilize different techniques to change the brain and more importantly, change the human behavior. I always work off of treatment goals with my clients because I honestly believe that if you don’t know what changes you are looking for, you will not see them. The Brain Performance Center was built around a behavioral health model that considers the physiology and psychology of your mental state.
Everything you do, don’t do, and how well you do depends on how your brain is working. We utilize an integrated approach to create change in the brain on the conscious and subconscious level.
A short overview with Leigh Richardson on why dysregulation occurs and how neurofeedback can help put your brain in a regulated state.