EQ Advant-Edge has a dynamic team of highly qualified individuals specialising in the field of psychology. They recognise the growing need for increased emotional intelligence, leadership skills and emotional well-being for all professions, demographics and age brackets.
EQ refers to Emotional Quotient, which defines our level of ability to interact successfully with others. This concept is becoming universally more popular and is all about increasing one’s performance in all domains, including the business, scholastic and personal context.
The ability to understand other people, help them enhance their life and be able to cope better, is exactly what Andrea, Jenna and Natalie pride themselves on doing in a highly skilled and professional environment.
Along with EQ, the team considers itself to be one of the most reputable neurofeedback and psychological practices in Durban and Johannesburg, with a focus on ethics and professionalism that serves as a central tenet to the manner in which they go about working with their clients.
B.A., H.E.D., B.A. Hons. Psych., M.Ed Psych., Dipl.Adv. Hyp., ISNR registered Neurofeedback Practitioner. (Prac. No. PS0115207 and SAMHF 791953)
Andrea Kellerman is a registered Educational Psychologist who has been working with children and adults for the past 25 years. She has formerly worked as a qualified teacher and has lectured and taught children and adults at school, college and university level. After having studied psychology, hypnotherapy and neurofeedback/brain training, she worked in hospitals, a crisis centre and private practice where she has helped many people who suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, eating disorders, concentration problems, ADD/ADHD, people who needed to stop smoking, lose weight and reduce phobias.
Furthermore, Andrea has helped many athletes to increase their sporting performance, achieving great success. Andrea was a member of the German National Vaulting team when she was younger and has won many titles, such as first places in German, International, Open American Championships and second places in the European and World Championships. Her sporting career and studies in the fields of psychology, biokinetics and human movement science have given her unique knowledge and insight to work with and help athletes and others to reach their optimal performance level. Technology, such as Skype calling, allows Andrea to reach and have a big clientele in many countries in the world.
She is the co-founder of the EQ Advant-Edge and Re-Mind Memory course and has worked hard to get the course to as many schools and companies as possible. Andrea has written numerous articles for different magazines and newspapers and has been interviewed by national and international radio and TV programmes, such as MNET, Trace, Top Billing and Sunrise, to name a few, for the last 20 years. Furthermore, she has given educational talks in different settings and is actively involved in growing the fields of neurofeedback/brain training, hypnotherapy and emotional intelligence.
B.A. Psych., B.A. Hons. Psych., Dip. H.R. Man., Professional Registered Counsellor, ISNR registered Neurofeedback Practitioner (PRC0011800) Certified BWRT Practitioner
Jenna studied at the Stellenbosch University and completed her honours in psychology at the University of SA. During her honours year she started an Eating Disorder support group together with Andrea Kellerman at the Westville Hospital. Jenna is affiliated with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, where she is a qualified Registered Counsellor and Neurofeedback Practitioner.
Upon completing her honours Jenna started working as a Group Therapy Counsellor for the Durban Manor Clinic. Here she worked with groups within two psychiatric hospital wards, tending to patients who experienced difficulty with depression, anxiety, bipolar and many other disorders. Here, Jenna also formed part of the team that developed material such as an anger management programme, which is currently used today in both the psychiatric and corporate fields.
Jenna headed up her own Eating Disorder support group at a local church, where she has trained counsellors and which is still running today. Jenna has also completed a diploma in human resource management, as another means to understand human nature in the working environment and to gain further understanding of the corporate environment and how psychology applies to it. Other courses and areas she is interested in are Brain Work Recursive Therapy, Play and Sand Tray Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy and Dialectic Behavior Therapy.
After having worked extensively in hospitals as well as in private institutions and having acquired extensive knowledge about the mind and brain, Jenna Dias now practises within a private setting, where she helps individuals develop awareness and coping skills focused around their difficulties. Jenna enjoys helping people or families with developing better coping skills to equip them with the difficulties that they experience to ensure an optimal and fulfilling life.
Jenna is the co-founder of the Re-Mind Memory course and works alongside Andrea Kellerman and Natalie Fourie in both the EQ-Advant-Edge and Re-Mind Memory courses. Jenna serves alongside her colleagues as a trustee on the board of the Emotional Intelligence Charitable Trust, which provides Emotional Intelligence courses to disadvantaged children. Jenna has written numerous articles for different magazines for the last 2 years and does various talks within school and corporate settings as a means to educate people about mental health and how to go about taking responsibility for their life to ensure overall optimal functioning.
"My passion has and always will be people, exploring ways to help them be both successful and content in their day-to-day life."
BA.Psych.(SA) BA Honours Psych.(SA)
Qualified Neurofeedback Practioner (Saybrook University, CA, USA).
Certified Professional Coach.
Certified Senior Facilitator.
Natalie obtained her undergraduate and post graduate degrees from the University of SA.
Natalie is also Professional Coach associated with the NeuroLeadership Group & Results Coaching Systems and focuses her approach on Neuroscience and brain based coaching.
She has been described as a "Change engineer" by her coaching clients for her skill to bring about the change they so desperately required.
She has served as an independent senior consultant and facilitator for:
- The Human Edge( Affilated to Vital Smarts, USA) FranklinCovey South Africa,
- Duke Corporate Education (Affiliated to Duke University, USA) and Equilibrium - Leadership facilitation through Horses.
- She is a Certified Facilitator of world renowned and highly acclaimed: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People™; Leading at The Speed of Trust™; (FranklinCovey)
- Crucial Conversations™, Crucial Accountability™, Change Anything™ and Influencer™ (Vital Smarts)
- Duke Immersion Experiences – Change, Communication and Leadership.
Natalie has worked throughout Africa, Mauritius, Dubai and the United Kingdom and continues to work with the world’s best thought pioneers in the leadership and communication and psychophysiological development fields.
Her continued interest in Neuroscience has led to a partnership with EQ-Advantedge, as a qualified Neurofeedback Practitioner. Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that measures brain waves using real-time displays of brain activity through electroencephalography (EEG), to teach self-regulation of brain function. Neurofeedback training aims to teach the brain to attain an appropriate state and to be able to maintain that state which results in enhanced brain capacity for self-regulation, emotional regulation, concentration, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, epilepsy and improved sports performance.
Highlights of her career include:
Managing the Country Partners in Africa for FranklinCovey South Africa. Meeting and working with the late great Dr. Stephen Covey, his son, Stephen MR Covey as well as learning from and working for New York Times best-selling authors, Joseph Grenny and Ron MacMillan of Vital Smarts USA.
B.Soc Sci Psych. (General and Industrial)
B.Soc Sci Psych Honours (General and Industrial)
Registered Counsellor with the CFC
Emotional Intelligence Course Facilitator
Naina obtained her undergraduate and post graduate degrees from the University of Kwa – Zulu Natal. During her Honours year, she was a Psychology Tutor and Test Invigilator. She was also a founding member for The Society for Students of Psychology at the University of Kwa – Zulu Natal. She is also a mentor at William Clark Gardens in Sherwood.
She has been involved in presenting mentor workshops and mentor training in corporate setting. She has volunteered at various organisations to gain experience with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and various psychological problems.
She has also gained experience in a business setting as an assistant store manager in Umhlanga. She has also assisted a family with one parent who was terminal with cancer.
Naina’s interest in Neuorscience and Neuropsychology has led her to be a facilitator at EQ Advantedge, as a Neurofeedback facilitator and Emotional Intelligence Course Facilitator. She has written short articles in educating parents on various issues that adolescent individuals may experience and the contribution of Neurofeedback as a form of treatment. She also aims to complete a course in hypnotherapy and remedial education in order to further assist individuals.
She believes in never giving up and continuously growing. She approaches problems from a holistic perspective in order to give the best for the situation at hand.
Her passion comes from her belief: that helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.
B.A Psych (Wits)
B.A Hons Psych (UNISA)
Specialist wellness counsellor registered with ASCHP
Ashleigh obtained her undergraduate at the University of Witwatersrand, and completed her honours through the University of South Africa part-time while working in sales. After completing her honours she became a volunteer at Lifeline Durban. She also dedicated some of her time to student counselling at a Durban college
She gained experience working in a global corporation as an internal sales rep, as well as an account executive for a marketing company. And gained valuable business acumen owning and running a promotions company alongside her partner.
After her honours Ashleigh decided to pursue her want to help others and started doing various courses which included play therapy, Sand tray therapy, dream analysis, positive psychology, hypnotherapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, understanding and developing emotional intelligence and relationship counselling. She finds the healing power of play and sand trays to be hugely beneficial, not only to children but adults as well.
Ashleigh was then given the opportunity to learn Neurofeedback with EQ Advantedge and is now a Neurofeedback facilitator. She finds the concept of being able to train your brain very exciting and sees many possibilities and opportunities to help others through Neurofeedback. She is a firm believer in pursuing your goals no matter how many obstacles life puts in your way. And is passionate about ongoing learning opportunities.
As a specialist wellness counsellor she likes to approach each situation individually and views them through a holistic approach, offering a well rounded solution to each client. "I believe that if we can understand what drives us as individuals we can help facilitate growth and positive change"
Through a face-to-face setting and via online/Zoom counselling, Andrea, Jenna and Natalie will help you. Technology allows us to reach more people in SA and around the world.
Online counselling provides a safe, confidential and non-threatening space to explore an alternative and healthier means of realising one's optimal self. Counselling is helpful with individuals who have concerns regarding anxiety, depression, trauma, co-dependency, unhealthy relationships, parenting and boundaries.
The focus becomes about understanding, acceptance, taking responsibility and moving forward, enabling the client to feel more in control and confident about themselves and their environment.