Dr. Paul G. Swingle
Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D., F.C.P.A (Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association), R.Psych., Senior Fellow BCIA
Dr. Swingle can be considered one of the founding fathers of Clinical Psychoneurophysiology, one of a select few, directly responsible for bringing Neurotherapy out of university labs and clinics to the general populace in the 1980’s.
His academic positions include, Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa from 1972 to 1997, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1991 to 1998, Associate Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital (Boston), Head of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service McLean Hospital (Boston). Professor Swingle was also Clinical Supervisor at the University of Ottawa from 1987 to 1997 and Chairman of the Faculty of Child Psychology from 1972 to 1977. Dr. Swingle is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia and is Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurotherapy. He is actively involved in research and practice. His numerous publications including nine books and numerous peer reviewed journal publications. Some of which can be accessed here.
Dr. Xander Phoenix
Xander Phoenix, Psy.D
Dr. Xander Phoenix enlisted in the United States Navy in 2001 and completed 3 overseas tours, one in Japan, one in Diego Garcia, and one in Iraq, alongside the U.S. Army. His accomplishments earned him the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Iraqi Campaign Medal, as well as an Army Achievement Medal.
Dr. Phoenix completed his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Counterterrorism at American Military University while on active duty. Following his release from the US Navy, Dr. Phoenix completed a Masters in Forensic Science at National University in San Diego; and both a Masters and a Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. Alongside his studies, Dr. Phoenix specializes in critical incident stress debriefing and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dr. Phoenix is natively fluent in French, as he was born and raised in France. He has a multicultural approach to the world, having moved across the ocean and traveled halfway around the world several times. His understanding of different cultures allows him to navigate easily within foreign and domestic populations. His latest travels brought him to Guinea, West Africa, where he served as Safety and Security Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola Response Team in 2015.
Dr. Phoenix has experience as a clinical forensic psychologist, providing services to law enforcement and emergency services personnel as well as local populations that require psychological and crisis emergency services, including, individual and group psychotherapies, psychological and forensic evaluations, crisis managements, critical incident debriefings, and psycho-education training.
Dr. Phoenix is licensed in Virginia and Pennsylvania, currently completing his registration process with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia as well as his certification in Neurofeedback with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). He is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology (SPCP) and is certified through the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologist.
The unique approach of Psychoneurophysiology and Neurofeedback brought Dr. Phoenix to Vancouver to work at the Swingle Clinic. The vast range of issues, such as sleep, anxiety, ADHD, depression, Autism, stroke, seizure, and trauma, that Neurofeedback can help with appealed to Dr. Phoenix. Some of the research and interests he has are closely tied to what Psychoneurophysiology is all about, and learning about Electroencephalogram (EEG), how to read them, and understanding how brainwaves modulation can influence one’s emotional and physical state has become a passion project for Dr. Phoenix, alongside with the practice and teaching of Martial Arts, and the enjoyment of all that Vancouver has to offer, indoors and outdoors alike.
Dr. Andrea Araujo
Andrea Araujo, Ph.D, CYT
Andrea Araujo, Ph.D. is a supervising clinician and neurotherapist at Swingle Clinic, in downtown Vancouver. She completed her Doctorate in Psychology at the University PUC Goiás, in Brazil, where she lived for eight years. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, and her thesis work on trauma treatment was published in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (2008).
While she was completing her MA, Andrea also obtained Level 2 Certification as a Yoga Therapist (CYT) from Loyola Marymount University and became a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT-500). Andrea originally started her career in Psychology earning a BA from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, where she is currently based.
At the Swingle Clinic, Andrea provides neurotherapeutic assessments, treatments, and counselling sessions, and is currently conducting research involving transforming core beliefs, as well as conducting group neurotherapy sessions for couples and families.
Our highly trained neurotechnician staff is skilled in healing facilitation techniques including therapeutic touch, energy psychology and cranial sacral therapy. Their training background ranges from nursing to physiotherapy to traditional Chinese medicine. Ongoing training in supportive and facilitating healing techniques is an integral part of our clinical staff development program.
Jana has been working as a Neurotechnician and Craniosacral Therapist at Swingle Clinic since 2001. Her life-long learning journey started in Czech Republic where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Education.
After 3 years of teaching she immigrated to Canada, and pursued studies in health care. The first step in this direction was a 12 year long position as a Registered Radiation therapist at BC Cancer Agency. Jana continued to broaden her knowledge by completing a 3 year Acupuncture program at ICTM in Vancouver, and studying Craniosacral Therapy (CST), therapy modalities including Somato Emotional Release (SER). Jana is passionate about her work and continues attending lectures in preventative medicine. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and learning new languages.
Early has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from Fatima College of Physical Therapy in the Philippines. She also holds a Certificate in Adult Mental Health from Douglas College. Prior to working at Swingle Clinic Early worked in a private facility for individuals with mental health issues. Here Early assisted individuals with mental health challenges and addiction issues by guiding and supporting to enable healing and recovery.
In 2007, Early joined Swingle Clinic as a Neurotechnician. She now works with both children and adults with wide range of neurophysiologic conditions. Early is our specialist bodily injury, brain trauma, and biological ailments that result in compromised movement. She blends her knowledge from both the worlds of physiotherapy and pshychoneurophsiology to assist individuals reach their maximum potential. Early also runs our sleep assessment lab.
Early is a most compassionate individual, passionate about her work often going beyond the call of duty to accommodate clients well being. She treats every client with outmost respect and works very hard to provide them with the best and effective treatment they deserve.
Lucie has been a neurotechnician at Swingle Clinic for fourteen years. She has Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Edmonton, Alberta. Prior to joining the Swingle Clinic, Lucie worked with special needs individuals with behavioural, physical and mental challenges in a community based setting. Her experience also includes one-on-one career counseling, workshop design, and group instruction to help clients with finding their career path and goal setting. Lucie has also taken numerous courses in counseling and nutrition. She very much enjoys helping individuals not only reach their best potential, but to thrive, by applying a holistic approach to wellbeing.
Natasha calls Vancouver home, although originally she was born in Poland and moved around throughout her life, living in Germany, Ontario Canada, England and Sun Peaks. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Psychology. She always had an interest in biological psychology and neuropsychology, particularly in how it relates to mental health. While finishing her degree at SFU, Natasha worked as a volunteer at Riverview Psychiatric Hospital, in the neuropsychology ward. As a result of her experiences at Riverview Hospital, she became interested in non-pharmacological treatments to mental health. Natasha first became aware of the importance and relevance of electroencephalography (EEG) research from her professor at SFU, who ran an EEG lab. She wasn’t aware of the many treatment capabilities using EEG technology, until watching a television program in which Dr. Swingle was interviewed about the many benefits of neurotherapy. Natasha joined the clinic as a neurotechnician in 2011. During this time she completed her first Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) designation, which has allowed her to practice CST, as well as assist Dr. Swingle and Jana, in Somato Emotional Release (SER) sessions. Today she continues to enjoy assisting the variety of clientele at the Single Clinic using non-invasive yet highly effective treatments.
Kimmy graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical sciences, China in 2002 and holds a bachelor degree in medicine and a major in maternal and child health care. She also studied at the University College in London, UK, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in molecular medicine in 2003.
Jill graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Distinction. Before coming to the Swingle Clinic in 2017, Jill worked with children with special needs in home, school, and community settings. Jill looks most forward to interacting with clients and hearing about the progress they have made at the clinic. In her spare time, Jill enjoys walking her dog, participating in fitness classes, and reading.
Kelli graduated from the University of British Columbia with a double major in Psychology and Creative Writing. She has always had a keen interest in neuropsychology and social health, and finds herself drawn to fields that interconnect the two.
Kelli first joined the Swingle Clinic as a research assistant for Dr. Swingle, and has since moved on to become apart of the neurotechnician team.
Nicola recently moved to Vancouver in 2016 after having completed her Master’s degree. Nicola grew up in the North of Ireland where she studied Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast and then completed her Master’s degree at Ulster University in Applied Psychology (Mental Health and Psychological Therapies). Whilst completing her Master’s degree, Nicola was trained as a Psychological Well-Being Practitioner where she administered Low-Intensity Cognitive Behavioral Therapies to those who suffered with Anxiety and Depression.
Nicola worked as a youth worker with Vancouver’s homeless society at a local shelter which she found extremely rewarding. Working as a Behavioral Interventionist allowed Nicola to apply Applied Behavior Analysis for children with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Nicola always maintains a client centered approach and has an innate drive in encouraging others to reach their potential. Having studied and always had an interest in Neuropsychology Nicola joined the Swingle team in August 2017 where she continues to learn and gain experience with a vast range of clinical presentations. In her spare time she loves to travel and enjoys skiing at the weekends.