About Dr Marina van der Ryst

For the past 21 years I have run a successful private practice in Pretoria
based on my belief that most people inherently hold within themselves
the key to their personal power and success. 
Over the past five years
I have trained with the Biofeedback Certification International
Alliance (BCIA) in EEG Biofeedback, QEEG and ISF. I have added these
powerful technological tools to my practice to enhance my clients’
personal growth process.


I obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, followed by a PHD at the University of Pretoria. I completed Post-Master diploma studies in Adult Pathology, Neuropsychology and Personality Models at the University of Johannesburg. I also obtained a certificate for International Training in Depression.

I completed advanced Level 3 training in hypnosis, trained in (Neurolinguistic Progamming (NLP) and qualified in Meta-Coaching at the Internationally accredited Associated Certified Meta Coach (ACMC). I specialized in the field of neuroscience and neuropsychology; and provided forensic services and testimony in court in the field of paediatric traumatic brain injury and/or developmental delays. I am affiliated to the following societies and associations:

  • Health Professions Council of S A (HPCSA)
  • Board of Health Care Funders (BHF)
  • SA Clinical Neuropsychological Association (SACNA): Associate Member
  • Psychological Society of SA (PSYSSA)
  • International Society of Neuro-Semantic Association (ISNS)
  • Meta-Coach Foundation (MCF)
  • Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA)
  • The South African Association of Clinical Hypnosis: Division of the Psychological Society of South Africa

I am passionate about facilitating the unique individual transformation
process where the client outcomes could include:

  • Self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • Behavioural competence and flexibility (within the brain as well as in the outside world).
  • Empowering beliefs and visions.
  • Effective parenting skills to facilitate their children reaching their potential.
  • Positive thought processes and mind frames that are supportive of higher good.
  • Developing lateral thinking and effective communication skills.
  • Unlocking the brain’s potential for high-level problem-solving.

More information

Ensure that you visit scientific supported websites:

  • BioFeedback Certification International Alliance – bci.org
  • The Association for Appliance Psychophysiology and Biofeedback – aapb.org