SANÉL VAN DER MERWE

Offering classes in the Tauranga area
SANÉL VAN DER MERWE

SANÉL VAN DER MERWE

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy & Accredited Brainfit® Coach

Sanél trained as an Occupational Therapist in South Africa in the early 1990’s and immigrated with her family to New Zealand in 2005. Here she worked as a Neuro Developmental Therapist within the New Zealand DHB system for 14 years until 2020 when she decided to branch out into another field of neuro-science that she loves. Brainfit coaching became her new passion!

Sanél has been speaking at conferences, training online classes and also preaches at the church she and her husband,  AJ, leads in Papamoa (Tauranga). AJ and Sanél have two adult daughters who are both involved with tertiary studies at present.

Phone: +64 (0) 27 725 5195
Email: sanel@brainfit.nz

 
 

 

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY 

Bronwyn, thank you for leading us on this course. You were well prepared, gracious, and an excellent presenter.

Janice

Jessie, thank you for the course.  It has made me feel so much better about myself and have “exercises” to maintain my self-confidence.

Mike

I had an opportunity to practice remembering names at a social gathering on Friday where we met a lot of new people. Being an inquisitive person I found it easier to probe into people’s names rather than weave a story around them. For instance I was introduced to a lady called Sheryl and asked her if she was Sheryl or Cheryl. By concentrating on people’s names and repeating them as soon as possible I was able to remember most people I met, even differentiating between an Annette and a Lynette so was quite pleased.

Moyra, Auckland NZ

It is an extremely stimulating and useful course at any age or stage.  I like the follow-up emails which remind me to keep up the things I’ve learnt.

Jane B, NZ

I found it to be very easy to understand and then put strategies into practice. Michael was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Jill Gosling

“I really enjoyed the course and the calm and gentle way you led us – thank you very much.”

Riverhead class

Very valuable hints to encourage healthy memory. Thoroughly enjoyable and non-threatening. Younger people need to be encouraged to take the course.

Pauline, Auckland, NZ

I am very much enjoying my Brainfit class

Liz Hannan

Feel encouraged, very hopeful of improving memory.  Stimulated.  Had excellent teacher, many wonderful laughs, much to learn.

Pat

I think focus-connect-rehearse says it all for me. I met a man a few days ago and he was actually admiring my bike. We ended up chatting and he told me his wife was Sue and he was Neil. Bingo!

Bevan, Auckland, NZ

Relaxing atmosphere and I could have a giggle at times. Michael was just the perfect tutor.

Natalie Bunning, Auckland NZ

The course was fun and well presented. I found myself looking forward to each class and was very pleased when I got the opportunity to catch up on one class that I was unable to attend at the time.

Jane

The things that I liked about the course:

  • Victoria’s openness and acceptance of all our comments and questions
  • The non threatening nature of the course. We weren’t required to share the results of the tasks we were set but feedback was invited. No pressure.
  • I like the content of the course. Each session was interesting. A good mix of theory about   the structure and wrking often brain and brain health. Extremely interesting. I also enjoyed the varied activities. All well presented by Victoria who invited questions and checked with us that her communication was clear and understood.
  • I enjoyed the small group size and the company of the others in the group.

There wasn’t any aspect that I didn’t enjoy. I looked forward to  attending each week and was sorry when it ended.

Kathy Hoskins

This has been such a reassuring course – great to know there are lots of ways I can keep my brain active and sharpen my memory.

Sue Crozier, Auckland, NZ

‘Bobbie’s course renewed my self belief and that memory can be improved at any age.’

Marilyn, from Feilding, NZ

It is an extremely stimulating and useful course at any age or stage. I like the follow-up emails which remind me to keep up the things I’ve learnt.

Angela,

I liked the way Jessie presented the course.  It was very low key and non-threatening and encouraging.  Her pace was good, we got through the material well and had a few laughs. It is good to prepare to deal with decreasing memory.

Penny

Thanks for yesterday’s ‘power hour!’ After the training, I spoke about the content with my husband and he particularly liked (as well as I) methods to learn someone’s name by taking a mental picture and making relevant associations. We will both be trying this as and when we meet new people.

Thelma, Auckland, NZ

I have struggled with cognitive issues as I have advanced in years, it has really worried me. Having been in Ina Meeten’s class in Blenheim, I am a lot more confident that I can look forward to many more years without “losing my marbles”!!

I now have a real purpose in life, and I think I can help others as well.

Thank you

Ben Wickham, Blenheim NZ
“The course has made a difference already.  Not just remembering things I need to do,  but motivation for the act of doing them.
Today I contacted 2 friends whose birthday it is. I usually remember but don’t necessarily act upon it. The relief of doing this, instead of having to remember again another day is wonderful. “
 
“You made important stuff such fun. ” 
Margaret, Feilding NZ

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