Find out more about the people behind SAS.
Sensory Activation Solutions (SAS) is the brainwave of Steven Michaëlis and is the culmination of 50 years of research relating to how we learn and how we can be more effective in life. The methodology and programmes are developed and researched in the U.K., The Netherlands, Poland and Turkey and are being used by individuals, families and schools throughout the world.
An international team of knowledgeable, experienced and creative people form the backbone of the SAS organisation. Their commitment to finding the right solutions and to providing the very best service is matched to a holistic and caring attitude where the client always comes first.
The international team is headed by Steven Michaëlis, Ergun Karabulut and Helena Karabulut, but all staff members throughout the world contribute to the further development of the SAS methodology and expansion of the organisation.
The SAS Turkey Technology Centre and Corporate Head Office is based in the capital Ankara.
- SAS Turkey General Manager - Ergun Karabulut
- SAS Turkey Director - Helena Karabulut
- SAS Centre Ankara Pedagogy Specialist - Dilek Cayir
- SAS Centre Ankara Educational Specialist - İlknur Tan
The SAS UK Centre and office is based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and is managed by Nicole Zimbler.
SAS is represented in Poland by SAS Centre Polska / Publisher-Innowacje, based in Cieszyn, southern Poland.
Steven Michaëlis is the originator of the SAS methodology and founder of SAS Organisation, currently with centres in the U.K., The Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Australia. He is a highly experienced counsellor, conference presenter and expert in neuro-coustics and human auditory perception. He specialises in sensory activation techniques that help the brain to processes information more effectively and that stimulate inter-hemispheric synchronisation.
Steven got interested in sound recording when he received a reel-to-reel tape recorder for his 15th birthday. As he was already involved in the organisation of a local youth club, he used the equipment to record live bands, including an early Pink Floyd performance. He designed his own little mixing desk and made microphones out of dictating machines spares. Not surprisingly Steven went on to study electronics and at the same time founded an electronic equipment import and distribution company in Holland. Having completed a sound engineering course in the USA, he expanded into studio design and record production.
At the age of 25 Steven moved to England to pursue a career with a leading British sound equipment design organisation. This brought him into contact with leading acoustics companies in Europe, the USA and Far East and expanded his knowledge of human auditory perception and formal testing procedures. In his early thirties he joined the Japanese consumer electronics giant JVC and travelled extensively throughout the world, networking with innovators and researchers working in the field of sound processing and early computer technologies.
In the eighties Steven embarked on a parallel career in counselling and parenting skills and was involved in the establishment of the first national parenting organisation in the UK. He ran many parenting and relationship classes for parents and couples expecting their first baby, guiding them through this life-changing period. He was trained by leading child-development experts from Europe, the USA and Australasia and he eventually became a certified group counsellor and master-trainer.
At the same time Steven also got interested in methods that stimulate faster and better learning. This included the use of baroque music, breathing techniques and suggestive language. He was actively involved in organising a number of international conferences on the subject and met many of the leading innovators in the field.
The development of the SAS methodology can be traced back to the wide ranging knowledge and experience Steven acquired during the last 50 years. Combining his knowledge of human auditory perception with the latest findings in neuro-plasticity and using the latest computer technology to alter music and speech in ways that were not possible until recently, has resulted in the extraordinarily effective SAS methodology that helps children and adults to perform better in life.
Kaśka Michaëlis is an inter-faith, cross-cultural lecturer, writer, psychotherapist and life-coach with over 35 years experience. She gained a Master Degree in Oriental Studies at the prestigious University of Warsaw, Poland. Her passion has always been education in the widest sense of the word and she is a life-long student and seeker of knowledge and truth herself.
For many years Kaśka Michaëlis has lectured and given workshops at colleges and universities in the U.K. on subjects ranging from counselling and communication skills to accelerated learning techniques, assertiveness training and courses for women returners. She also has facilitated parenting and parents-to-be courses for both parents and educational professionals.Kaśka Michaëlis is the author of two books in Polish, 'Develop your genius mind' and 'Super-possibilities of your mind' in which she presents a picture of a new style of education that encourages the learner to understand his or her own thought processes and emotional make up. This leads to greater control over the mind, body and spirit and allows the student to be much more effective and a happier person.
Kaśka Michaëlis offers her counselling, psychotherapy and coaching services to clients throughout the world in either English or Polish.
Nicole Zimbler heads up the SAS organisation in the U.K. and is an Integrated Developmental Therapist. She has worked for 18 years in the therapeutic and education sector as Remedial and Learning Support Specialist, Reflexologist, Special Needs Yoga Therapist, Movement and Retained Reflexes Therapist, Doula and Baby Massage Instructor.
When working with complex developmental issues, Nicole can call upon her extensive knowledge and experience in body awareness, movement, balance and retained reflex rehabilitation to complement the SAS Programmes for the benefit of the client.
Nicole completed her training in the SAS methodology in the U.K. and at the SAS Centres in Istanbul and Ankara. She is based in Hemel Hempsted and Watford.
Ergun Karabulut | Founding Partner and General Manager SAS Turkey
Ergun heads up SAS Turkey and is an Economics graduate from Gazi University, Ankara. He grew up in a family steeped in education and at a young age learned how the right education forms the individual, builds character and prepares a young person for a successful adult life. He grew up supporting several relatives with learning difficulties and finds it easy to open his heart towards those that are less fortunate. Ergun is Turkish and speaks excellent English.
Born in England, Helena is one of the founders of SAS Turkey. With both her parents deeply involved in Parenting Skills training programmes, she was a willing 'guinea pig' as a child and now puts this experience into practise herself, being the mother of two. She studied History and Politics of the Middle East and Turkish language at Durham University in the U.K. and is an accomplished and inspiring TEFL teacher. She worked in Warsaw, Poland and at the Turco-British Association (TBA) and Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Ankara. Helena is British and speaks fluent Turkish.