Brain Training

What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH)?

What’s holding you back from living optimally? If you are someone who feels frustrated or stuck, or perhaps you feel like you’re constantly stressed or anxious, or you are someone who struggles to follow through on goals you've committed to, you are not alone. There is good news though, you can absolutely overcome this with Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy!

The Basics of Effective Communication Skills

What passes for effective communication skills has changed dramatically. Or has it? Sure, the methods have become increasingly high tech. This means more than a few communication tweaks. But the basic guidelines remain the same. However, the basic guidelines remain the same. The Basics of Effective Communication Skills 1. Active listening Listening is more than waiting for your turn to speak. To listen actively is to incorporate the following practices: Concentration Focus Your full attention An intention to respond with understanding 2. Body language This is one of the most underrated aspects of communication. It can be as simple as sustaining eye contact or making interest noises. The idea is to show the speaker you’re listening. Also, a welcoming and open posture makes the speaker feel more comfortable. 3. Asking questions (without interrupting) It’s very important to connect to those with whom you’re communicating. But don’t forget- timing matters. 4. Desire Effective communication skills start with desire. We have to want them and want to do what it takes to improve them. Like anything else, that means commitment and practice. The Benefits of Effective Communication Skills 1. Less misunderstanding Yes, this sounds obvious but it bears discussion. How many disagreements and arguments are caused by poor communication? To say “most” would be an understatement. 2. Deeper and closer relationships Communication is a process. A relationship is a process. When they develop together, the results can be very enriching. 3. Less anxiety How often have you wondered and worried about being misunderstood? Do you blame yourself when conflicts happen? Give it your all while listening and speaking. This won’t guarantee agreement. But it can ease your mind and help you develop your skills further. 4. Financial [...]

By |2017-08-24T18:51:17+00:00July 18th, 2017|Brain Training, Coaching, Counseling|0 Comments

Neurofeedback and The Brain

brain   How the Brain Works: NeurOptimal® brain training works with the central nervous system and your brain by targeting shifts in the brain’s activity that can undermine optimal brain unction. The brain is the most complex dynamical structure known within the universe. It is able to process massive amounts of information, develop responses and apply these responses for increased efficiency and mastery. Fortunately, consciousness is self-regulated, such that processes not requiring our immediate attention take place outside of our awareness, within the subconscious. This leaves our conscious mind unencumbered to deal with important immediate stimuli that require awareness and focused attention. In learning behavior, a network of supporting neural interconnectivity is established. With repetition, the neural connections are strengthened and more easily activated. Eventually the behavior can become a primary and unconscious response. The brain’s on-going ability to create new pathways and interconnections is essential for learning and adaptability. These features of the dynamical brain have profound implications for day-to-day living. For Example: If we repeat behavior often enough, it develops a self-organizing dynamic that then drives the behavior. Self-sustaining problematic behaviors are largely unconscious and may be as simple as obsolete coping strategies or as extreme as serious psychological and emotional conditions. Once established they influence the way we perceive the world, our relationship with it and our sense of self.   Behavioral dynamics are like a car rolling down a hill. If you jump in front just as it starts to move, it is a lot easier to stop than if it has developed momentum. When behavior has an unconscious component, we are unaware of the activation and the build-up of the dynamical intensity. By the time, it reaches awareness [...]

By |2019-11-21T22:17:31+00:00June 20th, 2017|Brain Training, Neurofeedback|0 Comments

When Hope is Hard to Come By… Brain Training for Depression

Everyone feels sad at one time or another. This feeling may even linger for quite a while. Clinical depression, however, is much more. It’s not a temporary experience. It is a diagnosable condition that impacts as many as 15 million people. That’s almost 7 percent of adults, at any given time. Overall, roughly one in five adults suffers from depression at some point. And this number continues to rise. Common Depression Symptoms Physical changes may include: Drastic change in sleeping habits Sudden increase or decrease in appetite Low energy, frequent fatigue Unexplained pain (particularly headaches and back pain) Emotional issues may include: Bursts of extreme anger A sense of emptiness or hopeless Overwhelming sadness Easily becoming agitated Lack of concentration Memory loss Recurring thoughts of death Thinking and talking about suicide   There is also something called “Walking Smiling Depression”, where the individual disconnects from sadness, grief or depression and appears to be emotionally balanced to others while disconnecting from their feelings and perhaps making unhealthy choices. Current Treatments for Depression We’ve learned so much about the brain and its many conditions. Over the years, effective treatment options have been discovered and are evolving. These include medications, talk therapy, and a combination of both. Some common medications (e.g. Prozac, Lexapro, and Zoloft) have become household names. As for therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common treatment choice. Results are often quite positive. However, as much as 30 percent of patients suffering from depression do not respond to these treatments. That's where brain training comes in. What is Brain Training? In simple terms, brain training for depression treatment involves the following: Positive Imagery or Self-Hypnosis Neurofeedback In a recent study, people with depression were asked [...]

By |2017-06-14T02:15:15+00:00May 30th, 2017|Brain Training, Counseling|0 Comments

Wired for Worry? “Rewire” Your Brain to a Healthy Default Setting!

Most of us know the parables about looking back on a long life. An elderly person or someone on their deathbed is asked about regrets. Invariably, each person wishes they had worried less and lived less burdened. Yet, when the story's done, we keep worrying. It’s even become cliché to talk about how few of our worries ever come true. Ironically, this cycle may promote more worry. We worry. Nothing happens. Our brain may wire itself to believe that worrying prevented the crisis. We may tell ourselves that worrying keeps us prepared or shows others that we care. Some of us may see it as a form of motivation. There are plenty of worry stories but we tend to ignore the ones about worry making us sick. Too much worry can cause: Physical issues like ulcers, poor digestion, hives, high blood pressure, and more. Emotional issues like anxiety, depression, etc. But since worry is inevitable, we’re left in a bind. We must find healthy ways to channel it or it will overwhelm us. It’s time to rewire your brain Our brains evolved to keep us safe and alive. Thus, it’s no surprise that worry comes naturally. Healthy worry, of course, is not the issue. But try telling that to your brain. It evolved in the Stone Age. Now, we’re navigating the Space Age. This means attempts to “rewire" your brain are tricky. Tricky, but definitely not impossible. With diligence and focus and maybe a little guidance, you can change our emotional default setting. 5 Ways You Can “Rewire” Your Brain to a Healthy Default Setting 1. Learn acceptance We are wired to worry. Therefore, we will worry. Step one is acceptance of this fact. A [...]

By |2020-02-16T22:25:06+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Brain Training, Counseling|0 Comments

Need Balance? How to Identify What Matters & Achieve a Balanced Optimal Life!

Many of us have lost sight of what matters. It’s a cliché, but for a good reason. These days, too many of us feel “balance” in life means simply splitting our time between Facebook and Instagram! Yet, true imbalances in life may pertain to the following areas: Emotional Social Financial Physical …and much more. As a result, few of us are living an optimal life. How do we know we’re out of balance? Achieving balance is not as easy as it seems. Imbalance creeps in slowly. One day, you look around and realize that things have been off kilter for a very long time. What are some of the tell-tale signs? Edginess Difficulty sleeping Digestion issues General feeling of dissatisfaction   You may feel too tired or overwhelmed to get anything done. A social invitation seems like a threat. You can’t get rid of that nagging injury or chronic sniffle. Making a career move seems exhausting. Soon, hiding under the covers sounds like the solution to, well, everything.= An imbalanced life may also feed a vague sense of emptiness. We may eat to fill the void. Perhaps we binge on social media. Usually, the choice involves empty calories—real or metaphorical. Finding your way back to balance starts with taking stock. Who are you? What are your values? How do you want to live your life? Get out your pen and paper and get busy! 5 Ways to Identify What Matters Most to You 1. Keep a diary for at least one week. What did you eat? How did you spend each minute of each day? Where did you spend your money? Be brutally honest. 2. Study your habits. Intentions are great but what are you [...]

By |2017-06-14T02:15:36+00:00May 16th, 2017|Brain Training, Counseling|0 Comments

Your Son Has Been In An Accident

Back from the Brink Following a terrible accident, a mother uses neurofeedback brain training on her comatose son to help him recover from TBI (Tramatic Brain Injury). Attending doctors and nurses are amazed at how rapidly her son recovers. In this powerful new video, NeurOptimal® trainer Joan-Marie Lartin uses NeurOptimal® on her son while in a coma after  a serious motorcycle accident. Call for a free ½ hour initial consultation

By |2017-06-14T16:25:03+00:00December 19th, 2014|Brain Training, Counseling, Neurofeedback|0 Comments

Reprogram Your Mind for Health, Happiness & Success!

According to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), 90% of illness and disease is caused by stress!  Dr. Bruce Lipton of Stanford University has shown that the real number is closer to 95%.  This fact bears repeating:  90-95% of all illness and disease is caused by physiological stress, which is an accumulation of situational stress and other factors over time.  The United Nations has called stress, “The 20th Century Disease” and it has become a global epidemic. Scientists have proven that conditioning, beliefs, perceptions and stress play a large role in our emotional and physical makeup.  Your body releases chemicals and hormones that cause you stress when you have conscious and unconscious negative thoughts. The cells in your body then save the negative information, like a computer saves a file on its hard drive.  This negative information is then stored in a part of your brain called the Amigdala, where the nervous system can retrieve past memories and cause you to react in the present as if the past is happening all over again. We all have perceptions of our environment that are stored in our cellular memory.  If you have experienced repeated stressful situations in childhood, or at any time in your life, the nervous system and other organs within your body contain hormonal and chemical messages that support that negative internal reality.  It is from these types of stressful experiences that subconscious negative perceptions and beliefs are born and then stored in the cells of your body.  These subconscious beliefs affect your behavior and compete with your conscious beliefs and desires. Examples of these types of subconscious negative beliefs are:  feeling that you don’t deserve to be liked loved and accepted, feelings of [...]

By |2019-11-21T22:22:42+00:00January 16th, 2014|Brain Training, Counseling|0 Comments

Managing Environmentally Induced Stress

Environmental stress is defined as the minor irritations and frustrations of every day life. Examples of environmental stress range from the frustrations of commuting, to badly organized workspaces, to the quality of the air we breathe, to the type of lighting we have to work in and the level of noise in our environment.  We experience a variety of these small environmental stressors every day and while these may seem relatively minor, they can all add up to become “background stress” and decrease our overall level of happiness.  When we experience major stress, environmental stress makes these bigger events more difficult to handle and rebound from.   This is why it is important to recognize environmental stress and take steps to alleviate it as it occurs. Consider if any of the following are found in your home or work environment: Work: •A work-space that is messy and disorganized making it difficult to find things •A noisy office that makes it difficult to concentrate •An environment that is too quiet and lacks stimulation •A work-space that has bright fluorescent lighting overhead •A work environment that is lacking in brightness, both daylight and décor •A work place that has poor ventilation or a system that simply circulates germs Home: •A home environment that is messy and disorganized making it difficult to find things •A home that is not cleaned on a regular basis •A home environment that has cigarette smoke in the air, on the furniture, and the walls •A bedroom that has light coming through the windows at night •A bedroom that has light from a television, clock, or other appliances glowing during sleep •A home environment that is greatly lacking in brightness, both daylight and decor [...]

By |2019-10-31T20:50:39+00:00December 3rd, 2013|Brain Training, Counseling|0 Comments

Relationship Rx: Prescription for Successful Relationships

Everyone wants to have successful relationships; whether it is with business associates, family, friends, or a romantic partner.  However, at times, we have all fallen short in handling the mechanics of relationships. We all go to the doctor for regular check-ups, but how often do we check the health of our relationships?  Just like our physical body, relationships (whether they are professional, social, or romantic) require check-ups and maintenance. There are times when relationship surgery, or a good strong prescription, is required. The most effective way to build and maintain healthy relationships is through relationship re-programming and conscious healthy communication.  Our subconscious relationship programming controls 95% of our interactions, so if we do not have a healthy subconscious program, our conscious relationship intentions will fail.  All of us have a relationship map that we bring forward from childhood conditioning.  The relationship map we carry affects our subconscious beliefs, perceptions, expectations, and behavior.  If we have negative relationship programming, we may react with survival-fear behavior.  If the mind is in survival-fear mode we become closed, shutdown, or resistant in our communications. The subconscious need to follow our map and fulfill any negative relationship programming (that which is familiar) and protect ourselves from hurt, rejection, or abandonment is stronger than the need to get along, be open and positively surrender in a relationship.  The end result is a prescription for an unhealthy relationship. In order to prevent negative relationship programming from influencing our relationships, it is important to delete any sabotaging relationship programming and program in a healthy relationship map. By taking control of our relationship map, we can build healthier, more successful relationships. The second component of successful relationships is conscious healthy communication.  A vital step [...]

By |2019-10-31T20:53:15+00:00November 28th, 2013|Brain Training, Counseling|0 Comments