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New insights in the world of Neuroscience have led to the development of revolutionary techniques for moving into an intimate relationship with the neural pathways that define your personal experience of your world.

Are you ready for empowered change? It’s time to live your excellence. Read on to explore how these new advances create opportunities for harnessing the power of neuroplasticity, and create a space for inspiration to flow.

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An Introduction to the Havening Touch

Dr. Kate Truitt introduces us to the havening touch in this psychoeducational video. She begins by explaining that havening touch can actually shift the way our brain is functioning in the moment. We have the ability to actually shift the electrochemical experience of our brain.

Havening touch works by utilizing the receptors embedded in the skin. Some respond to fast touch, while some respond to slow, gentle touch. The receptors go up to our brain which interprets the sensation we are experiencing. The havening touch engages C-tactile fibers in our skin that transmit information to our insula and areas of our prefrontal cortex. This can shift the way our brain is interacting in a given moment. This simple touch doesn’t require a lot of executive function or attention while we do it. Our brain can be engaged in other cognitive exercises at the same time, which empowers the Havening Techniques. These receptors have been shown to decrease cortisol and norepinephrine, which are contributors of anxiety and stress.

Havening touch actually decreases the presence of these excitatory neurochemicals in our brain. It has also been shown that havening touch increases oxytocin, which helps us to feel safe and connected in the world.

How to Enhance Gratitude & Celebrate Wins

In this interview, Dr. Kate Truitt and Damien Gonsalves, LMFT, discuss the Gratitude and Wins exercise, where we notice what we’re grateful for and what our wins are. This allows us to appreciate the things outside of us and within us. Damien recommends this exercise to anybody.

The wins aspect of the exercise allows us to acknowledge the wins along the way to our greater goal, and the wins can be something small or large. This exercise also allows us to weave in affirmations. In this video Dr. Kate mentions the Gratitude List Technique. You may find this video here: https://youtu.be/fo3Ns4jYNH0

A Therapy Tool for Letting Go of Anxiety, Worry, & Chaos

In this interview, Dr. Kate Truitt and Damien Gonsalves discuss the GOD Box, or the Good and Orderly Direction Box. Damien explains that it’s about letting something go and having a tangible way to do that.

Being able to let go of things we’re ruminating on allows for new things to come into our life. Dr. Kate asks Damien if we can use the GOD Box in combination with the Gratitude and Wins List. Using the box for both emphasizes the finite nature of everything. We aren’t going to dig through and reread the items in the box. It’s important to purge these lists after time.

Putting something tangibly away gives us the cognitive permission for that space to exist. In this video Dr. Kate and Damien also mention the CPR for the Amygdala Self-Havening Tool. Find that playlist at this link.

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This blog article presents the GOD Box and the Gratitude and Wins Exercise. These two tools can help us stop rumination and work toward living our best lives.

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Healing Trauma: The Mind and Body Remember

Is there a scientific explanation for a connection between deep emotional trauma and stress and physical pain and discomfort such as migraines, gastrointestinal disturbance, back pain, and more? The answer is there most definitely is.

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Stop Shame and Take Your Power Back

It is important for us to understand where the deeply painful emotional experiences of shame originate, because in the acknowledgement of their roots we find opportunities for recovery and healing.

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SNAP Your Way out of the Grip of Generalized Anxiety

Did you know that the experience of anxiety is a part of daily life? Like all of our emotions, it exists to alert us concerns so that we may take action and create change. Generalized anxiety, on the other hand, is just there in the forefront.

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Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed Using Neuroplasticity

Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is a real thing. But we have the power of neuroplasticity on our side. Because of our brains are malleable, we have an opportunity to make changes to our neural connections that can help us experience a good night of restful sleep.

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Domestic Violence: Emerging Safely From the Pandemic World

Some people are not safer at home, and in fact, the home setting is a real place of danger for many who live with the threat of domestic violence. If you are one of those people, you may be in need of help and support. If you are not one of those people, but think you may know one...

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Thriving Through Pain

The experiences of physical pain and psychological trauma go hand-in-hand. In order to create empowered change and self-awareness around chronic pain, we need to explore the connection between the mind and body.

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Calming the Fear Brain

Recognizing when your survival brain is throwing up warning signs from your past can empower you to find balance between what your fear brain would have you do, and what you would choose to do. In this article I want to show you some tools for resilience and explain how they work.

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Setting Boundaries in Your Relationships

In this article Dr. Kate Truitt helps you explore the survival mechanisms you employ in relationships, how much you value what you need in your relationships, and what you can do to help create boundaries that lead to the relationships you want.

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Traversing Our Gradients of Emotions

As humans, we are naturally moving in and out of different brainwave states every day, and much of that is driven by emotions. This is a sign of a healthily functioning brain. There is a good argument to be made for intentionally experiencing different emotions, whether you might consider them to be “good” or “bad.”

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Welcoming Gratitude Throughout the New Year

This may sound counterintuitive, but the journey toward creating success and well-being requires leaning into the difficulties you are experiencing. I suggest that you bring a little bit of 2020 with you on your journey in 2021.

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Planning your goals for the new year

How do You Plan to Top This Year?

Has 2020 been a challenging year for you? I will take a guess and say that it has. Are you looking forward to brighter days ahead? Have you started thinking about what your new year will look like?

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Overcoming Worry by Deepening Your Relationship With It

Why do we worry? So often my patients will tell me that worry is dumb, and that there is no need for it. Actually, we do need to worry, but we need to put it into an appropriate context. It is important to go back to the beginning of the worry process and notice the “Why” of it.

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Neuroplasticity Overcome and Create a Resilient Brain

The opportunity you have to heal your brain and keep moving forward is made possible by something called neuroplasticity—the key to building a resilient brain. We show you how to show you how to seize that opportunity in this in-depth article.

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Neurofeedback Training the Brain to Calm

We introduce Neurofeedback: a tool we teach that allows you to create your resilient brain, addressing stress and anxiety, compensating for past damage that has been done, enhancing learning capacity, and even healing through the difficulties brought on by our new challenges.

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Overcoming Burnout: Self-Compassion Provides the Healing Touch

Have you been feeling lately like you’re not living up to the expectations you have for yourself? Do you feel you are losing some of your former optimism? You may be on the road to burnout. In this article we help you ways to successfully managing the stress that can lead to burnout.

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Leaning Into Grief and Loss to Create Healing

Grief is an experience of mourning and deep honoring. One thing I have learned through my own journey is that the experience of grief and loss has a softening effect: it is so important for us to save space, be conscientious and kind toward our feelings and ourselves as we navigate these deeply painful times.

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Pandemic Anxiety Healing Power is in Your Hands

The COVID-19 Pandemic and its associated stay-at-home orders and social distancing have the potential to induce various manifestations of anxiety and stress. Health anxiety and anxiety-induced stress are normal reactions. You have the power in your hands for self-healing and creating calm around you.

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Health Anxiety and the Coronavirus Pandemic

A person with health anxiety will often misinterpret non-serious physical symptoms and attribute them to something more serious especially during a pandemic. Some symptoms produced by anxiety can include muscle pain, chest pain, heart rate changes, headaches, and dizziness. This can heighten existing anxiety.

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Telecommuting for Success

Telecommuting presents unique opportunities (no commute!) and challenges (it's awfully easy to do house chores or enjoy a binge watching session). From battling productive procrastination to overcoming loneliness, telecommuting creates ample opportunities to grow into our best self.

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Four Reasons Survivors of Sexual Trauma Remain Silent

On the heels of the #MeToo Movement and various scandals in the media that have shed light on the impact of sexual trauma worldwide, more and more survivors of sexual abuse and assault have been empowered to speak up and share their stories. However, many still do not come forward. In this article we explore the reasons behind their silence.

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Living and Loving With Chronic Pain

While there are millions of individuals dealing with chronic conditions, it is rare to hear anyone talking about it. Many people don’t want to burden the people around them with their pain or illness, and chronic pain can be difficult to talk about and especially hard to understand. Many times they find it isn’t worth talking about.

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The Havening Techniques Neuroscience in Healing

The Havening Techniques system is comprised of protocols and methods that rely on the electrochemical makeup of our body to create healing. Utilizing similar functional mechanisms as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), they include the newest advancements in neuroscience. See how it works.

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