Frequently Asked Questions
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1WILL THE PROGRAM WORK FOR MY SPECIFIC ISSUES?
The program can address many condition associated with a maladapted chronic stress response. The list of conditions the DNRS™ program has been successful in addressing continues to grow. Click here to see a comprehensive list of conditions the program has been successful for.
2I AM SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE PROGRAM. I'VE TRIED SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF TREATMENTS AND HAVE SPENT SO MUCH MONEY TRYING TO GET BETTER ALREADY. I DON'T WANT TO BE DISAPPOINTED AGAIN.
Looking at your illness from a brain perspective and one that you can personally influence through neuroplasticity is probably different from anything that you’ve tried to date.
Our program, while cognitive in nature, addresses the functioning of the limbic system. It is much more than simply changing one’s attitude or thinking a different way. It actually creates structural and functional changes in parts of the brain. We are in the process of securing brain imaging research to demonstrate this in a very concrete way.
Most people that come to our program have a certain degree of skepticism. Many of our clients came to us after having tried everything in conventional and alternative medicine to recover.
The Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ is based on the latest research in neuroscience and is a completely new paradigm in health and healing. Someday, programs like ours will be mainstream in health care, but in the meantime we are pioneering a new way of teaching people to self-direct neuroplastic changes so that they may reclaim their own health.
It takes a level of openness and a willingness to set aside what we think we know about health and healing in order to fully embrace this new paradigm. The program is absolutely worth doing. It creates profound changes for people on many different levels. We encourage you to take the time to work through the program and gain the understanding about neuroplasticity and the limbic system.
We recommend the following books to learn more about neuroplasticity:
Wired for Healing: Remapping the Brain to Recover from Chronic and Mysterious Illnesses by DNRS™ founder, Annie Hopper
The Brain that Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza
3MY SYMPTOMS ARE DUE TO TOXIC OVERLOAD AND THIS HAS NEGATIVELY AFFECTED MANY ORGANS IN MY BODY. HOW CAN A BRAIN RETRAINING PROGRAM ASSIST WITH THIS?
Your brain is the control center for all systems of the body. Brain retraining helps in improving brain function. As you rewire your limbic system and normalize the stress response, you may see tremendous healing in organ systems as well. You may also find that your detoxification system function improves, as the body is able to detoxify itself of heavy metals and other toxins after the program. This can also help in the expression of genes, as they are no longer influenced by the factors associated with a state of illness.
On each day of the program (whether 5 Day Interactive Training Seminar or on Instructional Video), we address the science of neuroplasticity as well as the parts of the limbic system and what they are responsible for in terms of our functioning. As we delve deeper into how the limbic system operates it becomes possible to understand that while toxic overload can initiate brain trauma, the on-going symptoms are due to a limbic system impairment.
4WHAT ARE THE EXERCISES AND HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO DEDICATE TO THE PROGRAM?
Retraining your brain takes time and dedication. Our Instructional Video is 14-hours in length, and our Interactive Training Seminar takes place over 5 days. The The Interactive Video is set up to be completed over 4 days, but you can also watch at your own pace if needed.
Once you have completed the training, we advise that you dedicate at least one hour per day to your practice, for at least 6 months to cement the new, functional neural pathways you will create.
Your daily practice can be broken up into smaller segments to fit into your schedule. Some of our clients practice in two 30 minute segments, three 20 minute segments, or four 15 minute segments. The program is flexible and you will be able to tailor the practice to your individual needs. Our DNRS™ coaches can help you create the best practice plan for you, to ensure you are benefiting from the program as much as possible.
The physical exercises (which are one component of the program) combine speech, visualization, and full body movement. The exercises are not physically demanding or strenuous. You will not be asked to meditate. The program is solely based on the science of neuroplasticity and not based on religious beliefs.
DNRS™ is a cognitive neurorehabilitation program that integrates mindfulness based cognitive restructuring, emotional restructuring therapy, neural linguistic programming and incremental exposure and behaviour modification therapy. This mechanism-targeted behavioural intervention is based in an affect-science perspective, and focuses on the training of a number of regulatory skills including attention focusing, attention distraction, cognitive reappraisal, emotional distancing, emotion regulation as well as experiential and incremental exposure therapy to contexts of perceived risk.
The program is taught from a platform of environmental awareness.
5WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS?
Everyone’s brain heals differently. While some people can notice a very profound decrease in symptoms and improvement in health in a relatively short amount of time, we also recognize that it is not uncommon for people to make more subtle shifts over a longer period. Often times, there is an ebb and flow to recovery. You may not see a daily shift in symptoms during the retraining period, but this does not mean the brain isn’t engaged in the rewiring process. Symptoms dissipate as the new, healthy neural pathways are strengthened. Regardless of the time period involved with your change in symptoms, recovery requires a full understanding of all aspects of the program, and a commitment to the daily practice you will learn for at least one hour per day for a minimum of 6 months.
6WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE DVD VERSION AND THE IN-PERSON PROGRAM?
The 14-Hour Instructional Video was originally created so that individuals who could not attend a live seminar due to illness restrictions would have access to this vital information for recovery. For some people, the Instructional Video is enough to fully retrain their brain, others use this format as a stepping-stone to attending a 5 Day Interactive Training Seminar.
In our 5 Day Interactive Training Seminar, you have direct access to DNRS™ Facilitators. We conduct health history interviews prior to the seminar with every participant so our Facilitators know who you are, and what your individual history is. Access to our DNRS™ Facilitators gives you the opportunity to ask questions, get clarification about the information, tailor the program to your specific needs, and experience the discipline that is needed to recover. Attending a seminar also allows you to be a part of a group who share the same challenges, who are determined to recover, and who will support you in this common goal. Many participants find the personalized attention from the DNRS™ Facilitators and the added benefit of the group dynamic invaluable. Finally, the information shared in the 5 Day Interactive Seminar is continually updated to reflect the latest research on neuroplasticity as it becomes available.
The Instructional Video is based on a 5 Day Interactive Training Seminar. It gives you the science behind this neuroplasticity based rehabilitation program, the information necessary for the program to work for you, and the tools for recovery. The exercises are demonstrated for you and you are given a program to follow to implement these tools into your daily life. We highly recommend that you pair our DNRS™ Coaching Support Services with the Instructional Video. Our coaches can assist with tailoring the program to your individual needs/conditions, answer any questions you may have, and assist you in creating a personalized strategy for success.
What we cannot guarantee with the Instructional Video that you will fully understand the information and be able to implement the information in a way that will best serve your recovery process. Dedication to your practice and motivation are key-determining factors in the success of the program. Daily repetition is one of the requirements to building new neural pathways. Our DNRS™ coaches are available to provide additional support over the phone, to clarify the program and help you create a personalized plan for success.
7CAN I STILL TAKE MY MEDICATIONS, OR HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES OR SUPPLEMENTS?
As the program is drug free, it will not interfere with the treatments that you may be undergoing. We encourage you to continue to support your body. The DNRS™ program is focused on changing neural patterns in the brain that are associated with illness and a chronic stress response. As the brain is the center for optimal health, many people find that over time, they can reduce or eliminate medications as they rewire their brain. We highly recommend that you work closely with your primary health care provider should you choose to decrease medications or supplements.
8WILL MY SENSE OF SMELL RETURN TO NORMAL AGAIN?
A: Yes, when your limbic system is rewired, your sense of smell will return to normal. One of the most common symptoms of limbic system impairment is sensory distortion, or hypersensitivity to various sensory stimuli like smell, taste, light, sound and touch. While we recognize that the initial brain injury may have been due to a chemical trauma, we also recognize that because of this trauma, the neural circuits in the brain become disorganized. The brain becomes stuck in a chronic fight or flight state and is classifying small amounts of any similar substances as potentially life threatening. When you retrain your brain, you will be free to do what you want to do and where you want to go. Inevitably, because of your experience, you have learned to make healthier choices about the way that you live and the products that you use – and that is a win/win for all of us.
9WILL THE PROGRAM CONTRADICT OR CONFLICT WITH MY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS?
The program is non-denominational in nature. It will not conflict with your religious beliefs, and we encourage you to incorporate your beliefs into your daily practice if you would like to do so.
The DNRS™ 5 Day Interactive Training Seminar:
WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR ATTENDING THE IN-PERSON PROGRAM?
To learn more and register for our next upcoming seminars please click here.
The registration steps are as follows:
- Fill out the Registration Form here. After you submit your completed form you will be redirected to a secure order page to purchase a $100 non-refundable registration fee.
- Pay the $100 Non-Refundable Registration Fee. This fee is required to book an interview to determine your candidacy for the program. The registration fee will be applied towards your final program fee should you be accepted into the program.
- Candidacy Interview. Within 2 business days of receipt of your registration fee, you will receive an email with the date and time for your candidacy interview from Head Office. Your tentative interview will hold a spot in the program.
- Complete Dietary and Legal Waiver forms. After your interview is conducted and you are approved to move forward, you will receive an email to fill out your dietary needs and sign an electronic legal waiver within two business days. You will have 48 hours to complete this step.
- Complete Payment. After the dietary and legal waiver forms are received, you will receive an email from the Registration Department with a payment link to pay the remainder balance of the seminar. You will have 24 hours to submit the payment.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY FOR THE IN-PERSON PROGRAM?
Our Cancellation Policy will be communicated to each participant upon acceptance into the program. Our policy is based on the registration deadline, or cut-off date, not the starting date of the seminar.
– If you cancel prior to 45 days before the start date of the program, your seminar fee will be refunded, less an administration fee of $150 USD.
– If you cancel prior to 30 days before the start date of the program, you will receive 50% of your seminar fee, less an administration fee of $150 USD.
– If you cancel less than 30 days before the start date of the program, you will not be eligible for a refund.
Please be advised should you cancel your registration for our Interactive Training Seminars twice in a calendar year, you will be ineligible to register for any seminars within that year. Should you wish to register for a future program you may do so by re-registering the following year.
Please note: the $100 registration fee is non-refundable.
I DON’T KNOW HOW I’LL REACT IN A SEMINAR OR IF IT WILL BE SAFE FOR ME?
We endeavor to create an environment that will work for everyone, however we cannot make any guarantees that the venues will meet individual sensitivities. All participants are informed of our Scent-Free Guidelines in advance.
WHAT IS THE CANDIDACY INTERVIEW?
The 55-minute candidacy interview is an opportunity to discuss your conditions and look for what triggered the issues or what we refer to as the ‘perfect storm’. We also want to ensure our participants are physically, emotionally, and financially ready to attend the seminar.
DNRS™ Coaching Support Services
WHAT IS DNRS™ COACHING Support Services?
Our DNRS™ coaches are available to clients who have completed the 14 Hour Instructional Video, or who have attended an 5 Day Interactive Training Seminar, and are looking for ongoing support. Our DNRS™ Certified Coaches can assist with tailoring the program to your individual needs/conditions, answer any questions you may have, and assist you in creating a personalized strategy for success
All of our DNRS™ coaches are graduates of the program. They have all recovered from conditions associated with Limbic System Impairment, so they truly understand what you are going through.
We highly recommend that you pair our DNRS™ Coaching Support Services with the Instructional Video. Coaching is conducted over the phone. Please note that all new coaching clients must begin with a 70 minute Initial Session.
I JUST HAVE SOME QUICK QUESTIONS. DO I HAVE TO START WITH AN INITIAL 70 MINUTE SESSION?
All new coaching clients must start with a 70 minute Initial Session. This will allow the coach enough time to establish your health history, answer any questions you have, and create a personalized plan for success.
CAN I CHOOSE WHICH COACH I WORK WITH?
Yes! Once you purchase your coaching package, you will be sent a link via email that will allow you to schedule your session. As part of the booking process, you will choose which coach you would like to work with. Click here to read our coaches bios.
CAN I WORK WITH DIFFERENT COACHES EACH TIME I HAVE A SESSION OR DO I ALWAYS WORK WITH THE SAME COACH?
We recommend that you choose a coach who you would like to work with throughout your coaching journey. If you would like to change coaches, you will have to purchase a 50 minute session to begin working with a new coach. This will allow your new coach the time necessary to establish your health history and ensure they are able to offer you the best possible guidance for your individual needs.
The DNRS™ 14-Hour Instructional Video:
We offer our Instructional Videos in two formats: our 14-hour Online Course or our 14-hour DVD Series. Regardless of how you watch the Instructional Videos, you will be provided with the same content and instruction. The benefit of the Online Course is that you have immediate access to the program.
Please note: the purchase of any of our Instructional Videos entitles the individual access to our membership-only DNRS™ Community Forum and access to purchase our DNRS™ Coaching Support Services.
If you choose to purchase either of our Instructional Videos we would recommend that you consider purchasing the book ‘Wired for Healing (by DNRS™ Founder, Annie Hopper) and utilizing our DNRS™ Coaching Support Services. Our coaches can assist with tailoring the program to your individual needs/conditions, clarifying the program and answering any questions you may have, and assisting you in creating a personalized strategy for success. Please note you must finish watching the instructional videos prior to seeking coaching.
To find out the cost of all DNRS™ Instructional Video packages visit our website here: https://retrainingthebrain.com/products/.