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 learned the program content (in either format), we recommend that you dedicate one hour per day to the specific exercise pertaining to the DNRS Retraining steps, for at least 6 months. There are other elements of the program to keep in mind throughout the day. The one hour a day dedication to the DNRS Retraining steps does not have to be done all at once but can be done in smaller chunks throughout the course of a day. Most of our clients break it up into two 30-minute sessions, three 20-minute sessions or four 15-minute sessions. We encourage you to aim for 60 minutes, while being flexible to do what you can manage at first, and don’t overextend yourself. You are exercising your brain in ways that it is unaccustomed to, so it is normal for the retraining steps to feel a bit challenging. This is how the brain strengthens to form new pathways. Building new pathways takes time, repetition and reinforcement. Please keep in mind that healing is generally not a linear process and we are here to support you each step of the way.
The program is flexible and you will be able to tailor the program to your individual needs. Our DNRS™ coaches can help you create a personalized strategy, 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 fully implement and apply the program daily at least one hour per day for a minimum of 6 months.
6CAN 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.
7WILL MY SENSE OF SMELL RETURN TO NORMAL AGAIN?
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, flight or freeze 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.
8WILL 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 while applying all elements of the program.
9WHEN WILL DNRS BE HOSTING 5 DAY INTERACTIVE SEMINARS?
At this time we are not offering 5 day interactive seminars and are unable to give you a timeline regarding if and when this may change. As a result of the pandemic, we created additional support services that will allow you to garner the same positive results as attending a live program, but from the comfort of your own home. Our products and services provide community, added clarity and guidance and the motivation that you need to implement the program consistently. Your first step is to watch and implement the foundational learning in our 14 hour instructional video.
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 12-week DNRS Group Support series (LIVING DNRS) and DNRS™ Individual Coaching Support Services, and the follow up video series A Deeper Dive Into DNRS.
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/.
Individual Coaching Support
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.