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 in person or on DVD), 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. The DVD program is 14 hours long, and our in-person seminars take place over 5 days. The DVD program 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 DVD program was originally created so that individuals who could not attend a live program due to illness restrictions would have access to this vital information for recovery. For some people, the DVD program is enough to fully retrain their brain, others use the DVD program as a stepping-stone to attending an in person seminar.

In our In-Person Seminars, 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 an In-Person 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 In-Person Seminar is continually updated to reflect the latest research on neuroplasticity as it becomes available.

The DVD program is based on an In-Person 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 personalized coaching with the DVD program to ensure that you can tailor the program to meet your unique situation.

What we cannot guarantee with the DVD series is 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 centre 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 willreturn 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™ In-Person Program:

WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR ATTENDING THE IN-PERSON PROGRAM?

Click here for information about our upcoming seminars. To register, email info@retrainingthebrain.com advising which program you are interested in applying for. You will be sent a registration form to complete. Once your registration form has been submitted and reviewed, we will contact you to arrange an interview to determine candidacy for the program. The interview lasts approximately 30 – 45 minutes and will go over your personal and medical history to help us determine if the program is right for you. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the program.

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a payment link. Payment is due within 24 hours of receiving your confirmation email. Once payment is received, your registration is considered confirmed.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY FOR THE IN-PERSON PROGRAM?

If you cancel at least 30 days prior to the program registration deadline, you will receive 100% of your registration fee back, less a $150 administration charge.  Please note that the registration deadline is not the same day that the program starts.  Generally, the registration deadline is approximately two weeks before the program starting date.

If you cancel within 15 days prior to the registration deadline you will receive 75% of your money back, less a $150 administration charge.

If you cancel within 7 days or less prior to the registration deadline you will receive 50% of your money back, less a $150 administration fee.

If you cancel after the registration deadline, you will not receive a refund.

Please note the cancellation policy is based on the registration deadline, or cut-off date, not the starting date of the seminar.

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.

DNRS™ Coaching

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WHAT IS COACHING?

Our DNRS coaches are available to clients who have completed the DVD program, or who have attended an In Person Seminar, who are looking for ongoing support. Our certified coaches can help clarify the program, answer any questions you have, tailor the program to your individual needs, and create 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.

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 55 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™ DVD Program:

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CAN I FULLY RECOVER USING THE DVDs?

For some people, the DVD program is enough to fully retrain their brains. For others, the DVD program is a stepping stone to attending an In Person Seminar. To achieve success with the DVD program, we strongly encourage you to pair your practice with Coaching. Our DNRS coaches can help clarify the program, answer any questions you may have, tailor the program to your individual needs, and create a personalized plan for success with you.