Neuroscience and Neuroplasticity: A field of study focused on understanding the elements of change from the perspective of the brain. Our brains are truly extraordinary; unlike computers, which are built to certain specifications and receive software updates periodically, our brains can actually receive hardware updates in addition to software updates. Different pathways are created and discarded according to our experiences. When we learn something new, we create new connections between our neurons. We rewire our brains to adapt to new circumstances. This happens on a daily basis, but it's also something that we can encourage and stimulate. We apply the latest research in neuroscience to better leverage change in our clients.
Cognitive Behavioral Coaching (CBC): The effective principle of CBC is this: what we think about a situation, affects how we feel about it and what we do as a result. As we can better understand and influence our habitual thinking patterns, we can have better control of our moods and behaviors. CBC approach develops an awareness of the habitually recurring thinking patterns that create your mood states and reactions to events, circumstances and others. As negative thought patterns and moods can be personally and interpersonally destructive, we equip you with tools to minimize the impact of your thoughts on your mood, relationships, and overall quality of life.
Acceptance Commitment Coaching: This coaching theory revolves around helping clients reconnect with their passion and meaning, align actions around personal values, and build psychological resilience to deal with daily stress and adversity. The ACC model supports individuals move in the direction of their chosen values by implementing six core processes acceptance, defusion, self-as-context, mindfulness, values clarity, and committed action. ACC works perfectly for individuals who seek help because they feel they are stuck in a rut, are not making progress at achieving their goals. ACC helps to develop greater psychological flexibility, get unstuck, take a more mindful and accepting approach to daily stressors, and achieve values-based goals.
Mindfulness: This is a process of creating sustained awareness and focus at the moment to override reactive emotional tendencies and begin to change habitual neurotransmitter patterns.
"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom" - V. Frankl
With a help of mindfulness, you can tap into the space between the external event and your response. And instead of unconsciously reacting to things, be able to consciously choose your course of action based on the desired outcome. Mindfulness practice helps grow new neural connections in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that's involved with attention, learning, memory, and compassion. Furthermore, mindfulness calms your nervous system so your body isn't in a fight-or-flight state all the time, burning right through all of your energy, similar to an overworked internet browser. When you don't restart your laptop and keep running too many tabs open, your laptop will freeze or crash sooner or later. Similarly, if you don't do regular "mental reboots" and leave too many tabs running at the same time, you can expect to feel overwhelmed, tired, and burned out. Through mindfulness practice, you can increase your productivity and efficiency, and apply your energy towards what matters most (values-guided actions).
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the original and best-known application of mindfulness training in modern contexts. Developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s, MBSR aims to address the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that create stress in our lives.
Stress is at the foundation of pretty much most suffering that's out there. Whether it's anxiety, depression, addictive behaviors, bad habits, stress at work, or feeling overwhelmed with life. There is always going to be stress and pain, but how our mind relates to it increases our suffering. "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional".
In other words, when we stress out about being stressed out and try running away from it, the result is just that even more stress is created, effectively just making us feel way worse. It's a vicious cycle. MBSR helps break that cycle by teaching how to see stress and pain in a different light, which, in turn, decreases suffering. MBSR helps harness your mind and control your stress. And when you feel like you have control over it, that makes you feel better and more resilient, which gives you the mental energy to focus on the things that make you happy.
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