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          I'm Dr. Karen.

          I created the BrainRetrain method, a novel approach to healing. 

         

          This dynamic neuro-plasticity based method is a natural, drug-free approach that can

assist you in relieving symptoms associated with Depression; Anxiety; PTSD; Chronic Weight; 

Chronic Illness; Multiple Chemical Sensitivity; Eating Disorders; Cutting and Self-harm;

Fibromyalgia; Food Sensitivities; Grief/Loss; Chronic Pain; Insomnia; Financial Lack;

Spiritual Emptiness; Addiction; and even Narcissism.

         

         The reason this approach is effective across so many conditions, is because all of 

these conditions are related to Chronic Stress Response. Chronic Stress occurs when we have the repeated or ongoing experience of something or someone triggering a negative, painful or disempowering thought, emotion, belief or memory, often on an unconscious level. Much of the time, we aren't even aware of our triggers, much the less the beliefs we blindly accept as truth, such as "I'm not worthy; I don't deserve it; I don't belong; I must work hard for success; God is angry at me; I am rejected; I am unloveable; or I must be perfect." These are just a few of the beliefs that may spark a painful or negative emotional response, such as anger, depression, anxiety, or sadness. These emotions can also motivate behaviors like overeating, or relationship sabotage. Do you ever do something and then think, "Why did I do that? I swore I would stop," but it almost felt like you had no control, or it seemed like such a good idea in the moment?

 

        Our beliefs create our thoughts, and our thoughts activate areas in the brain that stimulate the release of neurotransmitters. These are chemical messengers that correspond to those neural events, and lead to an emotion or feeling. Neurotransmitters also signal the release of hormones and stress chemicals such as cortisol, adrenalin, glucose, and insulin. In the moment, stress chemicals help us to respond to a threat, which we were designed to either fight off, or run from. Most of the time, it's not appropriate to do either of these responses, such as when your boss is yelling at you, or your kids are screaming.

 

        So, stress response chemicals are not burned off by physical exertion, and instead remain in our bodies. By the way, this is why exercise is so effective at reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and a host of other issues - it reduces stress chemicals! Without regular exercise, or even better - eliminating the unconscious resources for feeling so stressed out - stress chemicals remain in our bodies, sparking inflammation that, over time, can damage our systems, organs, and overall physical well being. Chronic Stress Response also leads to weight gain, insomnia, and impaired mental health. When these past events are really traumatic, we can be triggered in many ways and by many people in a debilitating way, and we call that experience PTSD.

 

     If you have suffered with unwanted and no longer useful emotions, beliefs or memories for longer than two weeks, and would like real help, and lasting change at the neurological level, please set up a free 15 minute consultation call, to see if BrainRetrain-ing is right for you.

 

      What is different about my approach?

      I directly target the maladapted stress response that is at the root of suffering for so many, then train your brain to change the function and structure of memories and pain on a neurological basis. When you retrain the stress response, you move your body from a state of survival, to a state of growth and repair – where true healing can take place. This results in lasting, positive changes at the deepest levels.

     

       While others think that talking about the problem will help you reason out the solution on a conscious level, I found that our minds create the problem on the unconscious level (where 95% of information processing occurs at 400 billion bytes per second.) That means we can also use the unconscious as a resource to  produce the solution!  

 

       We can do this by accessing the subconscious control center, teaching the brain how to heal from past trauma, and how to create more effective beliefs - all resulting in more positive thoughts, more enjoyable emotions, producing more successful behavior and outcomes! 

 

      Soon, you will be using the method yourself, dealing with new stresses and irritating people without the need to see a counselor or coach because you've learned how to let go and move on.

        That's the other difference in my approach - I don't create career clients. My job is to help you heal, then teach you how to heal yourself. In the future I can provide occasional support, or help with a new painful event that feels like more than you can handle in the moment, but my goal is for you to no longer need me because you have learned to help yourself.

     What is the BrainRetrain​​ method?

         I have trained in and studied many effective techniques, but did not find that one single method was right for every person or every problem. So, I began to identify the most effective elements in each, and I noticed a core theme in what worked: learning theory and brain neuroplasticity.

 

At the basic level, our brains are constantly referring to past memories, usually those created until about the age of 4 years old, in order to decide how to respond in the here and now. If your past is full of the proof that life is frightening, evil, unloving, or filled with scarcity, that's what your brain is designed to "look out" for more of, so you can avoid that kind of pain. But, have you ever heard the saying, "what you focus on you get more of?" That's why we repeat the same patterns and create the same relationships over and over.

 

       Luckily, modern neuro-science has proven that your brain is literally able to unlearn and uncouple thoughts, emotions, and patterns from earlier trauma, and then learn to apply positive emotions and more useful coping skills, actually creating new memories to operate from in the current moment!

     

       This was the magic formula I had been searching for to help clients considered "treatment resistant" like those with addiction (food, substances, relationships, you name it) and narcissism (either as the narcissist or the person feeling trapped in the relationship with the narcissist!)

     

       Not only did I begin to combine the most effective elements of all the techniques in which I had learned, trained, certified, etc., I began to formulate a repeatable and measurable system that other counselors can learn and apply to every client, while still responding to each client's specific issue and needs. Best of all, this method is great for teens and those with PTSD because it is not necessary for you to tell me details about what happened, or re-live those painful events. 

     

      What is Brain Retrain based on?

The BrianRetrain method began while completing my Ph.D., and was refined through ongoing training in and learning new methods and techniques including: Biblical Counseling; Process Healing Method; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; EFT/EMDR/FEFT; Memory Reconsolidating; Neurolinguistic Programming; Hypnotherapy; Reality Therapy; Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Logotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Grief and Loss Therapy, Group Therapy, and more. 

 

      Am I a "Christian Counselor?"       

I believe and follow Jesus Christ. You do not need to have any particular spiritual beliefs to benefit from counseling. I am here to support and facilitate the changes you desire in any area of your life.

Key verses that support Christ-focused counseling include:

        Romans 12:2 which reminds us we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

        2 Corinthians 10:4-5 which tells us we must capture our thoughts and make them obey the Truth, & we must demolish mental deception and break down harmful attitudes, and we can even be spiritually empowered to do so!

        and John 5:6 which shows us we have to be willing to heal, to let go of our past identity.

 

     How much does this cost?

       Before you wonder if you can afford to invest in your mental, physical, emotional, financial, relational or even spiritual health, ask:

  • How much has it cost you to carry this burden?

  • How many supplements and medical visits have you purchased?

  • How much sleep have you lost?

  • How many types of counseling or change work have you spent money on without getting real or lasting relief?

  • Can you afford to continue as you are?

 

     I do guarantee measurable changes from the very first session. I know this because I am my most frequent client, and I know my methods work. 

 

How many sessions should I book? 

To begin, I provide a free initial phone consultation to discuss what you would like to change, and how we will go about creating that outcome. We will then choose together what is best for your needs, however

  • If you are seeking individual sessions, I suggest starting with a package of sessions 

  • If you have deep-seated issues, I recommend you choose a package of 12 sessions. These include:

    • addiction to food, alcohol or drugs, gambling, abusive or narcissistic relationships, etc. 

    • grief

    • chronic pain/illness

    • stubborn weight

    • anger

    • toxic relationships

    • eating disorders

    • suicidal thoughts

    • trauma that you have tried to deal with in the past without success​

  • If your issue is your marriage or relationship, choose the Couples Package, with joint sessions as well as individual. 

  • If your whole family needs help, I can do that as well, with group and individual sessions. Book a package for a discount, and all members of the family share the payment code.

  • If you are not sure what to study in college or which career is right for you, take the APS Temperament assessment and have 3 sessions to retrain away any fear of change, or loss over former dreams.

  • This method is really useful and fun for even smaller children, because we use the imagination to activate the areas of the brain that facilitate healing. Short session packages are available for younger minds.

  

     What would you like to change today? I can help, if you're willing.

     I promise to support you spiritually. If you've got issues with God (or people in the church who hurt or disappointed you) this is a good place to safely deal with what happened, back then. If you are not ready to go there, we'll go to what and where you are ready to be free from right now.

     Remember, what you don't let go of today, you get to keep...

 Get in touch today to begin.

     Jesus Messiah approached a man who had been laying in misery for 38 years. He asked him one question: "Do you truly want to be healed?" 

 

     What Jesus might have meant was, are you ready to let go of the identity you have formed by being (your problem here)? 

 

     To heal, it has to have become more painful to stay the same than to begin to change. We have to be more afraid of where we've been than where we might go. That man was healed that very day. It's your turn.

Schedule a FREE 30 minute call, no obligation, to learn more.

Dr. Karen R. Liddell, Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, Ordained Minister - Advanced Board Certified in Marriage & Family Therapy; Child & Youth Therapy; Temperament Therapy. Certified in Dual Diagnosis with Addiction; Group Therapy; FasterEFT; and NLP. Additional training in Grief & Loss; Weight Loss, and Hypnotherapy. 

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Testimonials

Karen changed my life in just ONE session! She helped me resolve a decades long pattern of insomnia and I've been sleeping great ever since. Truly grateful for her gifts, she's an amazing practitioner!

Beth Kendall, MA, FNTP, Minnesota

"I cannot recall another time when I actually received thank you notes from employees expressing appreciation for the wonderful workshop. Your message was very inspiring as noted in the participant comments to you as well ss the comments I and other members of TCC's mgmt have recieved."

Larry Ketchum, Tri-County Community Action Director of Operations

"You had their attention from beginning to end, sharing from your life experiences with confidence and enthusiasm. Your easy informal style drew the audence to you and promoted dialog...an inspiration to our young women. We were very pleased and highly endorse you as a speaker." 


Allyson Lundeen & Sandy Palo, Teen Moms of Morrison County Co-Directors

"If you are ready to positively transform your life, absorb Karen's simple, yet powerful strategies."

James Malinchak, business and motivational speaker, featured on the Hit ABC TV Show, Secret Millionaire, co-author Chicken Soup for the College Soul, twice named “College Speaker of the Year.” 

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