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In Brain Training Today: June 1, 2009

Today we are brain training 5 different people with the following issues; Lyme’s disease, fatigue, depression, pain, sleep issues, anger, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, affects of fetal alcohol syndrome, eating disorder, and alcoholism/drug addiction.

We are very excited about the opportunity to continue to help our clients with the issues listed above, utilizing the Brain State Technologies systems of brain optimization with real time balancing, achieve the change availed to us by the neuroplasticity of the brain.

-Geoff Cole

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In Brain Training Today: May 31, 2009

Through the Brain State Technologies system of brain optimization with real time balancing, we at the Brain Training Centers of Florida are assisting our clients in capitalizing from the neuroplasticity of their brains to obtain a “black-belt” in training their brains to function at the highest levels they can attain.

Today, yes Sunday (we are open 7 days per week approximately 350 days per year), we are brain training six different people with the following issues; severe depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual abuse, panic attacks, trauma, anxiety, sleep issues, Lyme’s disease, subconscious negative thought patterns, fibromyalgia, psyatic pain, general physical pain, fatigue, and anger issues.

Geoff Cole

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In Brain Training Today: May 26, 2009

Today we are brain training six different people. Five of them are recovering alcoholics and/or recovering drug addicts. One of them has come to us specifically to reduce the inner turmoil in his head stemming from the on-going battle between his sub-consciousness and his consciousness.

The issues our clients have come to optimize include but are not limited to; sleep, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, bi-polar disorder, addiction, craving, pain mitigation, focus (ADD or ADHD), childhood sexual abuse, trauma, depression, HIV symptom reduction, Hepatitis-C symptom reduction, fear, creativity, and hormonal deficiency. Along with some of the issues listed here, one of our clients today has come in to improve his physical performance for an upcoming marathon he is running Sunday.

This appears to be another busy day improving brain functioning thereby improving people’s lives through brain wave optimization with real time balancing. The neuroplasticity of the brain provides a pathway for the amazing experiences our clients are having everyday.

-Geoff Cole

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In Brain Training Today at Brain Training Centers of Florida

We are Brain Training a person who performs dictias who has stopped having road rage from brain training with us, a person with addictions who wants to stop relapsing, a person who has suffered from depression for over 30 years and has found some great relief here already, and a new person is having an assessment EEG performed. The person having the assessment has not yet informed us of his issues. We do not do diagnosis. We merely teach/train people and their brains how to balance and harmonize the way their brain functions. Accordingly, it is not imperative that they inform us of what their issues are. Utilizing the neuroplasticity of the brain, the brain changes itself to optimize its functioning.

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Neuroplasticity Enables You to Improve Mental Health and Overcome Emotional Problems Through Reading

(Note: This article was originally posted elsewhere, but we are posting it here also to give you additional background on how the Brain Training Centers of Florida are helping patients improve their mental health, and their life.)

A Miami-based counselor has adapted a new approach to mental health: read, then read very carefully, then read some more and even more carefully, and, finally, put into practice what you’re reading.

“There’s now a great deal of very practical material available for men and women with a wide range of emotional problems,” observes Francis J. Flynn, Psy.D., CAP, director of the Brain Training Centers of Florida. “Most importantly, the latest scientific discoveries – especially in the field of neuroplasticity – are being put in terms laymen and women can understand and begin to implement,” said Flynn, who earned his Doctor of Psychology degree from Nova South Eastern University in 1986 and is a Florida Certified Addictions Professional (counselor).neuroplasticity - improve mental health, overcome emotional problems

“We’ve moved away from the idea that the adult brain is cast in stone and cannot change,” notes Flynn. “Developments in neuroplasticity – the idea that the brain can actually develop new and effective brain cells designed specifically to address newly emerging skills or new learning – is probably the most important development in the world of neuropsychology, and potentially in the world of counseling, since Dr. Freud and Erik Erikson began to introduce ideas of human emotional development.”

Flynn points to a number of works that he describes as range from “pedantic, everything- you-never-wanted-to-know-about specific subjects – sort of the Moby Dicks of the neurosciences” to “‘WOW! This is great!” new and relatively easy reading.”

At the top of Dr. Flynn’s “just plain practical” list is Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Excise and the Brain by John J. Rately with Eric Hagerman. “Despite all of the scientific terms and his references to brain chemistry, he puts into relatively plain language just how effectively exercise can be used to help people experience significant improvements from depression, anxiety and a wide range of other problems.”

Sharon Begley’s Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How A New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary PotentialTo Transform Ourselves was born, of all places, in Dharamsala, India, the home-in-exile of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama periodically convenes multi-day seminars with some of the world’s top scientists. Begley, a science writer for the Wall Street Journal provides insight into and the history many of the 2004 presentations on neuroplasticity to the Nobel Prize winning Buddhist leader. Neuroplasticity refers to the brains ability to change its structures and functions by expanding nerve cell circuits that are used frequently and by shrinking or weakening those that are infrequently or rarely used. Neuroplasticity opens the possibility that the brain can be deliberately altered through the practice of specific tasks.

“Ultimately, neuroplasticity has tremendous potential for the future design of counseling and therapy techniques, the treatment of addictions, depression, anxiety, stress, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” notes Flynn. “It can certainly be argued that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and AA and other Twelve Step programs, when practiced regularly and with deliberate intention, take advantage of specific elements of plasticity – building new neural systems that, over time, become the brain’s preferred pathways, as opposed to the older, counterproductive pathways. As with exercise, it can become a case of use-it-or-lose-it in cognitively-emotionally healthy lifestyles.”

Fifty years ago, it took almost a decade for the totality of human knowledge to double. “Today, our total knowledge doubles just about every two years and the worlds of science and medicine, especially about the human brain, are leading the field,” said Flynn. “And this increasing store of knowledge can be a great source of encouragement and hope for all of us, especially if we are dealing with any kind of mental health issue.”

Flynn, who is a co-founder of the Brain Training Center of Florida, encourages his clients to spend time in any major bookstore. “Grab the most recently published books on the brain you can find; check out the author’s background to make sure that he or she is well educated; and, just read a few pages to make sure that the material is understandable to you,” he urges his clients. “Then head home and read, read, read.”

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Brain Training and Athletic Training: Get in ‘The Zone’

The Brain Training Centers of Florida is a sponsor for The International Wake Board Championships. The following article appeared in the program for the event:

More than two centuries after Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, declared “A strong body makes the mind strong,” a Miami counselor is telling sportsmen “A well-trained brain can make a well-trained athlete even better.”

“The field of Sports Psychology is barely a century old, but the truly effective training of the body and the brain to work as a unit is a whole new field,” reports Francis J. Flynn, Psy.D., co-founder and director of Brain Training Centers of Florida.

sports psychology - brain state conditioning - athletic training“Traditionally, the world’s best athletes – divers, swimmers, pitchers, basketball players, golfers, and others – had to work for years to be able to get ‘in the zone’ at the critical moment in competition. Today, high powered laptops and specialized computer programs allow athletes to strengthen the bond between brain and body in ways never dreamed of – even ten years ago.”

“Until recently we believed that by adolescence the brain was fully developed and unchanging. Today we know that the brain can change and develop – in a sense actually get stronger – all through life. With repetition of everything from sinking free throws, sticking dives and/or flip turns or perfectly hitting a ski jump, athletes of all ages can change specific areas of their brains,” said Flynn, who has counseled an Olympic silver medalist in platform diving and a world champion springboard diver. “It’s one of the most significant new principles of neuropsychology and athletic training. We call it ‘neuroplasticity,’ the idea that throughout our lives our brains can continue to change.”

Athletic excellence demands the carefully coordinated interaction between the brain and the body. Skilled athletes must, at one and the same time, quiet their brains to block out all distractions and use their brains to deliver specific instructions to the muscle groups involved in their sport to achieve precise movements. “From the perspective of the brain, the Olympics were exciting because of how marvelously athletes were able to achieve perfect brain-body coordination,” said Flynn.

The Brain Training Centers of Florida use the Brain State Conditioning (BSC) systems of Brain State Technologies. BSC is a personalized, computer-driven type of brain optimization computer program based on the brain’s ability to observe and direct itself into an ever more balanced and healthy state. Brain Training Centers’ clients can learn to quiet and focus their brains in order to accomplish specific sports-related tasks and, at the same time, achieve optimal levels of physical performance. In addition to athletes, BTC of Florida also works with individuals experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sleep problems, and a wide range of other issues.

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