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BRAIN FIRST PSYCH™

A New, Proven Neuroscience Breakthrough for energizing Higher Brain potential to amplify therapeutic outcomes.

A New, Proven Neuroscience Breakthrough for energizing Higher Brain potential to amplify therapeutic outcomes.

LIBERATING INNATE & ORGANIC MENTAL WELL BEING AND HIGH LEVELS OF FLOURISHING & POTENTIAL

LIBERATING INNATE & ORGANIC MENTAL WELL BEING AND HIGH LEVELS OF FLOURISHING & POTENTIAL

A revolution is brewing under the surface. We have proven our system works—now we are going to bring it to the world. Our first inaugural phase will be “under the radar” – contacting our colleagues, professional networks and associations. This will be limited to 100 charter practitioners. The next phase will be an expanded outreach to specific states and regions of the country. The final phase will be a full national launch. Join us at the leading edge.

CO-FOUNDER

PSYCHOLOGIST CRAIG POLSFUSS

​“Once I looked at Higher Brain Living, I knew I could not ignore it—and in fact I had to bring it to my professions. It not only explains mental-emotional functioning from an enlightened and neuroscience-based perspective, it provides a revolutionary means for activating and awakening Higher Brain potential, and then for applying it practically for mental well-being and more. I am honored to co-create this special adaptation of Higher Brain Living® BRAIN FIRST™ PSYCH for our field. This is a true and profound breakthrough! I am passionate about getting BRAIN FIRST™ PSYCH to the world to help the countless people who are suffering. I implore my colleagues to check this out. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.”

– Craig Polsfuss, Integral Psychologist, Director of Professional Outreach & Education

CO-FOUNDER

DR. MICHAEL COTTON

“I wanted to take Integral MetaTheory and put it into a practical methodology that worked with the human brain, not only to improve human health and ordinary functioning, but to open and actualize the highest potentials for consciousness and extraordinary functioning. I have witnessed so many improvements in mental-emotional health and functioning. In fact, many of my clients have been therapists who implored me to teach them what I was doing! This was a significant factor in my decision to begin training professionals.”

– Michael Cotton, Leading Integral MetaTheorist, Author & Creator of Higher Brain Living® & Source Code Meditation

– RELEASE –

Show clients how to release bound-up, survival-brain stress and dysfunction that holds them back in therapy—and life. Brain First™ Psych provides a simple, practical process designed to optimize a wide variety of treatments, especially mental health and addictions counseling.

– ENERGIZE –

Awaken and energize Higher Brain mental-emotional well-being and ability in your clients in all areas of their lives. Brain First™ Psych is derived from the world’s most comprehensive and sophisticated philosophy called ‘Integral Metatheory’.

– APPLY –

Help your clients apply this newfound clarity and organic positivity to their therapy goals and lives. Brain First™ Psych offers a proven way to create the brain state necessary for positive change mentally, emotionally, behaviorally and even spiritually, if desired.

This revolutionary technique means that the Higher Brain is prepped and ready to

RECEIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION AND OPTIMIZE IT

This revolutionary technique means that the Higher Brain is prepped and ready to

RECEIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL
INTERVENTION AND OPTIMIZE IT

“I feel empowered to be able to energize my own brain whenever I want. I have never felt more meaning, purpose or passion in my life.”

“I feel empowered to be able to energize my own brain whenever I want. I have never felt more meaning, purpose or passion in my life.”

“I feel empowered to be able to energize my own brain whenever I want. I have never felt more meaning, purpose or passion in my life.”

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

In this time of demanding and stressful society, where internal and interpersonal peace is rarely found, where people’s lives are driven by fears, and where stress and anxiety have become the norm, the mental health field is rising to the challenge of not just treating mental illness more effectively, but of facilitating true mental wellbeing in a more rapid and sustainable way – and even aiming ultimately for widespread positive social change.Over 100 years ago William James, leading philosopher and one of the first psychologists, stated that a time would come when the principles behind the mind and consciousness would be discovered. He said when this “missing link” was uncovered, it would usher a new era of not only mental health treatment, but profound benefits for the whole of humankind. This “missing link” has now been identified and is clearly associated with higher consciousness and the physiology of the higher brain centers. As the applications of this missing link have been developed, rapid, painless, significant sustained healing and transformation have occurred across multiple disciplines. This is exciting and emerging as an inspired movement.

“Awakening is primarily due to a fundamental brain change in brain function with a shift in brain dominance to the frontal area. There is a shift of the brain’s command center, and the individual wakes up to a higher level of consciousness and to a new reality which seems to be even more real than the old one.”   – Andrew Newberg, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Author

“Awakening is primarily due to a fundamental brain change in brain function with a shift in brain dominance to the frontal area. There is a shift of the brain’s command center, and the individual wakes up to a higher level of consciousness and to a new reality which seems to be even more real than the old one.”   – Andrew Newberg, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Author

Leading evolutionary theorist and author, Dr. Michael Cotton, spent three decades researching – and a decade refining – a methodology called Higher Brain Living that physiologically loosens the grip of the lower survival brain and organically energizes the higher brain’s natural and highest abilities. The results are a quantum leap forward for the field, having been verified in university research and EEG brain scan studies.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

“The Higher Brain Living protocol has been a stand-alone option in resolving mild to moderate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD in otherwise healthy adults.”

“I have observed a significant increase in clients’ resilience in and out of the therapy office due to HBL sessions.

The Higher Brain Living protocol has been a stand-alone option in resolving mild to moderate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD in otherwise healthy adults. It has been just as impressive to see how HBL improves treatment outcomes as a foundational or adjunct modality of an overall therapy plan.

HBL has decreased the number of sessions needed to process trauma targets using the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) protocol by half.

Not only have my clients experienced more efficiency in processing their trauma history, they have also experienced more tolerance to disturbance levels of the same, making the trauma therapy experience much more manageable as well as comprehensive. Clients can also more easily access and transition into a new positive cognition in the context of their trauma memories. They appear to be able to access strength-based and growth-based ways of thinking and feeling than without HBL.” – Cheryl Weber, MSW, LICSW, psychotherapist with specialty in trauma treatment

“Higher Brain Living® consistently has resulted in a wide variety of changes including improvements in language, calm state, independence, decrease in anxiety and stress…”

“Higher Brain Living® consistently has resulted in a wide variety of changes including improvements in language, calm state, independence, decrease in anxiety and stress, and increase in self-confidence and social skills. Children with high functioning autism, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia are demonstrating excellent response! These are just a few of the many changes possible and changes are seen quite quickly!” – Nancy Lawton-Shirley, OTR

“…a very deep experience of serenity.”

“As a counselor in the addictions field, I often talk about serenity as a basis of recovery and relapse prevention. Higher Brain Living® puts a person in touch with a very deep experience of serenity.” – John Howard Prin, LADC, Author

“I am so excited about Higher Brain Living® and its potential for people with eating disorders, addictions and their family members.”

“I am so excited about Higher Brain Living® and its potential for people with eating disorders, addictions and their family members. I have personally experienced the benefit in myself and my family.” – Becky Henry, Author, Eating Disorders Speaker & Advocate

A decade ago Dr. Cotton began offering this to the public for personal transformation. It is spreading throughout the country and the world. When psychologist Craig Polsfuss witnessed it, he immediately saw its implications for the field, became trained at the highest level and became devoted to bringing it to the fields of mental health, addictions and leadership development.

Teaming up, Craig and Michael have now co-created Brain First™ Psych, designed specifically for therapists and counselors to easily apply and seamlessly integrate into their practices.

Clients are taught how to “turn on” their Higher Brain just before sessions. This changes the rules of the game. Clients are more able to relax, engage in the therapeutic process, listen, learn, and apply therapist’s advice. University research studies show statistically significant improvement in these Scales:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Happiness
  • Goal-Attainment
  • Personal Mastery
  • Flourishing

Additionally, hundreds of EEG brain scans show (a) rapid, safe and profound brain changes correlating with the higher consciousness seen in lifelong meditators and (b) “almost perfect coherence” correlating with optimal brain functioning.

“I would never have believed a brain could change this fast if I hadn’t measured it myself.”

Remark following a research study for Higher Brain Living®.– Dr. Penny Montgomery, Brain Researcher, Co-author of Whispers in the Brain

“Brain wave coherence is almost perfect.”

– Alison Ooms, MS, Neurotherapist & Brain Researcher

“For the first time in 54 years I don’t feel anxiety.”

– Dr. Steve Conroy, Psychologist, immediately after receiving his first session in Training

Be one of the first 100 change agents or 25 mental health & addictions clinics to lead the field!

Clients are able to “turn on” their Higher Brains whenever they want for whatever positive purpose. This not only puts them in the most present and effective state-of-mind, but it builds new neuropathways to make this empowered state the new, natural base.

 Clinicians learn Brain First™ Psych for themselves. Clinicians function more consistently in a flow state of caring, intuitive precision, creativity and effectiveness in work and life.

 Clinic Owners and Directors recognize the opportunity as well: A higher level of effective service; more satisfied customers, more empowered clinicians, a new revenue stream*, and perhaps more notoriety in the profession and in the community. (*When positioned as an add-on rather then integrated into regular services.)

Right now, we are laying the foundations for not only a new level of effectiveness in mental health and addictions treatment, but a new movement we are calling “Brain First™ Psych”. Will you join us?

CHECK BRAIN FIRST™ PSYCH OUT AND BECOME AN EARLY ADOPTER.

We are enrolling a total of 100 Charter Members and 25 Charter Agencies into one of our Brain First™ Psych programs below. These programs will change your clients’ lives, significantly evolve the field, and usher in a new stage of global human evolution…

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Most psychotherapy techniques try to use thought to change thought.

THIS IS LIKE ASKING THE FOX TO GUARD THE HENHOUSE.

Albert Einstein famously stated that “a problem cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created the problem”.

As valuable as traditional psychotherapy techniques can be, we recognize their very real limitations. Most psychotherapy techniques, given enough time and enough practice, confer some changes, but not necessarily significant nor sustainable. The physical brain needs to change in ways that allow easier access and greater sustainability for the desired healthy states of mind. Very few make it to these highly functional states of mind, because few of us are able to create the requisite changes in the brain.

Brain First™ Psych quickly, safely and consistently ignites this part of the brain, shifting the client into a new state in which “the problem can be solved from a new level of clarity and understanding”!

Brain First™ Psych is a way to help your clients empower themselves from within.

“I have a much greater understanding of who I am, and about life in general. I’m happier, healthier and my life has never been better.”

“I have a much greater understanding of who I am, and about life in general. I’m happier, healthier and my life has never been better. I can’t thank Dr. Michael Cotton enough for helping me – and others – access the latent energy source that lies within all of us. Your life doesn’t have to be awful for it to get even better – there truly is no limit for us!”

– Donna Briggs MS, LMT, Lac

“My enduring happiness and ability to live into my future rather than dwell in the past, has given me purpose, passion and a fire to live my life and serve others from a place of fearless authenticity.”

GET INVOLVED:

CHOOSE AN OPTION BELOW FOR YOUR FIRST STEP

SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION

  • Free pre-launch video consultations to address your inquiries
  • Free exploration of how Brain First™ Psych can enhance your current agency or practice
  • Free information about Brain First™ Psych training opportunities
  • Free information about whole agency services, including leadership and staff development and creating a Brain First™ Culture

PRESS INQUIRIES – REQUEST A PRESS KIT

  • Schedule professional and public interviews with the co-founders
  • Receive a press kit, complete with biographies and headshots of the co-founders
  • Speak directly with Dr. Craig Polsfuss, co-founder of Brain First™ Psych
  • Be one of the first to get information regarding Brain First™ Psych!
  • Have a chance to get your interview featured on our website!

SCHEDULE
A FREE
CONSULTATION

  • Free pre-launch video consultations to address your inquiries
  • Free exploration of how Brain First™ Psych can enhance your current agency or practice
  • Free information about Brain First™ Psych training opportunities
  • Free information about whole agency services, including leadership and staff development and creating a Brain First™ Culture

PRESS INQUIRIES – REQUEST A PRESS KIT

  • Schedule professional and public interviews with the co-founders
  • Receive a press kit, complete with biographies and headshots of the co-founders
  • Speak directly with Dr. Craig Polsfuss, co-founder of Brain First™ Psych
  • Be one of the first to get information regarding Brain First™ Psych!
  • Have a chance to get your interview featured on our website!

INAUGURAL NATIONAL LAUNCH:
ONLINE EVENT & FREE CEUs

  • WEBINAR: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST
  • Meet the co-founders and participate in live Q&A
  • Learn about Brain First™ Psych, how it works, it’s power and purpose, and the research behind it
  • See how you and your clients will accelerate mental-emotional well-being
  • See how the field has evolved from only treating pathology to facilitating prevention, optimal mind-brain functioning and global mental well-being
  • Evaluate how BFP can enhance your practice and income
  • Qualify for pre-launch discounted registration
  • Receive a first copy of our journal article on the research findings
  • 1.5 FREE CEUs

INAUGURAL NATIONAL LAUNCH:
ONLINE EVENT & FREE CEUs

INAUGURAL NATIONAL LAUNCH:
ONLINE EVENT & FREE CEUs

  • WEBINAR: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST
  • Meet the co-founders and participate in live Q&A
  • Learn about Brain First™ Psych, how it works, it’s power and purpose, and the research behind it
  • See how you and your clients will accelerate mental-emotional well-being
  • See how the field has evolved from only treating pathology to facilitating prevention, optimal mind-brain functioning and global mental well-being
  • Evaluate how BFP can enhance your practice and income
  • Qualify for pre-launch discounted registration
  • Receive a first copy of our journal article on the research findings
  • 1.5 FREE CEUs

CERTIFICATION TRAINING

ENROLL IN BRAIN FIRST PSYCH™ CERTIFICATION TRAINING

*Limited to the first 100 registrants.*

A Combined Live & Online One-Week Course including 6 Videos, 40 CEUs, Written Materials, and More!

CERTIFICATION
TRAINING

ENROLL IN BRAIN FIRST PSYCH™ CERTIFICATION TRAINING

*Limited to the first 100 registrants.*

A Combined Live & Online One-Week Course including 6 Videos, 40 CEUs, Written Materials, and More!

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Teach your clients how to “turn on” their Higher Brain just before sessions – and any time they need to
  • Apply the Higher Brain to clear up trouble spots and unlock potential
  • Teach clients how to sustain, grow & deepen this ability
  • Turn on your Higher Brain for your work & personal life
  • Learn the big-picture integral metatheory behind Brain First™ Psych
  • Seamlessly integrate Brain First™ Psych into your practice immediately
  • How to explain your new “brain-first” neuroscience service to clients
  • Bill for serves as you always have
  • Deal with ethical questions that may arise
  • Free membership in private Facebook Brain First™ Psych Professional Group
  • Get referrals through our national registry
  • 40 FREE CEUs (a $600 value)

DATES & LOCATION

Official 2019 Training Dates:
Saturday, August 4th through
Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Training Location:
Chicago, IL

Discounted from $6,000!

*Limited Time Only*

One Payment

$4500

SAVE $1500 WITH
PRE-REGISTRATION!

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Teach your clients how to “turn on” their Higher Brain just before sessions – and any time they need to
  • Apply the Higher Brain to clear up trouble spots and unlock potential
  • Teach clients how to sustain, grow & deepen this ability
  • Turn on your Higher Brain for your work & personal life
  • Learn the big-picture integral metatheory behind Brain First™ Psych
  • Seamlessly integrate Brain First™ Psych into your practice immediately
  • How to explain your new “brain-first” neuroscience service to clients
  • Bill for serves as you always have
  • Deal with ethical questions that may arise
  • Free membership in private Facebook Brain First™ Psych Professional Group
  • Get referrals through our national registry
  • 40 FREE CEUs (a $600 value)

DATES & LOCATION

Official 2019 Training Dates:
Saturday, August 4th through
Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Training Location:
Chicago, IL

Discounted from $6,000!

*Limited Time Only*

One Payment

$4500

SAVE $1500 WITH
PRE-REGISTRATION!

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Teach your clients how to “turn on” their Higher Brain just before sessions – and any time they need to
  • Apply the Higher Brain to clear up trouble spots and unlock potential
  • Teach clients how to sustain, grow & deepen this ability
  • Turn on your Higher Brain for your work & personal life
  • Learn the big-picture integral metatheory behind Brain First™ Psych
  • Seamlessly integrate Brain First™ Psych into your practice immediately
  • How to explain your new “brain-first” neuroscience service to clients
  • Bill for serves as you always have
  • Deal with ethical questions that may arise
  • Free membership in private Facebook Brain First™ Psych Professional Group
  • Get referrals through our national registry
  • 40 FREE CEUs (a $600 value)

DATES & LOCATION

Official 2019 Training Dates:
Saturday, August 4th through
Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Training Location:
Chicago, IL

Discounted from $6,000!

*Limited Time Only*

One Payment

$4500

SAVE $1500 WITH
PRE-REGISTRATION!

He is at the cutting edge of something huge and early participants will be foundational as this explodes worldwide.

Dr. Michael Cotton is a visionary genius who has conceived, authored, and administers this life changing process. Although it’s complicated and based on undisputable scientific research, Dr. Cotton simplifies the concepts so as to be accessible to any level of student. What he teaches works. He is changing my life and many others.

– Dan Hostetler, Executive Director of Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center and Former Executive Director of The Parliament of the World’s Religions

“I feel wonder and awe and gratitude on a daily basis, no special effort or occasion required.”

For many years I suffered through debilitating depression and anxiety even though I took prescription medication and received counseling. I was apathetic about life and did just enough to get by. Today I surprise myself because I look out the window and marvel at how beautiful everything is. People, friends and strangers alike, simply appear as beautiful. I feel wonder and awe and gratitude on a daily basis, no special effort or occasion required. Life still has its challenges, but I am able to purposefully navigate through with greater ease anchored in the knowing of who I am. I have a practice I look forward to and can use at any time even standing in line at the grocery store. I am no longer running from the past. I am living fully in the present, drawn by a sparkling future. I’m happy to be alive and living my life.”

– Barbara Brouwer MSOM LAc LMT RScP

Share?

Should I share this with my colleagues?

Like-minded people connect and are interested in similar opportunities. This is not just another technique. It is a movement in the field!

“When I first learned about Dr. Cotton’s work, I knew intuitively that there was something profound to it, even though I had not personally experienced it or seen any research. I was so moved that I immediately began telling my colleagues to check it out. I told them that I was not necessarily endorsing it (yet), but it was likely to be a profound breakthrough. As a result, a third of the initial training of over 100 was directly connected to my reaching out.” – Craig Polsfuss, MA, LP, MSW

You are strongly encouraged to send your colleagues the www.BrainFirstPsych.com link with a personal note. And you will see how going through training with a nearby colleague will be of extra value!

 

FAQs

What research is behind Brain First™ Psych?

We have two empirical studies out of the University of Iowa Social Work Department. We have hundreds of EEG brain scan studies. We have thousands of case studies and testimonials. We have completed a beta-study in a mental health and addictions treatment setting. We insist on critical thinking and ongoing scientific inquiry. We continue gathering data, conducting EEG brain scans and inviting research inquiries. We welcome research professionals and PhD candidates who are interested in working with us.

Where is the training conducted?

The Inaugural Training will be conducted in Chicago. Thereafter trainings will occur where we determine it will be most convenient for the most participants. We anticipate this will be in Chicago and Minneapolis, since these are our home bases.

Are there any adverse effects or contraindications for Brain First™ Psych?

None are known to date. Always use your clinical judgement and ethics.

Can I really integrate BFP into my practice seamlessly?

Yes. It is virtually no different than integrating any other new modality. We provide all the details and guidance necessary in the certification training.

Is there re-certification?

Yes. It is critically important to keep one’s skills strong and stay up to date with the evolution of BFP. Re-certification is required every 3 years and at a much lower cost than the original training.

Who can become certified?

Professional Certification is available for mental health and addictions professionals with Master’s degrees or higher, and professionals licensed in the health, mental health and addictions fields. These include psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling and behavioral health, alcohol and drug addictions, ​occupational therapists, pastoral, nursing, and others. Inquire with questions.

Can I bill insurance as usual?

Absolutely. The usual CPT codes can be used. All details and questions related to billing are addressed in training.

Is the use of touch ethical?

Absolutely. There is a myth in the helping professions that touch is not allowed. Check your State Statutes and Professional Code of Ethics. You will find that appropriate, non-sexual touch is not prohibited.

Will there be opportunities to become a Brain First™ Psych trainer?

Yes. Those certified and competent in applying BFP in the field will be eligible to become BPF trainers.

Will there be future research?
Absolutely. We highly value scientific research to verify our claims.
If my agency wants to adopt Brain First™ Psych not only for clients but for staff and agency culture, what do I do?

Contact Craig Polsfuss, co-founder of Brain First™ Psych.

Where are you located?

The Higher Brain Living® and Source Code Meditation Headquarters is in Chicago. The Brain First Psych headquarters is in Minneapolis.

Can this "brain first" modality be used in other areas?

Yes. There are many areas in which the “brain first” modality applies. Source Code Meditation is a brain first meditation. A brain first yoga is being developed in association with SCM. Brain First Leadership will be rolled out in the future. Other possibilities being explored are (a) Brain First Education, where students “turn on” their Higher Brain before class and (b) Brain First Massage.

Who is the main contact for Brain First Psych?

Craig Polsfuss, MA, LP, MSW, LICSW (Emeritus)

612-730-4843
craigp@higherbrainliving.com

Who issues the CEUs?

40 CEUs have been approved by The Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy. These should be transferable to any State necessary.

What is the actual Brain First Psych technique?

With any integral system there are psycho-relational and physiological elements. The physiological technique works with the piezoelectric nature of the mind-body (or more precisely the mind-brain) through precise, gentle-touch contacts administered in a specific sequence (code) and timing correlating with the subtle energy pathways known for thousands of years in ancient healing and energy systems.