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A wide-ranging look at CIMBS’ success at operationalizing neuroscience research.

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CIMBS invites you to make fascinating and unanticipated discoveries about your emotions.

CIMBS Article on Wise Brain Bulletin
Albert and Beatriz Sheldon share their innovative therapeutic paradigm that aims to “decode” the complexity of our emotions and emotional behaviors in the latest edition of the Wise Brain Bulletin.

What People Are Saying About CIMBS
Praise for Complex Integration for Multiple Brain Systems in Therapy. Posted in the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB).

What are “Brain Systems”?

Our brain has many complex Brain Systems  (vision, hearing, coordination, the autonomic nervous system, etc).  These systems enable us to live and flourish in a wide variety of circumstances.    In addition there are other brain systems  that utilize the energy and wisdom of our emotions, direct our motivations, protect us from danger and build close nourishing relationships.

When these systems are differentiated from each other they can function independently and then be fully integrated enabling us to function at our highest capacity.

There can be limitless ways to provide effective treatment with CIMBS

“With the dawn of the new century it became clear that neuroplasticity, especially when nudged by effective therapy and mental effort, allows the brain to reassign tasks…. Offering possibilities undreamed of just a few years ago”

Jeffrey M Schwartz MD.

“Practically every brain system changes with use and disuse.”

Jaak Panksepp PhD.
It is possible to enable the patient’s mind to change the structure of their own brains and enable them to release the emotions of fear, grief, shame, guilt, etc.

Are we born with  brain systems differentiated from each other?

No, babies are born with relatively undifferentiated brain systems.  With sufficient developmental experiences, nurturance, and attunement by the parents, the brain systems become independently activated and thus differentiated.

Often the brain systems do not sufficiently differentiate due to limitations of developmental learning.   Undifferentiated Brain Systems are unable to function independently or fully effectively.   This situation often gives rise to symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, behavioral problems and other difficulties

What are nonconscious emotional brain systems?

CIMBS is a neurobiological paradigm. Surprising to learn that the nonconscious Safe emotional brain system is more powerful than fear.

How can you apply CIMBS, neurophysiopsychotherapy?

CIMBS therapeutic paradigm inspires remarkably efficient and yet effective treatment [strategies].

How are brain systems differentiated in therapy?

CIMBS™ uses targeted therapeutic interventions to modulate the suppression, differentiation and/or activation of the different brain systems that have been wired together in a person’s brain by early developmental experiences or traumas.

CIMBS™   maximizes the mind’s ability to modify the brain’s structure known as neuroplasticity.

We refer to our method of therapy as NeuroPhysioPsychotherapy™

This approach initially focuses on gathering evidence about how the client’s Brain Systems are operating in the present moment, in real time.  The next priorities are:
1] Assess attachment relationship patterns
2] Access, activate and differentiate the Multiple Brain Systems
3] Notice and reinforce positive feelings, strengths and new adaptive neuropathways
4] Shift the internal balance from avoidance to approach
5] Provide ongoing successful present moment experiential learning.

CIMBS™ is a fast and effective psychotherapy because the process of activation and differentiation of Multiple Brain Systems enables the client to come to a new Integration of more Complex and flexible mental functioning.   This leads to a new trajectory of growth and adaptive functioning where the client/patient achieves their best potential for the present, and freedom to continue maximizing further development in the future.

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