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NR Therapy is Coming to Austin: THIS WEEK!

Neuro Reorganization Therapy (NR) is coming to Austin Texas! This is an exciting first for Austinites! Many of our Neurogistics clients and families have used NR to aid in healing trauma, and repairing developmental delays and learning challenges.

Neurological Reorganization Practitoner Sargent L. Goodchild, Jr. of Active Healing, will now be traveling to Austin every 4 months to help Texas families. Sarge is an (NR) therapist based in Boston, MA with 19 years of experience. He is one of 4 practitioners in the US that is specialized in this amazing program. Sarge will be in Austin Thursday October 3rd through Sunday October 6th and we are excited to announce that he will be taking new clients while he is here. He will then return to Austin every 4 months for re-evaluations. Active Healing clients may be any age and any level of development.

There are still a couple of appointments available for these Austin dates, with 2 different appointment options available. You may schedule a full appointment, or Sarge is also offering a special one hour appointment for new clients looking to try Neuro Reorganization Therapy!

Call Laura Yaeger at 512-423-0286 for more information and appointments. You may also contact Sarge Goodchild at Active Healing 978-525-3608 or email info@activehealing.org

What is Neuro Reorganization Therapy?

Neuro Reorganization Therapy is a movement based therapy that targets foundational areas of the brain to organize and integrate functions not addressed by other interventions. Amazing results have been achieved by children and adults who face challenges, including: Autism and Autism Spectrum disorders, RAD, ADD, ADHD, PTSD and trauma disorders, FASD, dyslexia, head injuries or trauma to the brain at birth, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and learning challenges, Oppositional Defiance Disorder and other behavior disorders.

We are very excited about this opportunity for healing that will be available for our Texas clients. NR has helped many of our families who are struggling to achieve balance. We have seen great success, and lifelong system repairs with our kids who utilize NR and our Children’s Program at the same. Please feel free to check out Sarge’s website Activehealing.org for more information.


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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.




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Eliminate Negative Self Talk: 5 Steps

 By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

Mistaken beliefs often keep you from achieving your important goals in life, they come from the negative thoughts we have about ourselves.  These thoughts can come from others, negative scripts we have told ourselves, and the mixed messages you hear from the media.  Mistaken believes set limits on your self-esteem and self-worth.  Many times I hear clients say ” I should be _______”, when you focus more on the should’s, ought’s, and could’ves you are selling yourself short and not looking at what you have done and are capable of doing.  Negative thinking and mistaken beliefs need to be challenged to reduce anxiety, decrease depression, and increase well-being.

Try this exercise to help rid yourself of a of a negative believe you have.

ex) People don’t like me

1.  What is the evidence for this belief?  Looking objectively at all your life experience, what is the evidence that this belief is true?   Evidence- in the past others rejected my friendship.  BUT I also have made and maintained many friendships over the years.  My friends and family love me for who I am. 

 2.  Does this belief always hold true for you?  If not, when has it been proven false? This belief only looks at a few circumstances when I was not accepted by others; this has only happened a few times. I also just made a new friend at work.

3.  Does this belief look at the whole picture?  Does it take into account both positive and negative ramifications? If I think this way I wont get hurt by people, but if I think this way I also will be lonely and not make new friendships or form new relationships.

 4.  Does this belief promote your well-being and/or peace of mind?This belief makes me more anxious and does not promote well being.  When I feel this way I am less confident, making it harder to make new friends and be myself. It DOES NOT benefit me.

 5.  Did you choose this belief on your own or did it develop out of your experience of growing up in your family? Experience with a bully in high school and a few failed relationships in my twenties made me feel like others don’t like me.  However, these people were not positive, and were aggressive personalities, perhaps they are not the best judge of my character. Family and long term friends do not feel this way.

Try this exercise when you notice you have an overwhelming negative thought, one that is causing you distress or a perpetuating beleif that is not benefiting you.  Long lasting change and elimination of the negitive self-talk takes time and practice, be patient and determined.

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From My Bookshelf

Sometimes we all need a little refresher when it comes to parenting.  It can be exhausting and exciting, but overall we forget much of the knowledge we have sought out, paid for, and educated ourselves on overtime.  Even after years of education, I still have to look back at old notes or books to recall some theories or techniques.  I wanted to share some of favorite parenting books, that never get old (in my point of view), and are always helpful to my clients.  Feel free to share your favorites too!

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, by John Gottman, Ph.D.  Gottman relates to parents, divulging some of his own mistakes and challenges.  This book is a guide to teach parents how to raise emotionally intelligent children, with a simple five step process.  It is a easy read, that provides strategies and techniques rather than explaining issues in-depth.  Good for parents with kids of any age.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & How to Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Farber adn Elaine Mazlish.  Classic book on communicating with kids, it gives practical strategies and tips.  Their book for Teens is great as well.  I often go back and read chapters to remind myself (as a therapist) what NOT to say to kids, what gets them to close up, and what phrases work well to get them to open up.

Parenting from the Inside Out, by Daniel J Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M. Ed.  The authors examine how our own childhoods shape the way that we parent, and how we can draw on this awareness to become better parents ourselves.  Attachment research and neurobiology are discussed along with strategies to become the parent you really want to be.

These are just a few of my go-to favorites on my bookshelf, I have more specific book recommendations based on symptoms and diagnosis, however there are TOO many for this post.  Please add your favorites and ones that you have found helpful to your family.


Emily Roberts, MA., LPC

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