Dr. LaVine’s Mind Body Group

Skills to reduce stress and anxiety, improving immune system functioning

Dr. LaVine’s Mind Body Mastery Group is an open experiential internet skills group with the goal to provide skills to:

  1. Reduce discomfort related to stress and anxiety.  Participants will learn emotional regulation skills to manage the intensity and discomfort of negative emotions; gaining the ability to engage the subconscious autonomic relaxation response to reduce tension. (relaxed breath, less tension in visceral and voluntary muscles, etc.)
  2. Increase Coping skills to deal with stress in general; Covid-19 in particular
  3. Shift from negative emotions to positive emotions and relaxing and creating the sensations and feeling of gratitude, serenity and pleasure.

Reducing stress response improves the functioning of the immune system.

What is this program? its not another meditation program?

This is a neuropsycholgy evidenced based brain retraining program.  Exercises are used to  retrain the brain to respond with the relaxation response as an alternative to the automatic negative fight or flight responses that most have been acquired (learned) during their lifetime. Often, this stress response drives the feelings of discomfort that come with being anxious, irritable, ruminative, compulsive, or withdrawn.  It also suppresses the immune system.

“But I have never been able to relax…”    “Life changing”.

Skills developed by experiencing this group:

  • Session 1.  Date 1   Emotional regulation

    • Learn how to regulate your emotions; reducing intensity
    • Experiential training and gaining the ability to quiet the physical stress response, much as yogi masters do
    • Ability to regulate emotional intensity by reducing current levels of felt stress
    • Assign homework for the week
  • Session 2.  Date 2  Cognitive techniques and Stress management

    • Practice skills in session 1.
    • Learn how to manage your stress reaction to work things down instead of up
    • Ability to stop or significantly reduce obsessive thoughts and rumination
    • Ability to break habits and reduce withdrawal symptoms
    • Ability to self-induce positive feelings and increase confidence
  • Session 3.  Date 3  Shifting from a negative state to a positive state

    • Practice lessons form sessions 1 and 2.
    • Answer questions
    • Ability to become “unstuck” and find new solutions and opportunities
    • Ability to visualize and shift to a positive state

Daily homework will be assigned to strengthen the skills learned in each session.

How long has this program been around and who has it worked for?

This group was initially created six years ago and refined by treating thousands of newly recovering addicts in treatment facilities that were dealing with the stress from withdrawal and the problems that addiction created in their lives.  It has since been generalized for anyone who wants to quickly learn emotional regulation, reduce stress and shift mood.

What specifically, is being taught?

This group combines western psychology, neuroscience, eastern mind body practices and spiritual practices into a neurologically conceptualized and experientially delivered group.  Guided relaxation is used to reach the unconscious mind immediately (changing mood and emotion within the first session). Visualization exercises are used to induce positive feelings and instill hope. Cognitive techniques are taught to retrain negative, ruminative and stress related thought patterns.  Psychoeducation is provided for emotional regulation, stress management and motivation.   Lastly, cognitive mindfulness based meditation is used to increase awareness, ability to focus, improve concentration and to change automatic behaviors.

What have others experienced in this group?

95% of the thousands of participants who have experienced this group report that they have gained significant emotional regulation,  relaxation and cognitive skills in one to three sessions. The majority use superlatives such as “wow”, “first time in my life I have truly relaxed”, “Dr. Roger the stress dodger”, “most significant skills I have ever learned” to describe the experience.

Who should participate in the group, who should not

Anyone who “feels” stress, including irritability, frustration, emotional exhaustion, anxiety, tension, stomach aches, headaches, hypertension, withdrawal (caffeine, sugar, smoking) and IBS. That is because the body’s automatic response to stress, often called the fight, flight or freeze response, is the core source for the discomfort of being stressed, burned out, anxious, mildly depressed, lonely and stuck. The stress response effects the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is the mind and body’s unconscious system that controls digestion, respiration, circulation, perspiration, muscle tension and immunity. When the ANS is out of balance, we experience headaches, stomach aches, IBS, hypertension and other health problems.

Disclaimer

This is not in place of therapy for unresolved clinical anxiety such as General Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  or a Depressive Disorder and/or Substance Abuse Disorders. This group is not an alternative to therapy, rather it is an adjunct skills group.

Learning mind mastery skills benefits anyone who is somewhere on the stress discomfort spectrum. Once the participant overcomes the negative consequences of stress, the mind body mastery skills can further be used to enhance their lives by improving reactions, focus, concentration, memory and ability to connect to others.

There are few who should exclude themselves from the group because they do not tolerate a group setting well.

REMINDER DISCLAIMER: This group does not diagnose or treat any mental or physical condition. It is intended to provide stress management skills only.  Is not a therapeutic relationship.