What is EBT?

Brain-based stress reduction.

EBT is based on the neurophysiology of stress reduction, and teaches you to use five simple techniques to rapidly reduce your stress. There are five stress levels in the brain, and each technique correlates to one of those stress levels. Each time you use a tool, you can get three benefits:

Why is EBT important?

Stress is the #1 epidemic worldwide and the root cause of most problems.

Chronic stress is a major cause of problems with health, happiness, relationships and productivity. Stress in our daily life flows into the brain and either activates an effective message (circuit) that promotes stress resilience or an ineffective message (circuit) that triggers stress reactivity. These ineffective circuits can easily become dominant and cause chronic stress and stress-related problems. EBT provides tools and support to rapidly reduce stress, with the goal of improving our circuitry so we are naturally more resilient in daily life.

What makes EBT unique?

EBT is science-based, evidence-based, self-empowering, and convenient.

The EBT tools mirror the natural brain processes to reduce stress. All tools and techniques are based on neuroscience. The program is evidence-based. What's more, EBT is self-empowering, as a rapid change in stress level is accomplished by the user. Last, EBT is convenient, with confidential, private and easy access to the tools through technology.

How can EBT help me?

An initial benefit is active, immediate stress reduction.

The EBT method enables users to reduce stress rapidly. A stressor in daily life activates brain messages that take us to one of five brain stress levels. The brain puts a different brain area in charge based on our level of stress. That is why effective stress management is not "one size fits all." In EBT, you learn how to identify your stress level on a five-point scale, then use the technique for that stress level to spiral out of stress to a state of well-being.

How else can EBT help me?

A second benefit is to weaken the ineffective messages.

Although some of our stress is completely situational (e.g., health problems, work loads, interpersonal challenges), much of stress is caused by the activation of old messages encoded early in life or later, during high stress experiences. The brain strongly remembers these messages, and then easily reactivates them in response to even minor stresses in daily life. The second mechanism of EBT is to use the tools not only to rapidly reduce stress but change that internal messaging.

Can you compare EBT to mindfulness?

EBT and mindfulness are based on self-awareness, but EBT adds tools to actively and rapidly reduce stress.

Both mindfulness and EBT help you train your brain to be present, open and aware. Mindfulness relies on the power of acceptance to decrease stress. EBT includes acceptance as an option in managing stress, but adds another option: actively and rapidly reduce stress by using one of five brain-based techniques.

How does EBT compare to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?

EBT changes emotional circuits, whereas CBT changes cognitive circuits.

Every thought, emotion and behavior is the activation of a string of neurons ("messages"). CBT and EBT are both designed to change these messages, however, CBT focuses on changing the cognitive circuits. EBT focuses on changing the emotional circuits that drive ineffective thoughts, emotions and behaviors. The emotional circuits are stronger than cognitive circuits, which is why EBT focuses on changing the emotional circuits.

Is EBT health care?

No. EBT is brain-based stress skill training only.

The purpose of EBT is to provide the fundamental skills in stress reduction to make daily stress management easy and to change the brain messages. It is not health care. No health information is ever collected by EBT and our role is to provide exceptional training in the process of responding effectively to stress. EBT coaches function as emotional brain training educators, and although many are health professionals, they are practicing EBT purely, and outside their registration, license or certification. As stress reduction is core to preventive and therapeutic health care, EBT is a foundational set of tools that supports your health care, but is not a substitute for the use of procedures, medications and devices.

Why does EBT focus on joy?

Joy is the emotion associated with optimal brain functioning.

When brain is functioning at its best (“neural integration”), our physiology is optimal and we experience the emotion of joy. Accessing even a few moments of joy during day can be chemically powerful, as that joy signifies that our stress is low and our brain’s reward centers are activated, both of which are needed for optimal well-being.

How do I start using EBT?

Sign up for a membership.

Begin by choosing a membership that is right for you, whether it is online self-study, monthly or weekly telegroup or the 30-day joy intensive package. Then log in to our website and start using the tools. Many people start with an online membership to try out the tools. At any time during your membership period, you can access more support, including a monthly or weekly telegroup or "on demand" telephone coaching.