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Innovative Strategies to Life's Challenges

PTSD, ADHD, Brain-Based Therapies, Training & Consulting

Firefighters, Police & Veterans, EMS, Dispatch & Nurses

Firefighters, Police & Veterans, EMS, Dispatch & Nurses

First responders have unique symptoms and challenges that are complicated. Specializing in treatments for complex traumas can help you with these symptoms: Reduce reactivity, flashbacks, rumination, hypervigilance, anger, avoidance, insomnia, chronic pain and the fluctuation between flooding and feeling numb, "wired and tired."

NeuroCounseling & Mind-Body Therapies

NeuroCounseling & Mind-Body Therapies

Neurocounseling and somatic therapies can help you become more attuned to your feelings, expand perspectives, and integrate your mind-body connection. Become your "authentic self" by managing and/or eliminating overthinking, negative self-talk, toxic stress and improve interpersonal relationships. Remove the emotional charge of traumatic memories, family patterns, self-defeating language, subconscious mechanisms, habits and behaviors.

PTSD, Trauma, Grief & Bereavement

PTSD, Trauma, Grief & Bereavement

Need help adjusting or moving through a traumatic life experience, or a death? Experience new ways to process emotional pain, honor yourself and loved ones, disentangle the narrative in your mind. Develop debriefing skills by desensitizing unwanted body sensations/core beliefs, while changing your neurobiology. Whether you are reacclimating to civilian life or have had a life altering event I can help.

Nichole is a compassionate and dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a National Board Certification (NCC). Her exceptional expertise extends to a Diplomate-level credential from the American Academy of Traumatic Experts (DAAETS). She's not only certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) but also holds a Neuroscience Certificate for Clinical Practice, reflecting her commitment to cutting-edge knowledge.

Nichole's toolkit includes specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Neurocoaching, bolstered by an NLP Master Practitioner Certification. Nichole's dedication to lifelong learning is evident in her intensive training in Somatic and Mind-Body Therapies. Specifically, Attachment-Based interventions, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Memory Reconsolidation, and Polyvagal Theory foster healing and personal growth. Her most recent accomplishments include becoming a Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath Certified Practitioner and achieving dual certification as a Multiple Brain Integration Technique (mBIT) Coach and Certified Trainer.

Her academic journey is equally impressive, featuring a Master of Counseling from Lindenwood University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Psychology from Central Methodist University. Nichole's early quest for knowledge also led her to the Lutheran School of Nursing and Liberty University for Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Nichole is a valued member of prestigious organizations, including The American Counseling Association, the International Association of Trauma Professionals, The Society for Neuroscience, the International Crisis Intervention Team, and The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Her extensive credentials speak to her unwavering commitment to excellence in counseling and trauma expertise.

Call Nichole Today! (314) 551.9221
Welcome,  Steve Brunk LPC imageWelcome,  Steve Brunk LPC image
Meet Steve, your trusted and compassionate Licensed Professional Counselor and mBIT Coach! With expertise in trauma, PTSD, and abuse, Steve is your valued resource for healing and recovery. But that's not all – he's also skilled in helping clients conquer addiction and substance abuse, as well as managing anxiety and depression. Steve caters to adult individuals seeking a path to wellness and offers individual and group therapy sessions. What sets him apart is his specialization as a Sound Meditation Therapist, Guided Imagery, Mindful Practices utilizing Jungian Theory, and trauma-focused techniques in Group Therapy making him uniquely qualified to assist first responders, police officers, firefighters, and veterans on their journey to mental and emotional well-being.

Steve holds a Master's in Counseling from Webster University Bachelors in Psychology. He was a founding creator of the Trauma-related Healing for Heroes program and has extensive experience in Inpatient Substance Abuse and Recovery. Additionally, Steve was a significant contributor at Harris House Foundation. Steve's therapeutic approaches, include Gestalt and Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, REBT, and CBT. Steve's awesome with Singing Bowl Mediation Therapy and Native American Cedar Flutes for relaxation and healing. This is offered in group settings and for personal engagements as well.

Steve is a dedicated Volunteer Facilitator at Raven (Batterers Intervention Program) and a notable Presenter at CenterPointe Spring CD Conference, demonstrating the use of CD and Himalayan singing bowls for enhanced mindfulness. Engaging Presenter at CenterPointe Fall Conference at Old Hickory Golf Course, highlighting mindfulness, singing bowls, and Native American flute for their healing potential. Furthermore, Steve's affiliation and membership include The American Counseling Association (ACA), The Mankind Project, and the New Warrior Training Adventure.

Embark on a transformative journey towards a brighter, healthier future with Steve's counseling and coaching services. Your path to healing and well-being starts here.   Call Today! (314) 724.0188
MBIT Live Training-  Winter 2023 NeuroTransformationalGroup.com

MBIT Live Training- Winter 2023 NeuroTransformationalGroup.com

Multiple Brain Integration Technique (MBIT)"MBraining" NeuroCoaching Certified Coach Trainer. MBIT is a suite of tools and techniques for communicating with, integrating and harnessing the power of your multiple brains (head, heart and gut brains). In developing mBIT, what they discovered in essence, is that each of your brains has a competency that is its 'highest expression' and that the three brains, when operating via these competencies, produce synergistic effects and bring greater wisdom to decision making, relationships and life. The highest expressions are Compassion (heart), Creativity (head) and Courage (gut). When all three work together they produce amazing results! This is for personal development, coaches, counselors, consultants, and leaders. For Further Details: NeuroTransformationalGroup.com

HeartMath Coherence & Breathwork Training

HeartMath Coherence & Breathwork Training

HeartMath Coaching can bring your physical, mental and emotional systems into coherence. " Heartmath breathing techniques with Inner Balance™ Trainer provides you with the simple techniques you need to manage stress, revitalize energy, and restore mental and emotional balance and resilience. The technology displays your heart rhythm, measured by Heart Rate Variability (HRV), which indicates how emotional states affect your nervous system and how you feel. HRV offers a unique window into the quality of communication between the heart and brain, which directly impacts how you feel and perform" – Reduce anxiety, fear, worry and trauma.

Courses & Consultation with Applied Neurosience

Courses & Consultation with Applied Neurosience

Feeling “stuck,” with the systems you have in place? Uncover the "why and how" undermining you and your teams various personality types and behaviors. Building intrinsic motivation and understanding people's needs and barriers while creating higher value in yourself, your work environment, and in your network. Gain advanced skills based with applied neuroscience, move through subconscious mechanisms. Develop core competencies in leadership with a trauma sensitive perspective. Build resiliency through proven brain integration techniques, network while building self-awareness and navigating business in a transformative new way.

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4D Massage Chair With AI Technology

Mind-Body Relaxation

Advanced 4D Technology, Intellegent Mechanical Hands, SL Track, Wireless Bluetooth Surround Sound, Deep Zero Gravity, Voice Control with AI, Michelle,Touch Screen, Full Body Airbags, Heart Rate Variability and Blood Pressure Check for total body relaxation. Experience the health benefits with Chinese Acupoint massage - Thai stretch, and many more settings. A customized body scan, and thirty airbags, with bi-lateral stimulation. Equipped with heating system to promote blood circulation, flushes lymphatic system, relieves tense muscles and stress, boosts immunity, while improving quality of sleep.


Relax. Reboot. Revitalize.

Software Targeting your Heart Rate Variability (Sleep, Anxiety, PTSD, Health & Wellness) BrainTap’s neuro-algorithm produces brainwave training — the synchronization of brainwaves to a specialized sound — with no user effort. Using this matrix of neuro-activity, each of BrainTap’s sessions is encoded differently to ensure maximum neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections, resulting in a flexible and resilient brain.


Measure HRV, sympathetic and parasympathetic response, psycho-emotional state, and adaptation receptivity. Diagnostic Device used for measuring heart rate variability. This technology checks for a variety of neurological responses such as, sympathetic and parasympathetic response, psycho-emotional state, and adaptation receptivity.


Heart & Mind Coherence

The Inner Balance™ Trainer teaches techniques to manage stress, revitalize energy, and restore mental and emotional balance and resilience. Heart Rate Variability (HRV), which indicates how emotional states affect your nervous system and how you feel.


Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Equipment

EMDR is an extensively researched integrative psychotherapy proven "gold standard" for trauma treatment. EMDR utilizes eye movements, bi-lateral sound or pulsations to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain. Traumatic memories are stored in parts of the brain where they can’t be processed then images, sounds and emotions related to the memory become “frozen in time.” EMDR “unfreezes” these memories, as this occurs, the memory loses its emotional charge and becomes less distressing.


Wearable Touch Therapy for Stress Relief

Apollo Neuro is scientifically sound, wearable touch therapy that you wear on your ankle or wrist. Apollo's silent, soothing vibrations speak to your nervous system, telling you that you’re safe and in control. Developed by neuroscientists and physicians, it’s a non-invasive, effective stress relief tool for adults and children, without drugs or side effects.


Reduce Stress & Improve Focus

Learn how to control your mindset with guided meditations, simple neuro games and content from experts to help you discover new tricks and techniques for calming your mind. Build a daily routine to practice your skills. Staying calm, even when life gets chaotic, can help you be more productive and feel less burnout. FocusCalm's focus games engage your brain as you try to keep your stress low.

Neurofeedback Coming Soon!

NeurOptimal & BrainAvitar

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The BrainTap headset is an extraordinary new technology on the leading-edge of the brain-based wellness approach now being advocated by health and wellness practitioners around the globe. The BrainTap headset delivers gentle pulses of light through special earphones and from within a visor. These lights synchronize with two types of sound—binaural beats and isochronic tones—to produce deep and profound relaxation and varying states of consciousness. While research has proven that both flickering light and synchronized tones can produce relaxed states, combining the two guides you to a profound level of restfulness and rejuvenation that’s otherwise difficult to achieve; it is a state of tranquility that is optimum for mind/body balance, focus, and accelerated learning. If you want to get more done in less time, the BrainTap headset is a must-have.

In a single session:
~ 38.5% Improvement on the stress index scale
~ 27.3% Improvement on overall neurological markers
~ Increased heart rate variability
~ Increased parasympathetic activity
~ Improved quality of sleep (sleep efficiency)
~ Decreased frequency of migraines and more
~ Decreased stress, worry and Improved brain health (episodic memory)

Get all the facts at: braintapresearch.com

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As an Integrative Therapist I utilize numerous theories of human functioning and psychotherapy based on developmental research. Integration in counseling refers to the bringing together the whole person-affective, cognitive, behavioral, physiological and the spiritual dimensions within each individual.

I incorporate Brain-Based Therapy and Practical Neuroscience to improve attachment, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindful practices, and memory reconsolidation which is faster than just traditional talk therapy.

The Humanistic Approach focuses on individual uniqueness and consciousness. The personality is studied and explored from your personal experience and worldview. The study of self, human potential and Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. "YOU" are the expert in your story, I am the facilitator.

Logotherapy & Existentialism is a philosophical approach seeking deeper meaning, exploring human capacities, helping you examine patterns, while shifting towards purpose, finding meaning in suffering and altruism.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)  Is influencing brain behavior "neuro," through the use of language, "linguistic," and non-verbal communication to enable a person to "recode" the way the brain responds to stimuli "programming." Neuro-Linguistic Programming: focuses on the relationship between positive patterns and the subjective experiences increasing self-awareness, effective communication, and underlying subconscious mechanisms.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an extensively researched integrative psychotherapy proven "gold standard" for trauma treatment. EMDR utilizes eye movements, bi-lateral sound or pulsations to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain. Traumatic memories are stored in parts of the brain where they can’t be processed then images, sounds and emotions related to the memory become “frozen in time.” EMDR “unfreezes” these memories, as this occurs, the memory loses its emotional charge and becomes less distressing.

Brainspotting is known to harnesses the body’s innate self-scanning capacity using peripheral vision. It is known to release the maladaptive homeostasis modes more commonly known as the fight, flight, or freeze reactions in the body. The eye position, paired with external and internal windows pair with experienced reflexive responses, a "Brainspot"  holds an attentional focus on the body’s “felt sense” of that issue or trauma stimulates a deep integrating and healing process within the brain.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an integrative approach that combines systems thinking with the view that mind is made up of subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities. IFS is composed of three parts: managers, exiles, and firefighters. Each individual part has its own perspective, interests, memories, and viewpoint. The IFS method promotes internal connection, harmony and integration.

Gottman Couples Counseling is an approach that includes a thorough assessment of the couple and integrates research-based interventions with intensive longitudinal studies. Interventions are designed to help couples strengthen their relationships in three primary areas: friendship, conflict management, and creation of shared meaning. The goals of Gottman Method are to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding.

Attachment Based Therapies  looks at the connection between an early attachment experiences with primary caregivers and aims to build or rebuild a trusting, supportive relationship that will help prevent or treat anxiety or depression. An attachment-based approach can be used in individual and couples therapy, it helps clients mend or recover from fractured/dysfunctional family relationships. Those who may benefit from attachment-based therapy include adoptees, children in foster care, children of depressed mothers, alcoholic parents and victims of trauma.

The Polyvagal Theory Explains the biology of safety and danger, the balance between visceral experiences of our own bodies and the voices and faces of the people around us. It explains why a kind face or a soothing tone of voice can dramatically alter the way we feel. It clarifies why knowing that we are seen and heard by the important people in our lives can make us feel calm and safe, and why being ignored or dismissed can precipitate rage reactions or mental collapse. It helped us understand why attuning with another person can shift us out of disorganized and fearful states. In short, Porges’s theory makes us look beyond the effects of fight, flight, freeze and Porges’ put social relationships front and center in our understanding of trauma. It also suggested new approaches to healing that focus on strengthening the body’s system for regulating arousal.” ~Bessel Van Der Kolk

Somatic Experiencing is a form of alternative therapy aimed at relieving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Complex and/or Developmental Trauma by focusing on the client's perceived body sensations (somatic experiences) An element of SE therapy is "pendulation" -the movement between regulation and dysregulation. This relieves the fight, flight and freeze state while expanding the "window of tolerance."  Resources are defined as anything that helps the client's autonomic nervous system return to a regulated state of homeostasis. This might be the memory of someone close to them, a physical item that might ground them in the present moment, or other supportive elements that minimize distress. In the face of arousal, "discharge" is facilitated to allow the client's body to return to a regulated state. The intention of this process is to reinforce the client's inherent capacity to self-regulate and integrate the mind-body connection.

Building Resilience: A Guide to Personal Transformation with Interpersonal Neurobiology

  •  08/20/2023 19:43

Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a multidisciplinary framework developed by Dr. Dan Siegel that integrates various fields such as neuroscience, psychology, and biology to understand how human relationships shape the brain and, consequently, our mental and emotional well-being. IPNB emphasizes the interplay between brain development, relationships, and the mind, highlighting the importance of social connections for holistic health. Key Principles of Interpersonal Neurobiology are Integration: The brain's capacity to develop and function optimally relies on the integration of different neural circuits and mental processes

Polyvagal Theory: The Catalyst for Mind-Body Transformation in Coaching and Counseling

  •  08/01/2023 19:36

Polyvagal Theory, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, provides insights into the autonomic nervous system's response to stress and trauma. It has valuable applications in coaching and counseling, particularly in understanding the physiological responses of fight, flight, and freeze, as well as ways to improve interoception, exteroception, proprioception, and nociception. Fostering authentic relationships begins with how coaches and counselors can leverage Polyvagal insights to cultivate meaningful connections and trust. Discussing how Polyvagal Theory informs anxiety from a biological and helpful lens, without judgment. Exploring how Polyvagal Theory can enhance coaching outcomes by promoting sustainable and lasting behavior change by helping clients manage stress and promoting relaxation responses, and enhancing clients' emotional resilience.

Anger Deconstructed & Skills Sheet II

  •  07/25/2023 10:02

Anger is influenced by various factors, including enculturation, personality, temperament, attention and learning styles, parental impact, interpersonal relationships, historical and systemic events, war, and religious upbringing. Let's explore how each of these factors can play a role in shaping an individual's experience and expression of anger:

Anger Deconstructed & Skills Sheet I

  •  07/25/2023 09:52

Anger is considered a secondary emotion, which means it often masks or covers up other underlying emotions. When people experience certain primary emotions or vulnerabilities, they may respond with anger as a defense mechanism to protect themselves from feeling more vulnerable or exposed. Some of the primary emotions that can be hidden underneath anger include

How to Prepare for the Fourth of July with Fireworks and PTSD

  •  07/02/2023 20:39

Celebrating freedom in the USA on the Fourth of July is a significant and patriotic occasion. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, it represents the birth of the United States as an independent nation and the principles upon which it was founded. The Fourth of July can hold different meanings for different groups of people, such as veterans, first responders, firefighters and civilians. Navigating these varied perspectives can involve showing respect, understanding, and empathy toward one another. The meaning behind this celebration revolves around the core values of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for many who have served. It symbolizes the rights and freedoms that American citizens enjoy, such as freedom of speech, religion, and assembly.

How to Support Someone with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  •  06/27/2023 08:24

Supporting someone with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) requires empathy, understanding, and patience. PTSD can significantly impact a person's life, causing distressing symptoms and affecting their relationships, work, and overall well-being. Here are some strategies to help someone with PTSD to reduce reactivity, hypervigilance, and other symptom reduction suggestions

Uncovering the Impact of Enmeshment

  •  06/21/2023 20:54

Enmeshment typically occurs when family members have overly diffuse boundaries and a lack of individual autonomy. Enmeshment often manifests as a high degree of emotional fusion, where individual identities become entangled and the needs and emotions of one family member are excessively enmeshed with those of Enmeshment refers to a dysfunctional pattern of relating within a family or close relationships, where boundaries between individuals become blurred or nonexistent. Enmeshed families tend to have limited privacy, autonomy, and personal boundaries, leading to a blurring of roles, emotions, and decision-making processes. Additionally, unhealthy attachment styles can develop and should be considered.

The Gottman Method: Thriving Relationship Part I

  •  04/15/2023 20:55

John and Julie Gottman are renowned psychologists, couples therapy researchers who have developed a wealth of skills and techniques to help couples build and maintain strong, healthy relationships through science. They have developed a comprehensive approach to couples therapy known as the Gottman Method. Their research and clinical expertise have significantly contributed to our understanding of what makes relationships thrive and the factors that can lead to relationship distress. Their approach combines scientific rigor, practical tools, and compassion to help couples build and maintain healthy, fulfilling relationships. Here are some key aspects of their work: The Gottman Method: The Gottman Method is an evidence-based approach to couples therapy that is grounded in over four decades of research conducted by John and Julie Gottman. It integrates research findings, clinical expertise, and therapeutic techniques to help couples improve their relationships and create lasting change. Sound Relationship House Theory: The Gottman’s have developed the Sound Relationship House Theory, which provides a framework for understanding the components of a healthy and successful relationship. It includes elements such as building love maps, nurturing fondness, and admiration, turning towards each other's bids for connection, managing conflict, and creating shared meaning.

The Gottman Method: Thriving Relationship Part II

  •  04/15/2023 20:53

hese skills and concepts are derived from the extensive research and clinical work of the Gottman’s. They have been shown to promote relationship satisfaction and resilience. Couples can benefit from learning and practicing these skills through workshops, counseling, or self-help resources provided by the Gottman’s and their organization, The Gottman Institute. These include effective communication, emotional attunement, conflict management techniques, building friendship and fondness, and maintaining a positive perspective on the relationship.

Complex Neural Networks: mBraining Demystified

  •  03/15/2023 20:56

The dynamic and transformative nature of mbraining- a process of being, thinking and doing…. can facilitate information in new and exciting ways, forming representations not previously seen, and generating behaviors and outcomes that were blocked or stuck in the past. While mBraining simplifies the process and aims to make it accessible even to children, the underlying components offer insights into multiple intelligences within an individual and shifting relational interactions.

The Neurobiology of Grief, Complicated Grief, and Traumatic Grief: Strategies for Healing

  •  12/06/2022 16:32

raditional or normal grief, complicated grief, and traumatic grief are different manifestations of the grieving process, each with distinct characteristics and challenges. While grief is a normal response to loss, complicated grief refers to a prolonged and impairing form of grief that can significantly disrupt a person's life. Let's explore the neurobiology of grief, trauma states, and how they can intersect in the context of normal grief, complicated grief, and traumatic grief.

Coaching Origins and Revolutionizing the Future

  •  06/16/2020 00:00

The future of coaching may emphasize a more holistic approach, considering various aspects of an individual's life, such as physical health, relationships, purpose and meaning. Here are some key trends and potential developments, positive psychology focuses on cultivating strengths, well-being, and optimal functioning. It will continue to incorporate positive psychology interventions and practices to help individuals thrive, enhance their resilience, and cultivate a positive mindset.

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