ReChanneling

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ReChanneling is dedicated to researching methods to (1) alleviate symptoms of dysfunction (disorder) and discomfort (neurosis) that impact an individual’s emotional wellbeing and quality of life, (2) achieve personal goals and objectives—eliminating a bad habit, self-transformation—harnessing our intrinsic aptitude for extraordinary living. Its paradigmatic approach targets the personality through empathy, collaboration, and program integration utilizing scientific and historically, clinically-practical methods including proactive neuroplasticity, cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and techniques designed to compel the recovery and reinvigoration of self-esteem disrupted by the adolescent onset of dysfunction. 

What is significant is our ability to dramatically accelerate learning by deliberately compelling our brain to repattern its neural circuitry. Neuroplasticity via deliberate, repetitive, neural information (DRNI) empowers us to proactively transform our thoughts, behaviors, and perspectives, creating healthy new mindsets, skills, and abilities. Proactive neuroplasticity via deliberate, repetitive, neural information (DRNI) is the most potent and effective means of learning (and unlearning).

Utilizing an integration of science and east-west psychologies, DRNI is the most potent and effective means of learning as we structurally remodel our neural network. Science gives us proactive neuroplasticity; CBT and positive psychologies are western-oriented; eastern practice provides the therapeutic aspects of Abhidharma psychology and meditation and the overarching truths of ethical behavior.

Impacted with social anxiety disorder, ReChanneling’s director spent his developing years assuming his emotional and behavioral problems were due to some moral inadequacy, a diagnosis supported by family, clergy, and even health professionals. Years later, study for his degree revealed social anxiety disorder. Armed with that knowledge, Mullen set forward to develop methods to alleviate the symptoms of dysfunction and discomfort, beginning with colleagues also afflicted with social anxiety disorder. These efforts developed into workshops and practicums. for over 640 individuals from SF, Vancouver, NYC, Providence, Riverside, Taos, Tracy, Los Angeles, Houston, and so on. ReChanneling’s focus on recovery from anxiety and depression expanded to the common comorbidities that factored into groups and workshops including PTSD, OC-D, ADHD, and substance abuse. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America and other expert organizations report multiple dysfunctions related to social anxiety, including major depression, panic disorder, alcohol abuse, PTSD, avoidant personality disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD, and agoraphobia. Well over 60% of individuals with anxiety also have depression are both are commonly associated with substance abuse.  

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ReChanneling’s focus on achieving motivating personal concerns is an extension of Mullen’s course offered by Academia.edu called ‘Neuroscience and Happiness. Neuroplasticity and Positive Behavioral Change.’ Years of research, writing, and facilitating recovery groups and workshops that address dysfunction and discomfort evidenced that the methods utilized are fundamentally applicable to supporting our motivating personal concerns—achieving a goal, eliminating a bad habit, and self-improvement.

A published worldwide academic author, Dr. Robert F. Mullen facilitates seminars, practicums, and workshops on alleviating symptoms of dysfunction and discomfort (disorders/neuroses), rechanneling negative perspectives and self-image by harnessing the intrinsic aptitude for extraordinary living and potential to lift the human spirit. His academic disciplines include contemporary behavior, modified psychobiography, and method psychology, and positive psychologies. He has the unique combination of his professional background and his own social anxiety experiences, along with 15 years of research, development, and publishing on the alleviation of symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other neuroses. 

Physiological dysfunction and discomfort. Both conditions can result in functional impairment which interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Both impact our emotional wellbeing and quality of life. Both are addressed through the same basic processes. The primary distinction between the two is severity. Dysfunction is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet diagnosable criteria. However, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is prone to rampant misdiagnoses and substantial discrepancies and variations in definition, epidemiology, assessment, and treatment. ReChanneling advocates and supports the Wellness Model over the etiology-driven disease or medical model of mental healthcare. The Wellness Model emphasizes the character strengths, virtues, and attributes that generate the wherewithal to function optimally through the substantial mitigation of symptoms of dysfunction and discomfort. 

A TARGETED APPROACH

Addressing the complexity of the personality demands integrating multiple traditional and non-traditional approaches developed through client trust, cultural assimilation, and therapeutic innovation. Any evaluation and treatment program must be innovative, fluid, and targeted. Culture, environment, history, and associations in conjunction with social, creative, and intellectual needs and aspirations are necessary components of any successful strategy. Consideration of each determines our value and the efficacy of the program.

Recovery is an individual process. Just as there is no one right way to do or experience recovery, so also what helps us at one time in our life may not help us at another. Symptoms and severity are different for each individual. One-size-fits-all treatment programs are inefficient. Any evaluation and treatment program must comprehensively address the dynamic complexity of the individual personality. Any recovery program must the subject’s environment, hermeneutics, history, and autobiography in conjunction with her or his wants, needs, and aspirations. Absent that, their complexity is not valued, and the treatment is inadequate.

This integration of approaches includes proactive neuroplasticity (via deliberate repetition of neural information (DRNI); cognitive-behavioral therapy’s behavior modification; positive psychology’s optimal functioning, and subjective experience, and targeted supported and non-traditional approaches utilized to reinvigorate self-esteem and address maladaptive and self-destructive thoughts and behaviors.

Each approach collaborates with and supports the others.

Proactive Neuroplasticity. What is significant is our ability to dramatically accelerate learning by deliberately compelling our brain to repattern its neural circuitry. DRNI or deliberate, repetitive neural information empowers the individual to proactively transform their thoughts, behaviors, and perspectives, creating healthy new mindsets, skills, and abilities. It generates the chemical and hormonal neurotransmitters that improve memory and concentration. It provides GABA for relaxation, serotonin and dopamine for pleasure and motivation, endorphins for euphoria while decreasing the transmission of the fear and anxiety-provoking hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. It’s what makes behavioral modification possible. Proactive neuroplasticity through DRNI is the most potent and effective means of learning.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  Social anxiety stems from negative, irrational thinking and behavior caused by ingrained reactions to situations and conditions. CBT trains the individual to recognize these irrational thoughts and beliefs, replacing them with healthy ones until they become automatic and permanent. The behavioral component of CBT involves activities that reinforce the process. CBT has been proven effective in addressing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other disorders. CBT is structured, goal-oriented, and focused on the present and the solution. 

Positive Psychology emphasizes the positive while managing and processing the negative to achieve optimal functioning. PP focuses on the character strengths, virtues, and attributes that help the individual transform and flourish. Positive Psychology’s mental health interventions have proved successful in mitigating the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Growing research suggests that PP interventions produced significant improvements in emotional wellbeing while decreasing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Self-Esteem Recovery and Revitalization is achieved through a series of clinically proven exercises to help individuals rediscover and reinvigorate their self-esteem, disenabled by childhood experiences, the onset of social anxiety disorder, and the subsequent disruption in natural human development.

Eastern Psychology. the Abhidharma is the core of what is referred to as Buddhist Psychology offering a supporting system for evaluating psychological character, habits, and challenges. It addresses the mental state and the relationship between the individual, society, and the world. Eastern meditational practices are deeper levels of introspection essential for self-awareness. The overarching truths of ethical behavior are succinctly outlined in the Eight Noble Truths which omits a powerful Ninth Truth—that of making the right choice. Any comprehensive approach to recovery and self-development must consider the value of all science and psychology.

Emotions are associated with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, and motivation. Do they dictate our behavior, or are we able to manage their volatility? Rather than succumbing to emotional instability, awareness of the origins of emotional instability prevents reactionary outbursts and inconsistency due to a lack of foresight, empathy, and perspective. 

Recovered-memory process is the umbrella term for methods or techniques utilized in recalling memories. We repress certain feelings, thoughts, and desires unacceptable to the conscious mind and store them in the archives of our memory. It is helpful to retrieve and address the emotions felt in those repressed memories that once flashed by like a meteor. Stanislavski developed a method for authentic stage-acting that addresses our volatile emotions to deconstruct and better understand them. 

Affective Emotion Management. Emotions are not solitary and exclusive but fluid and mutually interconnected, although we allow one to dominate the others. Love and hate are indistinct and interchangeable extremes of the same instinct as are laughter and tears, resentment and acceptance, and so on. The ability of the film actor to project an emotion when script and schedule demand it, demonstrates they are controllable. Any situation can be experienced in laughter, tears, pride, or anger. We choose the one that suits a psychological need, which exposes its transience and manipulability. Utilizing Stanislavski’s method of emotional management, we assume control of our emotions, rather than allowing them to control us, 

PRACTICUM VERSUS THERAPY

ReChanneling is practicum over therapy. A practicum is designed for self-reliance. While therapy often incurs a subordinacy to or dependency on the counselor, a practicum is a program developed in collaboration with the individual that targets her or his unique condition. We design a blueprint and provide the recovery methods, but the responsibility for achieving the goal rests on the individual, who controls the progress with the facilitator’s guidance.

SIMPLE CONCEPTS, CHALLENGING EXECUTION. 

The solutions are common-sense and evident in their simplicity. ReChanneling is not a new concept; it is a paradigmatic approach to historically or clinically effective methods. Its holistic advancement is in targeting the personality through empathy, collaboration, and program integration. Developing the methodology is the easy part. The challenge is in its execution. While progress is exponential, goals are not met overnight. Recovery is a lifelong work-in-progress.

Dr. Robert F. Mullen offers a paradigmatic approach to recovery and optimum human functioning by utilizing the wellness model of mental healthcare, targeting the personality through empathy, collaboration, and integration of historically and clinically practical methods. READ MORE

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Why is your support essential? ReChanneling is dedicated to the research and development of methods to alleviate symptoms of physiological dysfunction and discomfort. Our vision is to reshape the current pathographic emphasis on diagnoses over the individual, which fosters a deficit, disease model of human behavior. Treatment programs must disavow ineffective, one-size-fits-all approaches and target the individual personality through communication, empathy, collaboration, and integration of historically and clinically practical methods. All donations support scholarships for workshops and practicums.