Upcoming Mental Health Workshop in the Brazos Valley

BRYAN, Texas — Not all injuries are physical, especially when it comes to first responders and veterans.

This Saturday, the American Legion Building, Post 159, will host a workshop dedicated to emotional healing.

Often veterans are triggered by sessions that consign memories or feelings of the original event. If they can understand how their mind works, they can find ways to be at peace, according to Randy Guttenberger.

Guttenberger is an author and president of a non-profit organization that helps individuals with various mental health and personal development workshops.

“It’s important to give you the mental health solutions because in the neocortex part of the brain, there is no fear, anxiety, depression, abandonment, representation, PTSD, this does not doesn’t exist in that part, so people have to learn to believe in themselves and not believe in their past events,” Guttenberger said.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs says that more than 6,000 veterans commit suicide each year and live with different types of mental health issues, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety or survivor’s guilt.

Every part of the body has a function and a purpose, says Guttenberger, by learning how the brain works, we can control our thoughts and feelings.

He will explain this process in more depth during the workshop. He calls it neuro-educational coaching, similar to cognitive behavioral therapy.

“The point is to learn to be healthy, to learn to think healthy, to learn to think healthy, you learn to respond to your emotions, which is a very healthy thing to do,” Guttenberger said.

Guttenberger also said he wanted to help teach people what is right about them, not what is wrong. According to him, we all go through different chaotic times in life and we can all use support.

Once veterans and first responders begin to heal emotional wounds, they can have a starting point for balance, Guttenberger said.

“When you experience trauma, your brain latches on to it and the trauma, in my opinion, literally blocks the everyday common sense conscious thought that you should be doing… The emotional wounds of trauma shut down the neural pathways, so we have to re-establish them,” Guttenberger said.

The workshop is open to everyone, not just those who put their lives at risk and their families.

Guttenberger said he encourages counselors, coaches, social workers and anyone else interested in mental health to attend.

If the workshop sounds like something you or someone you know might be interested in, be sure to register ahead of time. Tickets are free, but there are only 50 places available.

You can register on the association’s website.

If you cannot attend the workshop on September 10, it will also take place on October 8 and November 5. All three will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Earl Graham Post 159.

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