• Anxiety & Anger
  • Chronic Pain
  • Healing Patterns
  • Mind-Body
  • Nervous System

Reconnecting to Your True Self



A One-Day Workshop
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm PT / 11:00 am – 6:00 pm ET

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Join David Hanscom, MD and Les Aria, PhD for a day-long workshop that examines the relationship between the unconscious brain, designed to protect us and the conscious brain that is our true self. Understanding how the brain works is key to breaking free from stress and anxiety and connecting to our true selves.

There are no rewards in nature for being vulnerable, yet the essence of being human with thriving relationships is awareness and vulnerability. The unconscious brain is designed to keep us alive but it can also bury the part of us that connects us to ourselves and others. The flight or fight response is a powerful neurochemical response that increases our inflammation, speeds up our metabolism and sensitizes our nervous system.

The sensation that is generated is intended to be extremely unpleasant in order to compel us to take corrective action. The word we use to describe it is anxiety. By learning to separate this reaction from our conscious brain, we are able to help calm these impulsive reactions and strong emotions like stress and anxiety and ultimately help us connect with our true selves.

Note: This program will be offered online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for 90 days.


  • To understand the neurochemical nature of stress, anxiety and anger.
  • How to distinguish between the power of the unconscious and the conscious.
  • How to break free from chronic mental/ physical pain and thrive.
  • Approaches and specific tools to separate from these survival reactions.
  • How to connect with the your true self.


  • Anyone with anxiety that is disrupting their peace of mind.
    – It is a universal core sensation that tends to become stronger over time and repetition. At some tipping point it can interfere with your quality of life and often interfere with your ability to function in day to day life.
  • If you are interested in expanding your life, you’ll learn strategies to disconnect from what is holding you back and learn to connect to what you want.

The Experience

This is an interactive workshop where tools will be presented and then practiced in the workshop. There will be a lot of discussion in the large group and sharing in small groups of 4. You will be with the same group for the day. The didactic aspect will be a relatively small part of the day.

By staying focused on learning to connect to the parts of you that you enjoy, the intention is for you to experience it and learn to return to it.


  • Prerequisites:
    – We suggest that you complete the following:
    ACE score – this is for your information only – CLICK HERE
    – Review assigned articles
    – Review assigned YouTube videos
    (Articles and Videos will be emailed to you prior to the program.)
  • Supplies list for the class:
    – Small notebook to jot down your insights and strategies you may use in the future.
    – Several sheets of loose, blank paper to write on separate from your note taking.
    – A comfortable place to listen and relax.
  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course that requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click HERE to make sure your computer is set-up correctly.

Reconnecting to Your True Self

  • 1 Session(s)
  • Nov 06 2021 11:00 AM ET





Les Aria, PhD, a pain psychologist who has been practicing for the past 16 years with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Northern California.

David Hanscom, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon whose practice focused on patients with failed back surgeries, quit his practice in Seattle, WA to present his insights into solving chronic pain, which evolved from his own personal battle with it.


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