FREE–Crockett’s lecture “Examining Your Pleasure Trap: Dysregulated Nervous System”

When we have extreme highs and lows it can be harder to regulate our nervous system, to set and accomplish goals, and we are more likely to succumb to the Pleasure Trap. In this lecture, licensed psychotherapist Heidi Crockett explains integration as a definition of health (Siegel,) our social engagement system (Porges), trauma as an undifferentiated fear and immobility or fear and rage pod (Levine), and the importance of tracking our nervous system states from hypoarousal to hyperarousal (Ogden). Finally, she outlines how and why neuroplasticity, meditation, and memory reconsolidation help unlock our brain’s potential for excellent executive function. (See the below chart comparing old vs new versions of our autonomic nervous system, ANS.)


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Peaceful Communication in a Difficult World–click to learn more

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1. Relational Neuroscience 101: YES Brain and Mindmaps–click to learn more

75 min class, Description: Crockett reviews 1. the definition of mind 2. The definition of integration 3. The progressive nature of the 9 Domains of Integration 4. What part of the brain manages internal and external input and what you can do to strengthen it. 5. Dr. Dan Siegel’s teaching on 5 Core Drives and how our relationship with these drives impacts our level of integration. 6. The definition of our default mode network, how we all have one, why it is important to know what it is and what you can do to help rewire it. 7. What styles of teaching cause the brain to retain more information 8. The definition of mindfulness 9. What kinds of mindfulness are most effective in increasing integration and improving health 10. The appropriate place of stress, (discussion on our “optimal arousal zone” and how to widen our window of tolerance for moods and states, hypo/hyperarousal states, a dysregulated nervous system, and the difference between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems).

2. New Findings in Sexual Health–click to learn more

60min class, Description: This lecture is packed full of cutting-edge science that links the nervous system, the ability to regulate emotions, and one’s relationship to pleasure. It includes useful links for toys, websites, and resources for common sexual health problems and tips for prevention and maintaining vitality.  Crockett discusses Emily Nagoski and Lori Brotto’s sexual health research.  Important topics include the sexual accelerator and brakes and the concept of one’s “garden” (as representing their sexuality) and how because of neuroplasticity we can create a new garden with the right rain (love), sunlight* (challenge, space,erotic piece), and tools (toys)!

*When I was typing the above I accidentally typed “sinlight”…but maybe that’s an important part of one’s sexuality garden, sinlight= a little bit of the forbidden or the imagination of the forbidden to make the bedroom environment/context just right.

3. Firestone’s Defense Mechanisms: The Fantasy Bond and Inner Critical Voice–click to learn more

75 min class–topics covered include why some people are defended and engage in negative behaviors like withholding, stonewalling, and duplicity, what goes on in the brain for someone who is more defended and someone who has a healthy functioning social engagement system, and much much more. Click on the above link to read the description in detail.

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In this 7 minute interview from the podcast, “The Thought Hackers,” I explain a little bit about trauma resolution using Somatic Experiencing:

UPDATE: Better Sex Podcast, just released:

PODCAST #1 New to Relational Neuroscience?

In this 20 minute interview, Heidi explains how understanding our brain helps us calm the stress response and lead happier lives:


Click here for Relational Neuroscience + Stress INTERVIEW



PODCAST #2 Spirituality and Neuroscience are discussed Crockett recommends listening to the last 30 minutes of this podcast (start at 1 hour):

The Liminalist # 122: The Ninth Domain (with Heidi Crockett)



PODCAST #3 Emotional Intelligence in Dating:

*For more information on Heidi’s blog on sexual health and wellness visit


Good Emotional Health Tips for Caregivers



Introductory video explaining the

Wellness Triangle and Brain Integration:

*Here is the blog post that I refer to at 3:52 on Temporal Integration

(Temporal Integration is one of the Nine Domains of Integration)


Healthy Eating Tips

Using Interpersonal Neurobiology

Listen to the recording on YouTube:

Applying Brain Health Basics to  Healthy Eating Tips Using Interpersonal Neurobiology


Here’s 5 minutes in video where Heidi teaches Laughter Yoga:


Dementia Round Table Discussion:

See minutes 4-6 in this video where Heidi speaks about what the research shows as common intimacy issues that occur for a couple with dementia in the early stages of the disease process.

Top Ten Talk

Lecture given March 18th, 2012 titled, “Nutritional Wellness: Top Ten List for How to Thrive!”

This lecture begins with recent findings in interpersonal neurobiology and why we can’t keep our hands out of the cookie jar!  Part One includes the introduction, Daniel Siegel’s definition of optimal mental health, brain basics and #10 from Top Ten List: Top.Ten.Part1

Part Two is #9 to #5 on the Top Ten List:  Top.Ten.Part2

Part Three is #4 on the list to #1 and conclusion: Top.Ten.Part3

BONUS: here’s a link to a recent NY Times article on interpersonal neurobiology and love.  And here’s a 20 min (funny and insightful) lecture on vulnerability that confirms the core themes in my above lecture.   This quote that I use under #2 on Top Ten List says it all:

“When we block our awareness of feelings, they continue to affect us anyway.  Research has shown repeatedly that even without conscious awareness, neural input from the internal world of body and emotion influences our reasoning and our decision making…in other words, you can run but you cannot hide.” (Siegel, 2010, p.125)


“Brain Health and Intimacy Tips”

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Remember, I want to help you live the healthiest life possible! –GreenLightHeidi


These following lectures are no longer available online:

This talk begins with interesting/surprising facts from sex research:

Lecture given as part of my independent study, “Human Sexuality in Social Work Practice”


I discuss intimacy vs passion in the last 15 minutes of this talk:


I discuss mindfulness in this 25 minute lecture


SUGAR Blues Talk–

This is an hour-long presentation PACKED FULL OF INFORMATION on sugar and HOW TO LIVE HEALTHIER NOW:

Sugar Blues Talk