CIMBS Free Resources

Free resources about Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems (CIMBS)

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What is CIMBS? It stands for Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems. It is a therapeutic approach that shifts the emphasis from symptoms, constraints and past experiences to activating and training the brain systems to strengthen its capabilities to make new. This approach encourages the patient to access the innate capabilities of individual brain systems, and disentangle emotional learning caused by previous traumatic experiences. The result is a brain that is retrained to be intentional rather than reactive.

At EmotiHealth we train healthcare professionals who work with a whole array of clinical presentations, to use this method of therapy with consistent results. We're passionate about sharing CIMBS with as many therapists as possible so that you can maximise your therapeutic effectiveness. This set of free resources introduces you to this incredible method, and hopefully stimulates your interest to explore CIMBS further.

We are delighted to share this course and our extensive online courses about CIMBS in advance of the forthcoming book, Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems In Therapy, by Beatriz and Terry Sheldon. This title is part of the fantastic Interpersonal Neuro-Biology Series edited by Dan Siegel and published by Norton.

The creators of CIMBS, Dr Terry and Beatriz Sheldon are sharing this content with their blessing. Here's what they say about our CIMBS online courses:

"I am so proud! The courses are totally fantastic and very professional. The 5 therapists course is genius, well done!" - Beatriz Sheldon

"Disentangled [the 5 therapists course] is both a wonderful idea, but so complete and comprehensive. I am not aware of anything comparable. I am pleased and proud you have put this together." - Dr Terry Sheldon

Our CIMBS courses help you learn how to...

  • Create a transparent collaborative alliance
  • Activate adaptive conscious brain systems!
  • Activate non-conscious brain systems.
  • Deeply activate clients right from the start of therapy.
  • Utilize the activation energy of the therapeutic relationship present in each of your sessions
  • Respectfully focus on adaptive capacities
  • Move towards strengths in your client.
  • Activate neurotransmitters to facilitate long-term change
  • Use the activation of the therapeutic relationship to bring brain systems online
  • Be more attuned, authentic and emotionally present with your clients

What You Will Need

Access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone with an internet connection. Experience may not be optimal on a phone or smaller tablet so we urge you to use a desktop whenever possible.

To have a background of working therapeutically with clients. This course is designed to be helpful for trained and training therapists, coaches and counsellors.

It is likely to benefit a whole variety of health, education, wellbeing and social care professionals who need to develop active and effective relationships with their clients or patients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by experiential?
This means you can get very actively involved in learning the skills and techniques involved in this approach. During EmotiHealth courses we prioritize your experience in the present moment. We learn more effectively if we are actively involved, if we have regulated emotional experiences and if we practice deliberately what we need to get better at. It can be challenging to stay active when learning via an online / computer based platform so we have interwoven active exercises throughout our courses. We encourage you to pay careful attention to your experience throughout the course so you can use the opportunity to notice your responses and learn about how your systems are activated.
What is CIMBS?
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Our brain has many complex Brain Systems (vision, hearing, coordination, the autonomic nervous system, etc). These systems enable us to live and flourish in a wide variety of circumstances. In addition, there are other Brain Systems that utilize the energy and wisdom of our emotions, direct our motivations, protect us from danger and build close nourishing relationships.
When these emotional systems are differentiated from each other they can function independently and then be fully integrated enabling us to function at our highest capacity.
CIMBS uses targeted therapeutic interventions to modulate the suppression, differentiation and/or activation of the different Brain Systems that have been wired together in a person’s brain by early developmental experiences or traumas.
CIMBS maximizes the mind’s ability to modify the brain’s structure known as neuroplasticity. CIMBS is our therapeutic approach to the overarching therapeutic paradigm.
What is Neurophysiopsychotherapy™?
Neuro– working directly with the functioning of different neural networks
Physio– we are constantly providing our patients with new physical [visceral] experiences and novel need-satisfying experiences in the present moment
Psycho- paying attention to psychological brain systems
Therapy- active involvement, creating a stabilizing relationship in the context of the stress of new learning.
What does CIMBS prioritise?
  1. Gathering evidence about how the patient/client’s Brain Systems are operating in the present moment, in real time.
  2. Assess attachment relationship patterns
  3. Access, activate and differentiate the Multiple Brain Systems
  4. Notice and reinforce positive feelings, strengths and new adaptive neuropathways
  5. Shift the internal balance from avoidance to approach
  6. Provide ongoing successful present moment experiential learning.
How long do I have access to the resources?
We don't plan to remove these resources, although we may update and add to them periodically.
How should I use the resources provided?
The material provided is for information purposes only and is not to be used as a substitute for a diagnosis or treatment from a medical or mental health professional and should not be taken as medical advice. Please seek professional medical advice in relation to any medical condition or questions you may have. We have made every effort to ensure that the information provided was correct at the time of publication. We do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage or disruption caused by use, errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause.
How can I find out more about EmotiHealth?
If you are a health professional, visit our online learning and community at and our website at To learn more about emotions and emotional systems go to and

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