Who Is Diane Ulicsni and What Coaching Techniques Does She Use For Personal Development and Therapy?

Mental and Emotional Trauma Therapist Serving Oregon and Washington


Portland Metro Brainspotting Therapy

Diane Ulicsni specializes in and is trained in Trauma Therapies, such as Brainspotting and Hemispheric Neurological Restructuring and Integration HNRI™. What is Brainspotting™? Brainspotting was developed by Dr. David Grand. Dr. Grand states, Brainspotting “…is a powerful, focused treatment method that works in a powerful way to identify, process and release core neuro physiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and many other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is an amazing tool that allows the coach and client to locate, focus, process and release experiences and symptoms that may be out of reach of the conscious mind. Brainspotting™ works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system.”

The theory is that Brainspotting™ taps into and harnesses the body’s innate self scanning capacity to process and release focused areas that are (frozen primitive survival modes). Brainspotting may also explain why it often reduces or eliminates body pain and tension associated with physical symptoms. Listed below are a few symptoms Brainspotting is used for:

  • Physical and/or emotional trauma
  • Recovering from injury (i.e. sports, automobile and other accidents)
  • Stress and trauma related to medical illness
  • Performance issues
  • Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain
  • Stuttering
  • Phobias
  • Anxiety

Personal Development Coaching and Therapy Using Hemispheric Neurological restructuring and Integration™

HNRI: Hemispheric Neurological restructuring and Integration™ is a powerful technique that involves using specific music /or left-right movement or stimulation that allows for fast and effective relief from traumas causing anxiety, panic, negative emotions which result in depression and/or limiting beliefs. It uses the best techniques found in Guided Imagery, Neurolinguistic Psychology / Programming, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Image Streaming, and Brainspotting.

Many people now have heard of the difference between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. The Nobel Prize winning discovery is that each hemisphere handles a different kind of information like music or math or creativity and logic. By stimulating different areas of the brain at the same time, we can open up and create new neural pathways. There have been numerous scientific studies done showing how stimulating the brain increases intelligence and actually helps create new neural pathways.

HNRI is based on the following presuppositions or principles: The ‘MIND’ can be compared to a computer that uses software programs. The software programs are made from emotions and beliefs that combine together and have to do with the way that you think and feel. Sometimes the software programs can get stuck in a loop and stop working the way we want them to. It seems that trauma, or negative emotions can combine with a certain thought or feeling and create a locked neural pathway in the brain. Negative emotions often become trapped in the brain or body. This can be referred to as post traumatic stress. The software of the mind is created with our senses. We use our senses not only to perceive and interpret the world, but to literally think. You think using a combination of sight, sound and feeling. By stimulating different areas of the brain at the same time, by using the senses to rewrite the software, and by changing the perceptions and meanings of emotions, beliefs and events we can help you to change the way you feel and change the negative loop to a positive loop. Negative emotions can dissipate and disappear, causing a new way of thinking or feeling.

Understanding Human Beings and Basic Needs


 Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Many people have heard of Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. He developed a theory of personality that has influenced a number of different fields, including education. This theory accurately describes many realities of personal experiences. Maslow was a humanistic psychologist. Humanists focus upon potentials. They strive for an upper level of capabilities. They seek frontiers of creativity, and the highest reaches of consciousness and wisdom. Maslow calls this level, “self actualizing person, a fully functioning person or a health personality.

In Maslow’s theory of needs, all of the basic needs are instinctual, equivalent of instincts in animals. Humans start with a very weak disposition that is then fashioned fully as the person grows. If the environment is right, people will grow straight and beautiful, actualizing the potentials they have inherited. If the environment is not “right” (AND MOSTLY it is not) they will not grown straight and beautiful. Maslow has set up hierarchy of five levels of basic needs. Beyond these needs, higher levels of needs exist. Including needs for understanding, esthetic appreciation and purely spiritual needs.

In the levels of the 5 basic needs, the person does not feel the second need, until the demands of the first have been satisfied, nor the third until the second has been satisfied, and so on.

What are the Basic Needs?

  1. Physiological Needs: These are biological needs. They consist of needs for oxygen, food, water, and relatively constant body temperature. They are the strongest needs because if a person were deprived of all needs, the physiological ones would come first in the person’s search for satisfaction.
  2. Safety needs: When all physiological needs are met and are no longer controlling thoughts and behaviors, the needs for security can become active. Adults have little awareness of their security needs except in times of emergency or periods of disorganization in the social structure (such as rioting). Children often display the signs of insecurity and the need to be safe.
  3. Needs of Love, Affection, and belonging: When the needs for safety and for physiological well-being are satisfied, the next class needs for love, affection and belonging can emerge. Maslow states that people seek to overcome feelings of loneliness and alienation. This involves both giving and receiving love, affection and the sense of belonging.
  4. Needs for Self Esteem: When the first three classes of needs are satisfied, the needs for esteem can become dominant. These involve needs for both self-esteem and for the esteem a person gets from others. Humans have a need for a stable, firmly based, high level of self-respect, and respect from others. When these needs are satisfied, the person feels self-confident and valuable as a person in the world. When these needs are frustrated, the person feels inferior, weak, helpless and worthless.
  5. Needs for Self-Actualization. When all of the foregoing needs are satisfied, then and only then are the needs for self actualization activated. Maslow describes self-actualization as a person’s need to be and do that which the person was born to do. For example. A Musician must make music, an artist must paint, and a poet must write. These needs make themselves felt in signs of restlessness. The person feels on edge, tense, lacking something, in short, restless. If a person is hungry, unsafe, not loved, or accepted, or lacking self esteem, needs are not being met.

Maslow believes that the only reason that people would not move well in the direction of self-actualization is because of hindrances placed in their way by family or society. He states that education is one of these hindrances. Maslow states that educators should respond to the potential an individual has for growing into a self actualized being.


10 Points I Help My Oregon Life Coach Clients Live By

  1. Teach people to be authentic, to be aware of their inner selves and to hear their inner-feeling voices.
  2. Teach people to transcend their cultural conditioning and become world citizens.
  3. Help people discover their vocation for life, their calling, fate or destiny. This is especially focused on finding the right career and right mate.
  4. Teach people that life is precious, there is joy to be experienced in life, and if people are open to seeing the good in all kinds of situations, it makes life worth living.
  5. We must accept the person as he or she is and help the person learn their inner nature.
  6. Help to see that a person’s basic needs are satisfied. This includes safety, belonging, and esteem needs.
  7. Refreshed consciousness, teaching people to appreciate beauty and other good things in nature and in living.
  8. It takes control to improve quality of life in all areas, controls are good, and complete abandon is bad.
  9. Teach people to transcend trifling problems and grapple with the serious problems in life, like, suffering, pain, death and injustice.
  10. Become a good chooser. Practice making good choices.
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