If you have ever wished for some reasonable level of science behind your Emotional Wellness (mental health) this is a good place to start. With 32 years of research and 24 years of data collection, Burris Emotional Wellness has established itself as an empirically sound process for depression, PTSD, addiction, and co-occurring disorders. The design from the beginning enabled measurable outcomes at every session which all Certified Burris Coaches are required to generate via our online infrastructure at

The reason Burris Emotional Wellness works for such a broad spectrum of disorders is it approaches these issues based on the thought processes which generate the emotional drivers of unwanted behavior. We also measure gut health which can be a physiological influencer of thought and emotion for the most comprehensive insight ever of your Emotional Wellness (mental health).

Depression and anxiety are at the root of the vast majority of Emotional Wellness (mental health) issues. Mental health is in parenthesis because this is the way Emotional Wellness has been marketed to the public. Mental health and mental illness have been marketed so well that depression and anxiety are now known as diseases with little or no association to emotion and simply medicated when they arise in the absence of any real science. In regard to any medical issue the question from the beginning is “What does the science say?” This however was not applied to Emotional Wellness (mental health) until Burris Institute introduced measurable outcomes into psychiatric care in 1990 which addressed the primary emotional drivers behind depression, anxiety, addiction and co-occurring disorders. When I say co-occurring disorders I am speaking of anything from eating disorders to OCD, ADHD, PTSD along with a multitude of other so called disorders which the DSM is inventing.

After establishing a clear, honest, solution based term for depression, anxiety and co-occurring disorders you will discover the basics of how a thought process works and how to interrupt, restructure and reprogram any emotional state and behavior which simply does not work.

Depression, Anxiety and the Brain in Your Gut” is now available at

There are two parts to the Emotional Wellness (mental health) equation with the first part addressing how a thought process works. Understanding how a thought process works is fundamental to understanding emotion, behavior and distinguishing between a psychological and physiological issue. The second part is the brain in your gut or what some refer to as the gut-brain axis. When I use the term gut it is in reference to the approximately 27 feet between your esophagus and your rectum. There are approximately half a billion neurons (brain cells) which line this part of the body and this brain communicates with the one between your ears primarily through the vagus nerve. This communication between the two brains is influenced if not controlled by the microbiome and can have a dramatic effect on mood.

Microbiome and Microbiota

The term microbiome refers to all microorganisms and their genetic material living in the body, and the term microbiota refers to populations of microorganisms present in the body’s various ecosystems (for example, the gut microbiota and skin microbiota). These various microbiota ecosystems are just now being clearly mapped and a completely clear indication of the microbes that dominate each system are still being discovered. I believe the reason for this is over 90% of the more than 4,000 articles on microbiota were published in PubMed in the last 6 years.1 This makes the gut-brain axis a relatively new science but one which cannot be ignored in Emotional Wellness (mental health) and must be measured.

Measurable Outcomes

Fundamentally two pieces of the Emotional Wellness (mental health) equation must be consistently measured if there is any progress you wish to define and measurement is at the core of Burris Emotional Wellness.

When a practitioner states they are using an evidence-based process this does not mean they produce measurable outcomes. Measurable outcomes must be produced at every Emotional Wellness (mental health) session if you want to know where you have started where you are going or if you have accomplished your objectives. Measurable outcomes also enable one to answer the question of “What does the science say?” Every Certified Burris Coach (CBC) is required to measure emotional and gut health of every client. If improvement cannot be attained the CBC is required to refer the client out as opposed to keeping them in a perpetual state of ambiguity or held under a subjective opinion.

The Focus of This Book

This book is not going to be about getting sucker punched, and knocked out by my father and then ultimately homeless at age 16. This requires its own book to be fair to all involved.

This book is going to address all major issues of Emotional Wellness (mental health) beginning with the naming convention

It is going to be about a solution to taking control of ones thought processes, emotion and behavior. This will include gut health and get into the detail of what I went through, the dramatic affect the gut can have on mood and how to rebalance the microbiota and heal the gut.

Three Key Questions

Many questions will be answered and clarified in this book but there are three fundamental questions which must be addressed when one is looking at Emotional Wellness (mental health) data or seeking a practitioner.

  1. What do you measure?

Measuring the emotion which drives any disordered behavior is absolutely fundamental and if it cannot be measured, tracked and improved by the practitioner there is some question as to the usefulness of their process. The second thing which must be measured is gut health. We know the gut can have a profound effect on thought, emotion and behavior2 so it simply makes sense to measure it especially if the numbers on the Emotional Wellness checklist do not come down.

  1. Why do you measure it?

There is a chicken and egg conundrum when it comes to Emotional Wellness (mental health) and this is, did a stress induced thought process bring about a gut dysbiosis or did a gut dysbiosis bring about the stress inducing thoughts? This is why it is important to measure, track and improve both emotional and gut health.

  1. How are the outcomes generated?

There is only one person who knows how broken they are or if the issue they wish to address has been fixed and this is the client. Therefore at least part of the outcome equation must come from the client. An assessment or opinion from a practitioner can be useful but cannot be relied upon as scientific data. In other words, the question of “What does the science say” cannot be answered from subjective observation alone.

Medical References

Medical references will follow the introduction and each chapter with title only and a direct link to the resource in the electronic version of the book.

Who is This Book for?

This book is designed to give both Emotional Wellness (mental health) client and practitioner an essential overview of how thought, emotion and behavior work. It is also designed to express the importance of measurable outcomes for both practitioner and client so a clear understanding can be established of where the client started, where they are going and if an initial objective has been reached. In the end the question of “What does the science say?” will be answerable.

There are two questions to ultimately determine if this book is right for you.

  1. Do I want everything in my life to work?
  2. Is everything working?

If the answer to the first question yes and the answer to the second question is no, then this book is a must read. If you want everything to work, you must know how it works and that is what this book is about.

Getting Started with a Change in Perception

Have you ever failed at anything? One hundred percent of the time clients will respond to this question with a resounding YES! Within the context of Burris Emotional Wellness there is no such thing as failure there are only results. If you do not like the results you are getting you will consistently interrupt, restructure and reprogram your emotional state and behavior until you have produced a result you desire. Everything we do as human beings will produce a result. What results or outcomes do you want to produce?

About Burris Institute

Burris Institute trains and certifies Emotional Wellness Coaches in an empirically sound process which requires the coach to produce measurable outcomes at every session in regard to the fundamental emotional issues that drive depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, anorexia, weight loss and co-occurring disorders. This includes gut health measurement.

About Burris Connect

Burris Connect is a community that helps Certified Burris Coaches and clients find each other. Burris Connect provides empirically sound coaching with measurable outcomes at every session without the need for potentially awkward office visits. Burris Coaching achieves Emotional Wellness (mental health) through a proven, well-defined online ecosystem. Our clients enjoy absolute privacy, sharing with coaches, only what they feel comfortable sharing.

Extras in This Book

Burris Emotional Wellness Checklist for Adults

Burris Emotional Wellness Checklist for Warriors

Burris Emotional Wellness Checklist Ages 9 - 18

Burris Gut Health Checklist

Step 7 Guided Meditation Audio

Introduction References

  1. The Gut-Brain Axis: The Missing Link in Depression
  2. Gut Feelings: Bacteria and the Brain

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