After practicing psychotherapy for 12 years, one Eagan woman hopes to help people improve other areas of the mind through a new age program.
Cheryl Weber-Thapa opened the Awaken Higher Brain Living Center on Oct. 3 at 1590 Thomas Center Drive. A grand opening event is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the center.
Awaken is an extension of Higher Brain Living, a Wauwatosa, Wis.-based company that claims its 22-step program changes brain physiology and helps people improve their lives. The business was founded in 2004 by former chiropractor Dr. Michael Cotton.
Thapa decided to open the Eagan center after experiencing the program as a client last year.
“I felt a personal transformation and wanted to share that experience with everyone else,” Thapa said.
Thapa, who has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in social work, said she has had a passion for helping others since childhood.
Prior to opening a private practice one year ago, Thapa worked as a psychotherapist for 10 years at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
“I feel Higher Brain Living is an extension of that passion,” Thapa said.
There are two main parts to the program: gentle touch and self-examination.
During the gentle touch process, facilitators, who are licensed by Higher Brain Living, touch connective tissue in a way that proponents say stimulates higher brain activity.
“This bodywork opens pathways to the brain and gives a surge of energy,” Thapa said.
Though the service is believed to help people rid stress and improve their lives, it is not considered therapy like chiropractic care or massage.
Clients are also urged to purchase a Higher Brain Living guidebook and complete a life review, in which clients are assisted in examining and making changes to various areas of their life.
“It’s a profound experience,” said Thapa, a licensed facilitator.
The program consists of 22 sessions, which cost on average, $90 each.
Awaken Higher Brain Living center in Eagan offers payment plans and is currently offering new clients two sessions for $90 upon attending a free presentation.
Upon trying the first two sessions, clients can decide whether to continue with the remaining 20 sessions. Upon completing all 22 steps, clients are encouraged to return periodically.
Although Thapa has focused much of her attention to the new center, she continues to work part time as a psychotherapist at Evolve Holistic Therapy in Eagan.
For more information on Higher Brain Living or the Eagan center, visit www.higherbrainliving.com.