Reset your brain's neural pathways to enhance your inner resiliency and flourish—even in the face of adversity.

Your Healing Narrative:
Write-to-Heal With
Neural Re-Narrating™

for Individuals

A powerful Neural Re-Narrating™️ program using science-based writing-to-heal and mindfulness techniques to help you recognize and override your brain's old thought patterns, creating a new, transformative healing narrative to help you flourish in your life, even in the face of adversity.

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Why I Created this Neural Re-Narrating™ Program


Trauma changes the brain and makes it difficult to draw forth the internal resources needed to foster resiliency and healing.

Often, people who have a history of adversity and trauma struggle to flourish. Trauma affects the brain in ways that can make you more likely to experience difficulty when faced with emotionally stressful and demanding situations in your relationships, at work, and as a parent.

Throughout my life, both growing up and as an adult, I’ve faced a number of challenging life experiences, stressors, and traumas, and I understand this struggle.

When I’m facing the greatest moments of uncertainty and adversity in my life, I've found it has also been more difficult to utilize all the skills I’ve learned along my journey toward healing.

During my 30 years as a science journalist, it has become clear to me that knowledge in itself isn't enough to change old neural patterns. When we try to change our thought patterns and reactions on our own, we automatically overlay old, ingrained thought patterns onto newly learned approaches.

It takes more to recognize and override old, painful thoughts so that we can flourish.

Neural Re-Narrating™️ holds the key to creating new, more powerful healing possibilities for inner peace and flourishing.

Neural Re-Narrating™️ can help you create new, more powerful inner resources and strategies for healing and calming the brain, body, and nervous system to help you flourish, even in the face of ongoing stress and adversity. 

Start your healing journey now!

How does Neural Re-Narrating™️ work?

In this program for people who have faced trauma and adversity—through writing prompts developed over my 30 years as a science journalist eliciting interviewees’ most deeply felt emotions, memories, and insights, coupled with science-based writing-to-heal and mindfulness techniques–I teach you the process of “Neural Re-Narrating™.

1. Recognize old, painful thought patterns.

Through this program, I take you on a journey that will help you recognize old, painful thought patterns; examine your internalized stories about yourself and the world; observe how your history of adversity may be affecting your current health, relationships, work, and well-being; and begin rewriting your inner story.

2. Develop new, healthier responses.

By working within this workshop setting, with me guiding you through writing-to-heal techniques coupled with science-based trauma healing interventions and mindfulness methods, you can override your brain’s old, habitual reactions and begin to create new, healthier responses that change the brain and nervous system.

3. Create a powerful healing narrative.

In this process—Neural Re-Narrating™—you will begin to uncover your internal resources for resiliency and create a new, more powerful and resonant healing narrative that will help you to flourish in your current life, even in the face of challenges and adversity.

Neural Re-Narrating™️ is a step-by-step, science-based program that will allow you to:

  • Access new layers of self-awareness.

  • Access deep new layers of healing.

  • Tap into resources within yourself that have always been there.

  • Create a new healing narrative, new habits of self-talk and self-compassion, and a sense of affection and loyalty to yourself.

  • Feel more wholeheartedly present for yourself and others.

  • Develop restorative techniques to move away from a high-stress state into feeling centered and calm.

  • Harness the power of your nervous system to help you enjoy and savor positive mind states.
  • Develop the skills you need for lifelong well-being.

Over my 30 years as a science journalist, I've sat with thousands of individuals who have suffered from adversity, or who are facing chronic conditions or overwhelming stress in their lives.

I've taken what I've learned over the years to create this unique and powerful Neural Re-Narrating™️ program.

I've combined the most powerful expressive writing exercises with self-soothing mind-body techniques—all based on the latest neuroscience—to shift neural pathways and help you to become more resilient and flourish in your life.

Your Healing Narrative: 
Write-to-Heal With 
Neural Re-Narrating™


A powerful and transformative Neural Re-Narrating™️ program using science-based writing-to-heal and mindfulness techniques to override your brain's old thought patterns and create a new healing narrative to help you flourish in your current life, even in the face of stressors and adversity.

Now offered at $297 for a limited time.

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What is inside this program?


This program combines the best tools of expressive writing with self-soothing mindfulness mind-body exercises. It is all based on the latest neuroscience and leads to what I call Neural Re-Narrating™—changing pathways in the brain to help us be more resilient and flourish even in the face of adversity.

  • 8 lessons with 100+ activities
  • 8+ hours of content plus all the videos and writing exercises
  • 12 instructional videos offering insights into the latest neuroscience on adversity and resiliency
  • 10 meditation and breathing exercise videos to help release anxiety and trauma, plus “take home” strategies for achieving new levels of inner calm to use in your daily life
  • 10+ audio activities with writing, drawing, and mind-body exercises to help calm the brain, body, and nervous system, and help reset the stress response for peace and possibility
  • 20+ writing prompts and exercises tapping into our conscious and unconscious thoughts and memories, accessing our innate resilience and capacity to heal

The program offers 8 lessons:

  1. Preparing for Your Healing Journey: 

    This lesson teaches you tools for taking care of yourself, meeting any interior resistance to self-compassion, and calming your physical and mental state while you take this course.

  2. Looking Back at Your Story:

    In this lesson, we reflect on your story to get a brief overview of experiences you had in childhood, including those that might have been challenging or traumatic, as well as positive experiences and influences that helped you during difficult times in your childhood. You’ll also be asked about your sense of well-being in your current daily life, and you’ll set an intention for what you want to get out of this course, as you engage in your personal journey toward flourishing.

  3. Why Write to Heal:

    You'll find just what you need in this lesson to understand the latest neuroscience on how adversity affects the brain, body, and nervous system in ways that can harm your health, and why writing-to-heal is such a powerful technique for helping to reset the stress response, calming the brain and the body, and helping you to flourish even in the face of adversity.

  4. Beginning Your Healing Journey:

    In this lesson, I'll guide you through deeper writing prompts as you begin recalling memories, feelings, and emotions from childhood, and examine your internalized stories about yourself and the world. You'll also learn a series of new “take home” self-calming exercises to help you whenever you are feeling overwhelmed.

  5. Finding Your Benefactors:

    This lesson teaches you the tools for learning how to identify some of the positive experiences in your childhood when “benefactors,” or trusted adults, helped you to feel safe, seen, and valued. You’ll also learn how to call upon these positive emotions and feelings for inner solace and support. And you’ll engage in another series of guided writing-to-heal exercises that will help you to better understand the complex, often hidden connection between difficult emotions in your present life and the adversity you faced growing up.

  6. Naming Your Feelings:

    In this lesson, you’ll learn more about how the brain dances with your environment, and examine why naming your feelings is important and how doing so helps to rewire your brain. You’ll also learn simple but powerful techniques and “take home” strategies to recognize, override, and replace old thought patterns, and begin to draw upon powerful new interior resources that have always been within you to help you create a new and powerful healing narrative—one full of new possibilities.

  7. Comforting Your Inner Child:

    This lesson teaches you about the power that self-talk has on how you feel and on your health, as well as learn several new Neural Re-Narrating™️ practices to create more positive, healthier self-messaging.

  8. Call to Action:

    As you complete the course with this lesson, you'll learn a few last Neural Re-Narrating™️ techniques that will help you to find deeper layers of calm, clarity, and ways to re-center yourself, even during life's most difficult moments.

Praise for Your Healing Narrative: 
Write-to-Heal With 
Neural Re-Narrating™

Your biology is not your destiny. 
Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s powerful course taught me that I CAN overcome the trauma in my past. This course provided me with the missing tools I needed to not only survive but thrive despite the traumatic stressors I’ve faced, and gave me an inner-flourishing toolkit I could use right away to soothe my anxiety, stop ruminating thoughts, and simply feel better—day-by-day and moment-by-moment!”

Rozanne Whalen, participant, New Orleans

Worth every moment you can devote to it. 
As a veteran educator and learning specialist who teaches students about the power of retraining their brains, I was excited to take Donna Jackson Nakazawa's course on Neural Re-Narrating™. With Donna's expert guidance, I found myself retraining my own brain and opening my heart to myself in ways I could not have foreseen.”  

Sarah Judd, learning specialist, Annapolis, Maryland

A fantastic online resource that I will be sharing with many. 
Donna is a trustworthy, warm, and welcoming guide as she offers up her skills to encourage you toward creative expression, self-care, and self-kindness through simple but powerful practices that help you to reflect on the past, stay anchored in the present, and feel new hope for the future.”

Christine White, ACEsConnection, Heal Write Now, South Shore, Massachusetts

A gift that will keep on giving throughout your life.
Donna Jackson Nakazawa interweaves powerful cognitive and experiential processes to take you from where you are in your life right now and walk you toward each next doable step in your healing process, compassionately showing you how to shift old patterns and find new possibilities for thriving!”

Marti Glenn, Ph.D., clinical director, Ryzio Institute, Santa Barbara, California

Brilliant … release the inner struggles that block you from living your most fulfilling life. 
Donna sheds new insight into ​how traumatic stressors get stuck in the body and nervous system and​ influence the story of your life. Intertwining powerful writing exercises with restorative techniques​​, Donna provides a safe and soothing path to touch into your unhealed places with self-kindness and ​resolve the tender parts of your past​.”

Jane Stevens​, ​founder, publisher​, ​ACEs Connection, California

As a therapist I benefited personally from taking this journey.
The chance to delve into the ‘hot’ or ‘sticky’ spots in one’s emotional landscape through expressive writing provides a promising and exciting approach to reworking and rewiring one’s self-narrative while offering a safe and healing emotional release from trauma. Donna compassionately fosters each individual’s ability to explore past adversity from a newly grounded sense of self.”

Amy Karlen, Ph.D., psychotherapist, Baltimore

Donna gifts us with her hands-on guidance! 
Donna Jackson Nakazawa has long been at the forefront of our understanding of the body and mind’s responses to adverse experiences, and how to harness the brain’s plasticity to build internal resilience. Here, she invites us to take pen to paper, for a practical tutorial in healing. Donna gently and masterfully escorts us through her Neural Re-narrating™ exercises which have the proven potential to transform health treatment outcomes by rewriting our inner stories.

Andrea Nakayama, functional medicine nutritionist, founder, president, clinical director Functional Nutrition Alliance

An exceptionally engaging, interactive, and inspirational resource for the trauma community! 
There are currently few safe and accessible ways that offer help and hope for trauma survivors who are working to process past experiences and to embrace healing and change in a supportive online space. Now, at last, we have Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s new course which uses expressive writing and narrative reframing to help you work through traumatic stress in your own space and at your own pace.

—participant, Massachusetts

I can only imagine how many individuals and families will be better equipped to live the lives they desire by taking this program. 
With permission to go at your own pace, each of Donna’s carefully crafted lesson brings forth positive experiences while helping you to heal negative ones and move to the next level of life contentment and inner peace, so that you can connect more deeply with yourself, and with those you care about.”

—participant, California

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning journalist and internationally-recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion. Her mission is to translate emerging science in ways that help individuals find new layers of healing.

She is the author of six books, including her newest, The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine (Random House/Ballantine, 2020), which illuminates recent groundbreaking discoveries that elucidate the biological link between our physical and mental health. Hailed as “riveting,” “stunning,” and “visionary,” The Angel and the Assassin offers us a radically reconceived picture of human health.

Her writing has been published in WiredThe Boston GlobeStatThe Washington PostHealth AffairsAeonMoreParentingAARP The Magazine, and Glamour. She has appeared on The Today ShowNational Public RadioNBC News, and ABC News.

Donna is a regular speaker at universities, conferences, and hospitals, including the 2020 Harvard Division of Science and Harvard Cabot Science Library Series, 2019 CarePlus Annual Conference, 2018 Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Conference, and many more.

In this program—drawing upon her 30 years as a journalist eliciting interviewees’ most deeply felt emotions and insights, coupled with science-based expressive writing and mindfulness techniques—Donna teaches participants the process of “Neural Re-Narrating™.” She has offered this trauma-healing course to thousands of health care workers, physicians, practitioners, educators, and individuals facing high levels of stress on the front lines of the global pandemic.