by Kelly Burris PhD October 6, 2018
If you were to visit a doctor for a serious injury, and the extent of the treatment was analyzing why you had the accident, and reliving the play by play of your mistake, would you continue to pay substantial fees for their services for the next couple of years? Probably not, yet this is the accepted norm for mental health treatments. Worldwide, mental illness represents more than 15 percent of the disease burden “in established market economies such as the US.” according to NIMH this “is more than the disease burden caused by all cancers.” Approximately 26 percent of adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Factor in the families of the ill and the irregular methods by which these problems are reported, and the impact of this statistic is far-reaching beyond what is measured.
by Kelly Burris PhD October 5, 2018
Since Sigmund Freud discovered talk therapy and psychoanalysis in the late 1800’s, there has been little advancement in a modality for behavior change that works. One of the reasons for this is a means to measure whether one is making progress with a client. Neuroscientists and psychiatrists claim the processes of the human mind and the physiology of the brain is too complex to measure accurately. This could not be further from the truth if we start by looking at a couple of fundamental issues and simply ask… “What questions need to be answered to resolve the issue of taking control of what controls me?” The first question of “What controls me?” is uncomplicated. It is the subconscious. Our conscious mind exists solely to receive and deliver everything we have ever seen, heard, felt, tasted or smelled to the subconscious. The subconscious uses this information to determine how we respond emotionally to our world.
by Kelly Burris PhD September 26, 2018
Emotion drives behavior yet emotion is bypassed in favor of looking at the resulting behavior in the mental health industry. Normal cannot be defined by skipping the driver of what constitutes normal. The only explainable motivation for this is no one wants to fix a disorder because it is more profitable to drag it out or drug it. Better is not when a therapist or psychiatrist says you are better it is when you can see and feel you are better. This can only happen if you measure, track and improve emotion at every session.
by Kelly Burris PhD April 11, 2018
Burris Connect: The Ultimate Mental Health EHR If the objective in mental health is to get back to normal and not to manage, modify or cope with an aberrant thought, emotion and behavior one must fully understand if there is progression, regression or no change. Therefore, the default in Functional Emotional Fitness™ (mental health) is the measurement of emotional and gut health NOT medication. We feel the practitioner and client must measure and track all emotional parameters driving the behavior they are addressing. This is exactly what is required of coaches at Burris Connect.
by Kelly Burris PhD July 15, 2016
After 26 Years of Data Collection We Are Finally at Step 1
by Kelly Burris PhD October 19, 2015
Efficacy of empirical data in Functional Emotional Fitness™ (mental health) occurs when constants are measured and changed and the legitimacy of the data occurs when it is generated by the client. The constant in Functional Emotional Fitness™ (mental health) is the clients’ emotional state. Measuring, tacking and improving this constant at every session is what brings about the efficacy of an intervention. With 23 years of data collection, Functional Emotional Fitness™ has taken data protocol a couple steps further with a three instrument checklist which not only measures the emotional state and relationship satisfaction of the client but also enables the client to grade the effectiveness of the practitioner at every session.
by Kelly Burris PhD October 12, 2015
Empirically sound and measurable outcomes in Emotional Health (mental health) are terms rarely used together because there are no standards of measurement as there are in Functional Emotional Fitness™. We established a measurable outcome protocol in 1990 and have refined it down to a 22 point three instrument checklist. This is how we know it is empirically sound because we have been collecting data for twenty-five years.
by Kelly Burris PhD September 15, 2015
Ask anyone to define normal and they will reference behavior. Attempting to define normal based on behavior cannot be done because it is inevitability a subjective assessment by a third party, in other words, an opinion. Opinions do not become more legitimate with seven or ten years of education, it is still, just an opinion. This is not, however, the biggest flaw in attempting to define normal based on behavior. The biggest flaw is the fact that when attempting to define behavior based on a subjective assessment you are bypassing the driver or root cause of behavior, which is emotion.
by Beau Chatham August 20, 2015
Goal Setting is one of the most fundamental undertakings when we consider future success. We know that top-level athletes, successful business leaders and achievers use this technique to stimulate short-term motivation and help in maintaining long term vision.  The intent is to bring focus to your life’s undertakings.
by Kelly Burris PhD August 8, 2015
A 2008 study released from Rand called “Invisible Wounds of War” addressed the issue of PTSD, major depression and the rising suicide rate in the military. Burris Institute and its Functional Emotional Fitness™ process have been compliant with the recommendations of the Rand study for over a decade.  An overview of how Burris Emotional Wellness and the SR™ process now exceed Rand recommendations can be found in the Evidence-Based section of the Burris  Institute website.
by Kelly Burris PhD April 10, 2015
Ask anyone to define normal and they will reference behavior. Normal cannot be determined via behavior but it can be determined via emotion, which is the driver for behavior. When making an observational subjective assessment as is done with children and ADHD one is bypassing the driver of the behavior or the root cause. The term observational subjective assessment in translation simple means one is guessing because there is a void of any meaningful data. If you want everything to work you must understand how it works and this is what you are about to learn. Why Burris Institute has Defined Normal
by Kelly Burris PhD October 20, 2014
Even the most ambiguous definition of a thought process cannot be misconstrued as an illness or disease yet this is exactly what has been done by big pharma in order to get approximately ten percent of the population in the US over the age of six on antidepressants. Despite the fact, antidepressants can cause depression, suicidality, myocardial infarction (sudden death) along with over a thousand other contraindications including severe withdraw symptoms they continue to be one of the most prescribed drugs in America.   Does Depression PTSD or an Eating Disorder Require a Thought Process? Most people will answer the above question with…”Well of course it does!” Why then has big pharma been able to sell us on bypassing the thought process and instead attack the symptom with dangerous pharmaceuticals?
by Kelly Burris PhD July 5, 2014
Measurable Outcomes Evidence-based is a term coaches and mental health professionals use to indicate someone did a study on the process they are using. This does not mean these practitioners produce measurable outcomes. This is an important distinction if you need an indication of the competence and performance of a practitioner. For the first time, measurable outcomes were put forth in the media in regard to PTSD which you can find here. “VA PTSD treatment inadequate, study shows” Burris Institute and its Functional Emotional Fitness™ process has produced measurable outcomes for PTSD, depression, eating disorders and many other emotional health issues since its introduction into psychiatric care in 1990.
by Kelly Burris PhD June 5, 2014
Emotion drives behavior and people seek out coaches, counselors, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists because they want to feel better. Replacing the broad generic terms of mental health & mental illness to the focused, solution-based terms of “Emotional Health and Emotional Fitness” is the absolute first step to mental health reform. This goes beyond stigma or political correctness. There are key reasons for this change, which will ultimately shape all reform put into place.
by Kelly Burris PhD February 17, 2014
The current buzzword in mental health is measurable outcomes yet very few if any in mental health or coaching produce measurable outcomes. The question to everyone in the business of mental health or coaching is, “What is the reason for not producing measurable outcomes for your clients?” Every Certified Burris Coach is required not just to produce a measurable outcome but measurable improvement across a three-instrument twenty-two point checklist in order to complete their certification.   At Burris Institute we believe mental health and coaching clients should require their practitioners to have a measurable outcome in place and following are the top five reasons for doing this.
by Kelly Burris PhD December 29, 2013
Everything you have ever seen, heard, felt, tasted or smelled since your first breath is stored in your subconscious. The subconscious uses this information to determine how you will emotionally respond to your world. How well you remember anything is determined by the emotional impact at the time of the event. The result may not be as significant as post-traumatic stress but it can still have an impact, which can ultimately bring about an unwanted behavior.
by Kelly Burris PhD December 27, 2013
Females under age 30 who are not under 15% body fat, are not involved in drugs or alcohol and are still functioning normally at school or work have consistently taken control of their eating disorder with the Functional Emotional Fitness™ Process in two two-hour sessions. Anorexics are a unique demographic.  All I have worked with over the past 23 years have been either well educated, very bright or both. This disorder in large part is about control. Once an anorexic learns how to take control of the internal processes that determine their emotional state, they will continue to use Burris Emotional Measurement and the SR™ process on their own. This is the only demographic that will do this consistently.
by Kelly Burris PhD December 25, 2013
Emotion precedes everything we do in life, this is why a couple of the proverbial questions from psychotherapists is “How did that make you feel” or “How do you feel about that?” When one understands, the primary issue concerning disordered behavior the absolute first step is clearly to measure emotion. This could not be more evident than with the diagnosis of ADHD and ADD with children. Skipping the process of Emotional Measurement enables the pharmaceutical companies to cast a wider and wider net in regard to all human behavior.
by Kelly Burris PhD November 29, 2013
People seek out psychotherapists and psychiatrists because they are emotionally distressed and for no other reason I am aware. For this single reason the answer to the above question should be perfectly clear however when I ask a client this question who has been in therapy for several years there is always a hesitation. The next question I ask is did your therapist measure and track your emotional state. The answer again is no. This is at minimum very curious considering everything we do as human beings is emotionally driven. Emotion precedes behavior therefore, emotion has everything to do with depression, ADHD and yes even weight loss. Below we will take a look at each one of these issues and how Emotional Measurement is missing or completely passed over in favor of other treatments. Depression
by Beau Chatham February 27, 2013
We’ve all said it once in our lives, right?  Maybe not publicly, but we’ve certainly thought this to ourselves at some point in our adult life.  When we do verbalize it, we say this when we encounter something that is blatantly wrong.  It’s when something grabs your attention that is so poorly thought out, yet it still exists, it cocks your head to the side.  We’re not so shocked at how perverse the act is, but more so that we didn’t really focus enough to see it before, as “a WTF” has probably been around for a while…we just never noticed it before.  Even if we saw it, we didn’t let it sink in long enough to see how wrong it truly is.  What hurts us most about a WTF is the emotional state that explodes inside us that can only be described as shame.