Social science researchers suggest that as many as 90% of those professionals who consider themselves successful are early risers. While their routines vary, most of these people wake up before 6 am to start their day.
Jennifer Sweeton, a leading psychologist and neuroscientist is no exception to this research finding. On any given weekday, she rises at about 5:40 am and spends her first moments pondering what the day will bring. As part of her intentional strategy, she aims to set 1-2 goals for the day, telling herself, “Today is successful if I do nothing but ….” which helps her be both intentional, realistic, and consistently productive all at the same time.
Dr. Sweeton is a world renowned clinical psychologist, speaker, and author. She completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master's degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University.
She was also a national semi-finalist in the Rhodes Scholar competition as an undergraduate. Building early habits as a producer driven to succeed, her academic achievements have contributed to the success she enjoys today as a prominent clinical psychologist, speaker, and author in the field of neuroscience and clinical mental health.
Dr. Sweeton owns a private practice in the Kansas City area where she helps clients struggling with trauma symptoms and PTSD. She also coaches high-achieving professionals to help them optimize their brain functioning toward improving their work performance, relationships, and overall health profile.
Jennifer Sweeton is also the developer of the evidence-informed brain training program, Neural Desensitization and Integration Training, which she considers one of her greatest achievements.
Apart from clinical practice, she also writes books on trauma psychology and the neuroscience of mental health. She is a best-selling author whose expertise is in high demand from publishers like PESI, W.W. Norton and Company, and New Harbinger. Her 2019 release, the Trauma Treatment Toolbox, is an Amazon #1 Best-Seller in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. Her most recent book, Eight Key Brain Areas of Mental Health and Illness, has been named the Amazon #1 New Release in Cognitive Psychology after its November 2021 release. "Eight Key Brain Areas" thoroughly explains the main areas of the brain and their involvement in mental health and illness in a way therapists can easily understand and apply in practice. Her books effectively bridge brain science with the art of psychotherapy and deliver digestible teaching of trauma therapy techniques scientifically proven to heal the brain.
Dr. Sweeton is also the developer of the evidence-informed brain training program, Neural Desensitization and Integration Training (NDIT), which she considers one of her greatest contributions to the field and a product of years of clinical observations and brain research. Dr. Sweeton originally developed NDIT as a specialized approach for the treatment of PTSD. Its development is the culmination of 14 years of clinical work with traumatized clients, 20 years of the study of psychology and psychotherapy, several years of formal, graduate academic training in neuroscience, and a decade of experience training other professionals in brain-changing strategies and psychotherapeutic approaches.
The techniques that encompass NDIT as a brain optimization tool are not only useful in clinical trauma treatment, but Dr. Sweeton's NDIT training program contains helpful techniques useful in coaching individuals with mindset challenges and self-limiting beliefs hold them back from success in both personal and professional life.
Sweeton's contributions to psychology and mental health, including the development of new evidence-informed approaches to trauma treatment and brain optimization, make her one of the most sought-after and highly regarded clinical psychologists in the United States and abroad.