"We are so excited about Brett Cotter and the Stress is Gone program Brett introduced for psychiatrically disabled adults, and from the start, there was an instant connection! He presented the use of exercise, affirmations, and meditation in such a unique way that everyone, including staff, was comfortable participating and following Brett's lead. He's easy to follow and fun to work with and we can't wait for him to come back and continue teaching us!"
~ Audrey Goodman, Community Relations Coordinator, Peninsula Counseling Center, NY
"Not only was the class feedback great but our clients who attended were literally transformed. I am surprised and grateful for the attitude change. Talk about working magic, can we bottle this?"
~ Vera Jacobs Simmons, Program Coordinator, Coalition for the Homeless, NYC
"The class quickly brought us to a place of calmness and clarity. The facilitator passed along a tool to help people relax and be authentic in stressful situations. This class is now a part of our training program."
~ DiDi M
arcal, Volunteer & Bereavement Program Coordinator, Jansen Hospice, NY
"Brett Cotter has been working with our multiply traumatized adolescents in the foster care system. He has helped our teens understand how their past trauma affects their current reactions and behaviors in a way that is age-appropriate. He provides a safe, non-judgmental, and empowering environment in 1:1 and group sessions. He shares the tools they need to reduce stress and develop positive coping skills. Brett has given them a new belief in themselves; changing the thought and behavior patterns of even the most jaded of our clients from destructive to a more positive nature. Brett goes above and beyond to help these children who have suffered so much in the past, as well as our management and staff. Everyone who has experienced this work is truly in a better place."
~ Monique Trucchio MSW, Program Supervisor, Project Independence-Nassau County Family and Children's Association, NY
"The stress Hurricane Sandy caused drove me to attend a group meeting on stress relief. I truly believe that the practice of meditation which was initiated in this classroom has greatly reduced my stress level. I've come to realize that the same way we have a weak or strong internal immune system, we have a weak or strong internal stress coping system. Since attending this class i am not without stress, but my ability to cope with it and my decision making ability has improved dramatically."
~ Vicky Sabato, Belle Harbor, Rockaway, Queens.
"Stress has been proven to be the direct cause of numerous illnesses. So, I wanted to familiarize myself with practical skills for coping with stress, particularly during times of crises and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The facilitators provided extremely useful tips when dealing with everyday stressful situations. The techniques can be applied anywhere and at anytime and are not difficult to learn. The objective is to make stress relief as natural as breathing itself and result in a mind over matter experience that quickly calms the body and mind."
~ Dympna, Rockaway Beach, Queens.
"After Hurricane Sandy, I've been struggling with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and being out of control. Attending the Stress Relief Classes has taught me proactive skills I need to take better care of myself. With the techniques I've learned to reduce my stress levels, those feelings no longer seem so unmanageable. Most of all, breaking through the sense of isolation I've felt has been priceless."
~ Angela Fogarty, Rockaway, Queens.
"My children were in the schools under lockdown on 12/14/12. The helicopters and dogs were searching the woods near my house. The sirens were endless. My sons were texting me, "Mommy, is the shooter dead?" My son volunteered at funerals. I couldn't leave my house without a microphone to greet me. I called Brett Cotter on 12/19/12 and invited him to Newtown. He showed up on Christmas day. I was shaking when he arrived. I was put at ease almost immediately. He took my hands in his, professional, calm, charismatic, unassuming. caring, kind, and giving. We worked on breathing and other exercises to reduce stress. It brought a tear to my eye, quite frankly. I am sleeping better, calmed myself with the help of his simple exercises. The ability to move on is bringing more life into my days. My unhealthy habits, that returned after 12/14 are dissipating. I have a clearer head and better focus. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are Newtown, We are Sandy Hook. WE ARE LOVE. Thank you for all your support. Brett, you inspired me. I got your back. I know you have mine. Thank you. That felt good. I needed to get it out."
~ Allison, Newtown, CT.
"As a teacher, I am happy to see this work in schools. One session released tension from my body, and has led me on a healthy path. A year later, I continue to reap the benefits. Children also need this empowering work!"
~ Debra A., Yonkers, NY
"In the midst of major life changes regarding my residence, a significant relationship and my financial situation, I was under heavy stress. With a series of sessions the stress began lifting and I got my life back."
~ Debra Gillen Fee, Call Center Manager, NJ
"In my sessions with Brett Cotter, he has provided an ultra safe and non-judgmental space for me to express and be myself. Brett has a very clean, clear, positive and healthy male energy that inspires and easily engages. Brett has done his own work and thus is able to guide clients through their emotional and spiritual work. I am grateful for my connection with him."
~ Joseph M. Psychotherapist
"It is extremely rare when something comes along and effects you in such a positive way. I originally contacted Stress Is Gone because I was feeling an excessive amount of stress and anxiety in various parts of my life. The facilitator worked with me through a process that is quite unique. I am pleased to say that the stress and anxiety is no longer present. I control it and it no longer controls me. These sessions helped me get my personal life and inner feelings from the past in check. This changed my entire life for the better. I highly recommend the Stress Elimination Sessions and opening to the potential life has to offer you. You deserve it."
~ Ed Koch, Sales Manager, NYC
"This work gave me a gift that I can use over and over again when I need to reconnect with peace. It gave me back to myself by allowing me to visit the perfect space of my existence. Like a touch-stone, it takes just a second, and is powerful enough to transport me beyond my biggest problems and into a place where I am free."
~ Elizabeth O., Commercial Real Estate Broker, CA.
"For two years I was suffering from severe physical stress that caused me to miss work at times. After a 30minute Stress Elimination session and a 5minute follow-up call, the pain is 60% less. This is the only thing that has made a lasting difference as I am now able to show up to work without any physical issues."
~ Alex F., Industrial Salesman, NY
"A Stress Elimination Session was a way of releasing core stress that had been with me for 25+ years. As stress and emotional tension released, my lower back felt significantly better, my depression disappeared, I felt lighter physically, my breathing became deeper, all emotional eating, anxiety and fatigue diminished considerably. I was able to speak my truth, forgive my parents, truly grieve the loss of a loved one and release old patterns around clutter. After the session, I was supported by the simple yet powerful techniques to use in my life to maintain this stress free state. I received the advice I needed to continue empowering myself. I would most definitely encourage anyone under physical or emotional stress to experience it. This is the best thing I have done for myself in the past 10 years and my heart fills with joy and gratitude whenever I think about it!"
~ Marcy E. Kessler, M.S., NYC
"For 3 years I suffered from abdominal pain, anger and stress so severe it affected my ability to work and think straight. After three prescriptions did not cure my physical or emotional stress, I experienced 1 session and now my Stress Is Gone. I feel physically lighter and have the clarity to make decisions which make my life easier."
~ Crispin Nystrom, Automotive Engineer, NYS
"I did a 30-minute Stress Is Gone Coaching Session over the phone because I was having serious anxiety attacks on the job. I have not had one since."
~ Alex B., New York Law Enforcement Officer
"When my girlfriend and I broke up my ambition for life was changed to emotional stress. In two 30-minute sessions the root of the stress was replaced with the truth. That sadness is gone and I now have a new enthusiasm for life."
~ Erik K., N.Y.C. Fireman
"I would experience physical and emotional stress from my shopping addiction. The elimination session guided me in releasing the core emotional tension and stress the addiction was coming from. After one Stress Elimination Session, I am calmer and shopping no longer controls my life. I have peace with my past and within myself."
~ Allison D., Student, New York
"The Stress Elimination Sessions quickly allowed me to release emotional tension and stress in my body. After letting go of the stress involving my relationship with my father, I am more true to myself around men. The sessions also helped with financial stress. While unemployed, I was awarded 2 contracts shortly after a session which coached me on letting go of old thoughts and patterns around career and money."
~ Dr. and Author, Natalie L. Petouhoff, Santa Monica, CA.
"This work has helped me release areas of stress and tightness which continued to cause roadblocks in my everyday life. After a workshop, I feel freer and much lighter. As time goes on, I discover that I am less afraid and more able to engage in life."
~ Paula M. Moerland, Holistic Health Practitioner, NYC
"There is a unique experience in these workshops. I was able to face and let go of core stress throughout my life. I felt a connection with other participants and realized they were dealing with similar issues. I am becoming the person I always knew I could be."
~ Jeremiah R., Legal Secretary, NYC
"After a Stress Elimination Session, I feel a more loving me has resurfaced. A freshness of living and letting things be has been integrated in my life. It's a wonderful new start."
~ Loyda Andaluz, Legal Secretary, N.Y.
"I was out of work for the first time in 30 years and caring for my 91-year-old mother. I was overwhelmed. During the coaching program painful repressed memories from the past came to the surface. I was flooded with emotions and began to see the connection between my past and my stomach and back pain. Brett helped me let go of the past stressful memories. I developed the self-confidence to become re-employed, and relocate my mom to a nursing home. Overall, I have a positive attitude about myself, my future, and physically I feel better than I have in years."
~ Jeanette Weil, Sales Mgr, NY
"My work as an educational leader requires that I make decisions that ultimately benefit students and help prepare them for life beyond high school. I struggled with making unpopular decisions and needing to defend myself against backlash. My weekly phone sessions with Brett helped me identify the root causes of my stress and to form a new way of thinking about my role in school. I felt empowered and truly listened to during each session and have been able to make lasting changes in how I respond to stressful situations."
~ Kierra Foster-Ba, Educational Leader, New York City
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