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Do you ever feel like your dreams are just out of reach?

Do you recycle your goals over and over, setting the goal then falling off the wagon?


The reasons we fall short in our goals is because of how our brain is wired- it's hard to change old patterns - until now!

You can take control of your brain and your life! With even a few sessions, you'll discover your motivation, focus, and performance!

Yes, you can have the life you want, and together - we can make it happen!

Get started with a Breakthrough Session today:

  • Personal Life & Happiness
  • Healthy Living
  • Weight Loss
  • Motivation
  • Business Focus

Create your Roadmap to Success, and then Train your Brain to Get you there!

Call Now to Get Started!


Office Location:

The Brain Trainer, LLC

1111 E. Brickyard Rd

Salt Lake City, UT 84106



I work with clients all across the U.S. by phone and Skype.


About Holly Stokes, The Brain Trainer

Holly Stokes, the Brain Trainer, NLP Coach Hypnotherapist


I'm not your typical Life and Business Coach.

You won't find yourself explaining why you didn't follow through on your goals week after week. If you want to just talk about your problems over and over, you better see a counselor.

But, if you are done with struggling, if you are ready to address the real reasons you are stuck, if you are ready to create real and lasting change - the real answers for you lie in your brain.

I began working with troubled teens in 1994, helping them improve their communication, confidence, and self-awareness. As a wilderness guide and counselor in therapeutic outdoor programs, I gained experience in group dynamics, taught positive communication skills, led group therapy sessions, and gained insight into motivation and behavior while helping teens prepare for a new future.

My work in these programs led me to finish my degree in Psychology. While doing my coursework, I became fascinated by the results achieved with hypnosis in controlling pain, speeding the body's healing, and quickly replacing old habits. I certified as a Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and Life and Business Coach. These tools were so amazing and effective, I was blown away by the results.

I found my own challenges transformed as I applied the science of "brain training" and NLP to my own problems. Before I found these tools, I would say I had an unstable self-esteem, I felt good about myself when life was up, but I really criticized myself, felt depressed and even self-abusive when life wasn't working how I wanted it to.

Thanks to the tools of applied psychology and namely, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) I quickly changed negative self - talk, increased my confidence and self-esteem, and found it easier to roll with the ups and downs of life, even enjoying the downs! I used to be afraid about the future, I felt stressed and anxious and found it difficult to make plans or have a long-term vision. Now, I see a bright and positive future that continues to evolve with me as I grow.

If I had one message to share - I would say, "Life can be amazing and the way to your amazing self and future lie in your brain!"

You may have really struggled with challenges, been self-critical, but found old problems and patterns difficult to change. You may have even thought, "I know I shouldn't be thinking this," but you still have the thought or the feeling. These patterns are difficult to change because they are wired into your brain and they run automatically.

Just knowing these patterns are there don't help them change. Psychologists are great for helping you identify the problem, but then they give it right back to you. Before I found these tools, I worked with a bunch of psychs I know, "You need to open up more!"  " You need to be more positive" Great, but how do you change it?

We've picked up these old patterns through our life's experiences and they affect what we think, what we feel, and even our daily choices and motivation. Our brain is wired into these old ways of perception, that's why it take so much conscious focus to change them. It can be frustrating, as if you are watching yourself doing the same old behavior and thinking, "here I go again" but you almost can't help it.

"It's not what we look at that matters - its what you see." -- Henry David Thoreau

benefits of nlpBeing a self-improvement and personal growth junkie, I was looking for tools that could help me be a better person and really help people change. In working with teens, I watched them struggle, but they were still victim to old patterns. Because the old thinking and behaviors are wired into the brain.

But now, with what we know about the brain and how it works, it is truly amazing and these tools of applied psychology and NLP can help you shift the filters of your mind from negative patterns to positive and supportive ones.

Here's just a sample of how I've used NLP and these tools to improve my own life:

      - Lost 40 pounds, went from a size 14 to a size 6 and kept it off for 7 years now. I'm the same size I was in high school. I used NLP to change the cravings for junk food and sweets.

      - I use NLP tools to feel comfortable and confident as a speaker. Speaking in front of groups is now fun for me.

     - As a child I was high strung with a need to be perfect. Now, although I still have high standards, I feel comfortable with myself and my value as a person and its no longer contingent on being perfect. I accept my shortcomings as opportunities for growth.

     - I changed negative self talk and criticism to self appreciation (it runs automatically, I don't have to think "I should be positive").

    - I used NLP tools for tapping into my creative process on command, which enabled me in writing and completing my books, A Lighter You! Train your Brain to Lose Weight and A Lighter You Health Coach's Guide to Nutrition in Action.


 It doesn't mean I no longer have problems, I just have better tools to handle the problems. And some of the things that I would have called "problems" before, I see them as stepping stones in my journey.


What if you really saw yourself in the mirror and felt great about you rather than focusing the "flaws" or what you didn't like. What if you got up in the morning energized and excited about your life?

What you see matters - When you look at your life, what do you see?

I've brought together some of the most powerful tools to help you get to the core of your problems, shift the old negative patterns, create new mental habits almost instantly, embrace your highest potential, and translate your vision of what is possible into your daily life! Here's some of the certifications and tools that can help you springboard to your best future:

life coaching balance wheelLife Coaching offers ongoing structure and support for staying on track with your goals and achieving the big picture of your life. We begin by taking a snapshot of where you are now and where you want to be. Create clarity in what you want, design your life by your highest values, align your goals to your higher purpose, mission and vision for living. Then, through an action plan of logical steps, and through ongoing support, you can stay on track with what’s most important. Life Coaching can help you create your best future today - one step at a time!

But just having a plan of action is not enough! With just Life Coaching, you might find yourself recirculating the same problem over and over again, explaining why you didn't follow through on your intention, still struggle with the same negative thoughts and feelings, this is where Brain Training tools  of TPM and NLP come in:

Thought Pattern Management (TPM), Because my clients get so much results in a single session, I've made this foundational to the work I do. Clients feel more focused in the present moment and with a greater ability to enjoy life! In just one session, we can teach your mind a positive strategy to embrace the lessons of life, release the negative emotions, and align yourself to your highest potential. My clients often explain that they just feel happier, better able to roll with the ups and downs of life, or they often say, " the weight of the years has lifted."


Benefits of NLP

NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the practical application of applied psychology. With NLP Coaching, you can quickly change negative habits and patterns by training the brain to create new habits quickly. Eliminate fears, anxieties, release the effects of past traumas, feel more confident, stay focused, find your motivation, and change the mental obstacles that get in the way, like "I'm not good enough," or "I need to be perfect."  When your brain is wired into how you want to think and feel, you don't have to struggle with the old patterns anymore.

NLP has been called "the user's guide to the brain" giving you the tools to take charge of your habits, patterns, and even update old "programs" which may be operating against you. With these easy to use, practical tools, you'll find yourself breaking free of old patterns - and moving your life forward like never before! see the map of the brain and NLP

About Hypnosis

There are many myths and misconceptions about hypnosis because of the stage stuff. But hypnosis is really just a way to focus your mind to get the results you want. Have you ever experienced self-sabotage? It's almost like, a part of me wants to do this and a part of me doesn't. Hypnosis helps you align your unconscious mind to be on track with your conscious goals and cues your brain into the results you desire.

With this alignment, habit and pattern change happens so easily and naturally, it's almost automatic! Hypnosis has amazing results, from clinical anaesthesia and pain management to stress reduction, replacing habits, smoking and weight loss and more. Plus, hypnosis is relaxing and enjoyable.

Update your internal blueprint for the health, change your habits, enhance your body, and live the life you want. Hypnosis is simply a tool for focusing your mind and awareness on what you really want - whether its your health, your well-being, changing habits, cravings, or addictions - you can find your path to self-mastery when you tune your brain into real results.

I integrate these amazing tools of NLP,TPM, and Hypnosis, as requested by to update old habits and patterns that have been getting in the way. Rather than going round in circles as some Life Coaches may do, where the client faces the same issue over and over, - we simply help the brain create new patterns, setting your mind up for success for the next week with the right "brain training" tools.

These tools are a powerful combination to springboard your life to the next level!

I work with clients all over the U.S. by phone. Get the most from your life: clear what's been holding you back, create your compelling future, and let's make it happen!

"If you are not 100% in love with your life, body, and business, we should talk!"

Call Now to Schedule Your Breakthrough Session!



  • M.NLP: Master Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner: NLP & Coaching Institute of California, San Francisco, CA: www.nlpca.com
  • NLP Health Certified: NLP Coaching Institute of California.
  • C.TPM: Certified Thought Pattern Management: www.thoughtpatternmanagement.com
  • ICF Accredited NLP Coach: Certified through NLP & Coaching Institute of California: International Coaching Federation accreditation approved www.icf.org
  • CHt. Certified Hypnotherapist: Apositiva, Portland, OR. www.apositiva.com
  • B.S. Psychology: Portland State University, Oregon
  • Certified Herbalist: Dr. Christopher's School of Natural Healing, Springville, UT. www.herbsfirst.com
  • Certified Nutritional Vitologist: Dr Christopher's School of Natural Healing, Springville, UT. www.herbsfirst.com

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Life coaching success portland,orYes, you can have the life you want!

With the right tools and support, you'll discover there is nothing that can stop you! I bring together the most powerful tools in the field of applied psychology including Life Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Thought Pattern Management (TPM), and Hypnosis. With an integrated approach - creating the change you want can be fun and even easy!

Discover your untapped potential - and the power that is you! With advances in the fields of applied psychology and understanding the human mind, personal growth is now easier, quicker, and more efficient than ever. Discover your power over what you think, and learn to choose how you feel!


When you train your brain - making positive change can be fun and easy!

  • Free Yourself from: Anxiety, Fears, Phobias, Trauma, and Stress
  • Change old Habits - Smoking, Weight Loss, Nail Biting, etc
  • Get Clear with Yourself: Know your Mission, Life Purpose, Vision
  • Build your Personal Power Foundation
  • Train your Brain for Focus, Motivation, and Performance!

Dare to Dream - And then Let's Make it Happen! 

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