Dr. Caroline Leaf

Dr. Caroline Leaf has spent the last 30 years researching the mind-brain connection, nature of mental health and formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change with directed mind input (neuroplasticity). Throughout her years of clinical practice, she has helped hundreds of thousands of people learn how to use their mind to detox and grow their brain to succeed in every area of their lives including school, university, and the workplace.

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Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess


Toxic thoughts, depression, anxiety-our mental mess is frequently aggravated by a chaotic world and sustained by an inability to manage our runaway thoughts. But we shouldn't settle into this mental mess as if it's just our new normal. There's hope and help available to us, and the road to healthier thoughts and peak happiness may actually be shorter than you think.


  • How the 5 steps can help reduce anxiety and depression by up to 81% according to clinical studies 

  • How the science can help us transition from being aware of toxic thoughts, to catching and managing them in their early stages 

  • How to capitalize on directed neuroplasticity using the Neurocycle 

  • To apply mind-management to unwire toxic habits and trauma 

  • How to leverage the lessons in the book for their daily lifestyle, including connection, brain-building, sleep, diet, exercise, people-pleasing, toxic perfectionism, overthinking, toxic emails and texts 

  • Why mindfulness is not enough and how strategic mind-management through the 5 steps can take a reader beyond mindfulness 

What the professionals are saying: 

    “Dr. Caroline Leaf is a brilliant and prolific communication pa- thologist and cognitive neuroscientist. With over thirty years inresearch and study, she delves into Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess with these five simple steps to help reduce our anxieties, stress, and toxic thinking. There is no better time to introduce these strategies than now. She brings a wealth of scientific information to the table while breaking it down into layperson’s terms to help you live life to the fullest, free from the struggles and the pain that may have plagued you for years. This book will read like a manual to guide you through the vicissitudes of life to a better and healthier place.”

    Bishop T. D. Jakes, New York Times bestselling author

    Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess is a powerful new book that can change your life. Learning how to manage your mind is a critical skill that should be taught in school, yet rarely is. This book can help decrease suffering and help your overall outlook and mood. I highly recommend it.”

    Daniel G. Amen, MD, founder of Amen Clinics and author of The End of Mental Illness

    “As someone who appreciates the human brain and its infinite capacity for growth and change, I was very excited to read Dr. Leaf’s new book. In Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess, she teaches you how to make the most of your powerful mind and take back control over your thinking to live your best life and reach your full potential.”

    Jim Kwik, CEO of Kwik Learning, New York Times bestselling author of Limitless, and host of the Kwik Brain podcast;

    “In times like these, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess is a true gift. With a rise of anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts, Dr. Caroline Leaf delivers a scientifically tested system to navigate today’s uncertain world. This book gives you paradigm-shifting insight on the brain, how it works, and how you can become an empowered participant in creating new neural pathways. Dr. Leaf is a pioneer in neuroscience and mental health, and I recommend this for everyone interested in creating their own destiny.”

    Dr. Nicole LePera, The Holistic Psychologist;; @the.holistic.psychologist

    What customers are saying:

    "I first heard about Dr. Leaf through a traumatic brain injury survivor. I immediately picked up her book and started using her Switch app. The 5-step process she explains in Your Mental Mess have literally changed my brain and my life. This isn't hyperbole. Toxic thoughts can destroy you, but the effects can be reversed through how we think. Dr. Leaf knows the science and she explains it. Highly recommend her work." -P. J. Mershon

    "Loving how practical this read has been. Dr Leaf has taken a complex subject and given it a simple language and practical steps to apply. Throughout I felt empowered. I felt a fresh hope that I can change my life. I gained understanding of how my thoughts are formed. I realized just how much power I have to change the way I think, my habits and destiny. The steps given are easy to understand and practical. Applicability is the competitive advantage of this book Now the real work begins."-Love's Reading

    "Just started reading Dr.Leaf book Cleaning up your mental mess! So far, I love it and it is drawing me to read it as it all applies to my unfocused, overwhelmed, anxious and perfectionist brain that causes me to procrastinate.. in small and big decisions at times.. can’t wait to read through it and get to the detox part and want to apply her knowledge to heal snd free myself from my mental mess! Thank you Dr Leaf!"- Salwa

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    Dr. Leaf's Blog

    How to Train Your Child to Understand, Process & Verbalize Intense Emotions + Tips On Dealing With Parent Guilt & How to Deal With Past Parenting Mistakes

    By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Apr 21, 2021

    In this podcast (episode #275) and blog, I speak with clinical psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy about rethinking the way we raise our children, the importance of saying sorry to our kids, why it is never too l...

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    How to Become a Responder Not a Reactor + How Arguments Affect Your DNA & How to Use Mind Management to Resolve an Argument

    By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Apr 18, 2021

    Think of the last time you had an argument and how it made you feel, both physically and mentally. Pretty bad, right? Well, it is not all just in your head! Unresolved arguments can be harmful to your health...

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    How to Break the Cycles of Worry & Fear to Heal Your Mind with Dr. Jud Brewer

    By Dr. Caroline Leaf on Apr 15, 2021

    In this podcast (episode #273) and blog, I talk to psychiatrist, professor and author Dr. Judson Brewer about on how anxiety drives our lives, what we can do to break the habit loops that keep us anxious, te...

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    Dr. Caroline Leaf’s mission, and the vision of her company, is to make mental healthcare, knowledge about the power of our minds, and tools to improve learning and memory more easily affordable, accessible, and applicable to everyone around the world regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, or religion.