About us

Jim Denning LPC, LCDC

Jim Denning is an author, speaker and licensed professional counselor living in San Antonio, Texas. He holds Master of Arts in Counseling and Ministry. He was formerly a senior information technology professional, member of Mensa, and a technical trainer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Jim Denning is best known as the author of “Make It to Midnight: Learning to Live When You Want to Die.” The book chronicles his struggle with depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation stemming from his experience in navigating the demands of corporate life and coming to realize the expectations that he climb the ladder of success to become a leader wasn’t aligned with who he really is.

That realization, however, almost came too late. In 2009, Jim was diagnosed with major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and suicidal ideation. He was denied life insurance and was told to go on disability because his doctors labeled his symptoms as “treatment resistant.”

Unwilling to accept this prognosis, Jim began researching the human brain and developed a set of tools and protocols to combat his situation. Today, he is medication free and happier than he has ever been.

It was all about changing the way he viewed his brain and himself––in essence, accepting his true nature and aligning his values and desires with what served him best in the workforce.
However, his greatest education in human behavior came from his years spent as a bartender and prison minister. Jim did not know it at the time, but all his education and experience that he sought to use to help others actually ended up saving his life.

Buy The Book

After struggling for years, Jim Denning found a new path in life and learned how to stop fighting his true nature. In “Make It to Midnight: Learning to Live When You Want to Die,” he shares the tools he has developed to overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicidal ideation.

Sylvia Denning PhD

Dr. Sylvia Denning is an adjunct lecturer for the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also a reading specialist for the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio. Her dissertation focused on peer coaching among writing educators. Other research projects include an analysis of pictorial devices, color shifts, and semiotics in children’s picture books as well as a synthesis of literacy coaching studies which concentrates on reading comprehension and the use of inquiry kits for children who struggle with learning to read.

Sylvia has twenty-five years of experience as an educator, fourteen of which were spent as a reading specialist. In her current work as a title 1 reading specialist, she works to promote a deeper understanding of reading and writing processes in relation to Texas state standards. Her biggest passion is working with struggling readers and dyslexic learners.

In the Press

The Denning Center sees success with Accelerated Resolution Therapy.

Watching her eyes flit back and forth while Jim Denning guides her rapid gaze is mesmerizing. The woman, who will remain anonymous, allowed cameras into the private therapy session with Jim Denning, a Master ART practitioner. The woman explained her trauma, detailing the deaths of her parents and recent divorce from her husband. She admits that she has been depressed since the beginning of 2020 due to loss of loved ones coupled with the sweeping pandemic. However, after her first session, a weight has been lifted. 

“I feel a strong sense of relief from the therapy session with Mr. Denning,” said the woman. “It’s a unique form of therapy and I understand why it’s gaining traction in the medical community; I haven’t felt this good in a long time.”

Accelerated Resolution Therapy methodology has been around, however recently it has been growing in popularity due to its high success rate. This year, The Denning Center has felt a tremendous demand for AR Therapy due to the pandemic, job loss, depression and loss of life. In as little as one to three sessions, Denning continues to see faster results with patients.

“The brain has two components, we have the emotional brain, which doesn’t understand time and we have the thinking brain,” said Jim Denning, founder and counselor of The Denning Center. “The thinking brain goes offline when the emotional brain is triggered, so when I perform Accelerated Resolution Therapy, we address triggered emotions in a controlled, safe environment using rapid eye movements to help desensitize the amygdala.” 

Research has shown that AR Therapy as an effective form of trauma recovery. Accelerated Resolution Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that works to combat post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health ailments. It originated from the practices associated with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. In AR Therapy, eye movement (looking from left to right) is used to produce a relaxed state similar to REM sleep. During the sessions, patients will be able to recall past memories without feeling anxious allowing them to ease the painful emotions, and process and resolve the memory. AR Therapy also uses a technique called Voluntary Image Replacement to replace an alarming mental image with a peaceful, nonthreatening one.

For 30 years, Jim personally dealt with depression and anxiety and decided to do something about it. Not only did he perform extensive research on brain activity and mental health, he received his counseling degree and developed The Denning Center, which has evolved into a specialized treatment facility for Accelerated Resolution Therapy. 

Time well spent, many patients have remarked that in just one session, Jim Denning’s AR Therapy has provided “unparalleled relief” for individuals living with trauma. And possibly, the cure to Covid-19 anxiety.