We would like to cooperate with those doing research and working in the field of applied science to create effective treatment options within the health services, and better childhood conditions for children and youth.

Deborah Borgen has built a system that provides tools for people to use in their lives - for self-management, self-help and mastery. The philosophy and techniques are registered under the trademark DB-System®. This is a scientifically-documented system, and the Foundation builds upon this philosophy and the researched work that has already been done.

Feel free to contact us if you think you are the one who can contribute to further projects within research, and the Foundation's focus.

We would love to hear from you!


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Published articles on DB-System®.

There have been several research projects carried out on the basic course in DB-System®.

In two of these, measurements of brain activity with EEG were used to objectively evaluate any changes in the brain. Psychological surveys were also used to explore experienced change and how these correlated with physical changes in the brain.

The research was conducted by Dr. Svetla Velikova M.D. Ph.D. who is a globally recognized EEG scientist. Both publications are done in collaboration with Associate professor Bente Nordtug at Nord University in Norway.

Svetla Velikova, Haldor Sjaaheim and Bente Nordtug

Published January 12th 2017 in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Being guided through imagery and visualization techniques is widespread in modern cognitive therapy. The use of meditation has also become more and more common in therapeutic approaches.

In this study, for the first time, the effect of self-guided positive imagery training and a home training with Self-guided Imagery in Meditation were studied.

Some main conclusions are that the basic course in DB-System® can promote psychological well-being, promote the ability to self-regulate and prevent depression.

Svetla Velikova and Bente Nordtug

Published January 9th 2018 in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

In this study, the researchers investigated whether the basic course in DB-System®, in addition to having an effect on emotional well-being, also has an effect on cognitive functions. Tests were carried out that, among others examined memory functions, cognitive flexibility and social understanding.

The research confirms the findings of the first study (emotional well-being). It also shows that the brain undergoes functional changes that provide an improvement in cognitive functions.

Improving emotional well-being and cognitive functions is useful for healthy people who study, work and go to school. It can therefore be a useful tool in personal development in general. In the article, they discuss whether the training will also have a positive effect in the treatment of mental disorders and brain disorders.

Olaug Julie Aasan, Hildfrid Vikkelsmo Brataas and Bente Nordtug

Published February 17 2022 in Frontiers in Psychiatry

A good relationship between therapist and patient is of significant importance for the effect of the treatment. In this qualitative study, the aim was to investigate and describe healthcare professionals' experiences of dealing with countertransference using Self-Guided Imagery in Meditation from the program DB-System®.

The participants in the study described that they had become better at managing personal vulnerability, setting clearer boundaries, and practicing self-care. This led to an experience of establishing better relations with the patients.

One of the main conclusions was that healthcare professionals became better at dealing with countertransference. This is about how the therapist's own unresolved internal conflicts can affect their relations with the patient, which in turn affects the effect of the treatment.