Neurobiology and its Applications to PsychotherapyWith Module Speakers:
Lucy Biven, Dr Mona DeKoven Fishbane, Professor Vittorio Gallese, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Ruth Lanius, Dr Terry Marks-Tarlow, Dr Iain McGilchrist, Dr Jaak Panksepp, Professor Stephen Porges, Dr Allan Schore, Dr Dan Siegel, Professor Mark Solms, Dr Alan Watkins, Dr Felicity de Zulueta, Henry Strick van Linschoten, ,
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This package of resources brings together a fresh collection of video and audio presentations to illuminate the relationship between neuroscience and psychotherapy. The interface between the two disciplines has aroused great recent interest and this collection of talks asks some of the most influential neuropsychologists and practitioners to explain the neuroscientific concepts that they consider the significant in developing the skills of psychotherapy or in understanding the mind.
One of the key questions to engage psychotherapists is the extent to which neurobiology is interpersonal. Insights from infant development studies, supported by scientific research into the brain and peripheral nervous system, have revealed the dynamic interplay between the mind of the mother/carer and that of the infant at the levels of both emotional and biological growth. This neuroplasticity is found to be a life-long relational phenomenon, raising the question about how profoundly developmental deficits can be relationally redressed.
Neurobiology is also of relevance in understanding any single emotional moment between two people due to its insights into the complex, unconscious and dynamic chemistry between the two mind-body systems. Insights into the biological underpinnings of our emotional life are offering a deeper understanding of affective states such as anxiety, depression, hyper or hypo arousal and techniques for modulating these. New therapeutic approaches that emphasise the somatic as an implicit part of emotional life, and thus therapy, are flourishing. Equally, the school of relational psychotherapy now enjoys an empirical basis for its theories of intersubjectivity and embodied resonance.
Some psychotherapists, for example Sensorimotor practitioners, use neurobiology to educate their patients about the psychophysiology of their affective states and how these can managed â€“ for example, through mindfulness practices – the efficacy of which is now scientifically endorsed. These, of course, can be practised by both partners in the therapy relationship, allowing the self-regulating therapist to support the psychophysiology of their patient.
This vast and rapidly multiplying body of knowledge creates a bridge between empirically based research findings and the more conceptual field of psychotherapy. Answers to such questions such as “what constitutes the relational mind?” now have the potential of adding scientific knowledge to intuitive wisdom. These theoretical advances appear to rely on the accumulated results of experimental research, drawn together by individuals who identify the significant results and build a new theoretical framework to connect and contain these. These paradigm changers in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, many of whom are speakers in this module, are multidisciplinary thinkers who are taking psychotherapy beyond the purely conceptual, whilst holding onto its best traditions of relatedness. This is a fascinating era of consolidation and growth of knowledge, and we hope you will enjoy this online resource.