Synopses & Reviews
Neuroscientific discoveries have begun to illuminate the workings of the active brain in intricate detail. In fact, sometimes it seems that in order to be a cutting-edge therapist, not only do you need knowledge of traditional psychotherapeutic models, but a solid understanding of the role the brain plays as well. But theory is never enough. You also need to know how to apply the theories to work with actual clients during sessions.
In easy-to-understand prose, Being a Brain-Wise Therapistreviews the basic principles about brain structure, function, and development, and explains the neurobiological correlates of some familiar diagnostic categories. You will learn how to make theory come to life in the midst of clinical work, so that the principles of interpersonal neurobiology can be applied to a range of patients and issues, such as couples, teens, and children, and those dealing with depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Liberal use of exercises and case histories enliven the material and make this an essential guide for seamlessly integrating the latest neuroscientific research into your therapeutic practice.
"In , Bonnie Badenoch seamlessly integrates principles of neurobiology into the therapy session. By working through clinical examples and exercises, the reader experiences how psychotherapeutic strategies are intertwined with brain structures and the neural processes involved in learning, memory, and visceral feelings. This clearly-written volume will change how therapy is conducted." Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Director, Brain-Body Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of The Polyvagal Theory
"This book provides wonderfully rich new vistas on the compelling, growing field of interpersonal neurobiology. Therapists and patients will benefit from Badenoch's powerful narrative thread from neuroscience discoveries to the deepest aspects of personal relationships. This workbook is a must-read." Marco Iacoboni, neuroscientist, University of California at Los Angeles, and author of Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others
Client-centered exercises that accompany the concepts put forward in and make the theoretical practical.
Chock-full of exercises and strategies, this book will allow clients to deepen the key principles of interpersonal neurobiology that Bonnie Badenoch wrote about in her earlier book. Topics include spotting implicit patterns, observing the bond with kindness, expanding our coherent narratives, coming to terms with the passage of time, and weaving brain talk into personal understanding.
About the Author
Bonnie Badenoch, MA, LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist, an instructor at Portland State University in the Interpersonal Neurobiology certificate program, and cofounder and executive director of the nonprofit Nurturing the Heart with the Brain In Mind in Vancouver, WA.