Synopses & Reviews
This book presents an overview of the latest theories of affect regulation and focuses on how these theories work in clinical settings and how therapists can be taught to implement them. The notion of teaching and learning will be extended by the theories themselves--the author presents methods of education that enact the theories being taught. The book is divided into eight chapters, each one highlighting a particular structure or related structures of the brain. Suggestions for learning how to clinically apply the neurobiological/neuroanatomical information are offered. What is so unique about this book is that the bulk of the chapters are clinical dialogue, accompanied by neurobiological commentary. Thus, readers can see for themselves, during the course of parts of sessions, just how a "neurobiological outlook" can inform therapeutic understandings of what clients are doing and saying. The result is a very user-friendly learning experience for readers, as they are taken along a journey of understanding various brain systems and how they relate to psychotherapeutic principles. Elegantly bridging the gap between the academic and clinical domains, this book is essential for anyone interested in the application of neurobiological principles to psychotherapy and wishes to learn about neurobiology without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated.
"In the plethora of books being published on neuroscience, Montgomery's book stands out as a practical handbook that easily translates into clinical practice. . . . This book has a compelling foreword by Allan Schore where he weaves his own original groundbreaking work with Montgomery's work." Journal of Analytical Psychology (UK)
"What makes this book stand out from others of its kind is the clinical dialogue interwoven with neurobiological commentary. This allows readers to be easily guided through complex neurobiological concepts, as well as clinical narrative. . . . [A]nyone interested in the application of neurobiological principles to psychotherapy will find this useful." Somatic Psychotherapy Today
This book, organized around different areas of the brain, presents therapists with the basic neurobiology they need to understand their clients' behaviors and actions. Each chapter defines terms, explains the brain structure, and presents a detailed clinical case, with neurobiologically informed commentary. Essential for therapists in this age of the science of psychotherapy, this book will also be of interest to students, educators, and clinical supervisors.
A primer on brain functionality as it relates to therapeutic work.
About the Author
Arlene Montgomery, MSSW, PhD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice. She lives in Austin, Texas.Allan N. Schore, PhD, is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 56: Trauma Psychology "Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology" and APA's Division 39: Psychoanalysis "Scientific Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Research, Theory and Practice of Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis."He is also an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is author of three seminal volumes,