Brain2brain: Enacting Client Change Through the Persuasive Power of Neuroscience

Brain2brain: Enacting Client Change Through the Persuasive Power of Neuroscience

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By (author) John B. Arden

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 250mm x 15mm | 667g
  • Publication date: 18 February 2015
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118756886
  • ISBN 13: 9781118756881
  • Sales rank: 545,943

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Overcome resistance and fully engage clients by bringing neuroscience into treatment Teaching Neuroscience in Psychotherapy and Counseling applies the popular topic of neuroscience in mental health to everyday practice, showing therapists how to teach their clients brain-based strategies for making changes and improving their lives. Cutting-edge findings in neuroscience are translated into language that clients will understand, and sidebars provide therapists more detailed information relating to particular disorders. With a holistic approach that incorporates mental, spiritual, and physical skills, knowledge, and exercises, this book provides a clear, complete resource for incorporating neuroscience into therapy. Case examples illustrate how the material can be used with different types of clients and situations, and sample dialogues and client handouts help therapists easily incorporate these techniques into their practice. Many clients forget that there is a biological basis for everything the brain does, and the ways that activity manifests everyday - good or bad, healthy or dysfunctional, the very core of human consciousness boils down to a series of electrical impulses. This book helps therapists bring neuroscience into therapy, to teach clients how to work with their brain's innate processes to reinforce progress and achieve healthier outcomes. Learn techniques for dealing with client resistance factors Discover phrases and memory aides that help clients apply what they've learned in therapy Facilitate higher client motivation to engage in the therapeutic process Teach clients about the brain's relevance to their particular problem Find tools for explaining the role of diet, exercise, and sleep in mental health When a client's treatment revolves around eliminating harmful thought patterns or behaviors, the therapeutic process can feel like a battle against their own brain. By bringing neuroscience into the treatment plan, therapists can shift the client's perspective to a more collaborative mindset, focused on the positive aspects of change. Teaching Neuroscience in Psychotherapy and Counseling provides the guidance therapists need to chart a clearer path to good mental health.

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JOHN B. ARDEN, PHD, has 35 years of experience providing psychological services and directing mental health programs. He developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States and has authored or co-authored 13 books, including Brain-Based Therapy with Adults. Dr. Arden is Director of Training in Mental Health for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Northern California, where he oversees training programs in 24 medical centers.

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Help your clients overcome resistance with this essential guideClient resistance to psychotherapy is one of the most difficult challenges mental health professionals face. Thankfully, technological and theoretical advances have yielded a rich body of research identifying how mental and physical health are connected. "Brain2Brain" is an excellent summary of the available evidence, complete with client-centered tools for use in everyday practice.Included in "Brain2Brain" are sample client dialogues and case examples that demonstrate exactly how neurobiological information can be used in the therapeutic setting. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder are each discussed from a holistic standpoint. Handouts and mnemonic devices will help your clients retain vital information and understand how to use it. And quick-reference sidebars concisely present the scientific basis of the book's therapeutic suggestions. When therapists conceal or leave out details about the biological component of mental health experiences, clients may have a hard time trusting their therapists. That's why it is absolutely essential to discover and share the latest insights from neurobiology in language that clients can understand. "Brain2Brain" is the all-inclusive tool you need to bring brain science into your practice and establish the trust that's key to effective practice.

Table of contents

Preface vii Acknowledgments xix About the Author xxi 1 Applying Neuroscience 1 Teaching Practical Neuroscience 2 2 Promoting Brain Health 33 First S of Planting SEEDS 33 First E of SEEDS 36 Education 39 D of SEEDS 40 Second S of Planting SEEDS 50 3 Developing Memory Systems 63 Memory Systems 63 4 Autostress Disorders 91 Top Down and Bottom Up 91 5 When Anxiety Is Generalized 113 Balancing the Autonomic Nervous System 114 6 Focalized Anxiety 129 Facing Fear and Avoidance 129 Phobias 141 Panic Disorder 143 7 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 149 Phase 1: Stabilization 150 Phase 2: Memory Integration 157 Phase 3: Posttraumatic Growth 177 8 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 183 Describing the OCD Circuit 185 ORDER 192 Health Obsessions 198 9 Depression 201 Gender and Depression 201 Role of Infl ammation 202 Anxiety with Depression 205 Shifting to Action 211 Social Lift 216 Default Mode and Rumination 218 Orchestrating a Broad Approach 220 References 225 Author Index 247 Subject Index 255