Although brain research has vastly expanded our theoretical understanding of the neurobiology underpinning people’s psychological lives, many therapists don’t know how exactly to apply this new knowledge in the consulting room. In this workshop, you’ll get a clear, step-by-step introduction to “reading” a client’s behavior for clues to his/her underlying neurobiology and using these insights to transform the client’s experience at every stage of the therapy process. We’ll discuss how you can use brain knowledge in assessing the client--“listening to” the right hemisphere, for example, to get a sense of how the client’s attachment history is affecting his/her emotional difficulties. You’ll learn how to work effectively with implicit memories, help clients internalize the insights of therapy, and use natural neurobiological processes to decrease shame, increase self-compassion, and replace self-blame with curiosity. You’ll also find out how to enhance your own empathic awareness, regulate your emotional reactions to clinical material, and deepen your connection with clients.
Bonnie Badenoch, Ph.D., is founder of the Center for Brain-Wise Living, vice-president of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS), and author of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist.