January/February 2014View All Issues
More and more therapists have begun wondering how far all our impressive-sounding talk about the brain has gone in improving therapy’s effectiveness. After all, dropping stray neuroscience factoids into therapy sessions doesn’t equal “brain-based” therapy. So we’ve decided to ask some challenging questions about our profession’s infatuation with the brain: when all is said and done, has brain science actually lived up to its promise for psychotherapy? What specific clinical advances, if any, have been guided or encouraged by knowing more about neuroscience?
What’s Ahead in Psychotherapy’s Fascination with Brain Science?
We’re Less in Control Than We Think
Let’s Look at How the Brain Really Works
A Whole New Way of Looking at It