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?
The Next Big Step
What’s Ahead in Psychotherapy’s Fascination with Brain Science?
The Great Deception
We’re Less in Control Than We Think
Let’s Look at How the Brain Really Works
What Is This Thing Called Love?
A Whole New Way of Looking at It
Psychotherapy and the Affordable Care Act
Ecstasy in the Consulting Room
How Food Improves Mood
Bringing Nutrition into the Consulting Room
Rewriting the Story
Entering the World of the Abused Child
Emotional First Aid
Looking Beyond the DSM
Sizing Up Goliath
The Upside of Being Underestimated
Louder than Words
The Unspoken Code of Fathers and Sons