January/February 2014

Editor's Note

The Impassable Divide

January/February 2014
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?
Bonus - Read the entire article FREE!

The Next Big Step

What’s Ahead in Psychotherapy’s Fascination with Brain Science?

January/February 2014
Labeling behavior in fancy neurophysiological terms can make what we do sound more scientifically rigorous than the notoriously fuzzy language of psychotherapy, but how clinically useful is this brain language anyway?
Bonus - Read the entire article FREE!

The Great Deception

We’re Less in Control Than We Think

January/February 2014
Most of us put much too much faith in the power of our conscious minds to bring about lasting change. Instead of looking up the higher branches of consciousness, we should be looking down into the nervous system settings that generate impulses and inclinations.

Beyond Phrenology

Let’s Look at How the Brain Really Works

January/February 2014
If therapists are going to bring genuine insights—not just soundbites—from neuroscience into the practice of therapy, they need the nuanced, sophisticated understanding of the brain that gifted explicators like Stephen Porges and Norman Doidge offer.

What Is This Thing Called Love?

A Whole New Way of Looking at It

January/February 2014
More than any other positive emotion, love resides within connections. It extends beyond personal boundaries to characterize the vibe that pulsates between and among people. It can even energize whole social networks or inspire a crowd to get up and dance.

Clinician's Digest

Psychotherapy and the Affordable Care Act * Ecstasy in the Consulting Room

January/February 2014

In Consultation

How Food Improves Mood: Bringing Nutrition into the Consulting Room

January/February 2014
Learning even a little about nutrition and diet can greatly enhance therapists’ ability to help clients with mood problems.

Case Study

Rewriting the Story: Entering the World of the Abused Child

January/February 2014
Therapists must offer abused children a different felt experience of who they are.

Point of View

Emotional First Aid: Looking Beyond the DSM

January/February 2014
In Emotional First Aid, Manhattan psychologist Guy Winch provides an instructional manual for handling the bumps and bruises of life.

Bookmarks

Sizing Up Goliath: The Upside of Being Underestimated

January/February 2014

With his enormous success, Malcolm Gladwell has morphed from a darling underdog to a publishing juggernaut at whom it’s now trendy to sling insults.

Family Matters

Louder than Words: The Unspoken Code of Fathers and Sons

January/February 2014
A Bruce Springsteen song helps crack the unspoken code of father–son communication.
January/February 2014
Untangling Brain Science
Has it Lived Up to its Promise for Therapists