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It's a Jungle in There

We're Not as Evolved as We Think

September/October 2008
The human brain is an anachronistic menagerie that confronts the psychotherapist with the challenge of treating a human, a horse, and a crocodile, all attempting to inhabit the same body and often struggling for dominance simultaneously.

Brain to Brain

Applying the Wisdom of Neuroscience in Your Practice

September/October 2008

Our Serotonin, Our Selves?

Can the Brains of the Dead Give Hope to the Living?

September/October 2008
A project studying the brains of people who committed suicide raises basic questions about how much brain chemicals control our lives and what control is left is to us.

Alice in Neuroland

Can Machines Teach Us to Be More Human?

September/October 2005
As neuroscience was becoming the topic du jour of the therapy field, we sent Senior Editor Katy Butler to MIT on a mission. The result was, literally, a mind-expanding article that thrust readers into the larger, brave new world of behavioral neuroscience. Nominated for a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, this piece conveys both the excitement and eerie strangeness of therapists’ plunge into a “new rabbit hole into the psyche.”
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Visionary or Voodoo?

Daniel Amen's Crusade Has Some Neuroscientists Up in Arms

September/October 2005
What's made Daniel Amen such a lightning rod within the world of academic neuroscience and psychiatry?


Dan Siegel Offers Therapists a New Vision of the Brain

September/October 2004
The publication of his first book earned him an audience with the Pope. Since then, psychiatrist Daniel Siegel has continued to demonstrate a visionary's ability to show how the physical matter of the brain creates the life of the mind, heart, soul, and spirit that's the glory of our species.

Mirror Mirror

Emotion in the Consulting Room is More Contagious Than We Thought

September/October 2004
Empathy may be the life's blood of good therapy, but scientifically, it's remained a rather fuzzy concept. Now a serendipitous lab discovery is showing how exquisitely vulnerable therapists are to "catching" their clients' vulnerabilities and perturbations.

Altered States

Why Insight by Itself Isn't Enough For Lasting Change

September/October 2004
Increasingly, neuroscience is making it clear that therapists rely too much on the consulting room drama of insight and not enough on good, old-fashioned, repetitive practice.

Case Study

A Cure for the Yips: Brainspotting and Performance Blocks

November/December 2015
Traumatic experiences are often the root of athletic and other kinds of performance blocks.

In Consultation

The Anatomy of Procrastination: Helping the ADHD Client Make Changes Stick

January/February 2015
Clients with ADHD often know the coping skills that can improve their lives—the problem is applying them in daily life.
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