Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology

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Overview

This book, part of the acclaimed Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, brings interpersonal neurobiology into the counseling room, weaving the concepts of neurobiology into the ever-changing flow of therapy.
Neuroscientific discoveries have begun to illuminate the workings of the active brain in intricate detail. In fact, sometimes it seems that in order to be a cutting-edge therapist, not only do you need knowledge of traditional psychotherapeutic models, but a solid understanding of the role the brain plays as well. But theory is never enough. You also need to know how to apply the theories to work with actual clients during sessions.
In easy-to-understand prose, Being a Brain-Wise Therapist reviews the basic principles about brain structure, function, and development, and explains the neurobiological correlates of some familiar diagnostic categories. You will learn how to make theory come to life in the midst of clinical work, so that the principles of interpersonal neurobiology can be applied to a range of patients and issues, such as couples, teens, and children, and those dealing with depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Liberal use of exercises and case histories enliven the material and make this an essential guide for seamlessly integrating the latest neuroscientific research into your therapeutic practice.

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Editorial Reviews

Daniel Siegel
“Filled with the wisdom of a seasoned front-line therapist....the stories...enable us to see the direct applications of this approach.”
Jacqueline Carleton
“Her treatment of neurobiology is perfectly geared to the clinician.”
Ellyn Bader
“[Badenoch] artfully weaves between science and practical application, showing how principles of interpersonal neurobiology can be applied in clinical work.”
Midwest Book Review
“[A] powerful review of the basics on brain structure, function, and neurobiological theories.... Any college-level collection strong in psychology or medicine needs this.”
Clinical Social Work Journal
“Ms. Badenoch's sophisticated, but practical, text is an excellent example of how neurobiology can fundamentally alter one's clinical practice…. I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in conducting clinical practice while integrating neurobiological theory into one's framework... [I]t offers important clinical process material that I have not seen elsewhere.”
Midwest Book Review
[A] powerful review of the basics on brain structure, function, and neurobiological theories.... Any college-level collection strong in psychology or medicine needs this.
Clinical Social Work Journal
Ms. Badenoch's sophisticated, but practical, text is an excellent example of how neurobiology can fundamentally alter one's clinical practice…. I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in conducting clinical practice while integrating neurobiological theory into one's framework... [I]t offers important clinical process material that I have not seen elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705546
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/20/2008
  • Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 192,020
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Badenoch, MA, LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist, an instructor at Portland State University in the Interpersonal Neurobiology certificate program, and cofounder and executive director of the nonprofit Nurturing the Heart with the Brain In Mind in Vancouver, WA.

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Table of Contents

1 Preliminary thoughts 3

2 The brain's building blocks 7

3 The brain's flow 23

4 The relationship between brain and mind 42

5 Attaching 52

6 Picturing the inner community 76

7 The mutuality of the therapeutic relationship 90

8 An application : embracing shame 105

9 Preliminary thoughts 113

10 Through the lens of diagnosis : depression, anxiety, dissociation, and addiction 119

11 Grounding therapy in the right brain 153

12 Listening to family histories 163

13 The three faces of mindfulness 174

14 Getting comfortable with the brain 191

15 Patterning the internal work 205

16 The integrating power of sandplay 220

17 Doing art 244

18 Preliminary thoughts 289

19 Keeping our balance with couples 271

20 Meeting teens with their brains in mind 286

21 Playing with children, supporting their parents 299

References 321

Index 335

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

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    This book fills the gap between theory and practice. The author does a superb job of applying interpersonal neurobiology to the 'doing-ness' of therapy, in the room, with real patients/clients. She's particularly adept at capturing the subtle, non-verbal experience of what it actually feels like to sit with a patient during moments of intense emotional upheavals. She skillfully weaves together theory and practice. Reading her book has affected my own practice and has increased my awareness of how I am 'being,' moment to moment, with my patients. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in contemporary neuroscience findings--especially and particularly to practitioners of psychotherapy who want to apply neuroscience findings to their clinical practices.

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