Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation

Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation

by Carol Kershaw, J. William Wade, Wade William
     
 

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Helping clients control their own emotional reactivity.
When conditions like anxiety and depression are experienced chronically, they condition neural pathways and shape a person’s perception of and response to life events. As these pathways are reinforced, unhealthy neural networks turn on with increasing ease in the presence of conscious and unconscious

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Helping clients control their own emotional reactivity.
When conditions like anxiety and depression are experienced chronically, they condition neural pathways and shape a person’s perception of and response to life events. As these pathways are reinforced, unhealthy neural networks turn on with increasing ease in the presence of conscious and unconscious triggers. In this groundbreaking book, Kershaw and Wade present Brain Change Therapy (BCT), a therapeutic protocol in which clients learn to manage their emotions and behaviors, and thus reduce stress and control emotional reactivity.
Drawing from the latest neuroscientific research as well as integrative principles from hypnosis, biofeedback, and cognitive therapy, BCT helps clients reach stable neurological and emotional states and thus shift perspectives, attitudes, beliefs, and personal narratives toward the positive. BCT starts with the working assumption that effective therapeutic change must inevitably include a repatterning of neural pathways, and employs “self-directed neuroplasticity” through the active practicing of focused attention. As an adjunct to these methods, it helps clients create new, empowering life experiences that can serve as the basis for new neural patterns.
The book begins by laying the foundation for body–mind and brain–body interventions by exploring the basics of the brain: its anatomy, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, electrochemical processes, and the rhythms of the brain and body and nature. The authors set forth a detailed protocol for neuroassessment and evaluation of new clients, with particular attention to assessing a client’s habitually activated emotional circuits, neural imprints, state flexibility, level of arousal, and any relevant neurobiological conditions.
The authors go on to outline BCT and its interventions geared toward stress reduction and state change, or the capacity to shift the mind from one emotional state to another and to shift the brain from one neural pattern to another. Protocols for specific presenting problems, such as fear, anxiety, and life-threatening and chronic illnesses are outlined in detail. Because of the breadth of the BCT approach, it is effective in working with individuals who are interested in shifting and conditioning peak performance states of consciousness, and the authors offer protocols for helping their clients reach peak professional performance as well.
With this book, clinicians will be able to empower their clients to find their way out of a wide range of debilitating mental states.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
“It's a powerful guide for any therapist's arsenal of treatment options, and a 'must' for any serious psychotherapy reference collection.”
Metapsychology Online Reviews
“Any therapist in practice will benefit from reading this book . . . . [A] therapist's client can also find it very helpful because the language is informative and clear . . ."”
The International Hypnosis Research Institute
“[T]he best synthesis of psychotherapy - to include hypnotherapy - and neurofeedback available today. . . . [H]as the best explanation of the neurological dynamics of trance state that I have ever read. . . .Anyone involved with any aspect of human transformation will most definitely benefit from reading and studying it.”
Stephen Lankton
“Brain Change Therapy is a seminal work of great importance that merges advanced psychotherapy with current neurophysiological research. There are treasures to be found in every chapter and this comprehensive reference work will be found on progressive clinicians' bookshelves for years to come.”
Roxanna Erickson Klein RN
“Brain Change Therapy is a beautiful expression of a theoretical perspective: change can be stimulated by attending to the brain / body / consciousness interface. This work, supported by current scientific viewpoints, offers a platform for understanding ways in which clinical conditions are developed, maintained or changed. With clarity and style, Kershaw and Wade delineate creative paths for practical therapeutic applications.”
Jeffrey K. Zeig
“Do you want to know how to entrain brain plasticity to empower psychotherapy? Kershaw and Wade provide therapists of all persuasions, and all levels of experience, a comprehensive, easy-to-apply program based in state-of-the-art, affective neuroscience. Brain Change Therapy will help heal clients' troubled minds. Required reading for 21st Century practice.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393705867
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/06/2012
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
479,611
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Carol Kershaw, EdD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice and codirector of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Houston. She lives in Houston, Texas.

J. William Wade, PhD, is codirector of the Milton Erickson Institute in Texas. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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