August 15, 2023 at 6:18 am #983
Hello Forum members,
I have recently been inspired to answer a topic about neuroscience on the Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, SEPI, list serve.
I will post it on this forum after I send it to SEPI tomorrow.
Please respond to this post so I know someone is out there listening.
August 16, 2023 at 12:16 am #985CIMBSKeymaster
Hi Terry – this is a follow up post to see if you get this reply. I am looking forward to reading your post.
August 16, 2023 at 12:54 am #988
I did get the reply. Did you receive the post automatically or did you have to go looking for it?
I hope that all posts will go out to all of the Forum members.
August 17, 2023 at 1:54 am #989
A neuroscience/neurobiological perspective and an empirical therapeutic process have enabled me to be more effective with patients for a number of years. However those perspectives and those methods have been most effective when training other therapists.
For example: Susan contacted me recently for a consultation because she was struggling with a patient whose trauma ruminations and very high anxiety were taking over their treatment process. She brought a video-recording of the most recent session for us to review.
Together we looked at the video using a neurobiological perspective through a variety of lenses. We focused on all four levels of her patient’s nervous system:
1] peripheral nervous system, [Voice, breathing, posture, etc.]
2] primary level: brainstem emotional systems [such as Care, Seeking etc.]
3] secondly level: basal nuclei, amygdala, hippocampus and thalamus emotional systems, [such as Fear, Shame, Salience etc]
4] tertiary level: neocortex and conscious emotional systems [such as Authority, Autonomy, etc]
Using these neurobiological perspectives enabled Susan to more precisely discern empirical distinctions between her patient’s present moment emotional strengths, resources [safe, care, connection emotional systems] and her traumatic emotional habit patterns, constraints [fear, shame emotional systems] from the past.
Based on these observations, Susan was able to propose some novel treatment opportunities to connect with her patient’s emotional brainstem resources of Care, and Play [Panksepp] in order to energize the therapeutic process and reduce her patient’s anxiety. We talked about how facilitating the Care and Play emotional systems would also strengthen their therapeutic attachment relationship.
Together we proposed a number of hypotheses Susan could empirically test in her subsequent therapy sessions with this patient. Her goals were to focus on her patient’s underlying emotional resources. Susan later reported that their sessions were much more productive and they each felt less drained each time they met. The patient’s conscious and verbal obsessions about the trauma took up much less of her mental energy both in and outside of her sessions.
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