The neuroscience of talking therapies: implications for therapeutic practice

Rossouw, Pieter J. (2013) The neuroscience of talking therapies: implications for therapeutic practice. The Australian Journal of Counselling Psychology, 13 1: 40-48.

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Author Rossouw, Pieter J.
Title The neuroscience of talking therapies: implications for therapeutic practice
Journal name The Australian Journal of Counselling Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1443-9697
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 40
End page 48
Total pages 9
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Neurobiological research has provided a unique insight into structured talking - counselling/therapy - in affecting the brain. Neurobiological research demonstrated the effect of talking therapies not only on behavioural change, thinking patterns or feelings but on neurochemical shifts, neural activity and even neurostructural changes. This paper explores recent findings in neuroscience and how these findings may shape the future of talking therapies. Neurobiological findings have generated a number of new perspectives regarding the therapeutic process, including: the emerging paradigm in understanding neural functioning; the role of mirror neuron systems on the effects of counselling; the role of right brain to right brain activation linked with attachment; and control patterns to facilitate change. These perspectives have profound implications for talking therapies. Implications of these findings will be explored and how Counselling has become a central catalyst for effective therapeutic outcomes.
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