This seminar will include suggestions on how to communicate to clients about the brain. Therapists can engage clients by discussing the concept of neuroplasticity, and present them with evidence-based techniques with which they can “rewire” their brains. Specifically, therapists can focus on how anxiety and/or depression are processed by the brain and what the client needs to do to become less anxious and/or depressed. Clients are more responsive when they hear less theoretical jargon and more concrete brain-based explanations about their problems. Since people who are suffering from anxiety and/or depression are so overwhelmed by their symptoms, they find it hard to remember what to do that would make them feel better. Therefore, when discussing each disorder it can be useful to describe a mnemonic that can be used with clients so that they can remember the important behaviours that need to be made to deal with their anxiety or depressive symptoms. The brain serves as the common denominator for all approaches and can be used to explain particular approaches to clients.
Part 4 of 8
The Brain-Based Common Denominator
The Social Brain-Based Therapy
Maintaining Healthy Brains: Planting SEEDS
REST from Generalised Anxiety
SAFE from Posttraumatic Stress
TEAM for Depression