Neuroscience & Healing
By Zur Institute
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Our latest course from Dr. David Van Nuys is:
Neuroscience and Healing (8 CE Credits)
Comprised of 8 audio interviews with renowned experts,
including Stanley Keleman, Bruce Ecker, Mark Solms, and Jaak Panksepp.
What an exciting time we do live in! Our knowledge of neuroscience is exploding and, fortunately, this influx of new knowledge has important implications both for understanding the healing process as well as for refining our psychotherapeutic techniques. For the past 100 years, the world of psychotherapy was balkanized into competing schools: Freudian psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, CBT, Rogerian therapy, CBT, Gestalt Therapy, ACT and EMDR to name but a few. Looking into the future, there is the hope that neuroscience will trump these individual schools by allowing us to understand what works and how it works. Research on psychotherapy has already revealed that the "flavor" or type of psychotherapy is not nearly as important as the person of the psychotherapist and the quality of the relationship developed with the client.
The world of psychotherapeutic healing can be roughly divided into two camps: the "talk-therapy" camp and the somatic therapy camp. We used to think of these two approaches as very separate. Increasingly, with the help of modern neuroscience, we are discovering quite a bit of overlap and realizing that it's not either/or. Somatic approaches have been seen as a way of directly addressing the organism via physicality. Our expanding knowledge of brain plasticity reveals that talk-therapy is also a physical intervention, able to produce measurable changes in the architecture of the brain.