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Bonnie Badenoch Interview
David Van Nuys
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Dr Dave: And I am delighted to have you here I must say. Let me start out by saying how very impressed I am by your book Being a Brain-Wise Therapist, and accompanying the book your Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook. Each one of these is a tour de force and the fact that you have written these two volumes … I can’t tell you how impressed I am.
Bonnie: Well, thank you!
Dr Dave: You have mastered an incredible amount of information, but I think in your workbook you have created a path for other therapists to follow and get some of this extensive information about the brain under their own belt.
Bonnie: Well, that was certainly my wish, with the second book in particular, a kind of a pathway from the beginning of therapy through transition … but also to provide, in the first six chapters of the book, a pathway for us to pursue our own healing as well.
Dr Dave: Yes. You know the old joke “How do you eat an elephant?” and the punchline is of course “One bite at a time!” … I have to ask you, how were you able to master all this information about the brain and then how to apply it to psychotherapy?
Bonnie: Well, I had the extraordinary good fortune to be in Dan Siegel’s study group for five years, and what I discovered by being part of that wonderful group was that Dan went over the same information again and again because I don’t think you get any of this in one pass, or maybe even ten, but over the year of being there it began to not only get into a left-hemisphere understanding but it began to really change how I saw the world—it began to become more embodied. And so I think that was hugely helpful to have the repetition…