Volume 5 Issue 4 (April 2017)
As therapists, we formulate hypotheses about our clients and their states of mind from a psychological perspective. We may utilise talk therapy, cognitive–behavioural therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, exposure therapy, dance, art, drama, and many other styles of intervention to create transformative change. But increasingly we are gaining an appreciation for the non-psychological modulators of mental states that have held a place in other healing traditions.
This month we feature the role of the gut microbiota—the community of bacteria that lives within us—in mental well-being. Naturopath, nutritionist and eating psychology coach Micaela Monteiro-Haig provides a fascinating exploration of the symbiotic relationship we have with these very important residents of our gut. As I learn more about some of the physiological factors in compromised mental health, I am becoming much more alert to possible physiological imbalances in a client, manifesting as psychological problems. I may recommend a trip to the doctor, nutritionist, or naturopath to rule out potential physiological problems. Recently a client returned to me after seeing a naturopath, describing wonderful relief from depressive symptoms after dealing with severe inflammation in her system. Needless to say, psychotherapy was much easier with inflammation no longer affecting her mood. Continuing the theme of the brain–body connection is this month’s instalment of The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain.
Also this month we pick up where we left off with C. Edward Watkins in a two-part series on psychotherapy supervision from our friends at the Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science. And we are delighted to have Dan Siegel in the Spotlight this month, to learn what he is currently doing and what’s on his horizon.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you on our website forum as we continue to share with one another our own experiences of neuropsychotherapy.
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The Gut As A Key Player In Neuroscience
Naturopath and certified eating psychology coach, Micaela Monteiro-Haig, details some new research that has revealed the role of the gut in brain function and behaviour. In particular, she talks about the important role gut microbiota play in modulating neurochemicals and, ultimately, our mental well-being.
A Unifying Vision of Psychotherapy Supervision (Part 2)
This article is a follow-up article from last month by C. Edward Watkins about the elements that might make up a unification-informed understanding of psychotherapy supervision, and which core variables contribute to a productive versus unproductive supervision experience.
C. Edward Watkins
- News In Brief
- Neuroscience (Guide to the brain part 15 – Brain-Body Connections)
- Applied NPT
- Spotlight (Dan Siegel)