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The Science of Psychotherapy July 2020

The Science of Psychotherapy July 2020

In amongst all the big issues that are raging in the world today there continues to be the research and exploration that has been the basis of content for The Science of Psychotherapy magazine. In this issue we address issues big and small, personal and general,...

Jeffrey & Amy Olrick on The 6 Needs of Every Child

Jeffrey & Amy Olrick on The 6 Needs of Every Child

This week we talk to Jeffrey and Amy Olrick, an absolutely delightful couple, who know a thing or two about bringing up children from the perspective of developmental psychology and as parents. Jeffrey Olrick, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in...

See What You Made Me Do – Power, Control and Domestic Abuse

See What You Made Me Do – Power, Control and Domestic Abuse

Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. Her new book See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience – abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system...

Emma Katz on coercive control in domestic violence

Emma Katz on coercive control in domestic violence

Dr Emma Katz researches the impacts of domestic violence & abuse on children and mother-child relationships. Her work explores coercive control, agency, resistance, recovery and mother-child supportiveness in domestic abuse contexts. Today we talk with her about...

Alix Sugarman on ART

Alix Sugarman on ART

Today we talk with licensed creative arts therapist Alix Sugarman who has used art in a creative healing program for military service personnel, military sexual trauma survivors, and family members. She now uses those same techniques in the framework of Accelerated...

The Science of Psychotherapy June 2020

The Science of Psychotherapy June 2020

The Science of Psychotherapy June 2020 The Roman goddess, Juno, lends her name to the month of June. This gave me pause to consider what sort of ethereal blessing she might give to provide some comfort as we continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. Juno was...

The Dream Completion Technique

The Dream Completion Technique

Today we chat with Dr Justin Havens who has developed what he calls the Dream Completion Technique to deal with unresolved nightmares and disturbing dreams. Justin is a psychological therapist accredited by BACP and EMDR Europe. He has worked within the NHS, the...

Tracing the Brain-To-Gut Connection

Tracing the Brain-To-Gut Connection

Using rabies virus injected into the stomach of rats, researchers trace the nerves back to the brain and find distinct ‘fight or flight’ and ‘rest and digest’ circuits. These results explain how mental states can affect the gut, and present new ways to treat gastrointestinal problems.

Reid Wilson on Anxiety

Reid Wilson on Anxiety

Reid Wilson has been an expert on anxiety and self-help for a long time now. His website anxieties.com has been established for many years and is the number one go-to place on the web for information and help with anxiety issues. We caught up with Reid to talk about...

Daryl Chow on getting better results

Daryl Chow on getting better results

About Daryl Chow All I care about is to be of service. My work is guided by this principle. Specifically, be it for clients or professionals, I’m interested in helping people become better versions of themselves. I’m currently based in Western Australia, banded...

Deb Dana on connecting

Deb Dana on connecting

Deb Dana has brought the Polyvagal Theory to life in a very accessible way for therapists. Today we catch up with Deb and talk about a number of things including the difficulties and opportunities of co-regulation over the internet in a time of lock down. See Deb...

Molecular switch plays crucial role in learning from negative experiences

Molecular switch plays crucial role in learning from negative experiences

Neurobiologists at KU Leuven have discovered how the signalling molecule Neuromedin U plays a crucial role in our learning process. The protein allows the brain to recall negative memories and, as such, learn from the past. The findings of their study on roundworms have been published in the journal Nature Communications.

The Emergence of the Social Brain

The Emergence of the Social Brain

The more we’ve come to understand how our brains work, the more we’ve realized that significant portions are dedicated to connecting us with others.   Go to the download (members free) The brain has long been the subject of human fascination—this has never been as...

How the heart affects our perception

How the heart affects our perception

Brain and heart constantly communicate. For example, signals from the brain make sure that the heart beats faster when we encounter a dangerous situation. The heart slows down when we relax. Interestingly, vice versa – even though the underlying mechanisms are unclear, the heartbeat also affects the brain. It has now been identified by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig and Berlin School of Mind & Brain that two mechanisms underpinning how the heart influences our perception, the brain, and how these mechanisms differ between individuals.