Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward Psychotherapy Integration


John Arden

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Every few years a seemingly new psychotherapeutic approach surges in popularity, only to fade away later as new “brands” are developed. Sometimes they comprise the same approaches described with different terms as if to disguise and rebrand them. If the approach can garner enough interest and be coded with a letter abbreviation (e.g., CBT, ACT, EMDR, DBT, etc.), it can become a franchise through which you can earn status as trainer.

Recently, several lines of converging research have identified the wide variety of interactive factors that underlie many health and mental health problems. Synthesizing the already substantial research on psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics, combining it with the neuroscience of emotional, interpersonal, cognitive dynamics, and psychotherapeutic approaches, offers a comprehensive vision of psychotherapy. The integrative model promotes a sea change in how we conceptualize mental health problems and the development of resilience.

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