Volume 6 Issue 4 (April 2018)
I never cease to be amazed by the wonderful ideas that emerge from our contributors and their many different interests and perspectives. Hilary Jacobs Hendel takes us into her exploration of trauma to challenge how we think about anxiety and depression. She shares her development of the Change Triangle, a “map” to healing, which is a fascinating way to illustrate a reframe of the relationship between core emotions, inhibitory emotions, and defences. In this light, we also bring you Bonnie Badenoch’s important opening chapter from her book, The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships (W. W. Norton, 2018), in which she asks us to reconsider the nature of trauma. Bonnie has, for many years, been a mentor for those who seek to add their thoughts and considerations into the public space. I am just one such person. I also encourage us all to look carefully at what others are doing to see what spark might be lit in our own mind.
One such spark that has been lit and burning for some time in the field of education and interpersonal neurobiology is a gentleman by the name of Kirke Olson. He is our special spotlight for this edition and I hope he writes more for us soon. His last book, The Invisible Classroom, is a fascinating look at those people who are in the frontline, helping children to find themselves and be themselves.
Our final treat this month is from Jessi LaCosta, a transformation coach in the US who does wonderful work with veterans. We all face the challenge of maintaining our focus and keeping our intentions clear. Sometimes we face the choice of just quitting. Her insights have something for everyone.
In the spirit of Jessi’s positive message, The Neuropsychotherapist continues to explore ways we can do something more. You may have noticed that we have created a free online Directory where subscribers can make themselves known to the neuropsychotherapy community around the world. The importance of networks is well-known in relation to professional practice, but it is also a valuable tool to connect us as people. The worldwide web is here to stay, and we need to find the best ways of utilizing it so that we enhance our knowledge and our individual and collective well-being. I look forward to seeing who is out there and, hopefully, connecting in some way. Please make comments or suggestions and connect with our authors. We are a community first. I’m glad to be a part of it.
Healing the Unconscious Conflicts of Being Our Authentic Self Using the Change Triangle
An exploration of trauma challenging some thoughts about anxiety and depression. Hilary explains the change Triangle and how it can be used to both understand and guide healing.
Hilary Jacobs Hendel
Reconsidering the Nature of Trauma
From her book The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships, Bonnie asks us to reconsider the nature of trauma. By understanding the impact of all the small traumatic incidents we all encounter as we grow and form an understanding of the world and others, we can appreciate better how life impacts our neural development.
- Applied NPT: Resilience in the Making: The Balance of Bending and Breaking – Jessi LaCosta
- Spotlight: Kirke Olson