Issue #5 (April-June 2014)
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INTUITION is one aspect of psychotherapy that can easily become lost, even maligned, in the broader scheme of things, among the more concrete elements of techniques driven by various theoretical positions. Terry Marks-Tarlow is one prominent clinician who is keen to see us place clinical intuition at the very centre of our practice—both to enhance perceptiveness, and to inform our responses in complex therapist–client interactions. Terry laid the groundwork for this in her 2012 book Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy by providing an engaging, systematic exposition of clinical intuition from the standpoint of contemporary interpersonal neurobiology. Readers of this quarter’s The Neuropsychotherapist are offered a taste of her practical follow-up Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists in a chapter on Cultivating Inner Space. Here we are encouraged to cultivate a spacious state of mind in order to tap into our own deep intuition.
Also in this issue, Richard Hill introduces us to a brief case study of a client who has deficits in memory, orientation and motivation after a bilateral thalamic stroke. I personally find case studies tremendously informative, and I am looking forward to sharing this neat snapshot of what it is like to work with the complications of a stroke patient in the context of a larger team.
You will no doubt have experienced a client who tells you as much in subtleties of body language, vocal quality and appearance as in words. Judith Rustin walks us through a case study to illustrate how the therapist should read these subtle communications and be able to respond sensitively and creatively to them. She grounds her ideas in contemporary neuroscience and lets us in on some of the mechanics of these communications.
Louis Cozolino has released a new edition of his popular book The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain. We provide a peek at Lou’s chapter on epigenetics to give you a feel for this important book. Epigenetics is becoming an increasingly pertinent subject for the neuropsychotherapist, and this revised work is warmly welcomed.
The clinical biopsychological model developed by Robert Moss has been featured in an earlier issue of our magazine. Together with Christine Mahan, Bob revisits this model with an enlightening case study to illustrate a therapeutic outcome.In keeping with “Dr. Dave” tradition, in this issue we feature David Van Nuys’ interview with John Arden about his latest book The Brain Bible—a very practical guide to what is best for our brain as we age. John describes the major areas of lifestyle that impact on the health of an ageing brain and how to optimize each area to stay sharp.
On this theme, we also hear in Integration from Paul Swingle, who writes about the wisdom of grandmothers and shares some healthy lifestyle habits to enhance our later years.
There is a lot to take into consideration as therapists as we size up the “big picture” of our clients’ health and well-being. I am pleased and grateful for the quality of companionship on the journey as we seek to restore whole people.
CULTIVATING INNER SPACE
Learn how to tap into your intuitive self for greater receptivity to clients. Terry takes us on a practical workshop of ideas to hone clinical intuition.
A CASE STUDY: NON-FATAL BILATERAL THALAMIC THROMBOSIS
An interesting look at a very specific stroke condition from a psychotherapist’s perspective. Richard gives us insight into the factors a therapists must juggle when working a case in a multidisciplinary team.
BEYOND THE WORDS: THE IMPLICIT DIMENSION OF PSYCHOANALYTIC TREATMENT – CONTRIBUTIONS FROM NEUROSCIENCE
The manifestations of implicit memory in the therapy room can be subtle yet powerful. Judith examines the neurobiological underpinnings of mood- and state-dependent memories and illustrates with a case study.
EXPERIENCE-DEPENDENT PLASTICITY: THE SCIENCE OF EPIGENETICS
The understanding that gene expression is modulated by experience of our environment has garnered an important place in the biological sciences. Lou looks at this important discovery from a psychotherapist’s perspective.
EMOTIONAL RESTRUCTURING: CLINICAL BIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON BRAIN INVOLVEMENT
An interesting case presentation illustrates the emotional restructuring approach within the clinical biopsychological model.
Robert Moss & Christine Mahan
THE BRAIN BIBLE: INTERVIEW WITH JOHN ARDEN
Dr. Dave talks with John Arden about his new book The Brain Bible and how to stay mentally sharp as we mature.
David Van Nuys
- Neuroscience – GAGE STERMENSKY II
- Mechanisms of Change – HALEY PECKHAM
- Integration – PAUL SWINGLE
- Applied Neuropsychotherapy – PIETER ROSSOUW
- Spotlight – MARIA KOSTYANAYA
- Speculation – ELENA RUSCONI
- From the Editor
- News in Brief
- Last Word