What can we do when we are at a loss… a loss of constancy, a loss of unity, a loss of reliability… perhaps we are not even sure of what is lost? In these times of confusion and disruption, where can we find comfort and resolution? As I ponder these bigger questions, I find myself returning to the source of the science of psychotherapy: people. We seek to “know” so that we can have a deeper insight into ourselves and how we interact and integrate with each other. We seek harmony and health and well-being and, hopefully, to thrive.

I feel it is a useful thing for this magazine to continue exploring what makes us human and to bring “fascination” and “knowing” into the Platonic “light” (see Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave). We may not have specific articles about the Covid-19 pandemic, but I suggest that each article has something that can enrich the way we are with each other and with ourselves.

We preview two new books. Eric Beeson and Raissa Miller co-author and co-edit The Neuroeducation Toolbox: Practical Translations of Neuroscience in Counseling and Psychotherapy and we bring you a specially prepared excerpt. They describe why they feel therapists can benefit from a wider scope of knowledge about neurobiology and how the book achieves that. There is a lot to learn just from this introduction.
Jeffrey and Amy Olrick’s book is about both parenting and being a child. We often wish that we knew a little more “back then”. The 6 Needs of Every Child: Empowering Parents & Kids through the Science of Connection is founded on attachment theory and is the basis of a unique article they have written for The Science of Psychotherapy. This book can benefit all ages in different ways.

L. Michael Hall’s article is a valuable theoretical and practical insight into meta-states. Therapy Using The Meta-states Model is a straightforward description of what is meant by “meta-states” and how this is utilized in therapy. Hall explores our perception of what therapy is seeking to achieve and how we might develop a deeper understanding through meta-states.

This led me to ponder the question of Naturalness in the Practice of Psychotherapy. As a Last Word, my article is open to comment and discussion. I certainly hope that you add your thoughts whenever you can. There is always more we can learn from each other. We wish you the very best and look forward to your participation in the many services available at The Science of Psychotherapy.

RICHARD HILL | EDITOR

Contents:

  • Latest News on the Science of Psychotherapy
  • Attachment Research and The 6 Needs Compass as Therapeutic Tool – Jeffrey Olrick
  • The Neuroeducation Toolbox – Raissa Miller & Eric T. Beeson
  • Therapy Using The Meta-States Model – L. Michael Hall
  • Naturalness in the Practice of Psychotherapy – Richard HIll