Counselling Through Neuroscience, Healing Ourselves Through Understanding The Brain.

Healing through neuroscience

Counselling through neuroscience can help us understand how the brain works can offer understandable interventions for the client to bring about a greater impact on our healing

Our brains can be” re wired”. Our past experiences have wired or formed our brains in specific ways. Through understanding how our thoughts and emotions affect us we can learn to change this unconscious internal programming

Through therapy we raise the unconscious thoughts ,behaviours and feelings into our awareness, this helps us “release “and then begin to explore new ways of feeling which in turn can change our thoughts and behaviour and so begins the transformation.

To help consolidate these changes in our neuroplasticity (long term sustainable change in the brain) we can take several steps to help ourselves whilst in therapy;
1. Find activities that encourage us to focus and concentrate such as mindfulness, a puzzle, learning a language or musical instrument. This activates a certain part of the brain (nucleus basalis) to stimulate acetylcholine which tells the brain to “fix” the new more positive serving thoughts and memories being experienced.
2. Participate in an activity which gives the person a sense of fun and satisfaction. This makes the brain produce dopamine (present in anti-depressants) which is vital to enhance the changes in the brain. Dopamine also is responsible for will and motivation which is another bonus.
3. Repetition is important because it forms new synapses in the brain and allows the new ways of thinking and behaving to become habitual. This means we are letting go of our anxious, angry or depressive ways and establishing a more healthy mind set                                                          Why Mindfulness works (the effect on the brain)

 

 

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About the Author

Nikki Catto
I have been a practicing therapist for twelve years specialising with women’s issues and young people. I believe everyone is unique and I tailor therapy to my clients individual needs using a range of techniques and skills.
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