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Being a Brain-Wise Therapist

A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology

12 August 2008


This book, part of the acclaimed Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, brings interpersonal neurobiology into the counseling room, weaving the concepts of neurobiology into the ever-changing flow of therapy.

Neuroscientific discoveries have begun to illuminate the workings of the active brain in intricate detail. In fact, sometimes it seems that in order to be a cutting-edge therapist, not only do you need knowledge of traditional psychotherapeutic models, but a solid understanding of the role the brain plays as well. But theory is never enough. You also need to know how to apply the theories to work with actual clients during sessions.

In easy-to-understand prose, Being a Brain-Wise Therapist reviews the basic principles about brain structure, function, and development, and explains the neurobiological correlates of some familiar diagnostic categories. You will learn how to make theory come to life in the midst of clinical work, so that the principles of interpersonal neurobiology can be applied to a range of patients and issues, such as couples, teens, and children, and those dealing with depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Liberal use of exercises and case histories enliven the material and make this an essential guide for seamlessly integrating the latest neuroscientific research into your therapeutic practice.


"[Badenoch] artfully weaves between science and practical application, showing how principles of interpersonal neurobiology can be applied in clinical work." — Ellyn Bader, PhD, co-founder of The Couples Institute

"Her treatment of neurobiology is perfectly geared to the clinician." — Jacqueline Carleton, PhD, USABP Journal

"Filled with the wisdom of a seasoned front-line therapist....the stories...enable us to see the direct applications of this approach." — Daniel Siegel

"[A] powerful review of the basics on brain structure, function, and neurobiological theories.... Any college-level collection strong in psychology or medicine needs this." — Midwest Book Review

"Ms. Badenoch's sophisticated, but practical, text is an excellent example of how neurobiology can fundamentally alter one's clinical practice…. I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in conducting clinical practice while integrating neurobiological theory into one's framework... [I]t offers important clinical process material that I have not seen elsewhere." — Clinical Social Work Journal

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157 x 236 mm • 384 pages


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