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Changing Minds in Therapy: Emotion, Attachment, Trauma, and Neurobiology (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) [Hardcover]

Margaret Wilkinson
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27 April 2010 0393705617 978-0393705614
There is an increasing clinical focus on how recent advances in research on neuroscience, attachment and trauma can be applied to treating patients with a history of early neglect and relational trauma. Margaret Wilkinson draws on her extensive clinical expertise as a therapist to explain the role of the mind-brain relationship in therapeutic change. The book covers issues such as how the brain works to assist in therapeutic change, and how healing from early trauma is tied into, and influenced by, brain function. Cutting-edge research is here applied to the practical, clinical challenge of addressing and overcoming trauma.

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (27 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705614
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would encourage every psychotherapist to read it [T]his is a masterly volume, which is better supported from the scientific literature than many of its competitor volumes. That is only to be expected from an author who has already made significant contributions to evaluating and disseminating perspectives on the therapeutic relevance of neuroscience. It is a fascinating and masterly interweaving of the two disciplines. So, if you read only one book on the interface of therapy with neurobiology during your career, then let it be this one. "

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Margaret Wilkinson maintains a private practice in North Derbyshire, England. She is a professional member of the Society of Analytical Psychology, London, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Neuroscience and therapeutic methods 5 July 2011
By Singer
Margaret Wilkinson has shown how to apply the latest research discoveries in neuroscience to psychotherapeutic work of all kinds. Her insights can be used by any therapist working in the area of emotional wounding. The examples of work with patients are vivid and easy to follow, so that the reader feels that he or she can easily apply what they teach in a balanced, informed and emotionally attuned way. It really isn't necessary to understand all the technical references to the working of brain areas and neural pathways in order to benefit from reading this book. Although there is plenty of discussion of insights from psychoanalysis, you do not have to be a psychoanalyst to apply what is revealed here to your own therapeutic work in various fields. What is needed is some sympathy with attachment theory and infant development. Therapists in the helping professions will find the book deeply helpful and enlivening, because it offers ways of being effective, even in cases of deep emotional trauma. I'm not suggesting it is a text for "wild analysis", but rather, a ground breaking text for trained therapists. At the same time, people who do not work directly as therapists, but as teachers, nurses, helpers in institutions for offenders and in residential schools for emotionally fragile children, to name just a few, will gain insights that will deepen their understanding and effectiveness. I highly recommend this book.
Miranda Davies, retired child psychotherapist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 21 Oct 2013
By foximax
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If you are interested in neurobiology and psychodynamics, this is the book for you. Very readable.Would recommend buying this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Synthesis of Psychoanalytic Therapy and Neuroscience 31 May 2013
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This book was a remarkable in that it is both well written and beautifully illustrated with art from the author's psychoanalytic patients. Her focus is upon early childhood trauma and the use of Jungian therapy to help resolve those issues. She uses the latest research in brain science to explore why and how this works. The underpinnings of psychoanalytic theory are clearly supported by the most recent neuroscience. It is Jung and Freud explained by brain structure and MRIs. Not only is it well researched but her case studies are remarkable. My only regret is that she practices in Great Britain and therefore I probably cannot meet her. I found this an enlightening book and very applicable for a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of patients who have experienced unresolved early traumatic issues. It is not an easy read because there is so much scientific support for her practice of psychoanalysis. However, the use of patient and supervisor case studies does much to deepen the explanation of the practice. This book deserves to be widely read and applied in the fields of therapy and physical medicine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book in understanding the power of the right brain and the relational model of healing in therapy 14 April 2013
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Although I've never written a review before, I was so moved, informed and appreciative of the author's interdisciplinary efforts to explain what heals and changes in therapy, that I am extolling its praise. I am a therapist, and I went to a workshop of hers which was good enough. But the book does far more in modeling and integrating so much of the art and science of psychotherapy. This may be the most transformative reading I have done professionally. This book brought so many bits together without jargon but with a clarity and tenderness, that I feel like a better therapist and a better person because of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars College Course for Daughter 26 Feb 2014
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Got these for my daughter who is in a Masters program. She finds them very helpful. She says they are just what she needed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional exploration of brain function in the therapeutic relationship 27 Dec 2013
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A solid explanation of the manner in which the brain responds to therapy and the importance of understanding how each of these activities influence the mechanisms of neurobiology. The brain does not function like an electric switch but has so many subtle and not so subtle influences for the manner in which it influences behavior, emotions and growth. This book helps to make the process of change in therapy more understandable.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for any therapist dealing with trauma victims 9 Dec 2013
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Excellent book: academic with important information, written clearly and well-organized. The writer uses syntheses from different therapies. Should be required reading in all psychotherapy courses.
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