The Brain has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy - Jeremy Homes
Psychotherapy is a practice in search of a theory. Recent advances in relational neuroscience and attachment research now offer convincing avenues for understanding how the 'talking cure' helps clients recover. Drawing on Karl Friston's Free Energy Principle and contemporary attachment theory this book shows how psychotherapy works.
This pioneering text provides a deep theoretical explanation for how psychotherapy helps sufferers overcome trauma, redress relationship difficulties and ameliorate depression. Neuroscience validates the psychoanalytic principles of establishing a trusting therapeutic secure base; using ambiguity to bring pre-formed assumptions into view for revision; dream analysis, free association and playfulness in extending clients' repertoire of narratives for meeting life's vicissitudes; and re-starting the capacity to learn from experience. Holmes demonstrates how psychotherapy works at a neuroscientific level, making complex ideas vivid and comprehensible for a wide readership.
Professor Jeremy Holmes is co-lead of the psychoanalytic stream of the University of Exeter Masters programme in psychological therapies, and the Psychodynamic Professional Qualification course 2002-2009. He has written extensively and lectures nationally and internationally. He also has a part-time private psychotherapy practice.
Publisher: Confer Books
Published: July 2020
Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.78 x 18.54 cm