Brain Research and Therapy

It is gratifying to those of us who have directly experienced the concrete benefits of long-term psychotherapy to see our personal experience supported by current brain research. There is an explosion of directions in research centers across the country connecting the felt experience of bonding and attachment with chemical and structural changes in the brain itself. Scientists such as Daniel Siegel and Allan Schore at UCLA are looking at conceptual research (such as Bowlby’s work on attachment), developed strategies (such as mindfulness, meditation, and psychotherapy), and physical experiments (such as Sara Lazar’s work with brain MRIs at Harvard) to create a convergent view of the development of the human mind as well as its potential for plasticity and growth. This is good news for those of us who would like to go after the optimal life during our precious journey on this planet.

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I am a psychotherapist with a private practice in downtown Chicago.
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