Brain Talk: Integrating therapy that includes a discussion about the brain with the client
Dr John Arden, Ph.D.
Held 11-12 May 2015
This seminar included suggestions on how to communicate to clients about the brain. Therapists can engage clients by discussing the concept of neuroplasticity, and present them with evidence-based techniques with which they can “rewire” their brains. Specifically, therapists can focus on how anxiety and/or depression are processed by the brain and what the client needs to do to become less anxious and/or depressed. Clients are more responsive when they hear less theoretical jargon and more concrete brain-based explanations about their problems. Since people who are suffering from anxiety and/or depression are so overwhelmed by their symptoms, they find it hard to remember what to do that would make them feel better. Therefore, when discussing each disorder it can be useful to describe a mnemonic that can be used with clients so that they can remember the important behaviours that need to be made to deal with their anxiety or depressive symptoms. The brain serves as the common denominator for all approaches and can be used to explain particular approaches to clients. This seminar was held at the Wesley Conference Centre in Sydney and was attended by 180 people.
Comments from participants
“Great presentation style, very knowledgeable, explained things very clearly”
“One of the most engaging and cognitively stimulating courses I’ve attended in years”
“Brought together a vast amount of science into a clear picture of what works and how to”
About Dr John Arden, Ph.D.
John Arden, Ph.D. has over 35 years experience providing psychological services and directing mental health programs. He has developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the USA and oversees more than 100 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 22 medical centres. Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesising the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy. His work incorporates what is currently known about the brain and its capacities, including neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, with psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence.
Dr Arden is the author or co-author of 13 books, including; ‘Brain-Based Therapy with Adults’ and ‘Brain-Based Therapy with Children and Adolescents, ‘Conquering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’, ‘The Heal Your Anxiety Workbook’, ‘Heal Your OCD Workbook’, ‘Rewire Your Brain’, ‘The Brain Bible’, and his new book ‘Brain2Brain’.