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Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation


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Author:
Carol Kershaw, Ed.D. |  J William Wade MDIV, LPC, LMFT
Copyright:
2012
Publication Date:
Feb 06, 2012
Publisher:
W.W. Norton
Product Code:
SAM084250
ISBN13:
978-0393705867
Format:
Hardcover
Number of Pages:
368
Media Type:
Books


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Helping clients control their own emotional reactivity.

When conditions like anxiety and depression are experienced chronically, they condition neural pathways and shape a person’s perception of and response to life events. As these pathways are reinforced, unhealthy neural networks turn on with increasing ease in the presence of conscious and unconscious triggers. In this groundbreaking book, Kershaw and Wade present Brain Change Therapy (BCT), a therapeutic protocol in which clients learn to manage their emotions and behaviors, and thus reduce stress and control emotional reactivity.

Drawing from the latest neuroscientific research as well as integrative principles from hypnosis, biofeedback, and cognitive therapy, BCT helps clients reach stable neurological and emotional states and thus shift perspectives, attitudes, beliefs, and personal narratives toward the positive. BCT starts with the working assumption that effective therapeutic change must inevitably include a repatterning of neural pathways, and employs “self-directed neuroplasticity” through the active practicing of focused attention. As an adjunct to these methods, it helps clients create new, empowering life experiences that can serve as the basis for new neural patterns.

The book begins by laying the foundation for body–mind and brain–body interventions by exploring the basics of the brain: its anatomy, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, electrochemical processes, and the rhythms of the brain and body and nature. The authors set forth a detailed protocol for neuroassessment and evaluation of new clients, with particular attention to assessing a client’s habitually activated emotional circuits, neural imprints, state flexibility, level of arousal, and any relevant neurobiological conditions.

The authors go on to outline BCT and its interventions geared toward stress reduction and state change, or the capacity to shift the mind from one emotional state to another and to shift the brain from one neural pattern to another. Protocols for specific presenting problems, such as fear, anxiety, and life-threatening and chronic illnesses are outlined in detail. Because of the breadth of the BCT approach, it is effective in working with individuals who are interested in shifting and conditioning peak performance states of consciousness, and the authors offer protocols for helping their clients reach peak professional performance as well.

With this book, clinicians will be able to empower their clients to find their way out of a wide range of debilitating mental states.

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Carol Kershaw, Ed.D. Related seminars and products


Carol Kershaw, Ed.D., is a licensed psychologist and co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston and co-author of Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self Transformation (2012 WW Norton), co-author of The Worry Free Mind (Career Press) and author of The Couple’s Hypnotic Dance (Brunner/Mazel). She is board certified in Neurofeedback, a member of the American Psychological Association, and approved consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is an international trainer and is a frequent presenter in the states on the most cutting edge interventions based in neuroscience and hypnosis. Carol has been featured on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC for her cutting-edge work.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Carol Kershaw receives royalties as an author for W.W. Norton and Company. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Carol Kershaw has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


J William Wade MDIV, LPC, LMFT Related seminars and products


Bill Wade, m.Div., LPC, LMFT is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, author and international trainer. He is the co-author of Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation and The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm The Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You. He has taught extensively on clinical approaches for overcoming trauma, anxiety and depression as well as clinical hypnosis, meditation, panic disorder, relationship enhancement, and peak performance. Mr. Wade is a clinical member and approved supervisor with American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston.


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