chapter  1
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Therapy meets neuroscience

WithPeter Afford

This chapter explores issues that arise for therapists around neuroscience. The benefits of embracing the subject are discussed, and objections examined. Therapists should start with a contextual understanding of the nervous system before delving into specific details. Neuroscience doesn’t tell us how to do therapy, and it doesn’t replace psychological theory. It offers maps of the brain and the body that underlie human psychology – another perspective to add to psychological theory, personal experience and intuition. There’s support for working long-term as well as short-term, working experientially with feeling and the body, and working with the therapeutic relationship.