Irene MacDonald MSc
BACP Accred Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Neurobiological Therapies II #01

Using the Brain's healing potential

The Subconscious
If you view the You Tube presentation, you can now appreciate that this approach goes right to the heart of the brain, deep into its structures and subconscious, and allows the brain to use its own power to heal itself. This has implications for both emotional and physical pain – as the eyes look in a particular direction, we access a certain brain state. The brain neurones which hold this state are then opened to the organisational and healing (Observer) part of the brain; these locked away parts have been inaccessible to healing before.

The traumatic memories held in these ‘capsules’ are frozen in time and closed off (dissociated) – not only to the rest of the brain, but to ourselves, but the terror, guilt and shame leak out into our everyday lives. Normal therapy therefore often retraumatises clients – these memories were locked away because they were overwhelming, and locked away to permit survival. If we tap into the brain’s other resources and activate them, we then have a non-traumatising way of allowing the brain to heal itself.

What is the potential of this deep healing? Bodily systems which are out of balance, chronic illnesses, chronic pain – these can all be open to healing. I don’t really know the potential but I am excited at the prospect of discovering, and the idea of unblocking the brain’s own power to heal the body and brain really agrees with my philosophy.

The Context
Healing takes place within a good therapeutic relationship - that means there is deep trust and safety with your therapist as the frame in which healing can take place. Modern therapies are offered within the therapeutic relationship rather than being unrelated techniques.

For a video clip of my talk to a professional audience about Trauma, Attachment and Neurobiology, click on this link to You Tube

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