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Interpersonal Neurobiology

Changing Your Brain is the Name of the Game

Jackie Brookman MFT interpersonal neurobiologyAs a skilled therapist, I implement approaches that are designed to meet your needs and facilitate healing change. A constant in my work is the implementation of interpersonal neurobiology which means using (and knowing) your brain to change your life.

When we learn how to regulate our emotions, we create new neural pathways that give us more freedom to respond in thoughtful and protective ways instead of being reactive and ineffective.

I teach clients the different systems in the brains and how they effect behavior. For example, the fear center of the brain, the amygdala, secretes the stress hormone, cortisol. When we are in a state of anxiety and panic, cortisol is released and fear takes over. Unless we are truly in danger, the amygdala doesn’t need to be enlisted. If the cortisol release is constant it keeps us in a state of stress and transmits the message that we are not safe. When the amygdala wins, our ability to think and reason is impaired. You can probably recall times when you have been ruminating over a person or situation that is unsettling to you; you may also notice that rumination makes it impossible to be present in your life when your brain is pre-occupied with worry.

Somatic Psychotherapy is a Tool of Regulation

The use of a somatic psychotherapy, a mind/body approach, helps slow you down and invite regulation of your feelings; this is particularly important when working with anxiety and panic. When you are in a regulated state, it is then possible to explore and reflect on the past and present to find out what gets in the way of feeling whole.

I also weave in a relational approach and attachment theory where we can invite curiosity and reflection so you are able to understand yourself with more depth and compassion. Together, we will non-judgmentally welcome you contradictions, ambivalence, fears and any unconscious material that stymy your ability to lead the life you want.

Throughout our relationship, I will check in with you to assess how therapy is working. I believe that therapy works best when you apply what you’ve learned after you leave the treatment room; it is the best way to integrate change. Applying insights, practicing a skill that you learned or embracing a new way of seeing yourself creates new neural pathways in the brain; that is a sign your brain is growing and changing.

Please, join me on this healing journey!

Contact me for a free-15 minute consultation.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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