Christian Counseling, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and the Future

Volume 40
Summer 2012
Christian Counseling, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and the Future

The emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) suggests complex interrelationship between the mind, the body, the brain (including genetics), the environment, and especially the role of close relationships. We cover Seigel’s triangle of well-being and discuss how it can be integrated into attachment-based psychotherapy as a fulcrum to strengthen a biblically-informed and evidence-based treatment. Recent findings in neuroplasticity, memory, and brain differentiation and integration have helped shape an integrative paradigm for psychotherapy, described in the acronym SECURE: Safety, Education, Containment, Understanding, Restructuring, and Engaging. Psychotherapy is thus becoming understood not simply as a transfer of factual information and psycho-education, but as interpersonal learning that occurs implicitly and explicitly. The future of integration will require theories of psychotherapy that take seriously the role of the therapist as an image bearer of God who provides clients with opportunities to learn new ways of understanding their behavior and relating to themselves, others, and God.

Dr. T. Clinton and Dr. G. Sibcy
141 - 145
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