the brain

Neurofeedback: What is Neurofeedback and How Can It Help You?

An Interview with Dr. Dan Staso  What is neurofeedback? Neurofeedback has been in use for over 30 years but is only now becoming more widely known.  It’s founded on the basic concepts of biofeedback.  The primary goal of neurofeedback is to stabilize brain function.  Up until recently, if you wanted to improve your mental health,… Read more »

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Thinking Positively: Why You Need to Wire Your Brain to Think Positive

Our brains are hardwired to focus on the negative. If our boss tells us five things we are doing wonderfully at work but mentions one area we need to improve upon, or our partner consistently compliments our appearance but one day comments that a certain outfit is not flattering, we zero in on the negative…. Read more »

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PTSD: Why Does It Happen? How Survivors Can Heal

A traumatic event is something no one is prepared to deal with. You may feel your mind and body are in a state of shock from the experience. You may have nightmares, feel jumpy, or find yourself re-playing the event in your mind. You may even feel disconnected from the world around you. What happened… Read more »

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Dr. Dan Siegel on Neuroplasticity: An Excerpt from Mind

Excerpted from Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human by Daniel J. Siegel, copyright © 2017 by Mind Your Brain, Inc., printed with permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. An old teaching in neuroscience was that the brain had very localized functions and basically stopped growing with adulthood. We… Read more »

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The Healing Power of Gratitude

“You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert There is perhaps no better tool to live in the present and find joy than gratitude. Knowing what we appreciate in life means knowing who we are, what… Read more »

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The Secret to Happiness and Well-Being

Like love, happiness is often treated like a physical object we must find and snatch up. Yet, also like love, happiness is something we are more likely to cultivate within ourselves than stumble upon in our wanderings. As the Dalai Lama said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Determining… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. John C. Norcross on Neuroscience and Psychotherapy

Dr. John Norcross discusses new findings in neuroscience and their impact on psychotherapy. The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. John C. Norcross. LF:      And what do you think about all the new findings in neuroscience?  Are they really informing psychotherapy or are they not so important?… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Roots of Suicide and Early Attachment

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore talks about the roots of suicide and the effect of early attachment on brain development.  Dr. Allan Schore:  As you’re well aware, the observations of the early lives of people who go on to make suicide attempts has been studied for some… Read more »

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What Parents Need to Know About the Teenage Brain

Adolescence is a challenging time for both the kids going through it and their parents. It is a period of exploration and growth, opportunity and vulnerability. Dr. Daniel Siegel in his new book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain,says that there are four essential features to adolescence: 1) emotional spark, 2) social engagement, 3) novelty… Read more »

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Music Therapy: The Healing Power of Song

Hello darkness, my old friend. Like a bridge over troubled water. That’s me and Julio down by the schoolyard. Music takes us back to a formative time, to a younger potentate version of ourselves. Music reminds us of who we were, who we are, and who we still want to be. Music captures a zeitgeist,… Read more »

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