I’m asked frequently about Neuropsychotherapy, so I thought it would be important to share a little more about it. Neuropsychotherapy is a way of doing therapy that always considers the brain, first. When we understand the needs of the brain and how it learns, transfers, and stores information, protecting and improving mental health becomes much easier.
I use Neuropsychotherapy knowledge to help clients recover from trauma (including PTSD), stressful relationships, behavior issues in adults and children, parenting strategies, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and many many more areas that affect mental health.
Because I am not only a certified Clinical Neuropsychotherapist, but also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Rapid Resolution Therapy Practitioner, I always ask myself, “Is this a good brain-based strategy?” Neuropsychotherapy does not remove the techniques that I already used to encourage change in my therapy practice, it only ensures I use techniques that work with the brain, not against it. When I am working with a couple, family, or group, I must always take into account the brain needs for all parties.
Using Neuropsychotherapy, I can easily explain to my clients what is happening in their brains during stress, how neural pathways are formed, and how the brain responds and reacts under stress depending on their neural wiring. I make sure each client is aware of the brains need for safety, connection, sense of control, motivation (from dopamine production), and a healthy sense of self.
Being brain based means, for example, when a client comes to me to help improve his/her relationship, I will always assess for emotional and physical safety, where positive connection and satisfaction already exists in the relationship, his/her sense of control, and his/her sense of self. If a client comes to me with anxiety, I may look first at his/her sense of control over life stressors, before other brain needs. I would not encourage time alone to a client who is experiencing a loss of connection in his/her life. I would always encourage a drinker to replace drinking with dopamine producing activities or experiences, to ensure a dopamine drop doesn’t interfere with his/her motivation to stop drinking.
If you are working in any mental health field, I encourage you to become brain wise so you’re always working from the bottom up, like the brain does! The training is fun, friendly, interactive, and brain-based. Go! You will not regret it! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, whether about the training, my experience, or the value in attending!
There are a number of Neuropsychotherapy Workshops coming soon and the FIRST United States Workshop in Hawaii in October! I've attached the registration flyer below, along with the training summary and the learning outcomes for the workshop. You can also see more here! We need more Neuropsychotherapists in the United States and across the globe!
If you can't attend the Hawaii training, I look forward to seeing you in May 2018 in Melbourne for the 2nd International Conference on Neuropsychotherapy (flyer also attached)! Working from the bottom up, Down Under!
Mary Bowles, LMFT, RRT, MIACN
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Rapid Resolution Therapist, and Certified Clinical Neuropsychotherapist. I specialize in couples and family relationships, parenting, divorce and blended families, and trauma recovery. I'm laid back about life and passionate about children, family, and learning!
Mary Bowles, PsyD, abd, LMFT