Can Therapy Really Change Your Brain?I feel fortunate to be a psychotherapist in this day and age. Aside from the change we and our clients can report anecdotally, there is increasing evidence …

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Can Therapy Really Change Your Brain?

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  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! It’s about time. I very much believe in this because I am quite sure it happened with me. The relationship can be very healing.

  2. probably very little change in comparison to meditation or the influence of someone in a higher state of consciousness, i.e. a guru …

    huge literature about this in the “eastern” parts of this planet..

  3. We know that early experiences have a profound effect on later behavior. Complex Trauma’s effects on later development and functioning are but one example. Effective treatments must take these factors into consideration. For example, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, which is an evidence-based, effective, and empirically validated treatment addresses many of these issues through the creation of a sensitive, attuned, responsive therapeutic relationship.

  4. I read the same report in the NETWORKER, which took pains to point out that this is a correlative, as opposed to a causative, relationship:

    “Koch’s study can identify only an association between IPT and increased pCREB production and can’t definitively state that IPT caused the increased production. But those whose depression wasn’t alleviated by IPT showed no increase in pCREB.”

    http://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/magazine/currentissue/689-clinicians-digest?start=1

    It is certainly possible that those whose pCREB production increased were those in the study who responded to the therapy. Far more research is needed, including explanations of relapses of depression even in those under psychotherapeutic care.

    Go forth, researchers, and do thy thing!

  5. Beth – Nice to hear you had such a good experience with your therapist!

    Gregory – Yes, the power of meditation is undeniable – as a solitary experience (and resonating with the group). Relationship experiences can also be incredibly healing. Not sure how the two would compare – and if they really can be.

    Dr. Becker-Weidman – I’m not personally familiar with Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy – but I might do a little exploring. Thanks for sharing the info.

    TGP – Thanks for noting that. More research is certainly needed!

  6. Anyone who supplies the information ‘happily married’ in their public profile is either a) too pollyanna for me to possibly relate to or b) lying.

    Which one are you LB?

    (Both is a possibility)

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