Articles about Neuroscience

Counselling and psychotherapy have recently begun to be significantly influenced by new discoveries in neuroscience. These articles discuss how neuroscience affects our understanding of couple dynamics and the psychological suffering of couples and individuals.

The Large and the Small Cog Wheels

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We're just back from the GANZ (Gestalt Australia and New Zealand) conference in Canberra where we gave a presentation on our eclectic approach to couples therapy, and on the co-therapy model we practice and talk about on this site. It was gratifying to receive such positive feedback on our way of working, and a great […] Read More

How Long Will it Take?

What to expect when starting therapy. How long will it take?  The good news is our brains are wired for change.

How Long Will it Take? This is a question that many starting therapy, or any new endeavour, may ask themselves. The answer’s not straight forward, but having said that there are some guidelines. Let’s assume you’re coming to therapy to work on your relationship (or an addiction, depression, or other ongoing issue) and that you’ve […] Read More

Reflections on the Couple Bubble

Creating a safe relationship that can grow and flourish.  Understand unconscious and conscious agreements and other tips.

The term couple bubble is gaining currency in couples work. Stan Tatkin, in his book Wired for Love (which we recommend to couples) defines it as: …the mutually constructed membrane, cocoon, or womb that holds a couple together and protects each partner from outside elements. The couple bubble is built on a set of implicit […] Read More

Deepak Chopra’s Three “A”s

Why Attention, Appreciation and Affection are so important in a loving relationship.  Neuroscience shows positive outcomes for couples.

We’ve started listening to the online series Art of Love 2011 and highly recommend our email readers follow along while it’s still happening. A segment that really caught our attention was in the Kick-off Webinar, where the presenters speak with Deepak Chopra on his three important “A”s of relationships. We share these here as they’re […] Read More

Understanding the Emotional Brain

Last year we attended the ANZAP seminar Understanding the Emotional Brain. This started with a stimulating talk by Lea Williams and Russell Meares followed by a lively discussion on the subject. Lea Williams presented some recent work by her and her group on, amongst other things, the brain's response to fear and its bias towards negativity. Our […] Read More