How Brain Science Can Inform Interventions
Therapists often get shaken and lose confidence in their approach when a client’s trauma response edges into seemingly uncontrollable extremes of rage, panic, or suicidal desperation. This workshop provides an essential road map for treating relational trauma cases through a detailed exploration of the neurobiological processes of hyperarousal and parasympathetic withdrawal underlying extreme symptoms. You’ll discover:
- How to stay clear and calm while working with clients in extreme states
- The difference between a compassionate and empathic response and how each can benefit or escalate your client
- When it’s necessary to take over and “be the auxiliary brain” for your client and work from the top-down
- When it’s best to slow things down, hand over control and work with the body (bottom-up)
Frank Anderson, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He’s the vice chair of the Foundation for Self Leadership and a supervisor at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.