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Healing Moments in Psychotherapy

Distinguished clinicians explain what lies at the heart of change in effective psychotherapy.

A wide range of distinguished scientists and clinicians discuss the nature of change in the therapeutic process. Jaak Panksepp, Ian McGilchrist, Ruth Lanius, Francine Shapiro, and other luminaries offer readers a powerful journey through mindful awareness, neural integration, affective neuroscience, and therapeutic presence to reveal the transformational nature of therapy.

Healing Moments in Psychotherapy dives deep into the art and science of healing from the perspective of a variety of clinical approaches and scientific viewpoints, including interpersonal neurobiology. Through the voices of a dozen clinicians and scientists presenting their combined experiences and wisdom, it serves as a window into the process of healing. Practical examples and empowering research data support the ways in which therapeutic relationships can help catalyze health and restore wellness within psychotherapy.


  • 1. Introduction: Interpersonal Neurobiology and Psychotherapy Daniel J Siegel and Marion Solomon
  • 2. Intersubjective Mindfulness: Facilitating Mindfulness in the Abused or Neglected Child Through the Mindfulness of the Therapist and Parent Daniel A Hughes
  • 3. Technique and Beyond: Therapeutic Enactments, Mindfulness, and the Role of the Body Pat Ogden
  • 4. A Window into the Brain of Complex PTSD: Clinical and Neurobiological Perspectives Ruth A Lanius, Robyn Bluhm, Paul A Frewen
  • 5. Hemisphere Differences and Their Relevance to Psychotherapy Iain McGilchrist
  • 6. Redefining Trauma and Its Hidden Connections: Identifying and Reprocessing the Experiential Contributors to a Wide Variety of Disorders Francine Shapiro
  • 7. Healing Trauma and Creating Secure Attachments Through EMDR Debra Wesselmann
  • 8. "Turbocharging" the Affects of Innate Healing and Redressing the Evolutionary Tilt Diana Fosha
  • 9. Affective Neuroscience: Implications for Understanding Emotional Feelings and Development of New Therapeutics Jaak Panksepp
  • 10. Helping Intimate Partners to Heal Each Other Marion Solomon
  • 11. The Mindful Group: Using Mind–Body–Brain Interactions in Group Therapy to Foster Resilience and Integration Bonnie Mark-Goldstein and Daniel J Siegel
  • 12. Therapeutic Presence: Mindful Awareness and the Person of the Therapist Daniel J Siegel

Author Bio:

Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.  He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behaviour, autobiographical memory and narrative.

Dr. Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.

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The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are (Second Edition) (Hardback)

The Mindful Therapist

The Mindful Brain

Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Parenting From the Inside Out

Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology

The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice

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Healing Moments in Psychotherapy

Author: Daniel J. Siegel

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