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A neuroscientific perspective on the therapeutic alliance and how talking changes the brain: Supporting a common factors model of psychotherapy

Return to Articles Nicole Hess, psychologist, PhD, University of New England.   Introduction Neuropsychologist Allan Schore (2014) describes psychotherapy as a dance, a synchronicity of mind and body that occurs between therapist and client. His description of the psychobiologically attuned clinician recognises the intricacy and inextricable entanglement between human biological processes, unique experience, and mental …

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A neuroscientific perspective on the therapeutic alliance and how talking changes the brain: Supporting a common factors model of psychotherapy

Nicole Hess, psychologist, PhD, University of New England.   Abstract For decades, the efficacy and application of psychotherapeutic treatments has been informed and driven by a medical model of understanding. Within this framework, for a psychotherapeutic treatment to be classified as “empirically supported,” the therapeutic intervention alone must be demonstrated to be the mechanism responsible …

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