The neuroscience of early relational trauma
Throughout the history of psychotherapy and counselling, researchers have looked for explanations and descriptions in neuroscience that correlate with our experiences of clients and of ourselves. We are now in a position to use that research to inform our thinking about our professional practice.
Our brains are designed to adapt to the challenges of our environment to help us survive. Its structures develop and are shaped through attachment, and in relationship with others. In this workshop, we will investigate what happens to the brain when early nurturing and attunement are less than optimal, and in the context of early relational trauma.
We will look at:
- the developing brain, and how it can be shaped by experience – both good and bad
Neural networks, and their link to learning and to relational patterns
- the so-called ‘social brain’, which helps mediate our relationships with others, and how that may be affected by relational experiences.
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The content of the workshop will be presentations and discussions, with plenty of time to discuss the ideas being presented, and to relate them to participants’ clinical experiences.
Dr Briony Nicholls is a psychotherapist and supervisor in Oxford, and the lead tutor on the Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy courses at Iron Mill College, Exeter, UK.