Changing Minds in Therapy

Emotion, Attachment, Trauma, and Neurobiology

Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology


Margaret Wilkinson (Author)


Addresses the flurry of questions about the practical application of neuroscience in clinical treatment.

Recent advances in research in the fields of attachment, trauma, and the neurobiology of emotion have shown that mind, brain, and body are inextricably linked. This new research has revolutionized our understanding of the process of change in psychotherapy and in life, and raised a flurry of questions about the practical application of neuroscience in clinical treatment, particularly with those who have experienced early relational trauma and neglect. What insight does neuroscience offer to our clinical understanding of early life experiences? Can we use the plasticity of the brain to aid in therapeutic change? If so, how?

Changing Minds in Therapy explores the dynamics of brain-mind change, translating insights from these new fields of study into practical tips for therapists to use in the consulting room. Drawing from a wide range of clinical approaches and deftly integrating the scholarly with the practical, Margaret Wilkinson presents contemporary neuroscience, as well as attachment and trauma theories, in an accessible way, illuminating the many ways in which cutting edge research may inform clinical practice.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • April 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-70561-4
  • 6.4 × 9.6 in / 248 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[Wilkinson] is writing about the most cutting-edge neurobiological research alongside the basic psychotherapy process...uses her own moving case material to clarify the theory.... This book is packed with ideas and information connecting up theories that have been around for years, confirming them with examples of neurobiological research.… A rich and important book.” — Therapy Today

“[F]ascinating….Wilkinson offers a novel and compelling explanation of psychotherapeutic change. Combining therapeutic acumen with a neurologist’s grasp of physiological functions, she convincingly demonstrates how and why psychotherapy manages to change the lives of some clients.” — PsycCritiques

“[A] fertile resource for any therapist wanting to better understand the application of neuroscientific advances of clinical practice...This book includes lively case examples, ensuring it offers an accessible conceptual framework relevant to a range of mental health professionals. [H]opeful, exciting book with cogent argument for the future of a dynamic psychotherapy occupying a pivotal position at the interface of the affective and the cognitive.” — Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal (UK)

“[F]ascinating….good book for clinicians who desire a deeper understanding of the neurobiology involved.” — American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry Newsletter

“I would encourage every psychotherapist to read it… [T]his is a masterly volume, which is better supported from the scientific literature than many of its competitor volumes. That is only to be expected from an author who has already made significant contributions to evaluating and disseminating perspectives on the therapeutic relevance of neuroscience. It is a fascinating and masterly interweaving of the two disciplines. So, if you read only one book on the interface of therapy with neurobiology during your career, then let it be this one.” — European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counseling

“I found the descriptions of the clinical cases and the discussions of the drawings to be particularly engaging and interesting.  ” — MANTIS

“Scientific reflection is accompanied with clinical illustrations, which makes this book – despite the complexity of the subject – highly readable. In many respects this book is a classic in the field of post-Jungian literature.” —

“Wilkinson provides us with a much needed and masterly synthesis of psychodynamic psychotherapy with the latest fi ndings from neuroscience, especially on affect, attachment, and trauma. Skillfully guiding the reader through complex, contemporary research, she applies the results with clear, vivid clinical examples demonstrating how to make the science come alive in treatment. Her expert integration of contemporary Jungian models of the human psyche makes this book a rare contribution to the broader field.” — Joe Cambray, PhD, President-Elect, IAAP

“Mind-blowing ideas demand to be shared.…[Muller] posits a theory that seems at once plausible and—surprisingly, for a book with equations—one worth not spoiling.” — Professor Joy Schaverien, PhD, Jungian Psychoanalyst in private practice

“Richard Muller is a leading physicist, but he’s also intellectually restless. That’s a potent combination, with the power to generate transformative ideas about ourselves and our relationship to the universe. In Now: The Physics of Time, Muller hypothesizes how time itself might be created or destroyed. Maybe it’s right. Maybe it’s wrong. But along the way he’s given you a master class in what time is and how and why we perceive it the way we do.” — Ellert Nijenhuis, Top Referent Trauma Center Mental Health Care Drenthe, Assen, The Netherlands

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