Monthly Archives: June 2017

Healing from Childhood Trauma

Studies on neuroplasticity have become increasingly popular in the last several years. It was once thought that our brain was fixed and unchanging once we enter adulthood. Research throughout the last few decades has determined that in fact, our brain has the ability to change and create new neural pathways as well as produce new neurons, a process labeled as neurogenesis (Doidge, 2015). This finding is significant because if the brain has this ability to change, we have the ability to change our way of thinking and possibly improve mood.

Neural pathways in the brain are strengthened with repetition. One way to describe this process is “the neurons that fire together, wire together.” Constant repetition of an experience leads to changes within the brain’s structure and how the neurons process that experience. The more consistent this experience is, the stronger these neurons bond. MORE HERE

Meeting Patient Preferences

A new study has found that a patient’s preference for the time and place of their psychological treatment affects their perception of the treatment.

The study, from researchers at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Imperial College London, looked at the treatment preferences of patients involved in the National Audit of Psychological Therapies according to five aspects: venue, time of day, gender of therapWoman Closing Eyeist, language that the treatment was delivered in, and therapy type.

For each of these features, the 14,587 patients were asked to rate whether or not they had a strong preference and if they were given enough choice. They were also asked to evaluate their satisfaction with treatment outcome using a five-point scale. MORE HERE