Written by Rowland W. Folensbee

Tailor-making psychotherapy

Review by Gunnel Minett

The new advances in neuroscience are making it possible to tailor-make psychotherapy on a completely new scale. The increased knowledge of how the brain works has made it possible to map the brain activities in more and more detail.
This knowledge is something that is being pick-up by psychotherapist. By adding brain scan to the diagnostic tools, the psychotherapist can detect problem areas in the brain that may match the conclusions drawn from conventional interview techniques.

This does not just help the therapist to make the correct diagnosis. Explaining what takes place in the brain to the client has shown to have a positive effect on the therapeutic process, often by removing any stigma around the psychological illness. Detected problem areas can also act as a starting point to explore how and why this may have occurred. And it helps the therapist to design suitable therapy for the client, both when this involves medical or other treatment.
Rowland W Folensbee is a Clinical Associate Professor from Texas with a private practice in psychology. He practice includes behavioural, cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic approaches. For the last 20 years he has been working on integrating neuropsychology and neuroscience into his clinical assessment and intervention. The book is written both for professional and lay persons.

Cambridge University Press, UK, 2007, ISBN 9780521681889