Through recent research in neuroscience and psychology, we now understand that the mind is not one thing, but is composed of ongoing interactions between mental operating networks. Our minds contribute to “self”-organization—the emergence of our sense of individuality and emotion as we co-evolve within families and other relationships. What we encounter and how we respond changes our brains, immune systems, and even turns on or off genes, resulting in mental health or ill health. Since mental health and physical health can no longer be compartmentalized as areas addressed by specialists, psychotherapists need to understand the mind-brain-body feedback loops. For example, chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders are strongly associated with depression and anxiety. Dysregulations of immune system, diet, and even gut bacteria profoundly affect mental health.
“The Evolution of Psychotherapy points toward integration and this book leads the way.”
-Bill O’Hanlon, featured Oprah author of Do One Thing Different