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The neuroscience of psychotherapy is an exciting, emerging field.

Neuroscience research is validating methodology which has been practised for many years. Most noteworthy are functional MRI studies which show activity in parts of the brain changing over time, reflecting the switching on and off of various brain structures. Similarly, there is now proof that neuronal pathways start changing within days of use or disuse.

As emotional states and meaning-making change, so does your brain

Consequently, when you start to work in psychotherapy, or engage in a practice like the heart coherence technique, you are physically changing your brain. As there is a gradual shift in fixed beliefs and structures that define and confine you, the brain correspondingly starts to change. Like water flowing downhill, synaptic pathways which are activated frequently fire quickly and readily. However, as you begin to entertain new and different thought patterns, meaning making and emotional states, you draw the flow away from the timeworn pathways. New synaptic pathways develop, and over time and repeated use, become wired and quick to fire.

Heart Coherence strengthens positive emotional pathways

The practice of heart coherence is discussed in this video as a support for entering psychotherapy. Again, the underlying neuroscience confirms that practising positive emotional states builds capacity for them in the brain. As you practice, you are strengthening neuronal pathways and creating physical shifts which correspond to the behavioural and emotional changes you will also notice.

Psychotherapy and change require support

Seeking change is the reason for entering therapy. This is a courageous act which requires the ability to feel your emotions and move through them. I believe that music support is required for this journey, primarily from the therapist, but also by utilising profound and simple meditation techniques like this one.

 

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