Neurocounseling: Bridging the Gap between Brain and Behavior Infographic
It is an established fact that psychological and behavioral symptoms can be traced to an underlying physiological and neurological basis. Neurocounseling seeks to take advantage of this correlation to promote mental health. One of the techniques used is neurofeedback, which can effectively treat conditions such as depression, sleep disorders, seizures, fibromyalgia and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Most counseling professionals held the belief that the effectiveness of their treatment can be deduced from observable changes in behavior. With neurocounseling, nothing is left to chance or subjective analysis. Imaging scans with fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and similar technologies are used to peek inside the brain for demonstrable physical changes. Counselors put their focus on teaching emotional and physiological self-regulation skills. Heart rate variability, skin temperature and diaphragmatic breathing are all used to help patients control their own behaviors.
To learn more, take a look at the Neurocounseling: Bridging the Gap between Brain and Behavior Infographic created by Bradley University’s Online Master of Arts in Counseling program.