Teaching Neuroscience to Our Clients

How One Client Effectively Applied Dan Siegel’s Neurobiology Lesson

There are many connections between neurobiology and psychotherapy that therapists need to be aware of, but simply learning about them isn’t enough. How can you incorporate this vital knowledge into your clinical work in a way that clients will also understand?

In this video, Dan Siegel gives a great example from his own work of a client who not only absorbed, but also successfully applied, a neurobiological principle that Dan taught him.

Watch the clip below to hear Dan talk about a client who found himself in an upsetting situation and how he used Dan’s teachings on mirror neurons to bring himself out of distress.

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Rich Simon

Richard Simon, PhD, founded Psychotherapy Networker and served as the editor for more than 40 years. He received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award. Rich passed away November 2020, and we honor his memory and contributions to the field every day. 

Dan Siegel

Longtime Psychotherapy Networker contributor Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over 70 textbooks.