VIDEO: Our Bottom Line Responsibility as Therapists

Rick Hanson on Working with the Brain for Lasting Change

People seek us out because they want change.

Some want to be less anxious or less depressed, some want to be better able to control themselves in interactions with other people, and others seek greater self-knowledge or an open-ended existential exploration.

For someone to change, the brain must change too and memory systems have to be harnessed to positive states in order for permanent change to occur.

In this quick clip, Rick Hanson does a brilliant job of explaining just how essential understanding neuroscience is if we are to be effective in helping our clients make the lasting changes they seek. Rick is a master at making his explanations clear, compelling and, best of all, actionable.

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. 

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness (Harmony, 2016), Buddha’s Brain (New Harbinger, 2009), Just One Thing Card Deck (PESI, 2018), and Mother Nurture (Penguin, 2002).  He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs.