Listen to this short YouTube clip of John outlining this cutting edge training in a gentle, non-intrusive mind-body approach to the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety and related issues:

Overview of Program

Recent advances in neuroscience have increased our knowledge of how and why people change. Brain-based therapy synthesizes neuroscience, evidence-based treatment, psychotherapy research, and attachment theory into a hybrid therapeutic model. This model helps identify which elements of psychotherapeutic schools are effective and which may be counter-therapeutic.

Brain-based therapy envisions the therapeutic process as brain changing as necessary to change mood and behavior.  The model proposes moving beyond the theoretical school paradigm. This training will examine the use of brain-based therapy to enhance outcome with people who have been traumatized. The role that brain function plays in mood, memory and behaviour will be identified, including discussions on the difference between male and female brains, the middle aged brain and how alcohol affects the brain. Special attention will be given to addressing the neurodynamics of PTSD and the crucial role of memory.

Using a synthesized model of neuroscience, attachment theory and evidence-based treatment, you will learn how to more effectively treat clients with PTSD. In this training you will develop a new way of looking at the therapeutic process enabling you to move beyond the traditional theoretical school approach. You will learn how to use the Brain-Based Therapy approach to educate your clients and make the goals of treatment understandable and achievable.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:


1. Describe the role that attachment plays in the development of affect regulation and recovery from trauma.

2.  Explain why the future of treatment necessitates a dynamic understanding of the brain and a shift away      from the medical model.

3.  Describe the relationship between diet and mental health.

4.  Differentiate between implicit and explicit memory and their roles in therapy and recovery from PTSD.

5.  Describe how mindfulness meditation affects the brain and is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders,  including PTSD, and depression.

6.   Explain how the fast and slow tracks to the amygdala play a role in anxiety disorders and therapy with  people with anxiety disorders.


Program Outline

Psychotherapy research and a psychotherapy ‘sea change’

The Demise of Pax Medica—the end of the medical model

New Developments in Neuroscience  - communicating complex concepts simply to enhance therapeutic outcome

The role of diet: how healthy brains can be enahnced or destabilized

The developing brain through old age

The foundational role of memory

How stress is reconceptualized

Brain-Based Therapeutic Approaches for panic attacks and flashbacks

The broad area of PTSD


Simple and Complex PTSD

 Ÿ          . Intrusion, Avoidance & Arousal

Ÿ           . EMDR, EFT, the Orienting Response, and the Reconsolidation of Memory

Brain-Based Therapeutic Approaches for: clients with PTSD with depression 

Therapy with depressed clients