Rebecca Witter, LMFT - Marriage and Family Therapist, License #48562
What is the mind?  What is its connection to the brain?  When we develop our minds, are we also developing our brains?  Is it possible to change our brains by changing our minds? 
The ever-emerging field of neuropsychology (the study of the brain and its functions) took an exciting turn when it developed the technology to see the human brain in action as a result of new scanning capacities.  The following three resources are offered as a way of introducing readers to the advances in our thinking about mental health due to this technology.  Each of these resources invites us to exercise the power we have to influence our individual well-being by tending to our brains and using our minds - differently. 
While my work as a therapist centers around traditional "talk-therapy" practices, I encourage readers to  explore these new perspectives of healing for themselves.  When appropriate, and when a client shows an interest in developing their own skills, I invite them to use mindfulness exercises in our work together. 
Dr. Dan Siegel 
This is one of a series of personable and readable titles by Dr. Siegel which invite us all (professionals, parents, and everyone else) to put our forebrains together to enhance individual and global mental health. Dr. Siegel is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.  He is particularly known for his interdisciplinary efforts to develop a working understanding of the mind - what it is, what it means to have one - and what its relationship to the brain might be.  
Richard Hanson, PhD, with Richard Mendius, MD
A beautifully written, easy to read, and concise resource for understanding brain and mind basics.  Dr. Hanson is a neuropsychologist and meditation teacher.  Dr. Mendius is a neurologist. 
  • Dr. Ron Siegel - Dr. Ron Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard 
Medical School, and a long-time student of mindfulness meditation (who also sits on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.)  He is especially known for his work with chronic pain - in particular, back pain.  His book on the topic (Back Sense) has been widely sold in several languages, and has earned him endearing respect from the medical, mental health, and lay communities alike.  His website, incidentally, includes free meditation downloads. 
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Rebecca Witter, LMFT - Midtown Sacramento and Davis, CA Therapist 
2830 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95816       719 2nd Street, Davis, CA 95616