Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 1–9 | Cite as

Neuroscience and Therapist Self-Disclosure: Deepening Right Brain to Right Brain Communication Between Therapist and Patient

Original Paper

Abstract

Schore and others have written extensively about the importance of unconscious implicit right brain to right brain communication in (1) driving therapeutic change and (2) understanding and working with the patient’s autonomic nervous system (ANS). Porges, who has re-conceptualized the ANS as a system arranged hierarchically rather than organized around balance, has been extremely influential on clinicians interested in neuroscience. Schore’s and Porges’ theories are discussed in order to make the case that therapist self-disclosure is a powerful and useful technique entirely consistent with their work.

Keywords

Therapist self-disclosure Right-brain communication Social engagement system Embodiment Implicit communication Allan Schore Stephen Porges 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EverettUSA

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