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Fresh paradigms in psychotherapy for psychiatrists

  • Kevin Healy

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The recent expansion of neuroscientific knowledge is changing the nature of psychotherapeutically competent psychiatric practice. For example, components of medical psychotherapy that optimise neuroplasticity and restructure and reinforce synaptic connections can bring about enduring therapeutic changes in patients' personal functioning, experience and behaviour. By renewing their connection to the advancements of neuroscience, psychiatrists in all specialties can build their identities as professionals and their skills as practitioners, making psychotherapeutic interventions more effective for their patients.

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Corresponding author

Dr Kevin Healy, The Cassel Hospital, 1 Ham Common, Richmond, London TW10 7JF, UK. Email: Kevin.healy@wlmht.nhs.uk

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See pp. 243–249, this issue.

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Cozolino, L (2006) The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain. W W Norton.
Denman, C (2011) The place of psychotherapy in modern psychiatric practice. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 17: 243–9.
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Healy, K (2010) Knowledge of brain development and mental functioning opens up a fresh perspective on therapeutic interventions in psychotherapy (http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/specialties/faculties/psychotherapy.aspx).
Mace, C, Healy, K (2011) Medical psychotherapy: a specialty for now. The Psychiatrist (in press).

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Fresh paradigms in psychotherapy for psychiatrists

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