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Summary

In Why Therapy Works, Louis Cozolino explains the mechanisms of psychotherapeutic change from the bottom up, beginning with the brain, and how brains have evolved - especially how brains evolved to learn, unlearn, and relearn, which is at the basis of lasting psychological change. 

Listeners will learn why therapists have to look beyond just words, diagnoses, and presenting problems to the inner histories of their clients in order to discover paths to positive change. The book also shows how our brains have evolved into social organs and how our interpersonal lives are a source of both pain and power. Listeners will explore with Cozolino how our brains are programmed to connect in intimate relationships and come to understand the debilitating effects of anxiety, stress, and trauma. 

Finally, the book will lead to an understanding of the power of story and narratives for fostering self-regulation, neural integration, and positive change. 

Always, the focus of the book is in understanding underlying therapeutic change, moving beyond the particular of specific forms of therapy to the commonalities of human evolution, biology, and experience.

©2016 Louis Cozolino (P)2020 Tantor

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Still wondering 'why therapy works'.

A struggle to comprehend after about halfway through. Self-insert theory on gender roles and alpha/beta really made for dry and rather displaced words in an otherwise OK book. If you know the very basics of the amygdala response, I would say this isn't worth buying.

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Treasure for therapists

This is great book for therapists in training or if they just started their own practice. Even for someone with lots of experience, like myself, it is great book for grounding and refreshing. It will help with your imposter syndrome, if you have one, mine popping in from time to time :)

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Immersive and accessible

Many books of this nature are enthralling in the beginning and then taper into barely holding my attention. Not so this book, my interest was held throughout.

The narration is competent and clear, although not dulcet (this is probably personal).
A few too many contemporary ‘right on’ quotes which I thought lessened the effect of the powerful quotes.

A really good mix of layman’s terms and accessible neuroscience which offered excellent starting points should I want to research further.

I would definitely recommend this book to therapists, students, tutors and clients.

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Decent inisight into therapy

Interesting listen, good info on trauma and nice anecdotes on the challenges and workings of being a therapist

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Very insightful

Brilliant as usual from Cozolino. Easy to follow and understand and above all, captivating and enlightening.

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I loved this book

Excellent narrator, and such an easy to understand, relatable therapy book. I think this might of been the best therapy book I’ve ever read.

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Insightful, informative, and engaging.

Well written, well edited and well narrated. As an addiction counseller I am certain that this book will contribute to improving my practice.

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