#332 – The Emerging Psychotherapeutic Consensus with John B. Arden, PhD

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John Arden, Ph.D. has 35 years of experience providing psychological services and directing mental health programs. Since 1999 he has served as the Director of Training for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers, Northern California region. He has developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity he oversees more than 100 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 22 medical centers. Prior to this he served as the Chief Psychologist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo, California.

Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy. His work incorporates what is currently known about the brain and its capacities, including neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, with psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence. He conducts seminars on Brain-Based Therapy throughout the United States and abroad.

Author of twelve books, his most recent publication, Rewire Your Brain, describes how the general audience can utilize the practices of Brain-Based Therapy. He is the lead author (with Dr. Lloyd Linford) of two volumes for the practitioner entitled Brain-Based Therapy: Adults and Brain-Based Therapy: Children & Adolescents. His first book, Consciousness, Dreams, and Self, was awarded the 1997 Outstanding Academic Book Award by Choice, a publication of the American Library Association. An international panel of jurists nominated his second book: Science, Theology, and Consciousness, for the CTS award funded by the Templeton Foundation. Arden explored the degradation of the fabric of American society with America’s Meltdown: Creating the Lowest Common Denominator Society. His seven self-help books are: Surviving Job Stress, Improving Your Memory for Dummies, Conquering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (with Dr. Victoria Beckner), Heal Your Anxiety Workbook, and Heal Your OCD Workbook (with Dr. Daniel DalCorso), and Rewire Your Brain. www.drjohn.arden.com

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  1. Posted February 2, 2013 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised that I’m the first person to comment here…

    This seems to be the episode that many of us have been waiting around for, or perhaps to put it a better way, to voice a feeling that’s been growing throughout your series, and is something I will share with my peers. Not sure I’d agree with the depressive/avoiding behaviours part being ‘bad habits’, but otherwise I found myself wholeheartedly agreeing with 99.99% of this interview.

    I had a bit of a smile when he referred to something as being ‘non-conscious’. There is often a war of language over the terms ‘unconscious’ and ‘subconscious’ in psychology, so for him to be able to sidestep those terms and implications with ‘non-conscious’ I thought was very elegant. Language really does shape thought!

    New listeners might want to check out episode 236: The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Therapies with Jonathon Shedler for some more background on this war between approaches that’s been raging for the last twenty years in particular.

  2. michelle
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    i found this podcast very interesting, but i went to access the article and it said i needed to log in or pay, is this right?
    thanks, and keep up the good work!

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