What Exactly is Neuroscience?

Our guest writer-in-residence Briana Cowles answers the questions about Neuroscience. Briana is a Neuroscience major from the University of Georgia. 

Neuroscience is a scientific discipline concerned with the structure and function of not only the brain, but the entire nervous system.

We study it's development from a fetal stage through senescence, and the numerous disorders and traumas that can impact its typical functioning. Examples can include: CNS Lymphoma, Meningitis, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and Alzheimer's.  

We strive to understand the nervous system as a whole, from the biological composition and function of the many different types of neurons and neural circuits, to brain structure and its impact on behavior and cognitive functions. 

Ultimately, neuroscience research provides an important biological foundation for understanding the impact of the work of mental health professionals.  

Interviewing and counseling produces changes in client memory, as learning and new ideas are being constructed within the lesson.  All mental health professionals should continue learning as they continue practicing- particularly in regard to brain structures and functions because new findings may continue to provide support for their work, and outline specific guidelines for practice.  

Neuroscience is not in opposition to the many benefits of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional emphasis of counseling.  Conversely, it helps pinpoint types of interventions that are most beneficial to the client.  

The integration of counseling, psychotherapy, neuroscience, and neuroimaging into practice, training, and research should be supported by all mental health professionals.

Why Should Mental Health Professionals Look at the Brain?
Why Should All Mental Health Professionals Understand Neuroscience?

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Neuroscience Writer in Residence Briana Cowles

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*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed  mental health professional immediately.

"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.

For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.

Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.

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