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Neuroscience, psychotherapy and mindfulness.

Geoff Dawson

The integration of neuroscience psychotherapy and mindfulness is the way of the future in treating many forms of mental and emotional distress. The exciting new discoveries about how the brain functions gives us a solid biological foundation to understanding various forms of human suffering and how they may be treated.

The art of psychotherapy provides the relational framework of empathy and contentment, which is indispensable in any healing endeavour, and creates a human warmth and existential meaning which goes far beyond technical clinical know-how. Mindfulness, an ancient skill that has been at the heart of many religious practices, in particular Buddhism, is now applied in clinicalsettings through various evidence-based therapies such as the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

To be Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
15 October 2012, New South Wales, Australia.
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Geoff Dawson

Geoff Dawson B.A. M.A.Ps.S is a psychologist in private practice in North Sydney and Katoomba. His previous work has been in drug and alcohol addiction, schizophrenia and family therapy. He also worked for many years at Relationships Australia as a manager, trainer and clinical supervisor, before entering private practice fifteen years ago. He now mainly provides adult counselling and psychotherapy, couple therapy and clinical supervision. Geoff is also a faculty member, trainer and supervisor with the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists, which he helped co-found. Geoff is a Zen Buddhist teacher who has been practising mindfulness meditation for over thirty years, in the lineage of Charlotte Joko Beck and is the teacher of the Ordinary Mind Zen School, Sydney and Melbourne. His recently completed manuscript is titled “Mindfulness and Heartfulness - A Zen Approach to Couple Therapy”. (2016)

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