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Neuroplasticity and connectivity between the Left and Right hemisphere

Gordana Hol-Radicic

The connectivity between the left and the right hemispheres is an important factor of personal growth, psychological growth and mental heath wellbeing. Psychological health is related to proper balance of inhibition, activation and integration between the left and the right hemispheres. Psychological disorders moreover occur if there is no integration between the two hemispheres. 

The treatment of a STARTTS’ client had its theoretical base in  Neurogenesis or “Neural Darwinism”.  S.Freud studied the neuron theory in his1895 work Project for a Scientific Psychology and wrote: “one of the first comprehensive neuroscientific models to integrate brain and mind” (Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself, p. 223). In his research paper, Freud understood the capacity of neurons to establish new connections throughout the brain therefore anticipating Hebb’s law: “neurons that fire together wire together.”

This Clinical lecture was recorded at STARTTS in October 2009.

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Gordana Hol-Radicic

Gordana Hol-Radicic is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years experience as a clinican, including more than 20 years working clinically with the complex presentations of torture and trauma survivors. Gordana is able to utilise various therapeutic approaches in the group and individual treatment of STARTTS’ clients from diverse age groups: children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.

Currently Gordana is the Direct Services Coordinator at STARTTS. She is responsible for ensuring the delivery of counselling services to refugee and asylum seeker clients, and manages five direct services teams of approximately 50 counsellors and the intake sub-team. She also provides clinical trainings, support and consultation to STARTTS’ counsellors and other service providers. Gordana has presented at international conferences and for the online psychological journal, ‘Psychevisual’, addressing topics on the psychological assessment of torture and trauma survivors, the psychological and physiological base of traumatic memories, and the utilisation of Neurofeedback with clients suffering from complex PTSD.


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