Neuroscience: An Emerging Area in Counselling

Neuroscience: An Emerging Area in Counselling

July 17, 2020 by Prasad Amore0

Do you know the counselors use neuroscience as advanced technology for effective counseling?

In the past century, counselors used five fundamental forces that influence the guidance and philosophy of counseling: psychoanalysis, behavior, humanism, multiculturalism, and social justice. Every approach positively contributes to effective counseling. They help counselors to think from a different perspective, gain more understanding, and provide proper guidance. Some counselors may comply with themselves intensively with a particular approach.  However, they mostly recognize the necessity of focusing on the insights of various models and theories.  Wise counselors, amongst them, make better decisions based on individual situations and client requirements.

In simple words, Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, consisting of the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system. The brain and spinal cord come under the central nervous system, while the rest of the nerves outside these comes under peripheral.

By pursuing neuroscience, counselors can observe the brain’s chemical and electrical behavior using a variety of experimental and brain imaging techniques. From the response, they will be able to analyze the control of brain aver activities, thinking, behavior, and emotions. It will also help understand the brain’s reactions to physical or mental illness, trauma, and substance misuse. Based on this, a term Neurocounselling is introduced, which is the implementation of neuroscience into counseling practice.

We often come across the title neuropsychiatrist and neuropsychologist. Do both same?  A neuropsychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating neurological disorders or illness. A neuropsychologist is a psychologist who deals with the psychological problems associated with brain injury or disease (usually with a Ph.D.).

Qualified and experienced counselors try to understand their clients by taking into account several factors. Such factors include recognizing the genetics of the individual, level of development, prior learning, relationship and family dynamics, the effect of misuse of substances and existence of mental disorders. In addition, they would also look at the overall health of clients, the influence of culture and spiritual beliefs, and systemic issues like poverty, unemployment, and oppression.

As an emerging force, neuroscience will add another dimension which counselors need to consider, which is totally secure. Also, neuroscience does not contradict the long-established and essential foundations of effective counseling, such as relationships and core circumstances, in particular empathy. In fact, the relevance of these cornerstones has been endorsed by neuroscience.

Prasad Amore

Prasad Amore is a Licensed Rehab. Psychologist by RCI, Govt. of India. The 2nd Indian who has achieved the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma through National Qualification Framework of British Government. He is a psychological consultant and trainer helping individuals suffering with mental health issues and other psychological problems. He is a freelance writer and authored 5 books in Psychology and Social Science.

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