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09.13.2010   Posted In: M001 Dancing With Your Brain: Becoming a More Mindful Therapist   By Psychotherapy Networker
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    • Not available avatar 11.29.1999 19:00
      LIstening to Dan's synthesis helped me understand how my own integrative art therapy process produces what he called "neural integration". The transformation in the physical, mental and psychological presence of the client is visible and amazing. I taught this in Romania this summer and was once more impressed how the weaving of body, mind (both hemispheres ) and art correlates with all that he is teaching us. Thank you.
      • Not available avatar 10.05.2010 19:44
        I have been working within the frame of assessing levels of integration: if lack of integration assessing chaos or rigidity---- I am having difficulty clearly defining which domain of integration to address--I find them to cross over, as in the example in last session when Dan assessed for lack of integration in domain of consciousness, I was looking at interpersonal domain---further, working on developing best interventions for each domain---also confused about overlap between vertical and bilateral integration. If dan could use another example and assess domain and show overlaps and example of various interventions to facilitate possible integration that would help---thank you, diane renz LPC, Boulder CO
        • Not available avatar 11.23.2010 02:44
          I have been teaching Siegel's work now for several years in the graduate department of Dance Therapy here at Columbia College Chicago. I have created movement interventions that speak to each domain and I would be happy to send them to you. Although movement based, I have been researching them with clients and studetns and a lecturing on my findings. Let me know if you would be interested and I can send them to you.
    • Not available avatar 11.29.1999 19:00
      LIstening to Dan's synthesis helped me understand how my own integrative art therapy process produces what he called "neural integration". The transformation in the physical, mental and psychological presence of the client is visible and amazing. I taught this in Romania this summer and was once more impressed how the weaving of body, mind (both hemispheres ) and art correlates with all that he is teaching us. Thank you.
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 08:51
      Wow - what a great experience. After that meditation, I feel so relaxed and clear and attuned - ready for the rest of the day. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks Dan and Rich.
    • 0 avatar James Robb 09.16.2010 08:55
      I enjoyed the broadcast and learned some things I wasn't aware of before.
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 09:00
      It was very interesting and I always find the numerous awareness experientials fascinating. I hope that next time there will be more practical information presented via the visuals to go along with any experiential segments. My screen kept giving me the same visual which did not match the experience at hand.
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 09:00
      Quite an enriching, centering experience to follow my awareness -- or rather be aware of my shifting brain/body/mind sensations. Thanks!
      Until next Thursday...
      Anni in Atlanta
    • 0 avatar Dorothy Winrow 09.16.2010 09:04
      A very good beginnning to what I think could be transforming for me and for my clients. I am looking forward to the next step.

      Kingston, NY
      • Not available avatar 09.21.2010 14:44
        I agree - I want to learn more about teaching this to clients and how it can benefit their lives i.e. taking responsibility for their problems, being able to stay focused to better communicate. Any thoughts?
        Janine in Louisiana...
        • Not available avatar 09.23.2010 09:22
          Yoga....the yogi's learned these things 5000 years ago. Training in yoga or yoga teacher training can expand your depth and understanding of working with the brain/body/mind in deep and meaningful ways.
          Marie, Manchester NH
          • 0 avatar Janine Santoro 09.28.2010 00:02
          • 0 avatar Janine Santoro 09.28.2010 00:09
            Makes sense. I practice very "moderate" yoga and find it works well for my mind and body. I feel better and hopefully think better. Have you had yoga training?
            Thanks for the reply
            • Not available avatar 09.28.2010 11:59
              sorry took me a while to get back to this. Yes, I started studying Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy several years ago, and as an outgrowth of that undertook a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Both have profoundly impacted my psychotherapy practice (for the best).
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 09:05
      That was great. Thank you. Also I just checked the study buddy thing. That is very cool.
      Fairfield CT.
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 09:07
      I am very thankful for Dan Siegel and for the Networker making these kinds of things available for Free.

    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 09:15
      Hi. My name's Larry Saidman, and I live in Princeton, British Columbia, Canada.

      I previously attended a Dan Siegel 2 day seminar, and this one was a great reminder of what I got out of it. Very much enjoyed it.

      I particularly like the model of integration being a balance between "rigidity" and "chaos". I experienced this process myself during the experiential exercise.

      During the Mental Activities rim of the rim, I became aware of a purple bag on the left side of my desk. I began to focus on that, allowing it to get in the way of everything else--despite my trying to get rid of it from my consciousness (RIGIDITY). I also am aware of my propensity for my mind to go all over the place, despite my intention of focusing on the presentation (CHAOS). By attending to the instructions, and simply "noticing" my mind perseverating on the purple bag, I was able to notice the other places it was going, be amused by it's tendency to go back to the purple bag, and eventually the bag itself became irrelevant (an intervention for the rigidity). It also gave me permission to focus on the presentation without having to force it (an intervention for chaos).
      • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 09:50
        Hello from Debbie in Sydney, Australia. Like you, Larry, I found the rigidity/flow/chaos model very interesting, & I'm looking forward to learning some more about how to work with this. Anyone else here from Oz?
        • Not available avatar 09.21.2010 12:44
          Fellow Aussie Rachel here in Brisbane. First time I have been involved in a webinar, and I did wonder beforehand how "connected" to the information I would feel - until my awareness was directed to the relationships part of the rim, and that sense of being part of a larger group was so strong! Very much looking forward to using the information I gather in this series with my clients; the concept of our hub of awareness being a place of stability and serenity from which we can observe the choppy surface (complex lives and our reactions to them) would seem to be a very powerful tool for many of us, including myself!
        • Not available avatar 09.21.2010 14:40
          Yes, I found it interesting and want to use it in my group sessions I do at a behavioral medicine hospital. Any thoughts?
          Janine in Louisiana
      • Not available avatar 09.17.2010 02:10
        I admire and use the river of integration, the "healthy" stream "FACES" between rigidity and chaos. I shared this with a colleague of mine and he was reminded of his fly fishing experience where he was taught to aim his fly toward the "seam" which is the swirling line between the rapid current and the eddies emanating from the shore. This is where the fish are, this is where the nutrients are concentrated.
      • Not available avatar 09.21.2010 14:38
        I like the way you described your interventions for rigidity and chaos. I found myself getting caught up in the 2 also. Thanks for sharing.
      • Not available avatar 09.28.2010 11:22
        I noticed your address and I'm responding from another Princeton - in New Jersey, USA. I had a similar experience - trying to tame my attention and stay focused on Dan instead of having my mind wander to the laughter and conversations of my colleagues in nearby cubicles. Judith
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 09:18
      Thanks for the webinar. I am aware that I could use the meditation with adult clients who are having a hard time feeling they are our of control of life. Pauline
      • Not available avatar 09.21.2010 14:47
        I agree. this could help them to feel more empowered, hopeful and able to take responsibility and fix their problems.
        Janine in Louisiana
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    • 0 avatar David Ley 09.16.2010 09:18
      Thanx for the meditation. I have done this before with Dan. This time I became more aware of how the four domains are equally profound and deep. I could spend hours on my bodies internal signals alone. Each exercise helps me differentiate where the inputs of my swirling experience are coming from and futher define my hub of awareness. The whole wheel is a common sense mandala of experience, the hub is a mantra
    • 0 avatar Jeanine Kiss 09.16.2010 09:33
      As a dance/movement psychotherapist it is exciting to see that the work we have been doing with the mind/body connection and the use of the body is getting validation. We often use similar awareness techniques in our work. I appreciate the science validating our work and the concrete visuals and scientific base. The 'agent' of change in our psychotherapy is movement; awareness of the bodily experience of emotions internally and externally is central to our work. I look forward to the next webinar!
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 09:33
      I have been practicing awareness/mindfulness personally and with clients for about a decade, and I really appreciated the practice of differentiating awareness into four domains because it clarified and deepened the experience for me considerably. Thanks for a great webinar!
      Billings, Montana
    • 0 avatar David Harris 09.16.2010 09:35
      Very useful and helpful presentation despite the inadequate technical readiness and the random slides that wandered around during the talk. Need to end on time for those of us in private practice with clients waiting at the top of the hour. Thanks for making this training availbale!
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 09:59
      Thanks for the training. I did not get the "Wheel of Awareness" slide at all. Would you please email it to me? I am looking forward to doing the homework and using the exercise with my clients.

      Jane Coyle, Vero Beach, Florida
      • 0 avatar Joyce Smith 09.21.2010 11:58
        Hi Jane: I missed the homework assignment - would you please send it to me.
        Joyce in Washington, DC
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 10:00
      I am very aware that just presence enhances a shift in the therapy room as well as else where. I approach this from the heart center and have some understanding of how this effects the brain from the HeartMath folks (Dr. Rolin McCraty) I love to see how different people and disciplines overlap in experiences and information so I am very curious about learning from Dan. I would love to hear how you think the heart is in all of this.
      Jeri Schroeder
      Portland, ME
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 10:31
      I am reflecting on the experiential in light of my 20+ years practice of Centering Prayer, a Christian contemplative-meditative prayer form. This practice has taught me the differentiation of "hub" and "rim". It is a receptive practice, cultivating open presence. In this practice we may become aware of "thoughts" which actually encompasses all 4 of the rim segments, and we move back to the "hub" through use of a sacred word, breath, or gaze.
      I have also been practicing Anne Weiser Cornell's Inner Relationship Focusing, since I first found her work in the Networker and then one of the Networker CE programs. IRF has helped me deepen awareness through the "inner body perception part of the rim". I appreciate today's opportunity to practice directed awareness in each of the 4 segments.
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 10:33
      oops, forgot to type my name, I was so enjoying reflecting on today's experience and my Centering Prayer and IRF experience!
      Mary Ann Holtz
      St. Petersburg, FL
    • 0 avatar Richard Goldberg 09.16.2010 10:34
      Hi Dan,
      Loved it. Like other comments above, the four domains with the breath as the "safe space" created a wonderful sense of wholeness. For many years, my image of neural integration has been the Michelangelo image of Adam touching the finger of God on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Your slide of neural integration only reinforced that image. Thanks for who you are,
      Richard Goldberg,
      Bethesda, MD
    • 0 avatar Meg McChesney 09.16.2010 10:48
      I was unable to get fully into the online information. Would it be possible for me to see it at another time?

      The "rigidity/chaos" awareness made a great sense to me and seemed to put clarity and a framework for many questions and experiences I had been living with.

      I look forward to deepening my own awareness, skills and client involvement.

      Margaret, St. Paul, MN
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 10:59
      Dan I have been grateful for your work, your writing and speaking and your ability to bring together the science of the brain/mind into the art & science of psychotherapy. Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D. R.Psychologist, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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    • 0 avatar MARILYN ADAMS 09.16.2010 11:51
      Hello Dan,
      Today's session got me thinking that Milton Erickson was way ahead of his time. Erickson believed that people's difficulties came from being either too flexible or too rigid. I believe that his trancework triggered neural-integration, just as the Wheel of Awareness can. I am so glad that you have now brought your work to the point of being able to apply it in such a useful way for the therapist.
      Marilyn Adams, LMFT Orange, CA
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 13:21
      After in-person conferences w/Dan, the books and web-based classes, this was another opportunity to connect with Dan and the IPNB community.
      Any others in the Chicago area?
      Caren D Thomas
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 13:45
      Dan and Richard thank you for making this learning experience possible.
      I was able to receive sound and image perfectly this allowed me to marvel at the possibility of being connected with therapists from all over.
      I was challenged by the concepts of caos, rigidity and neural integration as a ways to think of pathology and health. The wheel of awareness and the experiencial exercies were interesting. Looking forward to the next encounters.
      Myrta Lange, LCSW, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • 0 avatar Cynthia Kaleita 09.16.2010 13:48
      I'm deeply appreciative for Dan Siegel on so many levels. And, now, I'm more keenly aware that I'm not alone after participating in this afternoon's webinar where more than a 1,000 therapists gathered in service of making a difference. For me, today's experience highlights the extraordinary power of the gentle, empathic human relational touch (even digital!) that's transformational. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be engaged with this community of therapists, especially now when communities everywhere seem to be longing for connection. Dan's work is central to my work with clients. Though I've read all of his books, and attended numerous other workshops, today's experience deepened my understanding of the art of "directed awareness." I'm immersed, inspired, and eager to enjoy more awesome, delectable integrative moments with Dan and enhancing my work through the process of sharing this experience with other like-minded therapists.

      With gratitude,
      Cynthia Kaleita, M.A., LMHC
      Longwood, FL
    • 0 avatar Edward Hinson 09.16.2010 14:19
      I trained in EMDR a year ago and this resonated strongly with the information I gathered there. The confirmation that there is more to "talk therapy" than talk is exciting. I am looking forward to learning how to put this information and experience into play.
      Edward Hinson
      Spokane, Washington
    • Not available avatar 09.16.2010 15:10
      Thank you Dan and Rich for a wonderful experience re The Wheel of Awareness.I loved the 'story' aspect of relating the hub to the deeper part of the ocean where it is calm and quieter than what may be going on at the surface. With the slides not lining up with the exercise, I would appreciate it ( like another person posted) if we could be emailed the slide to be able to work more with it ourselves and with our clients. Hope that's possible. Looking forward to what comes next
      Carolyn Brandon
      Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      • Not available avatar 09.21.2010 14:51
        I agree - having the "hub" is like a safe place they can go to recenter and make healthy decisions and feel in control of their lives.
        Janine in Louisiana
    • Not available avatar 09.17.2010 02:37
      Dan and Rich, thank you for the class, both the information and the experience were valuable. I look forward to the homework and additional classes.
      Salt Lake City, UT
    • 0 avatar Josi Feit 09.17.2010 05:12
      Dan,Thank you for generously sharing and presenting your body of work with simplicity,clarity,beauty,depth and breadth.An email of The Wheel of Awareness would be appreciated.From my grateful heart/hub,Josi
      Fort Myers, FL
    • Not available avatar 09.17.2010 10:11
      Like everyone else, I really enjoyed the webinar, AND, I'd like a copy of the Wheel of Awareness. Also, will you be sending out reminders for next week? That would be a help with my schedule! Thanks!
      Dallas, TX
    • Not available avatar 09.17.2010 11:06
      Impressive. I'm going to listen in again on Tuesday. My preferred approach is experiential/existential and this information articulates much of what for me has often been intuitive. Thank you.
      Caryn, Oxnard, CA
    • 0 avatar K. Naciye Ersozlu Citil 09.19.2010 09:24
      I enjoyed and benefited from the webinar. The concepts of chaos, rigidity and integration were the most valuable for me. Looking forward to the second Thursday. Thanks! Naciye Ersözlü Çitil, MA, Istanbul
  • 0 avatar Amy Greenleaf Brassert 09.20.2010 04:16
    Thank you. I want to share what Dan shared with all of us with everyone I know. I found the experience grounding and freeing. I so appreciate that it is MY choice where I focus my attention. There are so many things vying for our attention in this world that really being able to balance between chaos and rigidity in that river of integration is an art form...at least in my mind!

    Looking forward to being with all of you again this Thursday.
    ~Amy in Toronto
  • Not available avatar 09.21.2010 11:36
    This is a great gift. Thank you so much Networker and Dr. Siegel. I will use this every day for myself and then share it with my clients and others.
  • 0 avatar Amy Klein-Zeff 09.21.2010 18:53
    I enjoyed the meditation. I have studied the concepts presented today previously with Dan; it was great hearing them again. Being reminded of good materials to work with is wonderful. Thank you Dan for your dedication, influence, and good will.
  • Not available avatar 09.22.2010 06:14
    What a gift you are. I appreciate your capacity for synthesis of principles from psychotherapy, brain research and mindfulness; your capacity to articulate and to model presence, and your ability to lead people to the portals of discernment and integration. My vocation led me from teaching early childhood education, to working with the parents as a counselor, to becoming a meditation teacher, to becoming a biodynamic craniosacral therapist and working with the family nervous system from mindfulness. I am deeply grateful to you for the many gifts your contributions offer to many paths of practice.
    Thank you,
    Vancouver, BC
  • 0 avatar Psychotherapy Networker 09.22.2010 08:54
    The homework for Session 1 has been posted and is available: Here
  • Not available avatar 09.22.2010 10:37
    I always like viewing/listening more than one time because I catch things that I may have missed on the first go-around. So, Tuesdays re-broadcast was an even better treat. Thanks again!
    Caryn, Oxnard, CA
  • Not available avatar 09.22.2010 11:39
    I would have liked to have Dan point out on the brain model how the brain processes its perceptions. Many of my clients are very concrete thinkers.
  • 0 avatar meghan oconnell 09.23.2010 07:35

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  • 0 avatar Therese Bimka 09.23.2010 08:09
    I love the clarity of Dan's work and how he adds language to the sometime esoteric experience of things like "prescence". When looking at the Triangle of experince, I couldn't help asking where is the heart in all of this.... is Dan's model too focused on the mind/brain to the exclusion of what I consider another "wisdom organ"?
    • 0 avatar Valerie Brinton 09.28.2010 12:19
      An earlier commentator referred to the work of the Heart/Math Institute and asked similarly what is the place of the in this model. I am also very interested in this question - and hope that Dan will address this in the third segment.
      Valerie Rose Brinton
      Fillmore, CA
  • Not available avatar 09.23.2010 08:12

    Larry from Princeton, B.C.

    When I first began working with men who had been violent in relationships, I was always looking for how they differed from so-called "normal", non-violent men. In most ways there were no differences--they were human beings like everyone else. As I worked further in this area (and w. men in prisons for violent and sexual offences, I found that one of the most outstanding characteristics was the inability of most of them to really distinguish between observations and interpretations (or, as some simplified it to mean, between facts and opinions). Dan Siegel has taken this idea further by looking at how healing is being able to distinguish between the "hub" and the "wheel"--and then to be able to integrate them. I love it. Thanks.
  • Not available avatar 09.23.2010 08:16
    Thank you. I really enjoy how Dan explains the connections between our subjective perceptions, psycho-emotional states and firing in the brain and how they all influence each other and are so connected. Also, the yes and no exercise was powerful and useful.
    Thank you, Susan
  • 0 avatar Elizabeth Goll Lerner 09.23.2010 08:37
    This is a wonderful confirmation of what I have been doing since the mid 90's. I am a psychotherapist and an art therapist with training in energy work and mindfulness practices.
    I enjoyed the experiential and found that the Yes(es) need to go on longer to counteract the effects of the No(s). Also the experience in the HUB was great. I found myself being aware of what aspects of the RIM my consciousness would wander to and then practiced bringing it back to center. The model is quite an interesting method of explaining the co-existence of systems and the ability to place ones consciousness in micro and macro simultaneously.
    I find this a bit reminiscent of psychosynthesis.
    Thank you. Looking forward to next time.
    Liz, Bethesda, MD
  • Not available avatar 09.23.2010 08:46
    Thanks, Dan and Rich, for another excellent session! I frequently use DBT in my practice with women who are incarcerated, and I found all of the information on IPNB to be complementary and enhancing to the work that we are doing. I feel excited and energized to share it with clients, which is a gift in itself. Thanks again--
    Billings, MT
  • 0 avatar Bob Smith 09.23.2010 08:58
    Dan, I appreciatedthe part on using attachment to increase the therapeutic connection. By connecting on the level you discussed forms the platform on which all else is build. Attachment is such a powerful model to use for this purpose and I have seen almost nothing published on it's use for joining with clients. I have been using this model for over 10 years and can attest that when someone feels like you "get them" and understand their needs they are wiling to go places that otherwise are way to scary. Thanks you for helping to articulate this process from a physological level. Loking forward to hearing the more practical application of the using the mind in therapy.

    Cary, NC
  • Not available avatar 09.23.2010 09:00
    I especially enjoyed the experiential exercise of noticing what comes up when hearing the words, "no" and "yes". It's amazing how something so simple can bring up so much material to notice. Thanks you Dan
    Joanna, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 0 avatar Alicia Cantor 09.23.2010 09:09
    How can we from a practical point of view use these concepts with the different DSM diagnosis?
  • Not available avatar 09.23.2010 09:13
    When you were speaking about children and the ability of the parent to "see" into their minds, I was reminded of the fact that some children are very private and may reject this approach. While it worked very well for most of my children (who are now all adults), one of them felt intruded upon and never adjusted. Perhaps you can expand on this issue next time as I am sure that such situations are not limited to my experience alone. Thanks for another great session!
    Caryn, Oxnard, CA
  • Not available avatar 09.23.2010 09:27
    As different brain real estate comes up it may be helpful for folks to access the 3-D Brain. Also available for iPod and iPad via a link, lower right on the page. It's FREE.

    --John in Cincinnati
    • 0 avatar John Burik 09.23.2010 09:31
      Hmm. Networker's server didn't like that url link. Copy and paste this one.
  • Not available avatar 09.23.2010 09:53
    Thank you Dan and Rich for bringing this work to a wider audience. I am a coach and coach trainer, not a therapist, and have had a long time practice in mindful awareness. I also have a passion for the brain sciences--renewed by Dan's presentations and books. I loved the mindfulness exercise (and the gift of silence) at the end of this seminar--I felt a deep relaxation and peace.

    Your definition of mind in this context--a process that regulates the flow of energy and information-was a welcome reminder. A new insight was in your distinction between energy (neuronal firing, sensations) and information (interpretation, subjective experience). I took this in more deeply this time around. I also loved the River of Integration analogy and see how fluidity (and flow) is very much a part of this image. Thanks also to David of Chicago (a previous comment) for the image of fly fishing toward the "seam" (where the nutrients are!). That was terrific!

    Janet in Takoma Park, MD
  • 0 avatar Meg McChesney 09.23.2010 12:48
    This is my first experience with Dan; and experience is how I learn best. I especially liked that I was able to connect more deeply with each of the words used to relate different ways of attachment in a child's life and how that relates to the therapy relationship. I would like to have upgraded because of the additional experience and will look forward to future training offered. I am excited about the whole session.

    Margaret, St. Paul MN
  • Not available avatar 09.23.2010 17:22
    Hi, This is Christine from DC
    I saw Dan present at the Integrative Mental Health Conference in March this year and was blown away. Thanks for bringing him to us Rich, and thank to you, Dan for sharing your gift of making neurobiology interpersonal and translating it into the experiential. I can't see the slides from my old Mac, but your descriptions are so visual I think I'm following pretty well. Thanks!
  • Not available avatar 09.24.2010 07:25
    Thank you so much for this excellent opportunity. Only suggestion would be for clearer, legible power points, particularly on the brain, for myself and for a teaching tool.
  • 0 avatar Lennart Borgman 09.28.2010 11:46
    I very much appreciating seeing this kind of seminar on the web. And I look forward into learning more from Dan's work. However for me personally the experience is not what I hoped for since I am not able to hear as much as I need. (I am severely hearing impaired and English is a bit harder to guess for me.)

    I would very much appreciate if anyone who is writing notes from this session wants to share them with me. If you want to then please mail me at


    I would also very much appreciate to get some session notes before the next webinar if that is possible in some way. If you are hearing impaired as me that makes it much easier to follow the session. (It allows you to guess much quicker so you will not loose that much if the audio input.)

    If someone want to write note on some shareable media during the next session that would also be very good. (That could be for example a google document, a chat an irc channel or something like that. I can set it up.)
  • Not available avatar 09.28.2010 11:46
    Also, wanted to say that I am thrilled to have these new practices for both myself and my clients. Thank you, Dan
  • 0 avatar Lennart Borgman 09.28.2010 11:49
    Oh, forgot to present myself above. I am Lennart Borgman from Sweden. I am studying psychology (should have been a psychologist by now). The latest years I have been more and more interested in body therapies, trauma, dissociation etc.
  • 0 avatar Valerie Brinton 09.28.2010 12:25
    I am so grateful for this seminar.
    I would like to restate a question that arose above - where is the heart in this model?
    Fillmore, CA
  • Not available avatar 09.28.2010 14:05
    I am thoroughly enjoying the seminars. Last week was particularly helpful to me--I have never done yoga, but use hypnosis and relaxation. The experiential exercises were restful and left me feeling relaxed and more aware of myself and my surroundings. Thank you. What a gift!
    ann in raleigh
  • Not available avatar 09.28.2010 15:27
    I agree with the person who made the comment about yoga and the mind/body connection. Yes, yogi's have been practicing techniques to develop peace of mind and ultimately awareness of the oneness of all life for thousands of years. I have been a meditator for over twenty six years and this seems to be another way of approaching mindfulness practice from a western scientific perspective. Meditation practices help a therapist to be more of a therapeutic presence for their clients because it develops one pointed awareness of the present moment which is vital to attentive listening, empathic connection, and intuitive intervention.
    Priya Thiele, Eugene, Oregon
  • 0 avatar Suzanne Lovejoy 09.28.2010 19:08
    I had an intriguing experience during the final experiential exercise. As I traveled up the spokes towards the rim and looped back into the hub, a rythmic, wave-like motion was a felt sense, as though I looped around the peaks of activation from the Plane of Possibility image. Gradually, I became the wave-like motion, as though I was a mechanical checks and balance, like gentle waves rythmically washing up against the sands of the beach and retreating out again, catching the peaks and drawing the into the hub to dissolve again and again. I look forward to next week Dan. Thank you. Suzanne, Tucson, Arizona
  • Not available avatar 09.29.2010 04:57
    As a person originally trained in the physical sciences, I am especially grateful to Dan for his creative use of powerful metaphors like the river of integration and his efforts to provide visual models like the plane of possibility. I find these of great value both to guide my own thinking about how our brains work but also to share these insights with others. Thank you Dan and Rich.

    David in Arlington, Virginia
  • Not available avatar 09.29.2010 11:15
    LIstening to Dan's synthesis helped me understand how my own integrative art therapy process produces what he called "neural integration". The transformation in the physical, mental and psychological presence of the client is visible and amazing. I taught this in Romania this summer and was once more impressed how the weaving of body, mind (both hemispheres ) and art correlates with all that he is teaching us. Thank you.
  • 0 avatar Omayra Hunt 09.30.2010 07:54
    Thank you Dan for making the concept of "neural integration" easier to understand. Thank you!
  • Not available avatar 09.30.2010 08:09
    Thanks very much to Psychotherapy Networker and Dan for this webinar. The information about mind, brain, and relationship integration, neuroplasticity will help me improve my work and I look forward to learning more about this way of working. Thank you! Janet Santa Fe, NM
  • Not available avatar 09.30.2010 10:54
    Providing therapy in a prison setting, I find that many of the training sessions I attend are either fascinating-but-impractical or functional-but-unchallenging. However, this webinar series was both fascinating AND functional. Thanks, again, Dan and Rich for a great experience!
    Billings, MT
  • Not available avatar 09.30.2010 20:21
    Thank you Dan for the enlightening lecture. I had 2 questions about the wheel of awareness:
    1)Is the 8th sense, the relational sense, different in quality from the other 7 senses, or is it accurate to describe it as the gestalt of the experience of the other 7 senses when in the presence of an other (be it a person, nature, any object....)?

    2)Do you conceptualize a space on the wheel of awareness for states of consciousness often associated with meditative/religious practice (i.e. numinous/transcendental experiences) (eg.see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_experience)?

    Looking forward to the next presentation!
  • Not available avatar 10.06.2010 02:52

    The practical application of Dan's (and other UCLA mind/brain therapists and researchers) are solid reinforcement for the "User Friendly" approach to the same systems and domains via Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy. I love knowing that I am accessing brain/body change through the process of enhancing communication with, and release by, internal "parts." I'd love to see a panel discussion or workshop with Dan and Dick Schwartz as co-presenters of their models in tandem. Thanks for the wonderful review of you important work, Dan!
    Ellen, St. Louis, MO
  • Not available avatar 10.07.2010 05:57
    I was very interested in the assessment concepts of chaos, harmony, and rigidity seen as a continuum. I would love to see more about using that in therapy.
    Steve, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 0 avatar Timothy DeMott 10.07.2010 08:07
    Dan did a great job of pulling it together and to give us a taste of what it is like to use this mind / brain integration theory in practice. Certainly has got me to think about my work in a different way and I will undoubtedly visit his site and purchase his books. Thanks for a great webnar.
    Tim, Allentown, PA
  • Not available avatar 10.07.2010 08:16
    Thanks, Dan, for your insight and practical applications for therapy, based on your insights. In addition to my work as a therapist, I have had the great joy of putting attachment theory into practice in a prevention program for families at risk of abuse or neglect. Hopefully, what we are learning about the brain will help us to grow emotionally healthier people from the start - even as we help their families find those places of integration within their own selves. Kathleen, Cambridge, MD
  • Not available avatar 10.07.2010 08:17
    Thank you
    I like that there is a science behind compassion, empathy, awareness and attention, that it affects brain activity and development and promotes both internal and relational regulation. We always have known that what we do is positive, that sharing is repairing but how nice to see this brain based model of integration support and deepen our understanding of what we do in helping relationships.

    David Ley
  • Not available avatar 10.07.2010 14:14
    This series was time well-invested, for me, and much appreciated as well. I find myself both stimulated and calmed by your ability to articulate that which, for me, has always been intuitive. Well done and thank you.
    Caryn, Oxnard, CA
  • 0 avatar Dorothy Winrow 10.09.2010 09:11
    I come away from the class with more cognitive knowledge of the ideas taught, but more powerful for me an experience of Dan Siegel's presence, which now combined with the experiential practices, opens a new path toward transformation for my clients and for me. I am grateful
  • 0 avatar Anne O'Connor 11.07.2010 16:16
    I read your article on A week of Silence and had a few chuckles. I have been attending Vipassana courses for 10 years and much has changed personally and professionally as a result. This seminar is helping me to think through those changes. "Making sense". More later.
    Anne, Northern Ontario
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