Top down and bottom up: Trauma, executive functioning, emotional regulation, the brain and child psychotherapy

Music, Graham (2014) Top down and bottom up: Trauma, executive functioning, emotional regulation, the brain and child psychotherapy. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 40 (1). pp. 3-19. ISSN 0075-417X

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This paper attempts to integrate psychoanalytic thinking with understandings about executive functions as well as with recent neurobiological research. A clinical case is described in detail to illustrate the need, as Anne Alvarez has proposed, to work at the appropriate level for the child’s development. Links are made to Freud’s thinking about the ego as well as to contemporary neuroscience. It is suggested that maltreatment, both abuse and neglect, gives rise to serious developmental deficits, such as in processing emotions, planning, using working memory and indeed in basic thinking capacities. It is argued that therapeutic technique must be adjusted to take this into account and that there are opportunities for further research into these issues.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 14 Feb 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abuse, Neuroscience, Hypervigilance, Emotional Control
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 14:20
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 10:28
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/818

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