Dr. Damir Del Monte (before his wedding known as Damir Lovric): Mag., Dr. phil., Brainspotting advanced therapist and supervisor, psychologist and neuroscien- tist. Studied psychology at the University of Hannover and Cologne, studying medicine-science at Paracelsus Private Medicine University in Salzburg. Trained in traumatherapy (MPTT and causal psychoterapy Prof. Fischer, EMDR), body therapist, sports therapist. Research in trauma and traumatherapy at University of Cologne (Prof. Fischer), research in neuroscience and psychiatry (functional connectivity in depression) at Paracelsus Private Medicine Univ Salzburg. Lecturer at University of Innsbruck (institute of clinical psycholo- gy) of“functional neuroanatomy”. Research in pain and paintherapy at University of Innsbruck.

Recent developments in neuroscience have made a more intensive cooperation with psychotherapy possible. Numerous experimental studies cast a new light on psychotherapeutic models and techniques. Aspects such as school specific therapy techniques have been demonstrated to be less important than was commonly held. In contrast the quality of the therapeutic relationship could be identified as an effective variable in the therapeutic process. However, can neuroscience help with understanding the how and why of the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic processes. In terms of synergetics, the brain can be interpreted as a self-organizing system whose operating mode follows the primate of self regulating action. A central task of the therapeutic relationship lies in the creation of a stable, secure framework, which allows instabilities in the “human system” for constructing new equilibrium conditions. The presentation explained brain functions for regulating and organizing homeostasis, emotion, stress and pain. From the theory of synergetics and the results of psychotherapy research, conditions for the formation of self-organizational processes can be inferred. A better understanding of brain functions can support us in this project.

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