1. Integration of consciousnessMindfulness. Changing your attention changes the neurons that fire, which then creates new connections2. Vertical integration: getting whole brain to work together (body proper, brain stem, limbic system, cortex)Middle prefrontal cortex.For therapist: pay attention to the client’s body signals. This helps you know if something is going on with the client. Attachment can change through this attunement. 3. Bilateral integration: the left and right sides of the brain working together. Left side tells the story, the right side holds the memories and emotion. 4. Integration of memory: priming occurs where past experiences prepare people for future events. The hippocampus can become blocked and that is where people can have flashbacks, but they do not have whole memories. It is important to get this brain region back online to promote integrated memory.5. Narrative integration: early experiences become schemas, which influences neural development. Narrative reflection is the only way that we can change a client’s cognitive distortions.Parents own attachment impacts the attachment and well-being of their child.
6. State integration: personality is determined by how the individual’s brain tends to fire
8. Interpersonal integration and mirror neuron system: Mirror neurons: involved in observing another person and understanding what they are feeling or thinking. Involved in empathy. If these are not functioning correctly, mental health disorders can result (e.g., autism, schizophrenia). Helpful in therapeutic relationship, especially joining with client. Empathy expressed in session can promote development of new neural pathways. Therapists should be aware of their “bodily shifts” because this is helpful in attunement.