Neurobiology of depression and trauma
Workshop for psychotherapists
The delicate machinery of the brain is the material link between the physical world and our reality as we experience it. Psychotherapy alters client's subjective reality and behaviour. Processes behind these changes are hidden from the eyes of a therapist, and a client alike.
Do you explain to your clients how the brain works and would like to know more?
Do you aim to keep up-to-date with the scientific basis of psychotherapy?
Are you curious about the origins of the mind?
There is no scientific study more vital to man than the study of his own brain. Our entire view of the universe depends on it.

Francis Crick
discoverer of DNA,
Nobel Prize laureate
In light of recent research it is becoming possible to link altered behaviour to its biological origin as well as trace how therapy affects the brain to forge mental and behavioural change. In this course we will discuss recent neuroimaging research on psychotherapy of trauma and depression.
Depression, trauma and psychotherapy
1-day intensive for psychotherapists
5 lectures
will turn complexity into clarity
2 games
help incorporate knowledge into your experience
Set of cards for clients
help explain to clients what's going on in the brain using their language
This course is for you if you aim to
Engage your clients with up-to-date evidence behind neuroscience and neuroscience of psychotherapy
Understand the mind-brain system as a whole
Incorporate neuroscience insights into your workshops and social media outreach
Interplays between mechanisms of trauma and depression
Subjective Reality and the Brain
86 billions of neural cells. 100 trillions of connections. All the complexity of human behaviour. How does the brain achieve that? We'll talk about how the self-organized coordinated activity of individual cells in the brain gives rise to perception, emotion and intelligence. We will bridge the gap to artificial intelligence algorithms.
Shining light on depression: neurobiology and psychotherapy
How is the depressed brain different? How do function and structure change in depression? Which neural networks are most important for recovery? In this lecture we will tackle symptoms of depression from the point of view of their neural mechanisms, and explore brain changes associated with psychotherapeutic techniques.
Serotonin, neuroplasticity and antidepressants
Antidepressants restore the structure and function of certain brain areas areas. Some of their action is mediated by serotonin. How exactly? If the old dogma of depression as a chronic disorder which requires extended treatment is true, how come ketamine-like substances profoundly alter a patient's state in just a few hours? In conclusion, we will talk about why antidepressants increase the effectiveness of behavioral interventions and what is common between antidepressants and physical exercise.
Memory transformations: imagery rescripting, exposure therapy and EMDR
Brain cells communicate through synapses - points of contact between different cells. Memories are encoded in the strength of connection of those contacts. New experience alters the strength of connections, that allows to link previously unassociated groups of brain cells. Recollecting past events makes that memory changeable - in which circumstances? Can one erase memory? We'll talk about memory formation and transformation in the context of traumatic memories (exposure therapy, imagery rescripting and EMDR).
Neuroimaging studies on psychotherapy of trauma
Recent research has demonstrated that goal-directed eye movements activate a dorsal frontoparietal network and transiently deactivate the amygdala. In an experimental setting, the degree of this deactivation is predictive of desensitization. In this lecture we will discuss existing neuroimaging literature of psychotherapy of trauma.

The host
Ekaterina Vinnik, MD, PhD
neurobiologist, cognitive engeneer
Ekaterina Vinnik, neurobiologist, MD, PhD in cognitive neuroscience. Speaker at international conferences. Discovered an auditory illusion (Wikipedia). Since the first years of medical school neuroscience has been providing the most satisfying answers to her important questions of life, universe and cognition.

Brain studies are inseparable from studies of behavior, and studying human behaviour naturally grew into an interest in cognitive technologies and a coaching practice. Co-founder of Autoscope, a project that unites scientists and personal development practitioners for facilitating human side of being a scientist and science outreach.
What you will get
New insights about the brain behind the mind
Materials for explaining to clients current neuroscience behind EMDR
Brain Coping Cards - materials for your clients about the brain
Opportunity to discuss your experience in the light of scientific data
How to participate
Let us know you are interested and we'll get in touch with you shortly