An illustrated, easy-to-read introduction to the evolution and early development of the brain, emotions, and personality
MARIANNE BENTZEN is a psychotherapist and trainer who provides trainings throughout Europe, specializing in the ways that neuroaffective personality development - the maturation processes of brain and personality - can inform treatment and interpersonal process work. In Denmark, she works with psychiatric facilities to improve process and case supervision, and consults for mental health organizations internationally. For the past twenty years she has worked closely with psychologist Susan Hart to develop the frameworks of Neuroaffective Developmental Psychology, Personality Development, and Psychotherapy. She is a co-founder of Bodynamic Analysis, she has worked with Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing) for decades, and she has trained with many other leading figures in the field of body psychotherapy, including Ron Kurtz (Hakomi), Albert Pesso (Psychomotor Training) and David Boadella (Biosynthesis). Bentzen also studies mindfulness and meditation practices under Jes Bertelsen. Her work on neuroaffective development and psychotherapy has been published widely in several languages. Her website is www.mariannebentzen.com.
"The practice of psychotherapy is greatly enhanced by the understanding of developmental growth of babies, toddlers, and children. Marianne Bentzen is one of the truly original thinkers in this field. Bentzen brings these important concepts into an accessible, playful, and delightful form. This book is a gift not only to therapists, parents, and teachers, but it will also be engaging for those seeking to understand themselves through this important lens." --Peter A. Levine, PHD, author of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide to Instilling Confidence, Joy, and Resilience "This little pearl of a book whispers to all your nonverbal experiences while adding significantly to your knowledge of developmental psychology and brain maturation. The lively and playful illustrations help professional therapists and clients alike get a 'felt sense/gut feeling' of the issues they are dealing with. A great book for everybody who works with other people; it is also a must for parents and expecting parents!" --Diane Poole Heller, PHD, creator of the Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning experience (DARe) workshop series and coauthor of Crash Course: A Self-Healing Guide to Auto Accident Trauma and Recovery