Integrated Neuropsychotherapy –
an evidence-based approach to mental well-being
Increasingly, research is showing that physical health and mental well-being are deeply interconnected whole-of-body pursuits. The idea that the body is somehow separate from the brain is as unfounded as ideas about the mind being disconnected from either.
Specifically, emotions are now linked to gut health, especially regarding the influence on microbiomes of genetics, diet, stress, exercise and general health. The opposite effects of sugar versus fibre on energy, positivity, health, weight management and mood are one simple example of this interaction.
Similarly, while it is impossible to live a meaningful and fulfilling life without some stress (moderate stress itself is a life-extending thing), how stress is understood, controlled and leveraged is important for motivation, well-being and longevity, involving awareness and management – including regular exercise and psychological self-care. This area is has been extremely well-documented in the past decade.
As a partner to the gut and muscles, the brain is highly responsive to inputs and demands, and, like muscles, is designed to change and adapt to its experiences and the demands placed upon it. Unlike muscles, the brain changes without effort – simply thinking strengthens existing connections or tries to create new ones. In this way, learning is neuroplasticity in action. This capacity for us to change our brain simply through thoughts, supported and reinforced by healthy action choices and mindful reflection, is the key to successful therapy of any form, as well as being the foundation for mental well-being, happiness and resilience.
Practiced through collaborative social constructionist methodologies, and underpinned by neurobiology, this is the basis for Integrated Neuropsychotherapy as developed and practised by Michael McIntosh.
Michael has a Masters Degree (QUT) in Counselling and is a certified neuropsychotherapist working mostly with organisations when not researching and writing. His private consultations are referral-only for people seeking to make helpful and healthy change in their lives, often in dealing with interpersonal problems, anxiety, depression or low motivation.
Body in Mind Training and Michael are proud to partner with each other in helping clients achieve optimal well-being through mindful exercise of brain and body, including transitioning away from reliance on medications where possible. When you talk to Naomi about your challenges and goals, she will let you know if she thinks talking with Michael might be helpful for you.