Developing an Emotional Brain

This  short film features Consultant Child Psychotherapist, Graham Music and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Sue Gerdhardt (Author of ‘Why Love Matters’)

It is very helpful in understanding how the our earliest experiences impact our developing brains as babies which shapes our experiences in adulthood. The film makes a strong case for supporting parents to provide a secure emotional environment for their children. The film suggests that people who have been traumatised may have vigilance as their primary state of mind. However, the brain is designed to adapt to reality and so the brain can learn new ways to be even when we reach adulthood. The experience of empathy and compassion is an essential aspect of helping this change and this is the understanding that underpins most trauma informed interventions.

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