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How is Neuroscience applied in therapy?


Applied Neuroscience in practice aims to create an enriched therapeutic environment to facilitate the principle of safety and explain the role of emotional connection as being the basis for the platform of wellness.


This approach increases and strengthens foundations of confidence to facilitate individual problem solving abilities and increase emotional safety and security.  This process is achieved by explaining the brain processes involved when an individual is experiencing anxiety, and teaching ways to calm the brain through relaxation and visualisation, increasing self-awareness about how the brain works, and identifying needs, both physical (i.e., sleep depreivation, feeling tired, hungry/thirsty, needing rest) and emotional needs, engaging in reflection, understanding, then empowerment through the reflective process. 


It is only after the calming process has been achieved that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy strategies are introduced.  It is also important to not focus on distress and challenges as being a burden to avoid, but rather a useful tool to approach and face fears in a confident way.


Applied Neuroscience in Clinical Practice

Rita is a Psychologist with Clinical Endorsement working with children, adolescents, families, couples and individuals in private practice.  She is a Certified in Applied Neuroscience and is the Director of The Institute for Neuroscience and Education (iN-Ed).  iN-Ed focuses on research and training to enhance the principles and pedagogy of applied neuroscience in the educational platform as well as providing presentations and workshops on the Neuroscience of Stress to medical, legal and business domains generally. 


Rita is currently a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Adelaide and a Consultant for the Australian Communications and Media Authority.


Rita maintains accreditation with Burnside Memorial Hospital and works collaboratively with Heart Kids, and has worked with Ronald McDonald House and the Leukaemia Foundation.


To enquire about Rita presenting a workshop for your school or organisation or for Professional Supervision, please contact Rita's office.

2nd Australasian Conference for Neuroscience, Education and Wellbeing 

Melbourne 30 & 31, 2020 - 2 Day Conference