How Does Neuroplasticity Work? [Infographic]

When neuroscience began to discover more about the brain’s remarkable ability to change, it opened up new ways of thinking about our work with patients.

By harnessing the power of neuroplasticity, we can help patients think more clearly, learn more easily, develop greater focus, and manage reactive emotions.

And that can help them find new ways to respond to a wide range of conditions including brain injury, stroke, learning disabilities, traumatic experiences, depression, and anxiety.

But neuroplasticity involves a number of complex processes, and it can be a difficult concept to convey to patients. Want to teach your clients about neuroplasticity? Give them this: @RuthBuczynski Click To Tweet So we created this as a way for you to help patients understand how neuroplasticity works. Because if the brain can change, your patients’ lives can change.

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  1. Rev. Kim Carter says:

    I am a student of Metaphysical Science and I am beginning my work on my Master’s/Doctoral thesis and dissertation. Specifically I want to prove my theory that neuroplasticity, with the help of metaphysical teachings and understands, can help people fully recover from addiction. I noticed on the above flyer that addiction was mentioned and I wanted to request any further information or research that you may know of to assist me in “re-creating” our rehab programs to bring these lovely people back to a state of health and wellness. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Belen Bazan says:

    Very grateful. This certainly will make sense to many patients. Thanks again.

  3. This is great! I love using brain science with our couples. It helps create a new sense of empowerment as they discover there’s a “neurology underneath love”. This will be a great addition alongside the model brain I have them hold. The 3-pound universe :)

    Thanks again! You are much appreciated!!!

  4. Leslie Menke says:

    Thank you! Neuroplasticity in the brain is an amazing and exciting discovery!

  5. renee friedman says:

    some of my clients enjoy studying the”science” of neiroscience and beleive it will give them more understanding of what’s going on for them

  6. Mark Sever says:

    As a Physical Therapist, most of my clients have chronic pain issues, and we know that the more they know how the nervous system can and does change, the more they can work with it. Each tool I can use to help them understand, gives them more ways that they can connect with the information. Every client I see is taught about neuroplasticity.

  7. Betsy Kramer says:

    I love teaching in the community about resilience, neuroplasticity, and mental health. What a great, clear explanation to pass on to the community. Thank you.

  8. Brenda Hayes says:

    Excellent graphic! Will prove very useful as a physical and visual reference to verbal information.

  9. Josephine B Burleson says:

    This handout will validate the verbal information provided to the client regarding rain-changing activities.
    We know so much more now than when I was in graduate school and realized that I was experiencing math anxiety. At the time I discovered brain changing exercises to enable me to make an A in my statistics class and a 100 on the statistics portion of my licensing examination. That personal achievement has been useful throughout my years as a therapist.

    THANKS for this information.

  10. Jacquie Wise says:

    This is a brilliant and very clear summary which provides visual support for any explanations. thank you Ruth for developing resources of such high standard. Jacquie Wise Australia.

  11. Jane says:

    Thank you — it’s beautifully encapsulated the tomes about neuroplastiicity. Very helpful!

  12. This is a wonderful summary of neuro-psychological processes. I can easily use it with clients in counselling and when offering reassessment recommendations. Thank you!

  13. Graham Rhodess. MCP says:

    An excellent graphic presentation for use in psycho-educational sessions.

  14. Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS says:

    The topic of neuroplasticity and the brain is an important one when I am working with my clients with trauma, depression, anxiety … To share there is hope in developing new neural networks for healing and health is such a gift to clients.

    This is a great visua to explain to my clients in more detail about neuroplasticity is … thank you!

  15. Lexi Meinhold says:

    Thank you! I’m going to be using this next week.

  16. Glenda says:

    This is great! Thank you so much for all the wonderful resources from NICABM over the years. Because of NICABM, I am a more informed therapist.

  17. Wonderful infographics, may i add two small suggestions, to change “diet” for “nutrition” and “new experiences” (OK) as with a time-frame > new positive experiences/per weekend or per month or per year, especially as i work with adolescentes/Young and traumatized clients and when neuro plasticity is so importante!

  18. Donna Sewell MS Utah Brain Gym(R) and Body Code Facilitator says:

    I will be delighted to use this as back-up to what I’ve been teaching in Brain Gym(R). These charts will make it just a little bit clearer for them. Thanks again for all you share.

  19. Thanks, Great information!

  20. Sarah Bell says:

    To give them hope of positive change

  21. Thank you, Ruth,

    Everything you put out is very helpful. Just can’t keep up with it!

    Best,

    Irini Rockwell

  22. Thank you. Clear, concise and informative (hope-inducing even).
    We will use this as part of our 8-week couple’s communication workshop here on Maui, as well as-needed when coaching dialogue skills and practice.

  23. Cynthia Holmes says:

    Terrific handout. Thank you!

  24. Dear Ruth
    Thank you for this wonderful information
    I thought you might enjoy this chapter from my newest book

    NEURAL HYPNOSIS
    BY SHELLEY STOCKWELL-NICHOLAS, PhD
    (Excerpted from her new book “THRIVE: Medical Hypnosis For Yourself and Others” feel free to contact her at shelleynicholas@cox.net)
    With every thought, your dynamic brain reorganizes itself in structure, connections and function. Thoughts change your cells and your cells change your thoughts. Your very perception can enhance or interfere with your cell activity, performance, happiness and wellness.

    In this moment, billions of embryonic stem cells repair and/or replace your tissue and organs creating five to ten thousand new cells a day! This explains how you recover from stroke, injury and physical.anomalies.
    New cells and new connections are created as you learn and remember. Old cells and their connections are weakened and may fade away when not called upon.
    Clever marketers re-brand hypnosis with veiled titles like “neuroplasticity,” “neurobiology,” “neuroscience hypnosis,” “self-directed neuro-immunology,” “neural meditation,” and “epigenics” (meaning “above genes”). All celebrate that mind-over-matter matters when it comes to brain matter…

    • Suzanne Lamarre says:

      Dear Shelly,
      Most interesting your excerpt of your new book “Thrive”! Thanks for sharing it!
      Thanks to Ruth also!
      I completely agree with Rebecca’s comments and I am a psychiatrist.
      Ruth and her collaborators are outstanding for addressing new ways to help mentally ill patients and to prevent mental illness mostly based on neuroplasticity and not on DSM diagnoses only.

      Neuroplasticity is not yes integrated in our medical and psychiatric practice. We are still mostly working on the neurotransmitters (and cognitive distortions at times with CBT) according to our diagnoses without addressing the environmental and brain connecting issues.

      Too often people spend their energy in becoming more and more depressed and anxious rather than in constructing connections, all type of energizing connections for the brain to be working for them. I like the comment in the dark side that the brain is neutral : “it doesn’t know the difference between good and bad”. Up to us to be aware of this fact: the thoughts I entertained are not neutral. it gives the direction to my emotions and interferes with my connections around me and in my brain synapses. For example, blaming oneself for a problem does not mean one is a responsible person but that one is a guilt ridden person with negative thoughts deepening one’s depressive state. Recognizing mistakes is completely different from staying in a guilty trip.

      Becoming aware of neuroplasticity brings our attention not so much on symptoms but on how we create and maintain them. It gives us tools to be healthy with or without a disease. Very good to know for a psychiatrist.
      Suzanne Lamarre MD

  25. Thank you so very much! I printed two copies, one for me and one for my son and his wife. I also posted it on Facebook. I am not a professional, but I have spent my adult lifetime getting mentally healthy. Your site has helped me so very, very much. I don’t know how I got on your mailing list, Miss Ruth, but I praise God. How wonderful that you make this knowledge available to the average person who does not have five degrees in psychology and who does not have a shingle hanging outside. I think making this info mainstream is the way to educate the masses. There are many like me who are very smart and very motivated to get and stay well– and help others. Our lives have often been spent in raising children and a plethora of other careers– not psychology. If I had the money, I would take almost every course you offer! Blessings, Rebecca Hobbs, Jackson, Mississippi

  26. robin watson says:

    Thank you. Very helpful indeed and I will be leaving with my clients to reinforce the beneficial effects of repetition in their homework.

  27. Ros Turnley says:

    Many thanks indeed for this graphic.
    It will be most helpful when explaining neuroplasticity, to clients, and in describing how pathways can change.
    I think page two will be particularly of benefit and will be useful as a take home sheet for further learning and understanding.

  28. Debra says:

    Love this and will use it in my work with parents of high-risk children who’ve suffered abandonment, abuse, neglect, and/or substances in utero. You just made my world easier with this great visual!

  29. G.J. van Brussel says:

    Very good te educate clients. Could you also mention about frequency resonance coherence? The heart and the brain influence each other. See: Evolving Thought Field Therapy, John H. Diepold, page 283-286.

  30. Nancy M Sweeney says:

    I will absolutely use this with clients. A nice clear visual. Thanks!

  31. Karina says:

    It’s a great resource!!! Clear, simple and effective!Thank you very much for sharing!!!!

  32. Morris Ishay says:

    Brain does not understand language.
    It responds to frequencies of colours, sounds, gem stones, always SEEKING BALANCE to heal itself, as it
    knows best.
    Morris Chrono 93 – bio.60 , according to blood tests

    • Morris Ishay says:

      Brain does not understand language.
      It responds to frequencies of colours, sounds, gem stones, always SEEKING BALANCE to heal itself, as it
      knows best.
      Morris Chrono 93 – bio.60 , according to blood tests

  33. Suzie says:

    This is really great, as was your last infographic, thank you.
    A point re printing: in a world where we all try to reduce waste, the reversed-out graphic uses a HUGE amount of printer ink – using a black on white, instead of white on black (or colour) would allow five copies for the same amount of ink as is used for just one, in your present format….

    • Hi Suzie, please check out the print-friendly black and white option. It’s right under the infographic.

      Ruth

  34. Silvia Silberman says:

    Very nice graphic summary of the neuroplasticity. More useful in the work with students than with patiens

  35. Suzanne says:

    Thank you..
    Seeing brain growth in some foster kids. Believing for others

  36. Frances Englander says:

    Very nice, accessible explanation. As an Art Therapist working with survivors of sexual trauma I discuss neuroplasticity with my clients on a regular basis. Makes sense that various arts media and creative engagement stimulate neuroplasticity.

  37. Brenda says:

    Thank you!

  38. Ann Nolan says:

    That’s great, so helpful to have a visual when explaining how neuroplasticity works. Thank you. Ann

  39. Thank you Dr. Ruth. On this we do agree as I am a firm believer in these concepts and beliefs whether yet proven or not. It makes perfect sense. I just did not know there was a name to it until more currently. Just as a child I did not know there was a name for losing one’s memories so abruptly and I strongly believe connected to very last surviving memories near or around very same time and filled with pure unadulterated paralyzing terror. I imagine its going to take a whole lot of something to overcome these extremely disturbing, hurting phantom pains telling quite the story themselves. they hurt, almost constantly while awake they hurt. Contrary to actual current pain, I would describe them more as a low level constant pain interrupted only by sleep, heavy concentration, and the movement of body part originally so cruelly and inhumanly effected.

  40. Meg Lewis says:

    A great chart which I can use often in my work. Thank you

  41. Mia says:

    Great visual for explaining neuroplasticity! I am an OT and hung it in my office; I also gave one to our PT for her gym. Thanks!

  42. alexandia says:

    great work @ lovespellsandlostlovespells.com

  43. It’s a very helpful survey and even encourages the client to find out his/her own way. It diminishes fear and is motivating: helpful techniques are possible. There is a chance for a better life. The client knows what happens and how and why it works. No witchcraft, no magic.

  44. Patricia says:

    This is great. I would love to teach my clients Neuroplasticity . Thank you for sharing this.

  45. Jody says:

    awesome! and Easy to ‘get’! …great visual too. I can envision being great help to illustrate and re~mind kids and adults and classrooms I coach, consult and advocate with. Thank you!

  46. Jean moore says:

    Thank you so much for the chart. I have 2 clients, one that recently had a stroke and one has been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The graph will be such a helpful tool working with these clients and also with my teaching of Mindfulness to all of my clients.

  47. Thank you for this chart and opportunity to look again at neuroplasticity. I always appreciate the consistency and high standard you bring to the profession and our education, Ruth.
    “The brain is neutral; it doesn’t know the difference between good and bad.” Some say life’s events are neutral– I say it is the meaning we give to what happens that wires the brain. Mindfulness plays a bigger role than anyone can imagine–in helping lead us through life’s inevitable challenges with presence and choice– incorporating new ways of being and more resilience than we thought possible.

  48. Sarah Kelly says:

    Thank you for publishing this – our team are going to print out this poster. However, like Andrew Bein, we have a concern about the ‘good / bad thoughts’ label. Could you perhaps change this to ‘Helpful / Unhelpful’ thoughts?

    • yes I second that as it implies less judgement. What one society or even generation within same said society deems as good, another might deem as bad. The use of marijuana as a medicinal herbal medication is a perfect example I would imagine.

  49. Marilyn says:

    Thanks, Ruth.

    This will be very helpful for my depressed clients that hold little hope for the future, and are not thoroughly convinced that change is possible.

    • there is always hope but it may take a village and will involve much work on the part of the client too. Going to school and taking classes that challenges the mind is helpful. Exercise too. Healthy diet of course as well. I used to believe in LOVE so much as the cure all but lately I wonder where has it gone.

  50. Hi everyone,

    It was brought to our attention that there was an issue with the PDF file in that it was not printing or displaying properly for some devices. We have looked into the issue and made some adjustments, so now all devices should be able to access and print the full PDF.

    To download the infographic, click here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/nicabm-stealthseminar/Blog/images/NICABM-Neuroplasticity-Infographic-PDF.pdf

    If you are still having difficulties with viewing or printing the PDF, please let us know at: respond@nicabm.com and we will assist you.

  51. debbie says:

    Thank you for the graphic

    Using this as a teacher of young children is
    priceless

  52. MsVicki says:

    This will be a wonderful tool to share with my Ageless Grace students. However, as other have noted above, the pdf is incomplete. It includes the second page twice, but does not include the first page.

    I’ll check back later, in hopes that this is corrected, it’s such a valuable resource!

  53. Nona Collins says:

    Thank you so much for this information, and in a little diagram how wonderful. I will use this in my Addiction groups along with my other visual charts to explain that change is possible.

  54. Elaine DiStasi says:

    This is a great tool for some of my most challenging patients! Will download it and give it to them so that they can understand how practicing the things we do in session, as well as turning their negative thoughts into positive thoughts, will strengthen their neuroplasticity in a positive way, whereas continuing
    their negative thoughts and behaviors will reinforce that in their brains. Thanks for a simple, understandable, tool.

  55. Bronwyn Simpson says:

    Clients seem to understand that repetition affects neural pathways and also the concept of a part of the brain being the executive and another part being the emotional side. Thus the concept of emotional regulation resting upon coupling new physiological responses and the observing non judgemental brain with data which previously resulted in a heightened arousal. This information presented by you explains in brief form some fairly involved concepts including polyvagal theory, trauma activation and the triune brain, mindfulness etc.
    Thankyou

  56. Jan Kingston says:

    Thank you! Great to have to teach people. Appreciate your putting it out.

  57. Jonn Mumford says:

    Thank you for your continuing work and know that many of us are indebted to you for your dedication and continued invaluable work
    Dr Jonn Mumford

  58. Gabby Punch says:

    Thank you will certainly help with my work with clients and patients. Much appreciated

  59. Andrew Bein says:

    I really appreciate the work and offering client access to the information. I work hard at moving away from the language of “good” and “bad,” especially from a DBT perspective. Because of the inclusion of good/bad language, I would not show this chart to my clients. Just some feedback. –Andrew Bein, Ph.D., LCSW

  60. ruth fitzsimmons says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It will be very helpful to our group as we work with incarcerated women to help demonstrate the real and positive benefit and possible outcomes of developing mindfulness practice and interrupting learned responses.

  61. ruth fitzsimmons says:

    Thank you for this ! It will be very helpful in my work with a team of volunteers with incarcerated women! It will help demonstrate the value of developing mindfulness practices and interrupting learned responses.

  62. Thank you so much for this precious piece of work, it will be most valuable for my clients.

  63. Nicole says:

    Thank you to share this with us, I like to learn and this is a great help.

  64. Rita M. Vanderslice says:

    Hello Dr. Buczynski, I don’t usually comment, but I appreciate your emails. I am not a healthcare professional, however, I teach a meditation-type of class. It is always great to see scientific reinforcement that the brain can change in positive ways.

    Thank you so much for make “complicated” topics understandable for the layman.

    In gratitude,

    Rita V

  65. Caron Williamson says:

    Im a yoga teacher and I love that this science proves what I know to be true from my work and personal practice. Great work, and thank you for sharing in such a clear and concise way.

  66. You are really doing great work to enhance better brain, and when there are better brains people will be able to make wise decision which will enhance development and where there is development we will have a better society and automatically a better world…. More grace to your elbow Dr Ruth

  67. Dr. Dianne Lipscomb says:

    This is an excellent informative and motivational chart for students to understand that they have the power within them to make positive changes.

  68. Jim Lewis says:

    This is a nice visual summary of neuroplasticity and mindfulness. THANKS . A couple things could help with definitions, such as dendritic spines and microglia activity. Keep up the great work
    Jim Lewis

  69. Thanks so much, this is excellent! I’m still having a problem with printing the entire documet and I’m using the PDF link under the graphic. it pulls up the entire document but only prints page 2 twice…page 1 doesn’t print even tho it looks like it will.

    • Amy, MFT, San Francisco says:

      I have the same problem, only the pdf I downloaded doesn’t have page 1 at all, just two copies of page 2.

      • Ce Eshelman says:

        Same here.

      • Kathleen, OTR/L says:

        Me, too. Please email when this is corrected. Thank you,
        Kathleen

  70. Vij says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this valuable teaching tool. Can’t wait to share with my colleagues and clients at work.

  71. Felicia, LMHC, MA, USA says:

    I love this chart. Some clients like all of us are visual learners.

  72. Lynne Sells says:

    Thank you, Dr. Ruth Buczinsky! This comprehensive representation of a new view of ourselves will benefit me and my students. Talking about neuroplasticity has helped, but looking at this poster will make major inroads in understanding and in motivation.

  73. Julie says:

    Thank you

  74. Patricia Weiner says:

    This is a great graphic for the military members I work with and means I won’t have to resort to drawing a much poorer version of this on my dry-erase board every time I explain what’s happening in their brain that is causing their crisis cycle or stress-response. (Is a kid-friendly graphic in the works?) Currently I work on an air force base and the stigma attached to mental health issues prevents many from seeking help for trauma, anxiety, and related-symptoms. I use brain-informed methods to help remove the stigma of mental ‘illness’ and their idea that, despite their mission-ready competencies, they are weak and powerless to effect change. When I explain the ‘dark’ side of neuroplasticity, the relief on their face is easily visible and when I explain the ‘bright’ side of neuroplasticity, they finally experience hope. They are empowered by the knowledge they can develop competencies that will not only help them manage their symptoms, but that could potentially heal what lies behind their symptoms. Thank you for this!

    • Nancy, NICABM Staff says:

      Hi Patricia,

      I forwarded your comment to Ruth. This is so encouraging. Thank you for taking the time to comment on how you will use this with members of our military.

      Best regards,
      Nancy

  75. Louise, MD and health coach, New Zealand says:

    Thank you for this visual representation of the concepts of neuroplasticity – it will be a useful resource for people who preferentially learn through a visual mode.

  76. Julie Psychologist Australia says:

    Thank you for such a concise and remarkably visual diagram. This makes abundantly clear the concepts involved in neuroplasticity. I will use with clients and colleagues.

  77. So much is a mystery unfolding… New knowledge….
    Very exciting to share! Thank you!

  78. I am a psychotherapist and I find it difficult to explain what I don’t thoroughly understand. This is helpful to me and will, undoubtedly, be helpful to my clients. Many thanks!

  79. I am a clinical psychologist who uses neurofeedback as part of (or sometimes all of) treatment. This will obviously help explain how what we are doing affects brain function and the importance of also practicing new patterns of behavior in order to solidify change. Thanks!

  80. R Johanna says:

    I love this diagram and will definitely share with clients. However, when I try to print out a copy from the PDF it excludes the first page and prints the second page twice. The JPEG reduces the size so that it prints as one page and the quality is not as great. Perhaps I’m just a bit technologically challenged. Any ideas?

    • Lisa Syed says:

      I am having the same problem with printing. The PDF has Page 2 twice and no Page 1. I love the graphic, very informative and yet easy to follow. Please provide PDF for Page 1. Thanks.

  81. Willis Blackmore says:

    The message of hope and possibility is always good!

  82. Lori Connors says:

    never mind… found the PDF :)

  83. Bob Dale says:

    did any one else have difficulty printing this graphic?

    • Lori Connors says:

      couldn’t print the entire graphic…

      • NICABM Staff says:

        Hi Lori,

        Please use the PDF version to print, it is just under the infographic.

        • Amy, MFT, San Francisco says:

          The pdf has page 2 twice, no page 1. Could you please provide both pages of the graphic in the pdf? It’s wonderful.

  84. Deb Foshager, LPC, Elgin, Illinois says:

    Thank you so very much! I love the summarized look. It helps bring everything together in my thinking.

  85. Reni Landor says:

    Thanks for this – it is a great infographic and really covers what people need to know to give them hope. I like that you have covered the negatives as well as the positives. The pattern-matching aspect of our brains is so often overlooked.

  86. Liz Graham says:

    Great, can stimulate conversation, curiosity and new exploration.

  87. DK says:

    Love the concept and appreciate the resource. Any chance I missed the “cheat-sheet” for therapists that accompanies this diagram-so then we can explain it to the clients? I am familiar enough with the other concepts but the section “NP can take place when changes occur in.. ” went above my knowledge base.

    • DK, the PDF is just under the infographic.

      • Amy, MFT, San Francisco says:

        The pdf I downloaded has page 2 twice, no page 1. I hope this can be fixed. Thanks.

  88. Very clear and informative… good tool to share info with patients. Hope it can be translated in several languages

  89. Mia worsfield says:

    This is an excellent tool to add to the collection because it clearly and convincingly demonstrates how change is possible, behavioral changes, reprogramming, healing old wounds, correcting health issues is all possible… Allowing the client to believe in their own potential.. That’s most of the work done.. Thanku.. A brilliant resource! .. Much appreciated.. Regards Mia

  90. Mary Ann Cloherty says:

    Brilliantly & simply stated, well done! Thank you for your work in this life enhancing enterprise.

  91. Kathy Digitale says:

    Thank you so much! Although the concepts are familiar, and though we may have intense conversation as we work, or just think about it on our own, this visual + language format is great! When one sees it, there is a dfiferent felt sense that arises….and it is one that opens and encourages the very thing we all long for: the possibility of change! What a great, and useful idea, put into action! Thanks for making it available!

  92. Valerie Feeeley says:

    Love the handout but when I try to print it, the bottom is cut off and there is no way to print the rest.

    • NICABM Staff says:

      Hi Valerie, thank you very much for letting use know. We made a PDF version of it so you can print it without cutting off. Please enjoy.

  93. Christine says:

    Thanks so much for this chart Ruth. It has it ‘in a nutshell’ so to speak. I will find it useful with many patients where the aim is to develop new neural pathways but especially for those who have a somewhat paranoid personality adaptation and tend to be suspicious of many ideas, people and things. Being offered a clear explanation, especially with scientific underpinning, is more than helpful for these patients. By the way . . it’s a great summary for me as the practitioner too!!

  94. Wow, this is a wonderful infographic. I talk to all my clients about neuroplasticity and this will be very helpful.

  95. John Mekrut says:

    Thanks Ruth! A very useful tool.

  96. elaine says:

    This visual really helps understand what is going on in the brain. Thank you.

  97. Bronwen Rutter, Addictions Counsellor, Alberta, Canada says:

    The visual is often so much easier for clients to comprehend–thank you! Very useful tool.

  98. Judith Gordon says:

    Thank you for your courses and articles. I’ve been using these concepts in my work with attorneys to educate them on the impact of stress on the brain and as a way to encourage them to engage in practices such as meditation and exercise. Science prevails!

  99. Thank you, Ruth. Especially for making it a download. Seeing a visual makes this easier to internalize for my clients.

  100. Thank you Ruth! Very useful!

  101. Dr Indira Patil says:

    When scientifically proven findings are shown to the patients it definitely educates them to make their brain resilient. This in turn makes them to help themselves to overcome their problems

  102. Kristi Kelty says:

    This is excellent! As a TBI survivor (from a SAH caused by an AVM), I am eternally grateful to learn about the brain’s miraculous assets. Following my craniotomy I suddenly started composing orchestral themes, and for the last 25 years have very blessed to be able to have some success with my music. Dr. Darrold Treffert has added my name to the database he keeps on patients where this “phenomenon” has occurred. I am thankful each day as I look back now….for this gift of music in my life….which I doubt would be present without having suffered the TBI.

    • Angie Hill says:

      wow, that is very interesting, I am finding the same thing myself! Wow!

  103. Pam G. says:

    The realization that the brain is neutral and “learns” good as well as bad is an “Aha” moment for those struggling with any type of recovery. Thanks for this!

  104. Rebecca says:

    I’m actually working with meditation and neuroplasticity for myself. Just haven’t been the same since that brain tumor! Thanks for the help.

  105. Jean Arthur says:

    Thank you for sharing this. A useful tool.

  106. Chandra says:

    Thank you for putting this out. I do agree with mind being neutral, the direction of thoughts need to be external and can be nurtured. Younger the better.

  107. Laurette, LISW, USA says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Very clear and well proportioned information. Often clients feel so stuck that they believe that they do not have the capacity to change. This illustration confirms that indeed, they do! I look forward to sharing this with my clients.

  108. Normand Gravel says:

    Thanks for that great tool. This will be helpfull for my clients and colleagues!

  109. Very beautifully collated!! Thank you for being so generous.I and my clients will love this!

  110. Thank you! I’ve been Trina to create this myself!!!!!

  111. carol moore says:

    thank you this is very helpful for sharing with clients.

  112. Varghese John says:

    Good guidelines in a nutshell. Thanks.

  113. Mitra Bishop says:

    Thank you! This is especially timely, as we have just begun another Regaining Balance Retreat for Women Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress. We teach them a very grounding, extended outbreath, mindfulness meditation, art-as-journaling, journaling by hand (in the blank journals we give them), and an awareness developing exercise that culminates in each person writing a poem as well as together writing a group poem. We will share your graphic with our group; thank you so much for making it available!

  114. Ellen says:

    This is great stuff to learn to know! Yoga is the healing tool in my life. Mindfulness and enjoying a meditation and yoga practice keeps me calm and peaceful. I feel like I clear my brain of negative thoughts and emotions each time. It is clear to me that our breath and connection to source are key to help sustain focus and eliminate what does serve you. I am ! Grateful ! The one thing I would like to improve in my brain is memory. How can I do that?? Some people have the most remarkable memories and others are just like me! Is is what we choose? Why do Iremember certain things and not others randomly? This is my question to you about changing the brain! Thank you for your insight !!

  115. ghassan Qutob says:

    Great resource & clear illustration . Thanks for sharing

  116. Irene Kennedy. LCSW, Raleigh, NC says:

    Thank you for this awesome visual! My brain lights up as I look at it, and I feel energy running through me. This diagram connects all the dots of new neuroscience I’ve been accumulating for several years. It’s a new tool for my working memory. It’s a great tool for helping others understand themselves and see how to participate in one’s own healing. It offers a plan and hope!

  117. Sarah Baker says:

    Thank you – I can see a lot of uses for this with my clients as part of the psycho-educational process

  118. Thank you!!

  119. Jamie coscia says:

    Great tool..thanks for sharing

  120. Geneveive, Osteopathic Chiropractor & Teacher says:

    Neuroplasticity gives me great hope for the future: a cure for various mental illnesses, dementia + PTSD.

  121. Vanessa Miles says:

    Absolutely brilliant – something that I can use with some of my young people who are dependant on mind-altering substances. Thank you so much for this.

  122. Edith USA says:

    It is helpful to have all the info presented so clearly and in one place.

  123. Mychal Love says:

    This chart is great because most of the clients I talk to understand that positive effects of neuroplasticity, but don’t realize that negative patterns, repeated over time become entrenched as well and these too can be changed, albeit, slowly and with some difficulty, but still can be changed.

  124. tracey says:

    This flow chart would useful in palm size to put into purse wallet ; to be easily referred to when needing a prompt to remind yourself of the steps involved in change.

  125. Erika says:

    This is such a great piece of psychoed, I’m excited to share it with clients. Thank you for creating and generously sharing this chart!

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