VIDEO: Dan Siegel on Engaging Teen Clients

They're More Interested in Brain Science Than You Think

Dan Siegel • 10/3/2018 • Be the First to Comment

Dan Siegel knows that nobody—especially an angst-filled teenager—likes being told what to do. That’s why he takes a more roundabout approach to connect with younger clients. He claims the first thing you should ask is “Would you like to know more about your brain?”

By taking the emphasis off of "talking about feelings" and placing it on science, Dan creates a space that can lead to action-oriented solutions and positive growth. See how it's done.


Daniel Siegel, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding codirector of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. His latest book is Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human.

As Siegel notes, blending the disciplines of brain science and mindfulness had a profound effect on his clients. Introducing this blend is a unique way of piquing your young clients' curiosity, bolstering the therapeutic alliance, and helping them regain control in an increasingly anxiety-ridden stage of life.

"Teaching mindfulness has taken on a new dimension with my patients," Siegel says in his Networker article. "There's a sense of a central 'hub' within my mind that holds more of the moment of being between us... The simplicity of attuning to our breath, to ourselves, perhaps permits us to gain access to a deeper self that's the common ground that we can share."

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Did you enjoy this video? You might also like Siegel's article, "The Science of Consciousness and the Future of Psychotherapy," in which he explains how we can get the mind to rise above the brain’s inborn, evolutionary vulnerabilities. Or, check out his piece, "Neuroscience and Therapy: The Craft of Rewiring the Brain," in which he describes the impact of brain science on therapy over the past four decades.

Topic: Children/Adolescents | Anxiety/Depression

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