How mentalisation changes the mind

In this podcast, Dr Gwen Adshead discusses the concept of mentalisation and the role of psychological therapies in changing the mind. She argues that mentalisation-based therapies can be applied to even the most complex psychological disorders as they work to alter the underlying neuronal structures in the brain.

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Date published: 26 February 2013

Presenter: Dr Ali Ajaz

Interviewee: Dr Gwen Adshead

Audio running time: 15 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the link between dysfunctional mentalisation and psychological disorders


  • how environment and early experiences can effect brain development


  • the role and benefits of psychological therapies in general services and in the management of violence.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2013. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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