Eight Key Brain Areas of Mental Health and Illness


Bridging the gap between neuroscience and clinical therapy.

In this handbook, clinical psychologist and bestselling author Jennifer Sweeton details the eight main areas of the brain affected by mental illness, how brain changes show up in the therapy room as symptoms and behaviours, and the types of therapies and psychotherapeutic techniques research has shown can heal the brain.

Areas covered are the thalamus, amygdala, hippocampus, insula, nucleus accumbens, anterior cingulate, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.

No longer will you need to feel unsure when referencing basic brain functions related to behavioural health. After reading this book, you will feel confident and excited about your ability to take a client-centered, strategic, brain-based approach to treatment planning. Chapter summaries and tables of brain region, mental health condition, and therapeutic approach are included for easy reference.

Author Bio:

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally recognized expert on trauma, anxiety, and neuroscience. Based in Kansas City, Kansas, she has trained more than 15,000 clinicians in all fifty US states, and in over twenty countries.


“Sweeton distills neuroscience into engaging, comprehensible information for the everyday clinical psychologist, making it significantly easier to incorporate it into our therapeutic work. I’ve used this with my toughest trauma clients with measurable success” – Gricelda Fragoso, PsyD., Clinical Psychologist, Owner of Mind Body Soul Psychology.