On Campus Program

Awakening Clinical Intuition The Neurobiology of Flashes, Hunches, and Gut Feelings

For mental health professionals.

As psychotherapists, how do we know exactly what to do and say? Clinical intuition is indispensable to effective psychotherapy, yet the topic is rarely discussed within our field. Clinical intuition fills the gap between theory and practice through moment-to-moment, embodied perceptions unique to each person and therapeutic dyad.

This program, which includes both experiential and didactic components, integrates interpersonal neurobiology into an exploration of clinical intuition from multiple perspectives:

  • Its workings via bottom-up, implicit, non-conscious modes of communication
  • Its evolutionary and developmental roots within mammalian limbic emotional and motivational circuits
  • Its manifestation in ordinary as well as extraordinary ways of knowing.

Terry Marks-Tarlow explores clinical examples, the importance of play and metaphor, dreams, and guided imagery, as well as the role of unconsciously orchestrated games that organize relational bids and rhythms of engagement, defense, and creative emergence.

What You’ll Experience

  • Self-trust
  • Connection with animal instincts
  • Enhanced clinical skills

Recommended reading Terry Marks-Tarlow, Awakening Clinical Intuition and Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy.

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Program at a Glance

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Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California, is on the teaching faculty at the Insight Center, Los Angeles.

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