London Conference on Still Face and Mirror Neurons: The Neuroscience of Psychoterapy


Do not miss the opportunity to attend this three-day conference and learn from some great Experts in the field of Neuroscience and Psychotherapy!

This  Conference Provides CPD and CE credits 


  • PETER FONAGY (UK): „Epistemic trust and free energy: an integrative model for psychological therapy”
  • ED TRONICK (USA): „The Still-Face and the dynamic process of human meaning-making”
  • RUTH LANIUS (CANADA): „The traumatized Self in the mirror: overcoming shame, self-loathing and dissociation”
  • VITTORIO GALLESE (ITALY): „Intentional attunment: from mirror neurons to intersubjectivity”
  • DAVID ELLIOT (USA): „Healing attachment insecurity with the help of imagined ideal parent figures in psychotherapy”
  • BENEDETTO FARINA (ITALY): „Butter is slippery. That’s why psychotherapists should consider the neuroscientific plausibility of their theories”
  • HARRY FARMER (UK): „Mirrors to the soul: self-face representation and social mirroring”
  • MARINA CIRIO (ITALY): „Still Face and mirror neurons in psychotherapy: how to work implicitly by using Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy” (theory and methodology)  
  • ALESSANDRO CARMELITA (ITALY): „Still Face and mirror neurons in psychotherapy: how to work implicitly by using Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy” (videos and practice)





The development of human beings’ intersubjective nature starts immediately after birth and probably represents the foundational principle of our meaning-making ability. Since the very beginning of our life, relationality plays a key role in our existence: infants’ ability to imitate facial expressions not only guarantees their survival, but also allows them to interact with their mothers in an attuned way, thus creating increasingly complex relational exchanges, which are fundamental to their psychobiological development.
The discovery of mirror neurons has provided a neurophysiological basis for the Still Face paradigm and made a substantial contribution to the scientific research in this field. How can Psychotherapy build on this valuable knowledge in order to promote individual wellbeing? The Congress „Still Face and Mirror Neurons – the Neuroscience of Psychotherapy” will give some of the most eminent experts in this field the opportunity to answer this question.
A number of internationally well-known Speakers will illustrate the most recent studies on the role of emotional/relational attunement and the individual’s relationship with the Self, by exploring both the research implications and the therapeutic applications in this field. They will emphasize how intersubjectivity is not strictly related to the relationship with the Other, but also involves the relationship with the Self, which is one of the main goals of the psychotherapeutic change process.
In addition, different therapeutic approaches and a series of hypotheses on mind functioning – that Neuroscience can support and validate – will also be discussed. Besides this, Speakers will focus on the role of self-recognition in the mirror, as well as on the shame and self-loathing that traumatized individuals typically experience, in order to deeply explore the relational dimension of the Self within the most advanced therapeutic frameworks.
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