This keynote synthesises the already substantial literature on psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics, combining it with the neuroscience of emotional, interpersonal, cognitive, dynamics, with psychotherapeutic approaches to offer an integrated vision of psychotherapy. The integrative model promotes a sea change in how we conceptualise mental health problems and their solutions. We can now understand how the immune system, diet, brain structure, and even gut bacteria effect mental health. Psychotherapists in the 21st Century will by necessity become more like healthcare workers to address and resolve adverse mind-body-brain interactions.

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain the relationship between health and mental health.
2. Discuss the interaction between the immune system, genes, brain dynamics, and mental health.
3. Critique how autoimmune disorders contribute to depression, anxiety, and cognitive problems.

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