Dr. Frank Corrigan MD, FRC Psych

Throughout a career spanning over 30 years as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist in Scotland, Frank combined his extensive clinical experience with research on the neurobiology of trauma and its underpinnings in major psychiatric disorders.

His research broadly explored the intersection between affective Neuroscience and the science of healing culminating in the development of Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR). This new and novel psychotherapeutic approach emphasises the importance of tracking a distinctive neurophysiological sequence embedded in ‘deep brain’ systems. One of the most unique aspects of DBR as a trauma-focused therapy, is the embodiment of a natural healing process that is consonant with the evolutionary process of the developing brain and nervous system.  

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Dr Andrew Harkin
MD, Consultant Psychotherapist and Trauma Specialist

“DBR theory is deceptively complex and the practice deceptively simple.” 

Dr Andrew Harkin
MD, Consultant Psychotherapist and Trauma Specialist

“DBR theory is deceptively complex and the practice deceptively simple.” 

Interview

Enrique Arellano Farias, Director of Four Cycles Institute (Instituto Cuatro Ciclos), asks Frank to explain the foundations and applications of DBR for Spanish and South American audiences.

This interview is also available in Spanish here

Karine Kocharyan, Ukrainian Organiser of Educational Projects on Trauma Psychotherapy, talks to Frank about the ongoing clinical trial of DBR and the book he’s writing. They discuss the Ukrainian group’s monthly DBR meetings after the invasion in 2022 and how effective DBR has proven to be in the immediate aftermath of trauma. Looking to the future, they welcome the upcoming training for Ukrainian psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists in June.

The interview was conducted in Ukrainian, with English translation courtesy of Oksana Lyzak, on 6 March 2024.

Publications

He is the co-author of

Neurobiology and treatment of traumatic dissociation
(Lanius, UF, Paulsen, SL, & Corrigan FM, Springer, New York, 2014)

and of The Comprehensive Resource Model
(Schwarz, L, Corrigan, F, Hull, A, & Raju, R, Routledge, London, 2017)
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Papers & Research

A randomized controlled trial of Deep Brain Reorienting: a neuroscientifically guided treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Published online 15 August by European Journal of Psychotraumatology. Volume 14, 2023 – Issue 2

An innate brainstem self-other system involving orienting, affective responding, and polyvalent relational seeking: Some clinical implications for a “Deep Brain Reorienting” trauma psychotherapy approach.

The hypotheses underlying DBR were set out in a paper co-authored with Jessica Christie-Sands in Medical Hypotheses (2020, 136, 109502).