The left brain thinks methodically and likes to organize and categorize information from the environment. It connects new information with old, making sense of our world.
This contrasts with the right brain which "thinks" holistically in pictures. The right learns kinesthetically through the body and functions with the present. It´s the right brain that´s responsible in counseling for bringing in our awareness to the present.
They are still debating which functions are governed by which hemisphere however generally speaking, each hemisphere dominates in the following ways:
These are the important characteristics in therapy.
The left brain connects our internal world to our external world giving us that feeling of being separate from one another. It´s the left brain that gives us the sense of "I am".
The right brain is that part of our brain that connects us to each other. In counseling, it´s the right brain that gives us the feeling that our therapist is attuned to us.
What´s important to know
Whatever that part of the brain which sends this type of information is the same part of the brain that receives it. And, for our purposes it´s also important to know that the right hemisphere functioning is the first area of the brain to develop. The left hemisphere develops later.