EMDR and the Energy Therapies: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

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In this pioneering work, Phil Mollon explores how the insights of EMDR, energy psychology and psychoanalysis can be combined to inform and enrich one another and enable healing at a much deeper level. Drawing out how Freud's psychoanalysis was originally an energy psychology, Mollon points to ways in which some forms of contemporary psychoanalysis may be hampered by a current fashion for an excessive focus on transference rather than upon intrapsychic processing of emotional ...

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In this pioneering work, Phil Mollon explores how the insights of EMDR, energy psychology and psychoanalysis can be combined to inform and enrich one another and enable healing at a much deeper level. Drawing out how Freud's psychoanalysis was originally an energy psychology, Mollon points to ways in which some forms of contemporary psychoanalysis may be hampered by a current fashion for an excessive focus on transference rather than upon intrapsychic processing of emotional information.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), along with methods from the new field of energy psychology, enable the rapid processing and release of traumatic memories and painful emotion. Whilst both psychoanalytic and cognitive therapies are able to elicit the structures of thought and feeling that trap the individual in repetitive maladaptive behaviours, neither are very good at actually processing and transforming the troubling emotions and mental pain. Thus, traditional talking therapies may provide some insight or constructive ways of thinking, but do not alter the core patterns of dysfunctional emotional information.
Mollon outlines a bedrock resistance to psychic change - disintegration anxiety - explaining how this deepest of all terrors may be addressed in therapy. An overall model of the psychosomatic system is presented, detailing the interaction and layering between the energy system, conscious and unconscious cognition and emotion, neurobiology, and physiology. Relevant research is summarized and many clinical examples are provided in the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855753761
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Mollon is a member of the Independent Group within the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is also a clinical psychologist, and trained in psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic. His interests have included Heinz Kohut and Self Psychology, trauma and traumatic memory, dissociative states of mind, shame, and disturbances in the experience of self. He is on the Advisory Board of the New York Institute for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. He works primarily within the British National Health Service, in Hertfordshire.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) emotional freedom techniques (EFT), and psychoanalysis 1
Ch. 2 The waking dream : from Freud to EMDR 31
Ch. 3 What happens during an EMDR session? 47
Ch. 4 The abandonment of memory, trauma, and sexuality : the excessive preoccupation with "transference", and other problems with contemporary psychoanalysis 71
Ch. 5 Disintegration anxiety : the bedrock resistance to psychological change 97
Ch. 6 EMDR treatment of a travel phobia with complex traumatic roots 113
Ch. 7 Jane : EMDR and psychotherapy with a traumatized and abused woman 129
Ch. 8 Brief case illustrations 145
Ch. 9 Using EMDR and energy methods in practice 209
Ch. 10 A comprehensive model of the psycho-somatic matrix : towards quantum energy therapy 239
Ch. 11 Research conclusions 253
Ch. 12 Two therapists' personal experiences 271
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