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EMDR and the Energy Therapies : Psychoanalytic Perspectives - Phil Mollon

EMDR and the Energy Therapies

Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Paperback Published: 24th November 2004
ISBN: 9781855753761
Number Of Pages: 332

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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.

'In the last twenty years, the treatment of phobias, generalised anxiety and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder has been revolutionised by the use of Energy Therapies, posing a major challenge to conventional treatment approaches. In his book, Dr Mollon builds a much-needed bridge between these new, highly effective techniques and the concepts of traditional psychotherapy. Practitioners from both fields have much to learn from each other and this book provides an excellent meeting ground.'- Birgitta R. Heiller, BPS Chartered Psychologist and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.'Dr Mollon once again stimulates us with innovative and creative clinical ideas for the open-minded psychotherapist, backed by excellent clinical examples and a full review of the research.'- John Spector, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Accredited Trainer and Past President of EMDR Association UK and Ireland'This groundbreaking book is revolutionary in its scope. It is most stimulating reading ... A seminal and turning-point contribution for psychoanalysis.'- Judith Issroff, Psychoanalyst; Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist and Traumatologist

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) emotional freedom techniques (EFT), and psychoanalysisp. 1
The waking dream : from Freud to EMDRp. 31
What happens during an EMDR session?p. 47
The abandonment of memory, trauma, and sexuality : the excessive preoccupation with "transference", and other problems with contemporary psychoanalysisp. 71
Disintegration anxiety : the bedrock resistance to psychological changep. 97
EMDR treatment of a travel phobia with complex traumatic rootsp. 113
Jane : EMDR and psychotherapy with a traumatized and abused womanp. 129
Brief case illustrationsp. 145
Using EMDR and energy methods in practicep. 209
A comprehensive model of the psycho-somatic matrix : towards quantum energy therapyp. 239
Research conclusionsp. 253
Two therapists' personal experiencesp. 271
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ISBN: 9781855753761
ISBN-10: 1855753766
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 24th November 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52