EMDR Memory Reprocessing
by Arne Hofmann MD., Gottfried Fischer PhD., Niels Galley MD. and Francine Shapiro PhD.
Abstract: A number of recent controlled studies has shown that EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can reprocess disturbing memories and bring them to therapeutic resolution whether or not patients fulfil the DSM (or ICD)- criteria of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The method canbe integrated into treatment plans of different therapeutic approaches and integrates aspects of a number of the major treatment orientations. Clinical experience and EEG research show that the reprocessing in EMDR is not a trance-related phenomenon (Nicosia, 1995). However, EMDR blends wellwith hypnotic techniques in specific cases, especially with severe complex traumatised and dissociative patients. In addition, EMDR seems to help stabilise and generalise positive self-referencing beliefs as well as positive images, such as "a safe place", and accelerates future projectionsof new orientations and behaviours. In this sense, EMDR can be viewed not only as a method for the treatment of traumatic memories, but as a method of accelerated emotional learning.
Spirit Releasement Therapy
by Dr Alan Lindsay Sanderson M.B., B.S., MRCP., DPM., MRCPsych
Abstract: Spirit releasement therapy was successfully employed in treating a depressed woman of thirty three years of age. Although she experienced no sense of possession, hypnotherapy revealed four spirit presences. The patient benefited greatly by their release and remained well more than two years later. A shortened text of the hypnotherapy sessions and the patient's written account are given.
by Michael Joseph MBSCH
Abstract: This paper examines the danger of clinical hypnotherapists ignoring the patients' stated objectives in order to pursue their own prejudiced assumptions. The author argues there is an orthodoxy which too easily can blind therapists to the most effective means of helping their patients. That there is a tendency to look for a cause which fits the therapist's personal perceptions and ignore the clearly stated views of the client. The paper goes on to express the view that rather than follow 'standard' procedures, hypnotherapists must pay attention first and foremost to what their patients want. This claim is illustrated by an anonymised case history in which the author admits his own early failure and the lasting value of the lesson it provided.
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