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When Words Falter: What Hypnotic-related Techniques Can Do for Talk Therapy

  • PPSC 80 5th Avenue, Room 1408 New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

“When Words Falter: What Hypnotic-related Techniques Can Do for Talk Therapy”

Gerard Sunnen, MD

As Freud said, “the ego is first and foremost a bodily ego.” Modern psychotherapies rely mostly on verbal transactions. Yet contemporary understandings of the brain and its greater nervous system indicate that many psychological functions involve non-verbal, psychodynamic dimensions. Judicious use of nonverbal techniques within psychotherapy, for example, can successfully appease psychosomatic over-reactivity, as found in anxiety disorders. They can also be recruited to trans-fer psychological insights into transformational action, thus helping to bridge psychoanalysis’ still mysterious gap named “working through.”

Within psychotherapy’s context, there are, at times, opportunities to utilize mind-body techniques that will ease, facilitate, and accelerate personal transformation in the interest of overall well-being.

A demonstration of Autogenic Training (AT) which is a desensitization-relaxation technique will be used for experiential audience participation. AT, an effective therapist-friendly technique, is widely used in Europe but less well-known in the U.S.

Meditative therapies, relaxation training, hypnosis and self-hypnosis, mental imagery, yogic therapies and Autogenic Training, among others, all invite a spectrum of nervous system dimensions to actively participate in personal development. This workshop will address the mind-body therapies that are most appropriate for var-ious issues. Below are recommended readings:

Tummo meditation versus Autogenic Training: Visceral nervous system self-regulation, East and West, and implications for integrative psychotherapy
http://www.triroc.com/sunnen/topics/tummomeditation.htm
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Hypnosis and Meditation as States of Heightened Brain Plasticity: Seven Pathways to Higher Nervous System Function 
http://www.triroc.com/sunnen/topics/BrainPlasticity.htm
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“What is Hypnosis?”
www.triroc.com/sunnen

Dr. Gerard Sunnen was named official psychiatrist for the French Consulate and Embassy in 1980 and was appointed Associate Clinical Professor of New York University-Bellevue Medical Center in 1987. He is the co-founder and honorary president of the International Association of Emergency Psychiatry (IAEP), a transcultural organization of mental health professionals seeking to develop emergency global psychiatric services. 
For many years he has applied medical hypnotherapy to the treatment of pain control, pre-operative prep, anxiety, addiction, depression as well as in the service of self-discovery. Dr. Sunnen maintains a private practice in NYC.

*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.

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