Analytical Psychotherapy or long term ‘talking therapy’ has, until now, been conceptualized as being very different from and at times at odds with the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprossessing (EMDR) technique. By drawing a clear differentiation between painful and traumatic memories, Dr Touma suggests analytical conversation and EMDR technique are in fact synergistic and complementary.
PS: Apology from the speaker: During this talk I inadvertently used the term “restructuring” instead of “reprocessing”, in defining EMDR.
Trauma and pain have long been recognized as related problems involving overlapping physical and emotional distress. Both problems also involve similar mechanisms such as somatic “memories,”
This eight part seminar explores psychotherapy and the social brain with a special emphasis on the causes and consequences of trauma. As a foundation, the evolution, development, and neuroanatomy of the brain with the goal of highlighting its vulnerability to dysregulation and dissociation are discussed. In it we recognise and better understand the neural networks responsible for stress and trauma and the challenge of keeping the government of systems which comprise our brains integrated and functioning smoothly. Then how psychotherapy, in its multiple forms, attempts to reshape the brain in the service of mental health is discussed. And finally,the process of healthy aging, especially for therapists who are confronted with trauma on a day-to-day basis is explored.