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Full Contact Couple Therapy

Full Contact Couple Therapy

Most couple therapy models do not produce therapy that worked for couples. Their techniques, including visualisation, positive dialogues and homework as utilised for example by Emotion Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) (Greenberg & Johnson 1988, Gottman based couple therapy (Declare & Gottman 2001), and Imago therapy by Hendrix and Hunt (Hendrix and Hunt, 2003; Hendrix and Hunt, 2005), have led to little successful outcome. These techniques are not able to address the multisensory amygdala based ruptures in relationships. The techniques employed by most couple therapy models are prefrontal lobe based i.e. they engage couples’ prefrontal lobe only. The activations patterns of each other’s amygdala by each party of the couple who seek therapy remain unchanged despite going through most of these therapies.

What is needed is a multisensory “full contact” amygdala based therapeutic approach that provide couples the multisensory amygdala based therapeutic experience whereby couples are able to have new amygdala experience in their relationship that are therapeutic after experiencing the old stressful amygdala relationship stimulated experience similar to the PTSD and panic attack patients that needed to re-experience the original offending stress stimuli in a safe therapeutic environment in order to extinguish the fearful emotions.

This approach has also more basis in neuroscience. Pare and Duvarci, 2012 has shown that extinctions of neuro connections in the amygdala can occur without direct mediations with the prefrontal lobe which is not possible in real time as they are “too far” away when the amygdala is stimulated (Chan, 2014; Chan, in press; and Solomon & Taksin 2011). Furthermore the ‘limbic resonance’/ ‘limbic regulation’ (Lewis, Fari & Lannon, 2000; Lewis et al., 2000; Brehony, 2003; Farrow & Woodruff, 2007; Schore, 2003; Thorpe 2015) argued that physical proximity to others e.g. to the partner in couple relationship, is critical.

Couple therapy based on prefrontal lobe type of assignments and tasks mentioned above do not have this limbic engagement required for the therapeutic effect that Cash, 2001 proposed which although was referring to the therapist client context would also be highly relevant to that between partners in couple relationships in couple therapy which as Hendrix and Hunt, 2003; Hendrix and Hunt, 2005, has shown that the relationship between romantic partners are essentially therapeutic in nature.

Speakers: Dr Edward Chan
Conference: WCPA
Areas of Interest / Categories: WCP 2016

WCP 2016

The Silent Language of Art Psychotherapy: making meaning of symbols

Informed by hermeneutic philosophical traditions, this will be a presentation of a brief art psychotherapy intervention from a phenomenological perspective. The idea of “meaning-making” is constructed from a phenomenological interpretation of art making, revealing psychological life as defined by Jung to be “the totality of all psychic processes, conscious as well as unconscious”.

Family Therapeutic Alliance and Collective Family Therapy

Exploring into local collectivist Malays culture led the researchers to construct the Family Therapeutic Alliance (FTA) which is an invaluable therapeutic source of authority applicable as the underlying element in multicultural psychotherapy. FTA was used in a longitudinal study of relapse prevention among the Malay collectivist recovering addicts and their family that has produced a positive outcome. Four recovering addicts and their families were invited to form four study groups with an initial goal of establishing FTA, and later on, to maintain their alliances. Eight sessions of Collective Family Therapy using a multicultural approach that adopt the basic element of psychotherapy and critical values of the clients was used as the treatment approach.

7 Types of ADD, Brain SPECT Scan, Psycho-Nutritional, Neurotransmitter and Hormonal Therapy

Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental psychological disorder. People with ADHD commonly display significant problems in executive functions. It has been suggested that underlying abnormalities in the brain contribute to ADHD (Amen, 2001). Seven types of ADD/ADHD were classified based on the symptoms and brain spectroscopy (SPECT) scans; different types of ADD/ADHD were attributed to different areas of brain atrophy and over-activation/inactivation. Several mechanisms and theories will be discussed: Neurotransmitters, Hormones, and Stress.

Mystery, Uncertainty and Complexity in Embryo Donation Counselling in Aotearoa New Zealand

Embryo Donation (ED) is the donation by a couple who have surplus embryos following in vitro fertilisation to another infertile couple or person. This presentation, on counsellors’ experience in providing compulsory ED counselling, was part of a larger research investigation designed to explore how ED is understood and experienced by donors and recipients in Aotearoa New Zealand, a country with unique legislative and policy donation guidelines. The practice of ED counselling in Aotearoa New Zealand differs from other jurisdictions in that counsellors enact and facilitate the policy of ‘open’ donation in which donors and recipients meet and select each other for ED.

A qualitative study of women who have undertaken a five phased programme of Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy in concert with IVF - What were their experiences and outcomes?

The literature is rich with studies addressing stress effects on In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) outcomes. Debate continues regarding whether there is a cause-and-effect relationship, or merely a correlation, between stress and IVF failure. While several studies have addressed coping mechanisms used by couples undergoing IVF, and some even investigated the effects of coping mechanisms used at three points within an IVF cycle, the author found no study that presented a programme for women to deal with stress before, during and after IVF cycles.

Psychoanalytic Sensibility in a Behavioural World: Supervising Intern Counselling Psychologists in Aotearoa New Zealand

Psychoanalysis passed its heyday in the seventies and has been usurped by short term cognitive-behavioural therapies. Despite this trend, recently there has been a small growth of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Aotearoa New Zealand. This presentation describes my experience of employing a psychoanalytic sensibility in teaching and supervising intern counselling psychologists in a cognitive-behaviourally dominated university system. Vignettes are used to illustrate where differences between the psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioural worldviews arose in supervision and how I attempted to deal with them.

Evaluating Group Therapy Process through the Clients’ Feedback

The study purpose was to evaluate the effectiveness of solution-focused brief group therapy based on the clients’ feedback about the process. The evaluation was to ensure that from the client’s perspective they were experiencing quality and effective service (Sharry, 2007). The research samples were from 30 undergraduate students of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia of the 5th semester chosen by simple random sampling technique. They received 5 sessions of group therapy including termination and follow-up session. The data collection used the instrument adapted from Duncan and Miller’s (2000) (Sharry, 2007) supported by observation and interview.