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Elective: The Body

January 19, 2024 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Wyman Classroom

Fourth Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2023-24, 2nd Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Babs Glover, MA LMHC


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January 19, 2024 — Lemme Hear Your Body Talk: Body-based interventions in work with trauma

[31 pages]

The reading authored by Solomon and Heide addresses trauma’s effects on the physiology of the brain, nervous system, and endocrine system. They distinguish more familiar “top down” clinical approaches from clinical approaches based on a “bottom-up” focus on what is happening in the patient’s body, and argue that ongoing attention to the patient’s body states is central to a biologically-informed treatment approach that facilitates the processing of episodic memories and the treatment of the physiological hyperarousal typical of trauma survivors. The article includes a description of EMDR and hypothesis as to the mechanism of its effectiveness in shifting brain function to address the sequelae of trauma.

Eldredge and Cole offer us an integrative approach designed to make psychoanalytically-oriented treatment more useful for people with trauma histories.  They argue that more effective treatments are realized by combining the traumatologists’ focus on working with bodily states with the analytic focus on transference and countertransference (including implicit procedural knowledge). Their article includes clinical excerpts detailing the technical approach involved in shifting away from interpretation and meaning-making (representational in nature) toward tracking the patient’s bodily states (presentational in nature).  The thrust of their engagement with patients becomes one of supporting shifts in the patient’s neural functioning, from a trauma-based fixed state to more flexible, better-regulated neural and brain functioning.

Solomon, E.; Heidi, K. (2005). The Biology of Trauma: Implications for Treatment, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20:1, pp51-60.

Eldredge, C.; Cole, G. (2007). “Learning From Work With Individuals With a History of Trauma: Some Thoughts on Integrating Body-Oriented Techniques and Relational Psychoanalysis” in Bodies in Treatment: The Unspoken Dimension (F.S. Anderson, ed.) NY: Routledge, pp79-102.



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January 19, 2024
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