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Problems with Hypnotherapy, Gestalt Therapy and EFT; Physical Proximity Psychotherapy, a New Paradigm

Dr Edward Chan , Humairah Arshad

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 a couple relationship, is critical. Therapeutic experiences evoked by visualisations e.g. as practices in Hypnotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, EFT and others do not produce or stimulate the same limbic resonance required for therapeutic effect (Cash, 2001). 

8th International Conference of the World Psychotherapy (Asia Chapter)
Mystery, Uncertainty, Growth & Psychotherapy
31 August - 2 September 2015 | Hotel Pullman Kuching, Malaysia
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Dr Edward Chan

Dr. Edward WengLok Chan is the principal consultant psychologist of the Malaysian Psychology Centre and the International Psychology Centre (IPC). He has been conducting psychological assessment, psychotherapy and counselling for individuals, families, and corporate personnel for the past 16 years in Malaysia, Asia and Europe. At the IPC, Dr. Chan heads a team of professional psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists focusing on the delivery of a collaborative and holistic psychological, psychotherapeutic, counselling and psychonutritional services to adults, children, couples, families and corporate clients population. Dr. Chan is a practitioner member (level 5, supervisor) and a Fellow of the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy (MAP).

He is the President of the MAP; Chief Editor for The International Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Psychiatry: Theory, Research & Clinical Practice; the chair and keynote presenter for Asia Pacific Rim International Psychotherapy & Counselling Conference 2013; a presenter at the World Council of Psychotherapy Conference 2014; the chair for and keynote presenter at the World Psychotherapy Conference Asia 2015; the Malaysian representative in the World Council of Psychotherapy; the head of the Psychotherapy Chapter of the Malaysian Society for Complementary Medicine; a fellow of the Malaysian Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Association and a fellow of the European Centre for Anti Aging & Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Chan has authored numerous books and articles, including, Current Research & Practices on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Asia, 2009, ed., Professor Tian P.S. Oei, the School of Clinical Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia; Love Is Never Enough, Pleasurable Commitment Rules, 2000, Discern Publishing; Are You Man Enough to be a Father, 1999, Discern Publishing, and Dancing with Crocodiles, 2002, Discern Publishing.

His professional views on psychotherapy are regularly sought and featured in national and International newspapers (including the parenting, women and appointment sections of the New Straits Time, the Education Section of the Star and multiple journals including: the Malaysian Medical Tribune, Today's Parents, Better Parents, Mama Moden, Malaysian Women Weekly, Females, Marie Claire, Nona, Jelita, Malaysian Business, CIMA, Health & Beauty. He is also a regular and well-known radio and television personality on mental health and psychological health issues.

Humairah Arshad

Humairah Arshad holds a B.A. (Hons) Majored in Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham and was an Intern at the International Psychology University. She is a member of the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy, the Malaysian Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Association; and The International Society of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Psychiatry: Theory, Research & Clinical Practice.

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