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Screaming in whispers: a dialogue between an expert voice hearer and a shaman concerning the mastery of hearing voices

Dr. Ingo Lambrecht

Hearing voices is considered to be one of the defining symptoms of psychosis. Working and mastering such voices has moved from the simplistic attempts of silencing them to engaging masterfully with them. Debra as an expert voice hearer has applied ways of establishing mastery through relating to the voices, as will emerge in the dialogue. Equally, the shaman seeks to master the relationship with the voices of the ancestors through various techniques. Ingo, a clinical psychologist working with psychosis, and having himself undergone shamanic training in South Africa, has sought to interact with voices in a masterful manner. Differences and similarities of these approaches to voice hearing will be explored through personal stories and interactive dialogue. In this dialogue, the journey of the expert voice hearer and the shaman are related to the overarching structure of Campbell's hero's myth, revealing that the ancient and modern journeys of healing and mastery have archaic similarities. The hero's myth also allows for rich complexities to emerge. This avoids the denigration/denial through medicalization of symptoms and the simple romantic idealisation of the voice hearer, highlighting both the dark and light chapters in such a process of mastering voices. The hope is to raise awareness of the various aspects of voice hearing

24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Dr. Ingo Lambrecht

Dr Ingo Lambrecht is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience, who has also completed his training in psychotherapy. He has a collaborative and integrative approach in brief solution focused therapy as well long-term individual psychotherapy. Ingo also has extensive experience in running groups. He has worked collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families that present with a large range of issues and difficulties.

His training and work experience in a variety of settings both in South Africa and New Zealand, include Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnotherapy, Trauma Therapies such as EFT, and Mindfulness Based Therapies, amongst others.

More recently in New Zealand, Ingo has worked in a range of services in the public health sector, namely, child and adolescent mental health services, rehabilitation and specialist psychotherapy services.

Currently he divides his time between Manawanui Oranga Hinengaro (Maori Mental Health Services ADHB) and his private practice. He continues to present at international and national conferences, as well as publish professionally.



Co-authors: Debra Lampshire
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