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Doing not doing: an applied Transpersonal Psychotherapy

Nigel Denning , Dr Adam Rock

Transpersonal psychotherapy is concerned with the entire spectrum of human identity (i.e., egoic, existential, and transpersonal). Consequently, transpersonal psychotherapists do not engage in reductionism of the client (e.g., reducing cognitions to behaviour), but instead adopt a holistic approach that acknowledges a variety of mind-body states (e.g., ordinary waking and altered states) that occur in the context of the client's life-world. One important transpersonal technique is Holotropic Breathwork (HB), which uses extreme breathing, evocative music, and bodywork to facilitate nonordinary states that provide therapeutic benefits for the client. HB has be used with clients experiencing, for example, psychosis (Crowley, 2007; Grof, 1985), death anxiety (Holmes, Morris, Clance, & Thompson-Putney, 1996), neurosis (Spivak, Kropotov, Spivak, & Sevostyanov, 1994), and addiction (Metcalf, 1995; Jackson, 1996; Jeffreys, 1999.). HB has also been applied in inpatient psychiatric settings (Williams, 2010). Despite the increasing use of HB, there is a paucity of randomized controlled trials testing the efficacy of this approach and, therefore, the evidence base is in its infancy. The purpose of this presentation is to provide a general introduction to HB as a radical adjunct to therapy for clients presenting with trauma or addiction. Subsequently, we will appraise the HB empirical literature and provide a brief research prospectus

24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Nigel Denning

Nigel Denning is a registered Counselling Psychologist in private practice in East Melbourne.  He has  Masters Degrees in Counselling Psychology and Literary Theory. Nigel has co-ordinated and run couple’s and men’s programs independently and for Relationships Australia over the last 10 years.  He specialises  in couples work in his private practice.  Nigel has trained in the Gottman method and in Emotional Focused Therapy for couples.  Nigel is particularly interested in working with men in a relationship context.

Dr Adam Rock

Dr. Adam Rock is a Founding International Board Member of the International Transpersonal Association, President of the Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research, a Special Topics Editor and Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, an Associate Editor of Anthropology of Consciousness, and an Editorial Board member of the Australian Journal of Parapsychology. Dr. Rock is also the current editor of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, which is the official PACFA e-Journal. He has published dozens of scholarly articles in prestigious academic journals such as the Journal of Scientific Exploration, Transpersonal Psychology Review, and the Journal of Parapsychology. He has been awarded over $200,000 in research grants. His various books are titled Constructivism and shamanic experiences, Shamanism and psi (with Dr. Lance Storm), and Demystifying shamans and their world (with Professor Stanley Krippner). In addition, he has presented or co-presented over 30 papers or posters at national and international conferences. His research interests include shamanism, altered states, mediumship and psi.


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