Bodymind Healing in Psychotherapy:
Ancient Pathways to Modern Health
~Michael Mayer, Ph.D.~
Schedule and Learning Objectives
for Alameda County Psychological Association
September 24, 2016
- General Introduction.
- Presenter’s background integrating Qigong, psychotherapy and behavioral medicine and his co-founding and being a psychologist at an integrative medical clinic.
- A new origin myth for psychotherapy
- Psychotherapy and Behavioral Healthcare: Eastern and Western tools
- Psychotherapy and Qigong – Theoretical framework and case example of anxiety treatment.
- Experiential: Introduction to Qigong movements as a complementary treatment for: relaxation, energizing, limbering joints, hypertension, balance and prevention of falls in the elderly somatic complaints, chronic diseases, etc.
11:45 – 12:10 pm
- The Transcending Transmuting dialectic
- Case illustrations: Hypertension
- Summary of Qigong’s uses with Psychotherapy and Behavioral health: Chronic pain Chronic pain insomnia, trauma, cohesiveness of self, substance abuse,
12:10- 12:30 PM What psychotherapy and Qigong give each other …
- Power-point presentation regarding the cross-cultural pre-modern roots and modern psychological roots of self- healing methods for mind-body health problems.
- Psychotherapy as Changing your Life Stance-
- Transmuting internalizations with body-based psychotherapy.
- Case Examples: Social phobia, sexual trauma.
- Knowledge of Qigong/ Tai Chi stances enhances awareness of somatic changes at moments of “felt shift” in psychotherapy, and enhances anchoring of these new life stances.
- Jung and Symbolic Process in Psychotherapy: Embodied
- The Mythic Journey Process integrated with traditions of postural initiation
4:00- 4:30 Demonstration of BMHP: Experiential practice of applying The Mythic Journey process, the River of Life, Cognitive Restructuring, and Qigong hypnotic anchoring
- Research and Ethics
4:45-5:00PM- Questions remaining.
Objectives: From this workshop participants will be able to…
- …Identify five of the cross-cultural, pre-modern traditions that form part of the historical root system from which bodymind healing traditions in psychotherapy may draw:
2.) Identify modern psychological sources from which bodymind psychotherapists may draw.
- Name five treatment methods that help form part of an integrative approach to applying bodymind healing methods into psychotherapy
- Apply one type of breathing from Qigong that helps with anxiety disorders.
- Name three ethical issues related to incorporating Qigong into Psychotherapy.
- Understand the complementary nature of Western and Eastern Methods of chronic pain relief and learn a Qigong method that is similar to, and complements, the hypnotherapeutic method of “pain transferal.”
- Understand the complementary nature of Western and Eastern Methods of insomnia treatment and learn how Tai Chi Chih can help in the treatment of insomnia symptoms.
- Learn about comparative research on insomnia and how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy compares to Tai Chi Chih.
- Discuss the complementary nature of Western and Eastern Methods of stress reduction, and understand which methods from Qigong complement Herbert Benson’s relaxation response.