Book Announcement by Hemda Arad (USA)
Integrating Relational Psychoanalysis and EMDR: Embodied Experience and Clinical Practice, part of Routledge’s Relational Perspectives Book Series (2018), provides contemporary theoretical and clinical links between relational psychoanalysis, attachment theory, neuroscience, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), all of which bring both the patient’s and analyst’s embodied experience into the forefront of clinical thinking and practice. The book grounds an in-depth view on the ways psychoanalysis and EMDR can be effectively integrated to complement each other through a presentation of fundamental concepts and an abundance of insightful and moving clinical vignettes.
The theoretical and clinical concepts that allow the integration of relational psychoanalysis with EMDR’s unique contributions, specifically appreciating the neurological and embodied experience in an individual’s development in relation to the classic talking cure’s approach to dealing with “big T” trauma and with “small t” everyday attachment-related trauma, are outlined in the book. A view of a modified EMDR approach capable of reaching many patients, beyond the trauma work for which it originally became known, in order to lend its more embodied approach to the advancement of the relational endeavor, is also described. Vivid clinical illustrations, chosen to elucidate theoretical concepts, make the complex theoretical ideas more accessible. The clinical portions illustrate a range of ways that EMDR and relational work, which may at first seem incompatible, may be integrated to help therapists navigate the two methods.
This book will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists, and psychodynamic therapists who wish to learn about the relational tradition in theory and practice, or are seeking a way to integrate their work with other versatile approaches such as EMDR, as well as to advanced students studying across these areas and to EMDR clinicians who would like to broaden the scope of their skills.
Part I: Literature and History
- EMDR – History, method, protocol, and modifications for integration with relational psychoanalysis
- The influence of big T and small t trauma on the brain
- The relational perspective within the psychoanalytic tradition
- Attachment: Companionship in action
Part II: Case studies using both relational psychoanalysis and EMDR
- In the trenches: Digging for lost passions – The use of EMDR in psychoanalytic work
- Working in tandem
- I-dentity: Is trusted love ever an option?
- EMDR in absentia – The power of “No”
- Conclusions: Reintegrating the music with the lyrics
Hemda Arad, PhD, is a psychoanalyst, consultant, and Washington State Approved Supervisor. She is also an EMDRIA Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapist. She has served on the faculties of the Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis and the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis program, New Directions – Writing with a Psychoanalytic Edge. She works in private practice in Seattle with individuals, couples, and groups.