Implosive Therapy

Publication Title: 
Behavior Modification

Despite the well-established effectiveness of exposure-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety disorders, therapists have been slow to adopt CBT into their clinical practice. The present study was conducted to examine the utilization of psychotherapy techniques for anxiety disorders among community practitioners in a rural setting in order to determine the current status of the dissemination of CBT. A sample of 51 licensed psychotherapists from various mental health professions was recruited from online practice listings in the state of Wyoming.

Author(s): 
Hipol, Leilani J.
Deacon, Brett J.
Publication Title: 
Explore (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: Among a group of therapies collectively known as energy psychology (EP), emotional freedom techniques (EFT) is the most widely practiced. Clinical EFT is an evidence-based practice combining elements of cognitive and exposure therapies with the manual stimulation of acupuncture points (acupoints). Lacking is a recent quantitative meta-analysis that enhances understanding of the variability and clinical significance of outcomes after clinical EFT treatment in reducing depression.

Author(s): 
Nelms, Jerrod A.
Castel, Liana
Publication Title: 
Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Pathological fear and anxiety are highly debilitating and, despite considerable advances in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy they remain insufficiently treated in many patients with PTSD, phobias, panic and other anxiety disorders.

Author(s): 
Singewald, N.
Schmuckermair, C.
Whittle, N.
Holmes, A.
Ressler, K. J.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

This report described a phased-oriented treatment of complex trauma in four Chinese women. Two women were survivors of childhood sexual abuse, one was a rape victim, and the other was a battered spouse. A phased-oriented treatment that tailored to the needs of the clients was used. The treatment framework consisted of three phases: stabilization, trauma processing, and integration. Hypnotic techniques had been used in these phases as means for grounding and stabilization, for accessing the traumatic memories, and for consolidating the gains.

Author(s): 
Poon, Maggie Wai-ling
Publication Title: 
The Pavlovian Journal of Biological Science

Desensitization of psychological and physiological complex structures may be the most important element of flooding treatment. The implosive sessions are assumed to represent a supramaximal stimulation of pathologically excited and inert complex structures resulting in protective inhibition, irradiation of excitation, reduction of the excitation and inertness, and a decrease of the overshooting autonomic reactivity of the complex structures, leading to reduction of anxiety, aggression, and other pathologically increased feelings.

Author(s): 
Astrup, C.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Scrignar, C. B.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Psychosomatics: Official Publication of the International Psychosomatics Institute
Author(s): 
Kornfeld, A. D.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

This report described a phased-oriented treatment of complex trauma in four Chinese women. Two women were survivors of childhood sexual abuse, one was a rape victim, and the other was a battered spouse. A phased-oriented treatment that tailored to the needs of the clients was used. The treatment framework consisted of three phases: stabilization, trauma processing, and integration. Hypnotic techniques had been used in these phases as means for grounding and stabilization, for accessing the traumatic memories, and for consolidating the gains.

Author(s): 
Poon, Maggie Wai-ling
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

The highly stressful conditions of a war zone may exacerbate or trigger a wide variety of symptoms including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) once a service member returns home. Service members and new veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars present to treatment with multiple psychosocial concerns and co-morbid psychiatric conditions. Evidence-based treatments including exposure based therapies are commonly recommended for use with returning veterans.

Author(s): 
Proescher, Eric J.
Publication Title: 
Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences

Improved efficacy in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders is urgently needed. Traditional anxiety treatments of hypnosis and psychodynamic therapy may be of some help, but uncontrolled studies lead to inconclusive results on the efficacy of these treatment techniques. There is a larger literature supporting the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral procedures with PTSD, including prolonged exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and anxiety management techniques.

Author(s): 
Choi, Dennis C.
Rothbaum, Barbara O.
Gerardi, Maryrose
Ressler, Kerry J.

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