Editor’s Note – journal issue overview

David Hartman

Welcome to this issue of the Heart-Centered Therapies Journal. We present four articles on varied topics that continue to reflect the thoughtfulness, scholarly work and practicality we all desire. The Journal opens its fourth year of publication with this issue. Copies of back issues are available on the internet at www.heartcenteredtherapies.org (document index).

The lead article is Existential Issues in Heart-Centered Therapies: A Developmental Approach by Diane Zimberoff & David Hartman. The article analyzes the premise that avoidance of existential confrontation is a central function of neurosis, while existential openness is the most frequent predictor of wisdom. Heart-Centered Therapies are viewed in the context of existential transpersonal psychotherapy. The approach taken here is to document the pathways through which the past is alive in the present in the form of unfinished developmental tasks, and to suggest ways of resolving these developmental deficits through hypnotic age-regression healing. It might be viewed as the process of “waking up” and “growing up,” of establishing a self-referenced definition of self, one’s existential identity. The existential issues of death, aloneness, meaninglessness, freedom and responsibility, and awareness of uncertainty are central to this healing process. The article traces how one’s shadow sides are the repressed energy fixated at a given incomplete developmental stage, desperately avoiding the pain of the child’s mistaken belief or personal “conclusion” (angst) and blindly repeating the personal “decision” of a behavioral strategy (neurotic repetition compulsion).

The second paper presented here is Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy in Sports Counseling by H. Ray Wooten & Noelle R. St. Germain. This article addresses the paucity of clinical literature on the use of hypnosis in dealing with developmental and identity issues of athletes. The use of hypnosis with athletes is well-represented in the literature; however, much of the existing functionality of hypnotherapy in sports is geared toward performance enhancement or aspects of performance. The authors contend that Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy is a model which, utilizing the hypnotic process, expands the focus to address the growth, healing, and transformation of mind, body, emotion, and spirit. The article demonstrates the effectiveness of utilizing the Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy modality when counseling athletes.

Psychodrama: Applied Role Theory in Psychotherapeutic Interventions by Amy Casey reviews the traditional psychodrama techniques of J. L. Moreno, and compares them with the Heart-Centered energetic psychodrama style. The author suggests that the psychodrama modality integrates aspects of existential therapy, Gestalt therapy, transactional analysis and Jungian analytical psychology. Throughout this article four main psychotherapeutic techniques are reviewed which define psychodrama, including: (1) promoting dynamic group interaction, (2) compelling experiential participation in subjective phenomena, (3) providing opportunities for catharsis, and (4) facilitating basic psychotherapeutic techniques.

Finally, Myrtle Heery’s essay A Call and Response to the Soul draws on her extensive background in existential, humanistic and transpersonal psychology to assert that the truly profound role of psychotherapy is to explore the great mystery of being human and assist in reaching for our full potential.

2000 Conference in New Orleans

Congratulations to those who attended the 2000 Heart-Centered Therapies Association Conference in New Orleans at the Hyatt Regency, October 12-15, with the theme “Creating in Your Life What You Really Want.” The Pre-Conference workshop was presented by William Emerson, Ph.D., well-known in the Primal Therapy field, and a leader in the field of treating birth trauma and shock. All the presentations were experiential, practical and inspiring. Heartfelt thanks go to each of the presenters for their wonderful contributions.

Consider submitting a manuscript for the October, 2001 issue of the Journal, and help us celebrate this fourth year of publication!

David Hartman, MSW Editor-in-Chief Heart-Centered Therapies Association, Issaquah, WA USA

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