As this issue is released, it is most likely that I am in Europe for workshops and lectures on both Mirroring Hands and the Science of Psychotherapy. It is very exciting to be back out in the world, but what might have changed from my last trip in 2019? We have had a pandemic that has dealt out very different hands to different people. For some people Covid-19 passed by almost unnoticed but many others lost their lives. At the same time a war is being waged in Ukraine where too many people are paying with their lives for political arguments and ideological positions. How do these things affect people in Europe? My journey will take me to the UK, Portugal, Romania and Italy, and most importantly, to my sister in Rome who I have not seen for several years. There will be many stories.
Another change is the adoption of connecting virtually over the web. Everything from avatars and “sim” worlds to professional meetings and even full-blown conferences have become commonplace online. I am excited to meet people that I have not yet met in person. I don’t even know, for sure, how tall people are. It will all be surprising and novel, but it is up to me and my mental orientation to find this pleasurable and numinous.
Meanwhile, The Science of Psychotherapy is revamping some of our appearance, as you will see in the contents page, adding some news pages and continuing to provide fascinating articles from authors and practitioners around the globe.
Mike Deninger from the US and Joachim Lee from Singapore take us into the fascinating practice of Multichannel Eye Movement Integration: A New PTSD Treatment Paradigm. Mike has produced a foundational book that describes and organises this practice. Katherine Olejniczak from Australia returns with the second part of her detailed exploration of Cognitive reprocessing of maladaptive self-schemas in play therapy with traumatised children as she takes us into the practice and progress of the case of young “Bobby”. Matthew Dahlitz brings us the next episode in the story of Iain McGilchrist’s The Matter With Things. This time Matthew visits the topic of Apprehension and again it is packed with insights and surprising realisations from McGilchrist’s writings. The magazine is rounded of with a wonderful article from one of our past podcast guests. Jay Noricks brings us more than just an exposition on the theory and process in his discussion of Parts and Memory Therapy A Personal Reflection, but a reflection of a practitioner in his 80s who represents our wise “elders”.
The Science of Psychotherapy is proud of the education work we do, but our human focus is on the community we create and what we share between us. Do join in, send your comments and send your articles – and I will be back in my timezone soon.
RICHARD HILL | EDITOR