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Limbic Psychotherapy®: An Innovative Model for Treating Simple and Complex Somatoform Dissociative States

Limbic Psychotherapy® is a novel approach that aims to treat both simple and complex dissociative states, as well as a diverse range of psychoform and somatoform disorders associated with stress, chronic pain, or attachment troubles. This innovative method is based on a fusion of pioneering research by Pierre Janet in psychotraumatology, updated by Van der Hart and colleagues, along with crucial neurophysiological findings ranging from Sherrington to Porges. In particular, the notions of dissociated parts of the personality (PAN and PE) from the Structural Dissociation (DSP) conceptual framework will be mobilized combined with the notion of Functional Dissociation® already presented elsewhere. Drawing from our extensive experience and the integrative mind-body approach (TICE®), Limbic Psychotherapy® addresses neurophysiological imbalances frequently observed in acute or chronic stress states directly, without relying on intermediaries, suggestions or predefined protocols: in fact, the therapy functions by targeting bodily information to reintegrate dissociated parts of the personality into a unified ego, following structural or functional dissociation. By acting directly at the level of traumatic neurophysiology, Limbic Psychotherapy® makes explicit what was implicit for the patient. By activating the patient at the limit of his or her window of tolerance, it is possible to widen it, if necessary by identifying resources. At this stage, mindfulness work keeps the patient in the here and now, moving away the trauma stuck in the past. Through nonverbal therapeutic work, double binds, triple binds, such as those with higher rank, can be resolved within a few sessions.

Limbic Psychotherapy, Chronic Stress, Neurophysiology, Dissociation, Window of Tolerance

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Bernard Mayer. (2023). Limbic Psychotherapy®: An Innovative Model for Treating Simple and Complex Somatoform Dissociative States. American Journal of Applied Psychology, 12(4), 88-95.

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Bernard Mayer. Limbic Psychotherapy®: An Innovative Model for Treating Simple and Complex Somatoform Dissociative States. Am. J. Appl. Psychol. 2023, 12(4), 88-95. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20231204.12

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Bernard Mayer. Limbic Psychotherapy®: An Innovative Model for Treating Simple and Complex Somatoform Dissociative States. Am J Appl Psychol. 2023;12(4):88-95. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20231204.12

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