At the same time, practicing these techniques ourselves can prevent the caregiver stress and burnout to which, as therapists, we’re particularly susceptible. In this workshop, we’ll review the neurophysiological research on the effectiveness of breathing techniques for enhancing cardiopulmonary function and strengthening the parasympathetic nervous system. We’ll then practice a variety of breath practices, including Qigong movement, Coherent Breathing, resistance breathing, Breath Moving, “Ha” breath, and Open Focus meditation. Finally, drawing on neuro-psychoanalytic theory, neuroscience, and mind-body research, we’ll discuss how breath/body/mind techniques can be integrated with traditional psychotherapy modalities. Case examples of patients with PTSD will be used to illustrate how breathing practices can facilitate healing. (This session will continue with Workshop 313.)
Richard Brown, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, is a certified teacher of Aikido, Qigong, yoga, and meditation. He’s written more than 90 articles and book chapters on pharmacological and clinical studies in psychiatry.
Patricia Gerbarg, M.D., assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at New York Medical College, lectures extensively on psychoanalysis, trauma, and integrative psychiatry. Her research and writing focuses on treatments for PTSD.