Authors: (Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, Grace MacDonald, Israeli Centre for Mind-Body Medicine, Israel)
Abstract: After over nine years of Jungian analysis, Grace was shocked to discover repressed memories of sexual abusesurfacing shortly after commencing psychotherapy. The focus on body, the use of hypnosis, and a relational positioning are believed to have contributed to this emergent biography, which illuminated for Grace many of her dissociative and sexualizing tendencies.
Co-written by psychotherapist and client (a psychotherapist herself), this chapter illustrates some clinical applications of relational-embodied hypnosis. Through exploring transferential and generative aspects of trance, the paper further introduces relational facets of hypnotic work, while explaining issues of touch, intimacy, regression, and influence.
Moreover, this case material presents a psychotherapeutic dialogue with surrender: surrender to the edge of love, to the charge of erotic transference, and to an intersubjective third, which threatens to touch and change both parties deeper than they intended to.