Mind and Healing: Eastern and Psychodynamic Perspectives
Neuropsychoanalysis (NPSA) Ireland Study Group
In this presentation Dr. Michael DelMonte shall explore the role of consciousness in general, and mindfulness in particular, in both psychological and physical health and well-being. This is done from both Eastern and psychodynamic perspectives. It is hoped to show how enhancing awareness can be therapeutic, and how our psychological defences can be gently laid aside over time. The emphasis of this presentation will be on the therapeutic, clinical, theoretical and experiential applications of mindfulness to both everyday and clinical settings.
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Dr Michael DelMonte
Dr Michael DelMonte has primary degrees in Genetics and Psychology, as well as a Higher Diploma in Education, a research M.Sc. and a Ph.D. – both from the Psychology Department, Trinity College, Dublin. His doctorate was on the psycho-physiological, personality, mindfulness and other aspects of meditation. Michael later obtained an M.Psych.Sc. in Psychotherapy from University College, Dublin.
For about 30, years while working in Dublin, Michael conducted individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy in the Psychosomatic and Psychiatric Units of St. James’s Hospital, St. Patrick’s University Hospital and St. Edmundsbury Hospital (where he was Principal Psychologist). He is currently in private practice in Dublin, and lectures in psychology, psychotherapy and mindfulness in both Trinity College and University College, Dublin. Michael has published about 90 articles on psychotherapy, meditation, mindfulness and evolution.
In 1990 Michael was co-founder in Tokyo of “The Transnational Network for Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Well-Being” which, by holding conferences internationally every two years and by publishing their Proceedings, sought to introduce Eastern perspectives into Western Psychology and vice versa. At these Network conferences Michael regularly met up with other mindfulness pioneers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, who introduced mindfulness meditation to the USA and the Western World.