BOLD VOICES Unlocking the Unconscious: This episode relays the little-known story of one of the most important developments in psychology since Freud discovered the unconscious. Join Dr. Thomas Paulus on this wild ride into the unconscious with five interviews that will reignite your hope for emotional healing. Interviews include three experts (Allan Abbass, MD, Patricia Coughlin, PhD, and Brad Strawn, PhD) and two personal accounts of direct access to the unconscious told from the patient perspective. In addition, this episode addresses issues such as ‘how to define mental health’, what do we mean by the term “the unconscious”, and why/how to work with unconscious processes.
EPISODE 5: UNLOCKING THE UNCONSCIOUS
“Baby, I know pain is as natural as the rain. I just thought it didn’t rain in California…
But I been cheatin’ through this life and all its suffering.” Vampire Weekend, “This Life”, 2019
Dr. Tom Paulus introduces the show by pointing out the crisis in mental health: despite the fact that the rate of serious mental health diagnoses for many problems are at an all time high (e.g., addiction, anxiety, depression) there is also a lack of consensus among professionals about how to treat mental health problems and what causes them. This episode aims to clear up some the confusion.
Max Belz reads a 1982 article from the New York Times about Davanloo’s innovations in psychotherapy. Guest Rachel Paulus shares a story of a first hand experience with an unlocking of her unconscious.
PART I: WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
This section provides a brief history of what’s been happening in psychology in terms of understanding psychopathology. There is a brief clip from the renown UCLA neuroscientist Allan Schore, PhD explaining how emotion has in many ways again become the center of focus in psychology.
PART II: WHAT IS “THE UNCONSCIOUS”?
Tom interviews Brad Strawn, PhD on the question of “what is the unconscious?.” Dr. Strawn offers a definition based on cognitive science and contemporary psychoanalysis. Tom and Paul discuss an ISTDP definition of the unconscious in a noisy but engaging happy hour discussion in downtown Encinitas.
PART III: HOW TO ACCESS THE UNCONSCIOUS
Expert clinician and researcher Allan Abbass, MD is consulted regarding how and whether it is actually possible to work with the unconscious directly. This is followed by a clip of a previous interview conducted by BOLD Health CEO Kristy Lamb, MD with Dr. Patricia Coughlin, PhD.
PART IV: UNLOCKING THE UNCONSCIOUS
Paul Flores tells his story of an unlocking in vivid detail to Tom Paulus over the phone.
PART V: TERMINATION
Final comments are made by Tom.
A phone number (626.720.4497) is provided where listeners can call/text BOLD Voices with questions they want answered on the air. Listeners can expect their voicemails will be played on the air.
Thank you to all interviewee’s!
Announcement: Come see videotape evidence of unlocking! Master clinician and renown student of Davanloo, Dr. Patricia Coughlin will be providing a 2-day video based seminar on ISTDP therapy. Come enjoy the company of other professionals in hip downtown Encinitas, be edified and stimulated by Dr. Coughlins work, earn CE/CME’s, and enjoy a weekend at the beach in Encinitas. Learn more and sign up at http://www.boldhealthinc.com/patricia-coughlin-talk