Psychotherapy and Quantum Field Theory (QFT)

Beyond the Art of BART: Bilateral Affective Reprocessing of Thoughts: (hearts, guts and minds) Information for clinicians

Presentation by: Dr Art O’Malley
Stress 2017 Oct 14 Lymm NW osteopath group
Mascot Child and Famiy Services Ltd

Three brains in one body

Head brain

  • Analytical
  • Logical (objective)
  • Integration of emotions and cognitions
  • Development of insight & meaning
  • Learn from experience

Heart brain

  • Emotional
  • Subjective
  • Heartfelt
  • Loss
  • Grief
  • Panic
  • Anxiety

Gut brain

  • Reactive (reflective)
  • Turbulent
  • Gut feelings
  • Gut instinct

Head Brain overview (Model)

Heart–Brain connection CNS independent of rest of nervous system

Gut–Brain connection to brainstem

Hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenocortical axis

Brain–immune system interactions

Manual Objectives

  • Understanding of different types of traumatic stress
  • Focus on children and adolescents but equally applicable to adults
  • Update on neurobiology and research
  • Development of my treatment model which has evolved over 10 years of treating patients with complex trauma

Manual Objectives

  • Disorders of extreme or ‘toxic’ stress
  • Risk factors and outcomes
  • Triggers and aetiology
  • In utero influences
  • Neurobiology (handy take-home model)
  • Stress hormones and limbic system
  • Stages of Bilateral Affective Reprocessing of Thoughts (BART stages 1–5)

Controversial aspects

  • Nature of dissociation
  • Visual model of autonomic nervous system
  • Bilateral affective reprocessing therapy evidence
  • As an integration of head, heart and gut brain reprocessing
  • Quintessential model of the brain and neurobiological rationale (2008–2011)
  • Links to Quantum Bayesian Theory

Extreme stress in children

  • ‘Over the years our bodies become walking autobiographies, telling all those around us friend and foe alike of the minor and major stresses of our lives’
  • In other words our bodies keep score in our constant battle to process traumatic (wounding) events

Reaction to trauma

  • Most children have a normal reaction that resolves over time.
  • A minority become overwhelmed:
    • Hyper-reactive due to chronic stress
    • Go on to develop PTSD or
    • Developmental trauma disorder

Trauma in childhood

Immune and neurological problems:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • ADHD
  • Girls CFS, fibromyalgia, IBS, pelvic pain
  • Headaches
  • GIT problems
  • Dysmenorrheal symptoms
  • Complications post surgery including ICU