Emotion–Image therapy (EIT) is the main method in my psychodynamic coaching. I use it to work with chronic negative emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, shame, guilt, resentment, perfectionism, procrastination, envy, jealousy and emotional dependency. The main idea of EIT is that every emotion and feeling can be expressed in an image and then, through careful analytic interpretation and specifically chosen action, we are able to resolve the initial psychodynamic conflict, which transforms an emotional state of the person.
Using EIT, I help my clients to find lost inner resources, to access happiness, calm, and dignity. I also help to achieve success in personal relationships and on the job, to spur personal growth, to find balance between enjoying the process and achieving results. EIT is also an effective method for exploring existential questions, as well as helping one to understand how much control and freedom we have in our life.
Who developed Emotion-Image Therapy?
Emotion–Image therapy (EIT) was developed by Nikolay Linde, a Russian psychotherapist, who has successfully treated thousands of patients.
He got his PhD in psychology from Moscow State University in 1983. He created his original psychotherapeutic approach in 1991. He taught at the Moscow State University and now teaches at the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis and the Center for Emotion-Image Therapy, which he founded and is president of. He is the author of several textbooks and numerous articles on psychotherapy. Nikolai Linde consultants, teaches, trains and supervises psychotherapists.
His book, called “Emotional-image therapy [Analytical and effective]” has been translated into English. He also has articles translated into English.
On the one hand, EIT is deeply rooted in established therapeutic methods such as psychoanalysis, transactional analysis, Gestalt therapy, Redecision therapy, NLP, body-oriented psychotherapy, guided imagery, and more. On the other hand, EIT developed new unique techniques, has its own philosophy and style.
The goal of Emotional-Image Therapy is to transform the negative emotional state of an individual into a positive one.
The main idea of EIT is that any emotional state can be represented by an image, sound, taste, smell or even a texture. This image represents our current emotional state. Anyone can create a spontaneous and unique image of their emotions or feelings in the zone of free imagination. With my guidance we can modify and transform this state. This transformation happens at a deep level and our goal is for this transformation to happen irreversibly.
Freud said that dream interpretation is the “royal road to the unconscious.” Well the interpretation of spontaneously created images is like daydreaming and they allow us to have a dialogue with our unconscious.
Images can illuminate or elucidate the inner world and inner conflict. Images give access to more primitive material, forgotten memories. These images serve as a bridge to the understanding of the client’s inner world. Through free association, early memories come up, we can analyze these images which manifest defense mechanisms. It often brings up very early defenses. These images illuminate less conscious aspects of the client’s life. Why do we need to interpret it? Because interpretation enhances perception of client and it provides clarification of the client’s defensive style. Images provide access to past memories and sometimes provide a vivid evocation of a client’s inner state.
Client is encouraged to report his reactions to their images in a spontaneous flow of associations, which will help to clarify an elaborate latent meaning. I ask clients of feelings that are associated with this image and an early memory when that feeling was first formulated. And how it manifests in his life today.
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