Jacob Ham?


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Has anyone heard of this guy?

He seems to be using some kind of ACT- type of treatment for PTSD, but I don't recognize it. I'm not even sure if it has a name because he doesn't seem to call his treatment anything other than "relational."
He’s got a seriously badass CV.

I’d expect he’s about 15 years out from publishing? (Book, that is. I’d also expect he’s got several articles -and studies- with his name on them from his CV). Most serious clinicians (and he’s definitely that) wait until semi-retirement, stepping down from leadership roles & transitioning into nationally & internationally renowned experts themselves, instead of working for nationally & internationally recognized clinics/universities. Unless his career hits the skids, or he gets hit by a bus, he’s definitely heading in that direction.

Never heard of him prior to this moment, but he looks to be a rising star.
There's a bestseller right now, "What My Bones Know" by Stephanie Foo, where the author had cptsd, nothing worked, then she went to this person and got better. (Not all better, though. It's nonfiction.)

He apparently also worked with that guy from SNL, Darrell Hammond.
Well he's right about neglect. But I don't see how it would work for it, tbh.. Maybe it's the lack-of-desire/ you-don't-have -me-convinced issue he talks about. Since it's predicated on fairly positive or neutral current surroundings or people, Idk. I don't see the workability without self-compassion, and many people have little to none of that. At least people who experienced neglect. And I think neglect sets up for less than ideal choices, just as shame etc influences. I think with neglect there's no desire to reach out, and even less expectation of anything positive in real world ways. And more importantly, consoling yourself as a child means finding your own ways on your own to be safe. So the cycle continues. JMHO though.
Great threat! Thanks for posting it on the book thread for me to find!

I just finished the book today and only started obsessive research. What I found so far is that Han's approach is rupture repair therapy/theory which is rooted in modern relational psychoanalysis. Another author I started reading a couple of weeks ago is Irvin Yalom who had a patient with whom he had a similar approach to what Han and Foo did together. Yalom has a similar approach. They didn't record their sessions but each wrote a letter about each of the sessions. They later published them in a book (Yalom, Elkin 1974: Every Day gets a little closer: A twice-told therapy). I found him through one of his other books (The Gift of Therapy).

The rupture repair approach helps to repair the relation to others and oneself. It's about identifying little signs of avoidance or aggression (flight/fight microresponses) in communication. This explains a lot: