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Heal A Wounded Heart with Pilar Jennings

May 2, 2018

Aired Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 2:00 PM EST

Heal A Wounded Heart with Pilar Jennings

Early on in her clinical practice, psychoanalyst Pilar Jennings was presented with a particularly difficult case: a six-year-old girl who, traumatized by loss, had stopped speaking. Feeling challenged by the limitations of her training to respond effectively to the isolating effect of this young girl’s childhood trauma, Pilar decided to take an unconventional treatment approach. She invited her friend Lama Pema, a kind Tibetan Buddhist monk, who had also experienced his own life-shaping trauma at a very young age into their sessions. The result is a fascinating case study that illustrates how Western psychology and Buddhist teachings can intersect to provide a unique therapeutic approach in healing childhood wounds.

Join Sylvia and her guest Pilar Jennings, author of To Heal A Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action, as they discuss the importance of healing our wounded inner child.

About the Guest: Pilar Jennings, PHD.

Pilar Jennings, PhD, is a psychoanalyst in private practice with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation. She has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. A visiting lecturer at Union Theological Seminary, and a guest lecturer at Columbia University.

Pilar Jennings is the author of Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationships in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism and her latest book To Heal a Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action.

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