#208 – Pre- and Perinatal Psychology with William Emerson

photo of Dr. William Emerson


William R. Emerson, Ph.D., is a renowned workshop leader, writer, lecturer, and pioneer in the field of pre and perinatal psychology. He is among the first in the world to develop prenatal and perinatal treatment methods for infants and children, is an expert in treatment methods for adults, and is recognized world-wide for his contributions. He is also co-president of APPPAH, the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, and has been on the Board of Directors for twenty years. He is the author of six books, five self-published, the co-author of Remembering Our Home , and the author of 15 published chapters and journal articles in the field of pre and perinatal psychology.

He is also the writer and producer of four video programs. He holds graduate degrees from Vanderbilt and San Jose State Universities, graduating with honors. He has held university appointments as Honorary Faculty, Director of Clinical Training, International Lecturer, and Assistant Professor of Psychology. As an acknowledgment of his contributions to psychology, he received an honorary fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Emerson practiced psychotherapy for 25 years, specializing in psychotherapy and regression therapy for infants, children, and adults, and lectured domestically and internationally on these topics. Dr. Emerson is retired from the practice of psychotherapy and is currently writing a book on spirit and soul wounding, finishing a book entitled: The Dark Side of Childbirth and Its Effects on our Children (Stonebrook Press, June 09), and conducting open workshops and training programs in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

you might be interested to know that his wife is Dr. Myrtle Heery who I interviewed on Shrink Rap Radio #115 about Humanistic-Existential Psychotherapy.

Also, as I mentioned in the interview, a good companion piece is the interview I did with Dr. Tony Madrid on Shrink Rap Radio #119 – Using Hypnosis and EMDR to Repair Broken Maternal/Infant Bonds.

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  1. Psyche
    Posted June 21, 2009 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Wonderful! Thank-you! I loved it. I’d love to hear more about it… About breathwork or Grof’s perinatal matrix’s.
    Keep up the good work

  2. John Caron
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I really enjoy this! Really appreciate this interview! Your work is tremendous!

  3. wieslawa kastelik
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    love your show…especially with William Emerson

  4. Dorothy
    Posted June 5, 2015 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    Makes perfect sense. As a first time mother after a 23 hr hospital ‘labour’. Baby posterior position. Eventual horrendous forceps delivery (physically and mentally damaging to both mother and child). Own birth also difficult. Pethidine/morphine local solution plus conveyor belt home. 1977. Where and how to make amends and sense of this practice?

  5. Ma. Emma OchoaAlorda
    Posted June 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Hola: Soy exalumna de William en México, después de estudiar, practicar y trabajar en mi propio nacimiento me gradué como Maestra en Psicología pre y perinatal, (hace aproximadamente 15 años) dejé mi carrera de Normalista y directora de Secundaria, para dedicarme de lleno a la práctica y puedo decir que cada vez estoy más enamorada y agradecida con Dios porque los milagros que veo. No puedo más que decirle a William nuevamente: GRACIAS.

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