The Body in Psychotherapy

  • Filename: the-body-in-psychotherapy.
  • ISBN: 9780786481811
  • Release Date: 2000-09-05
  • Number of pages: 199
  • Author: Edward W.L. Smith
  • Publisher: McFarland



"Impressive...excellent"--The Psychotherapist "Highly detailed...excellent"--Contemporary Psychology "Uuseful"--Transactional Analysis Journal "Worth reading"--Psychotherapy in Private Practice "Intellectual stimulating"--Voices "Excellent material"--The Focusing Connection "A worthwhile addition"--Common Boundary "Enlightening and helpful...a major contribution"--Pilgrimage: The Journal of Psychotherapy and Personal Exploration "A commendable integration of historical/academic perspectives and personal application of methods"--Humanistic Psychologist "Fascinating"--The Analytic Press This acclaimed work, first published in 1985, presents in full detail, the most effective aspects of bioenergetics, Gestalt therapy, psychomotor therapy, Reichian orgonomy, and many others, are fully detailed, along with a wealth of practical therapeutic techniques. This book is divided into four parts: the historical and theoretical perspective; the body as the locus of personality assessment; the body as the locus of psychotherapeutic intervention; and personal and ethical considerations.

Body Process

  • Filename: body-process.
  • ISBN: 9781317758181
  • Release Date: 2014-10-14
  • Number of pages: 252
  • Author: James I. Kepner
  • Publisher: CRC Press



Traditional psychotherapy approaches, focusing on working with and correcting mental events and conditions, have placed little importance on the fundamentally physical nature of the person. Yet many of the problems people bring to therapy are linked with or manifested in the body--such as obesity, psychosomatic distress, chronic tension, and sexual problems. This book provides a therapeutic approach that addresses both the physical and mental nature of clients. In this book, James Kepner shows that a client's posture, movements, and bodily experiences are indeed relevant to therapy, and he offers an insightful framework for incorporating these aspects into a therapeutic framework. This comprehensive treatment explains how body work can be integrated with the aims, methods, and philosophy of psychotherapy, offering a framework within which practitioners of different theoretical approaches can better appreciate body processes in the context of the whole person, rather than as isolated events. This book, including an updated introduction by the author, explores the range of body work in psychotherapy, from the development of body awareness to intensive work with physical structure and expression. And it demonstrates how this approach can be particularly effective with a range of clients, including survivors of sexual abuse, recovering drug addicts or alcoholics, or those suffering from chronic illness.

Body Psychotherapy in Progressive and Chronic Disorders

  • Filename: body-psychotherapy-in-progressive-and-chronic-disorders.
  • ISBN: 9783805574488
  • Release Date: 2002-01-01
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Christa D. Ventling
  • Publisher: Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers



Body-oriented psychotherapy recognises the continuity and deep connections between mind and body, psyche and soma. This concept is of key significance in the treatment of patients suffering from irreversible disorders like diabetes or infertility or from a progressive disease like multiple sclerosis, aids or cancer. Such a diagnosis is hard to accept. Body psychotherapists using special techniques can often achieve a deepened body consciousness in the patient leading to new insights and hence an altered state of mind. The papers presented here testify to the beneficial effects of the therapies and the improvement of the quality of life in spite of the irreversible somatic condition or the time left to live. Furthermore, the on-going process in the treating therapist is highlighted. Readers will appreciate the candid accounts of the therapists concerns for their patients, their reflections on health, on the impending threat of death as well as on the spiritual aspects of dying. Psychotherapists of all disciplines, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, oncologists, neurologists, general practitioners as well as medical students will find this publication different, educational and inspiring.

Talking Bodies

  • Filename: talking-bodies.
  • ISBN: 9781782201069
  • Release Date: 2014-04-30
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Kate White
  • Publisher: Karnac Books



This monograph brings together the presentations from the nineteenth John Bowlby Memorial Conference in 2012, organised by The Bowlby Centre. The aim of this was to explore the growing role of the body in relational psychotherapy over the last decade, and to bring us up to date in thinking about the relationship between attachment, the body and trauma. Questions addressed included: How do we anchor the new understandings we are gaining within the framework of attachment? How might the integration of these ideas about the body change what we do in the consulting room? What impact might this have on the therapy relationship? Can we maintain and respect the place of a secure, attuned attachment between therapist and client, and its healing potential, at the centre of our therapeutic work? Pat Ogden’s paper “Wisdom of the Body, Lost and Found” was the conference centrepiece and there are contributions from leading clinicians including Roz Carroll, Mark Linington, and Orit Badouk Epstein. Each in their different ways have brought their clinical experiences to life in their presentations and demonstrated this leading edge work in relation to the themes of the body and touch with clients including those so often regarded as “unsuitable for therapy”, namely those who have a physical or learning disability or those who have survived extreme trauma through the painful means of psychic protection resulting in dissociative states of mind. Other contributors include Phil Mollon on “Attachment and Energy Psychology” and Nick Totton on “Embodiment and the Social Bond”.

The Embodied Psychotherapist

  • Filename: the-embodied-psychotherapist.
  • ISBN: 9781135452360
  • Release Date: 2004-06-02
  • Number of pages: 184
  • Author: Robert Shaw
  • Publisher: Routledge



The therapist's body is a vital part of the therapeutic encounter, yet there is an inherent inadequacy in current psychotherapeutic discourse to describe the bodily phenomena. Until recently, for instance, the whole area of touch in psychotherapy has been given very little attention. The Embodied Psychotherapist uses accounts of therapists' own experiences to address this inadequacy in discourse, and provides strategies for incorporating these feelings into therapeutic work with clients. Drawing on these personal accounts, it also discusses the experiences that can be communicated to the therapist during the encounter. This description and exploration of how practitioners use their bodily feelings within the therapeutic encounter book will be valuable for all psychotherapists and counsellors.

The Body in Psychotherapy

  • Filename: the-body-in-psychotherapy.
  • ISBN: 1556432518
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 199
  • Author: Don Johnson
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books



The Body in Psychotherapy explores the life of the body as a basis of psychological understanding. Its chapters describe the use of movement, awareness exercises, and bodily imagination in work with various populations and life situations. It chronicles somatic work with childhood trauma, political torture, and life transitions such as aging, the loss of parents, and the emergence of a sense of self. The Body in Psychotherapy is the third in a groundbreaking series that provides a theoretical and practical context for the emerging field of Somatics. The first and second book of the series are Bone, Breath, and Gesture and Groundworks.

Body Psychotherapy

  • Filename: body-psychotherapy.
  • ISBN: 9781317822417
  • Release Date: 2014-06-03
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Tree Staunton
  • Publisher: Routledge



In the past the practice of body psychotherapy has been taken less seriously in professional circles than more traditional psychotherapeutic approaches. Body Psychotherapy redresses the balance, offering insights into a spectrum of approaches within body-oriented psychotherapy. A range of experienced contributors introduce new areas of development and emerging theory and clinical material, covering: * the history of body psychotherapy * theoretical perspectives on body psychotherapy, including post-Reichian and development of integrative methodologies * body psychotherapy in practice, including applications for trauma and regression * the future for body psychotherapy. This book shows how body psychotherapy can be healing, reparative and rewarding. It will make essential reading for postgraduates and professionals, whether they are already involved in this field, or wish to learn more about incorporating it into their own practice.

Body mind Psychotherapy

  • Filename: body-mind-psychotherapy.
  • ISBN: 0393704416
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 292
  • Author: Susan M. Aposhyan
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company



Body-mind psychotherapy (BMP) takes the basic tools of mind-body integration and joins them with an awareness of emotional development.

The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology

  • Filename: the-handbook-of-body-psychotherapy-and-somatic-psychology.
  • ISBN: 1583948414
  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Number of pages: 984
  • Author: Gustl Marlock
  • Publisher:



The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology provides a comprehensive overview of body-centered psychotherapies, which stress the centrality of the body to overcoming psychological distress, trauma, and mental illness. Psychologists and therapists are increasingly incorporating these somatic or body-oriented therapies into their practices, making mind-body connections that enable them to provide better care for their clients. Designed as a standard text for somatic psychology courses, The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology contains 100 cutting-edge essays and studies by respected professionals from around the world on such topics as the historical roots of Body Psychotherapy; the role of the body in developmental psychology; the therapeutic relationship in Body Psychotherapy; and much more, as well as helpful case studies and essays on the use of Body Psychotherapy for specific disorders. This anthology will be indispensible for students of clinical and counseling psychology, somatic psychology, and various forms of body-based therapy (including dance and movement therapies), and is also an essential reference work for most practicing psychotherapists, regardless of their therapeutic orientation. Contributors: Gustl Marlock, Halko Weiss, Courtenay Young, Michael Soth, Ulfried Geuter, Judyth O. Weaver, Wolf E. Büntig, Nicholas Bassal, Michael Coster Heller, Heike Langfeld, Dagmar Rellensmann, Don Hanlon Johnson, Christian Gottwald, Andreas Wehowsky, Gregory J. Johanson, David Boadella, Alexander Lowen, Ian J. Grand, Marilyn Morgan, Stanley Keleman, Eugene T. Gendlin, Marion N. Hendricks-Gendlin, Michael Harrer, Ian J. Grand, Marianne Bentzen, Andreas Sartory, George Downing, Andreas Wehowsky, Marti Glenn, Ed Tronick, Bruce Perry, Susan Aposhyan, Mark Ludwig, Ute-Christiane Bräuer, Ron Kurtz, Christine Caldwell, Albert Pesso, Michael Randolph, William F. Cornell, Richard A. Heckler, Gill Westland, Lisbeth Marcher, Erik Jarlnaes, Kirstine Münster, Tilmann Moser, Frank Röhricht, Ulfried Geuter, Norbert Schrauth, Ilse Schmidt-Zimmermann, Peter Geissler, Ebba Boyesen, Peter Freudl, James Kepner, Dawn Bhat, Jacqueline Carleton, Ian Macnaughton, Peter A. Levine, Stanley Keleman, Narelle McKenzie, Jack Lee Rosenberg, Beverly Kitaen Morse, Angela Belz-Knöferl, Lily Anagnostopoulou, William F. Cornell, Guy Tonella, Sasha Dmochowski, Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, Jacqueline A. Carleton, Manfred Thielen, Xavier Serrano Hortelano, Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton, Thomas Harms, Nicole Gäbler, John May, Rob Fisher, Eva R. Reich, Judyth O. Weaver, Barnaby B. Barratt, Sabine Trautmann-Voigt, Wiltrud Krauss-Kogan, Ilana Rubenfeld, Camilla Griggers, Serge K. D. Sulz, Nossrat Peseschkian, Linda H. Krier, Jessica Moore Britt, and Daniel P. Brown.

The Conscious Body

  • Filename: the-conscious-body.
  • ISBN: 1433809095
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 219
  • Author: Perrin Elisha
  • Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn



Perrin Elisha delves into the underlying bias in psychology and psychotherapy that views the mind and body as separate, and that views the mind as having a higher status than the body in all contexts. Elisha confronts the fact that most people in Western contemporary culture—psychologists as well as lay people—have come to think of psychological space, what we think of as consciousness, as somehow not really being located in the body.The author's lively examination of the mind–body split moves from the classical ideas all the way up through Western history to modern psychology and the intriguing findings of neuropsychology. A rigorous, metapsychological review of the evolution of a central idea in psychology, this book not only enlightens readers to the unconscious biases in their own thinking, but points to a new way to view the mind—and all the brilliant complexity of consciousness—as embodied.

Attachment in Psychotherapy

  • Filename: attachment-in-psychotherapy.
  • ISBN: 1606237470
  • Release Date: 2007-03-06
  • Number of pages: 366
  • Author: David J. Wallin
  • Publisher: Guilford Press



This eloquent book translates attachment theory and research into an innovative framework that grounds adult psychotherapy in the facts of childhood development. Advancing a model of treatment as transformation through relationship, the author integrates attachment theory with neuroscience, trauma studies, relational psychotherapy, and the psychology of mindfulness. Vivid case material illustrates how therapists can tailor interventions to fit the attachment needs of their patients, thus helping them to generate the internalized secure base for which their early relationships provided no foundation. Demonstrating the clinical uses of a focus on nonverbal interaction, the book describes powerful techniques for working with the emotional responses and bodily experiences of patient and therapist alike.

The Body in Recovery

  • Filename: the-body-in-recovery.
  • ISBN: 9781883319069
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Number of pages: 277
  • Author: John P. Conger
  • Publisher: Frog Books



The Body in Recovery challenges the separation of verbal and bodywork therapies by integrating Reich's concepts of character armoring and bioenergetic exercises with psychodynamic theory. Addressed to therapists, this culminating work of twenty years of psychotherapy will also fascinate those embarking on the journey of therapy for themselves, and anyone seeking to understand the process of shaping an identity.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Interventions for Trauma and Attachment

  • Filename: sensorimotor-psychotherapy-interventions-for-trauma-and-attachment.
  • ISBN: 9780393708509
  • Release Date: 2015-04-27
  • Number of pages: 768
  • Author: Pat Ogden
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company



A book for clinicians and clients to use together that explains key concepts of body psychotherapy. The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy, yet the story told by the “somatic narrative”-- gesture, posture, prosody, facial expressions, eye gaze, and movement -- is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. The language of the body communicates implicit meanings and reveals the legacy of trauma and of early or forgotten dynamics with attachment figures. To omit the body as a target of therapeutic action is an unfortunate oversight that deprives clients of a vital avenue of self-knowledge and change. Written for therapists and clients to explore together in therapy, this book is a practical guide to the language of the body. It begins with a section that orients therapists and clients to the volume and how to use it, followed by an overview of the role of the brain and the use of mindfulness. The last three sections are organized according to a phase approach to therapy, focusing first on developing personal resources, particularly somatic ones; second on utilizing a bottom-up, somatic approach to memory; and third on exploring the impact of attachment on procedural learning, emotional biases, and cognitive distortions. Each chapter is accompanied by a guide to help therapists apply the chapter’s teachings in clinical practice and by worksheets to help clients integrate the material on a personal level. The concepts, interventions, and worksheets introduced in this book are designed as an adjunct to, and in support of, other methods of treatment rather than as a stand-alone treatment or manualized approach. By drawing on the therapeutic relationship and adjusting interventions to the particular needs of each client, thoughtful attention to what is being spoken beneath the words through the body can heighten the intimacy of the therapist/client journey and help change take place more easily in the hidden recesses of the self.

Body Psychotherapy

  • Filename: body-psychotherapy.
  • ISBN: 9780335210381
  • Release Date: 2003-03-01
  • Number of pages: 185
  • Author: Totton, Nick
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)



Body psychotherapy is an holistic therapy which approaches human beings as united bodymind, and offers embodied relationship as its central therapeutic stance. Well-known forms include Reichian Therapy, Bioenergetics, Dance Movement Therapy, Primal Integration and Process Oriented Psychology.

New Dimensions In Body Psychotherapy

  • Filename: new-dimensions-in-body-psychotherapy.
  • ISBN: 9780335228126
  • Release Date: 2005-09-01
  • Number of pages: 201
  • Author: Totton, Nick
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)



There is currently an explosion of interest in the field of body psychotherapy. This is feeding back into psychotherapy and counselling in general, with many practitioners and trainees becoming interested in the role of the body in holding and releasing traumatic patterns. This collection of ground-breaking work by practitioners at the forefront of contemporary body psychotherapy enriches the whole therapy world. It explores the leading edge of theory and practice, including: Neuroscientific contributions Embodied countertransference Movement patterns and infant development Freudian and Jungian approaches Continuum Movement Embodied-Relational Therapy Process Work Body-Mind Centering® Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy Trauma work New Dimensions in Body Psychotherapyis an essential contribution to the 'turn to the body' in modern psychotherapy. Contributors:Jean-Claude Audergon, Katya Bloom, Roz Carroll, Emilie Conrad, Ruella Frank, Linda Hartley, Gottfried Heuer, Peter Levine, Yorai Sella, Michael Soth, Nick Totton, David Tune.

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