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.

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 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.

Body Psychotherapy History Concepts and Methods

  • Filename: body-psychotherapy-history-concepts-and-methods.
  • ISBN: 9780393706697
  • Release Date: 2012-08-20
  • Number of pages: 842
  • Author: Michael Heller
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company



From yoga to neuroscience, a tour of major ideas about the body and mind. Body psychotherapy, which examines the relationship of bodily and physical experiences to emotional and psychological experiences, seems at first glance to be a relatively new area and on the cutting edge of psychotherapeutic theory and practice. It is, but the major concepts of body/mind treatment are actually drawn from a wide range of historical material, material that spans centuries and continents. Here, in a massively comprehensive book, Michael Heller summarizes all the major concepts, thinkers, and movements whose work has led to the creation of the field we now know as body/mind psychotherapy. The book covers everything from Eastern and Western thought—beginning with yoga and Taosim and moving to Plato and Descartes. It also discusses major developments in biology—how organisms are defined—and neuroscience. This is truly a comprehensive reference for anyone interested in the origins of the idea that the mind and body are not separate and that both must be understood together in order to understand people and their behavior.

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.

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.

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 of Awareness

  • Filename: body-of-awareness.
  • ISBN: 9781135061364
  • Release Date: 2013-04-15
  • Number of pages: 244
  • Author: Ruella Frank
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis



Merging scientific theory with a practical, clinical approach, Body of Awareness explores the formation of infant movement experience and its manifest influence upon the later adult. Most significantly, it shows how the organizing principles in early development are functionally equivalent to those of the adult. It demonstrates how movement plays a critical role in a developing self-awareness for the infant and in maintaining a healthy self throughout life. In addition, a variety of case studies illustrates how infant developmental movement patterns are part of the moment-to-moment processes of the adult client and how to bring these patterns to awareness within therapy. Body of Awareness is intended to help therapists, new or advanced, to enhance their skills of attunement. They can do this by heightening their observations of subtle movement patterns as they emerge within the client/therapist relationship, and by respective their own developing feelings within session as essential information to the therapy process. And as developmental patterns are central to psychological functioning, a background study of movement provides the therapist with critical insight into the unfolding psychodynamic field.

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.

Touching the Relational Edge

  • Filename: touching-the-relational-edge.
  • ISBN: 9781782200949
  • Release Date: 2014-02-01
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar
  • Publisher: Karnac Books



The psychotherapeutic encounter is a meeting between embodied psyches, bodies present in the room, speaking with each another, impacting and impacted by one another; bodies who are waiting for us to listen to them and dialogue with them – and speak on their behalf. The field of body psychotherapy has been exploring this embodied dialogue since the 1930s. The book Touching the Relational Edge delves into the history of body-psychotherapy, offering theoretical and clinical conceptualisations and insights, and is rich with clinical vignettes and applicable exercise, all aimed at providing the reader with a theoretical and experiential understanding of the place of the body in psychotherapy – allowing the reader a dynamic, curious and affective engagement. The book opens a window into the cutting-edge world of relational body-psychotherapy, offering the reader a personal and professional journey into the depth of therapeutic relationship as seen through anatomical and relational eyes.

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.

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.

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.

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