In Support Of Body Psychotherapy

After an introduction to body psychotherapy, there is a discussion of the trend in verbal and cognitive therapies to include the body. This trend will be highlighted via a comparison with body psychotherapy as well as references to cases. There is then a description of body psychotherapy’s unique contributions to psychotherapy at large and photos of a patient showing physical changes during six months of body psychotherapy treatment. Traditionally, the disciplines of cognitive, social and self psychology and body psychotherapy have been at two ends of a continuum. More recently however, these different disciplines have begun to share a common ground.

Keywords: body psychotherapy, embodied cognition, embodied self, self-reflexivity, Reich,Schore, Pagis