Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction

Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction

Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction

Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction


"...a well-rooted resource for bodywork courses and a useful introductory text for a broad audience." Caduceus

"It's not a big book but it's got a vast amount of information and knowledge in it....if you are interested in getting a good overall picture of the subject you couldn't do better." The Fulcrum

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.

This new title examines the growing field of body psychotherapy:

  • Surveys the many forms of body psychotherapy
  • Describes what may happen in body psychotherapy and offers a theoretical account of how this is valuable drawing in current neuroscientific evidence
  • Defines the central concepts of the field, and the unique skills needed by practitioners
  • Accessible and practical, yet grounded throughout in current research
Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction is of interest to practitioners and students of all forms of psychotherapy and counselling, and anyone who wants to understand how mind and body together form a human being.


How strange, how synchronistic, that at the precise moment Nick Totton asked me to write this foreword to what is certain to become the standard work on body psychotherapy, I slipped a disk between C5 and C6 in my upper spine. The MRI scan showed the protrusion clearly and the pain was as bad as anything I've experienced, with acute sensations referred down my entire right arm, wrist and hand.

As a psychotherapist, I am more or less programmed to look as deeply as I can into the likely causes and significance of this injury beyond, though definitely including, the physical and material dimension. I could see how my father's death a few months earlier, and some family unpleasantness surrounding it, might have been a factor. And the intense desire to take a prolonged break from all work, in particular from writing (I am right-handed), was also something to think about. Having recently got married, which also brings its inevitable challenges and responsibilities, I wanted to spend time with my wife and get off the wheel of intense commitment to studying and writing, engaging in politics and seeing clients to which I had become accustomed.

Having had body psychotherapy myself, I could also see how the symptoms perfectly expressed emotional states with which I am becoming increasingly familiar: the problems of ageing, a sense of having shouldered too great a burden, a desire to stop communicating indirectly by writing and to start to do it more directly via speech and touch, and a recognition that all the insights that come from a reasonably productive analysis can't prevent some kind of eruption when a parent dies in less than ideal circumstances.

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