New Dimensions in Body Psychotherapy

New Dimensions in Body Psychotherapy

New Dimensions in Body Psychotherapy

New Dimensions in Body Psychotherapy


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 Psychotherapy is 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.


The body is our general medium for having a world.

(Merleau-Ponty 1962: 146)

O let me teach you how to knit again
This scattered corn into one mutual sheaf,
These broken limbs again into one body.

(Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, V. iii)

This book has two main purposes and two main audiences. Firstly, I want to celebrate and demonstrate the arrival of body psychotherapy as a unique and respected modality within the community of psychotherapies. Secondly, I would like to share some of the important contributions which body psychotherapy, as it goes through an extraordinary renaissance of energy and creativity, is currently making to that community. The two audiences, therefore, are on the one hand everyone interested in exploring the ‘turn to the body’ in psychotherapy; and on the other hand, body psychotherapists themselves, who will be heartened and inspired by these new perspectives.

New readers start here

This section is primarily for those not yet well acquainted with body psychotherapy and its history (for a much fuller account, see Totton 2003). Those who already know something about body psychotherapy may be familiar with much of what I have to say, and might even want to skip on to the next section – although it is often surprisingly useful to read a new account of what one thinks one knows already!

Our subject is the ensemble of approaches which, on appropriate occasions, work psychotherapeutically through the body, understanding that ‘mind’ does not function over and against ‘body’, but that the two are complementary . . .

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