The body’s innate intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy. This book, designed for therapists and clients to explore together, is both psychoeducational and practical. It will help therapists and clients alike use their own somatic intelligence to reclaim the body and engage it in the therapy process. A companion to the bestselling Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy, the book is not intended to teach the practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Rather, it is meant to act as a guide for helping clients draw on the wisdom of their bodies. Following an initial introductory section, the book consists of relatively short chapters designed to educate therapists and clients about a particular topic. Worksheets are provided for each chapter designed to be used either in therapy or between sessions to help clients integrate the material. The book will be useful for psychotherapists of a variety of persuasions: psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Some of the material may also be valuable for psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, rehabilitation workers, crisis workers, victim advocates, disaster workers, and body therapists, as well as for graduate students and interns entering the field of mental health.
Kekuni Minton (Author), Pat Ogden (Author), Clare Pain (Author) With a Foreword by Daniel J. Siegel, With a Foreword by Bessel van der Kolk
The body, for a host of reasons, has been left out of the “talking cure.”
Psychotherapists who have been trained in models of psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, or cognitive therapeutic approaches are skilled at listening to the language and affect of the client. They track the clients’ associations, fantasies, and signs of psychic conflict, distress, and defenses. Yet while the majority of therapists are trained to notice the appearance and even the movements of the client’s body, thoughtful engagement with the client’s embodied experience has remained peripheral to traditional therapeutic interventions. Trauma and the Body is a detailed review of research in neuroscience, trauma, dissociation, and attachment theory that points to the need for an integrative mind-body approach to trauma. The premise of this book is that, by adding body-oriented interventions to their repertoire, traditionally trained therapists can increase the depth and efficacy of their clinical work. Sensorimotor psychotherapy is an approach that builds on traditional psychotherapeutic understanding but includes the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness, using observational skills, theories, and interventions not usually practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy. By synthesizing bottom-up and top down interventions, the authors combine the best of both worlds to help chronically traumatized clients find resolution and meaning in their lives and develop a new, somatically integrated sense of self.
Poem: Carol Duffy: Only Then By kind permission Carol Duffy. Poem was first published by INSIDE OUT. The journal for the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy in No 76 Summer 2015.
Trauma, Stress Response, Somatics and Related Resources
Kurtz, Ron, Body-centered Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method Van der Kolk, Bessel, The Body Keeps the Score Porges, Stephen, The Polyvagal Theory Fisher, Janina, Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation Lee, Deborah, and James, Sophie, The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma Levine, Peter, Waking the Tiger Levine, Peter, Healing Trauma Damasio, Antonio, Self Comes to Mind Padesky, C, Mind Over Mood LeDoux, Joseph, The Emotional Brain Goleman, Daniel, Emotional Intelligence Rothschild, Babette, The Body Remembers