Bring All of You to Therapy
Talking about your problems is good. We have all said things like, let’s talk about it. Let’s discuss this. How do you feel about that? We’ll sort this out. Your counselor or therapist may have said these statements to you. Talking is helpful; up to a point. But there is something missing. An inclusion of your body; which is where you live.
Don’t Leave Your Body at the Door
Don’t leave your body at the door. Body Psychotherapy, in the Bioenergetic Analysis tradition that I was trained in, rests on the premise that our body and our mind are in unity. We cannot separate body and mind. Where does the body end and the mind begin anyway?
What About this Mind Body Split?
Rene’ Descartes, the 17th Century philosopher, addressed this problem creating a school of thought known as Cartesian Dualism. Remember his statement, “I think; therefore, I am?” This dualism unfortunately helped to foster the dispassionate Western medicine mechanistic view of the body. Fortunately, we are recovering from this as wholistic and functional medicine practitioners are more common now.
If you are a student of yoga, tai chi, or chi gong, you probably have a more unitary experience of your amazing being as body, mind and spirit. This concept is more in line with the ancient wisdoms of the East.
Body Psychotherapy and Bioenergetic Analysis
In traditional psychotherapy you leave your body at the door. Thankfully, the principles of Bioenergetic Analysis are now present in many “body psychotherapy” traditions. These include Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi Therapy, Core Energetics and Sensoritmotor Therapy. Yoga has also added its brand of Yoga Therapy to this mix.
A Good Choice for You
What does this all have to do with you? Plenty. Suppose you are in a stuck place and you begin ruminating about the ways that your life isn’t working. Do you start talking to friends and family about this? Maybe they are the problem. Where do you turn? To move from stuck and unhappy to vibrantly alive and fulfilled; finding a good psychotherapist can be a great choice. Meeting with a trained body, or somatic, psychotherapist can be an even better choice. Why?
How Somatic Psychotherapists Work
A somatically trained psychotherapist work with all of you. Not just your mind. What’s bugging you lives in your entire being. Anxiety expresses itself in your body as unnoticed, chronic muscular tensions and holding patterns. Depression shows itself as shallow breathing and a slumped body posture. Unexpressed anger will be locked in your shoulders, back and neck. Tears of grief may be that headache located in the back of your head that won’t go away.
From Contraction to Vibrancy
A body psychotherapist is trained to help you discover the connections between your life experiences, your body state and assist you in moving from contraction to vibrancy. This is the important distinction between talk therapy and body centered psychotherapy.
Want to learn more about your mind-body-spirit unity? Feeling a little stuck and not sure what to do? Give me a call. Let’s meet. Oh, and bring your body too. It’s trying to tell you something.