Body Psychotherapy is a holistic form of psychotherapy which incorporates the body within the psychotherapeutic process. Based on the idea that the body is directly linked to thought and emotions, Body Psychotherapy uses various techniques which enhance the awareness of our body and its direct connection with our thoughts and emotions,for the restoration of pathological symptoms. The “analysand” works with the psychotherapist … and most importantly they explore the analysand’s ability to heal himself.
In order to facilitate the analysis process, the Body Psychotherapist utilizes techniques which focus on the body and in particular on the level of bodily sensations which are often beyond our awareness. The Body Psychotherapist can help a person enhance awareness of body posture or a spontaneous movement. These techniques help the person come into direct contact with his/her emotions and help him/her to discover and activate new potential.
There are many idiomatic phrases which indicate the somatic aspect of experience. For example, we refer to our ability to “take a stand”, to “be grounded”, to have a sense in our guts about something, to have an “open heart”, to “raise a wall”. In Body Psychotherapy these are not just metaphors. They are the reality of our experience which manifests in our body. Processing them helps us develop self-knowledge and open up a path for new ways of existing.
Body Psychotherapy emphasizes very basic life processes: how we connect to other people, how we claim for and get what we need, how we build boundaries to define ourselves, how we see ourselves and how others see us, how we organize our potential to get out into the world and how we return to ourselves to rest and replenish our psychic power.
The duration of psychotherapy depends on many factors, such as the goals that you have set for yourself, the complexity of the situation you are faced with, the kind of support you have from the people around you and your expectations from psychotherapy. In addition, each person follows a personal pace in processing therapy, so it’s impossible to specify in advance how long the psychotherapeutic process will last.