Treating Psychosomatic Patients: An Integrative Approach for the Mind and Body

1st Edition

Joeri Calsius

Routledge
December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780367342005 - CAT# 315580

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Summary

Treating the Psychosomatic Conflict offers a conceptual and therapeutic framework for all therapists who have to deal with the psychosomatic ‘conflicted’ body, as presented in anxiety and depression, stress and burn-out, medically unexplained symptoms and trauma.

The book introduces the transdisciplinary framework 'Experiential Bodywork' (EBW), drawing on theories and scientific findings drawn from clinical psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, psychotherapy and myofascial therapy. EBW provides a roadmap for a better understanding of the processes that underpin body psychotherapy and body-mind therapies. On a practical level, EBW challenges the therapist to marry the power of psychotherapeutic techniques with the richness of hands-on bodywork and hands-off movement expression. With the 'armoured' body as an entry point, patients learn to feel their body from within and listen to what it tells them. In the sharpness of this awareness they discover a freer way of speaking, moving and being present in the world.

Through Experiential Bodywork, Treating the Psychosomatic Conflict offers a transdisciplinary, scientifically-based framework for the integration of bodywork in psychotherapy, ranging from psychosomatics to trauma, and will be of great interest to psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and counsellors in a variety of settings.

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