Body-mind psychotherapy was developed by Susan Aposhyan. This therapy model considers both the body and the mind as working together as one complete unit. In body-mind psychotherapy the whole person is recognized as being the gateway to past experiences. In addition, the body is seen as the vehicle from which all of our perceptions and beliefs originate. The body-mind unit is believed to be the well from which all of our feelings spring and is responsible for our actions. This type of therapy strives to achieve change by utilizing the body-mind awareness in the present moment.
Behavioral patterns that are a result of traumatic situations, stress, or other mental issues are identified and examined during body-mind psychotherapy. The technique is one that embodies the entire experience by recognizing specific sensations and feelings in the body and allowing them the freedom to perform according to their natural tendencies. Breath, sound, and movement are all elements of this therapy and used as analytical measurements to the healing process. This method of therapy is based on a somatic approach and attempts to provide a client with similar outcomes derived from other somatic therapies.
When undergoing body-mind psychotherapy, the client will experience a joining of all physical, sensory, and emotional movements. Through psychotherapy, these facets are analyzed to further create body awareness and identify any counter-productive behaviors. The clinician works with the whole client, body and mind, to reestablish new behaviors that result in a more positive influence on the person in his entirety.
The ultimate goal of body-mind psychotherapy is to formulate new expectations, behaviors and perceptions. Development is the key to the success of this method of therapy and patterns created in infancy and early childhood are used as a map for the continuing growth of the whole. Body-mind psychotherapy is a useful tool for individuals as well as groups, couples, families and educational environments that aim to provide the client with an overall sense of body-mind connectedness and oneness.
Last updated: 06-13-2013