By Robert Shaw
The therapist's physique is a crucial a part of the healing come upon, but there's an inherent inadequacy in present psychotherapeutic discourse to explain the physically phenomena. till lately, for example, the entire region of contact in psychotherapy has been given little or no consciousness. The Embodied Psychotherapist makes use of debts of therapists' personal reports to deal with this inadequacy in discourse, and offers concepts for incorporating those emotions into healing paintings with consumers. Drawing on those own bills, it additionally discusses the stories that may be communicated to the therapist throughout the encounter.This description and exploration of the way practitioners use their physically emotions in the healing come across e-book might be worthy for all psychotherapists and counsellors.
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1993; DeLozier 1994; Jehu 1994). Jehu (1994: 34) sums up the research into sexual abuse by therapists: ‘A wide range of sexual acts are perpetuated with patients by abusive therapists belonging to all the main psychotherapy professions in the USA, including intercourse in more than half the cases’. Jehu suggests that there are certain risk characteristics prevalent in abusive therapists, the vast majority of which are older men abusing young female clients. One of these risk characteristics relates to those psychotherapists who reach the top of their profession and tend to be isolated and grandiose in their behaviour; they tend to be isolated from their peers and to be charismatic guru figures.
In general, the psychotherapy profession remains confused on the issue of touch as a therapeutic intervention. One way to bring the body into therapy which does not necessarily involve touch is via an exploration of embodiment. By this I mean actively bringing the somatic phenomena that therapists feel while working into the therapeutic encounter. Clearly we need a framework to do this, and in the next two chapters I will introduce the ideas of embodiment and narrative which I argue will help provide such a framework for working with therapeutic embodiment.
At the institute where I trained there is a module on somatisation and defence mechanisms (SPTI 1999/2000) within the Gestalt psychotherapy programme; also on the Gestalt programme, external trainers teach on aspects of body work. Some of my colleagues have received direct training on body work, but the emphasis is always on the client’s body and I am not aware of the therapist’s body being addressed in the course of such training. One attempt at addressing this is the introduction of courses which include modules on psychosomatics, as described by Turp (1999).