The field of Body Psychotherapy emerged originally from the work of Wilhelm Reich and forms a distinct branch of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Contemporary Body Psychotherapy is concerned with the integration of physiological/somatic, emotional, mental, spiritual and social/relational aspects of the individual. It involves an extensive body of knowledge and explicit theories of mind-body functioning which take the complexity of interactions and reciprocal relationships between psyche and soma into account.
Body Psychotherapy approaches share an underlying assumption that we are embodied beings and that there is a functional unity between psychological and bodily aspects of being. Instead of hierarchical relationships between mind and body, we see dynamic correlations between somatic manifestations and psychological processes we observe. Contemporary Body Psychotherapy draws on both humanistic and analytic conceptions and may involve working with touch, movement and breathing. CABP promotes the integration of relational perspectives with body awareness to inform an embodied intersubjective engagement in the therapeutic relationship.
The following articles provide insights into theory and practice of body psychotherapy.
- The History of Body Psychotherapy - an Overview (Bernd Eiden)
- Current Body Psychotherapy - an integral-relational approach for the 21st century? (Michael Soth)
- An Application of Body Psychotherapy (Jochen Lude)
- The Use of Touch (Bernd Eiden)