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Body Psychotherapy

1st Edition

Edited by Tree Staunton


256 pages

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In the past the practice of body psychotherapy has been taken less seriously in professional circles than more traditional psychotherapeutic approaches.

Body Psychotherapy redresses the balance, offering insights into a spectrum of approaches within body-oriented psychotherapy. A range of experienced contributors introduce new areas of development and emerging theory and clinical material, covering:

* the history of body psychotherapy

* theoretical perspectives on body psychotherapy, including post-Reichian and development of integrative methodologies

* body psychotherapy in practice, including applications for trauma and regression

* the future for body psychotherapy.

This book shows how body psychotherapy can be healing, reparative and rewarding. It will make essential reading for postgraduates and professionals, whether they are already involved in this field, or wish to learn more about incorporating it into their own practice.


'This book should make it possible for those psychotherapists whose training did not involve much (or any) focus on the theory and practice of body psychotherapy to think about adding a bodily perspective to their existing ways of doing things. And, it goes without saying, body psychotherapists will find the book an enormously useful resource - stimulating, comprehensive and responsible.' - Andrew Samuels, University of Essex, UK

Table of Contents

Samuels, Foreword. Foreign Bodies. Recovering the History of Body Psychotherapy. Application of Post-Reichian Body Psychotherapy. A Chiron Perspective. Sexuality and Body Psychotherapy. Biodynamic Massage in Psychotherapy. Re-integrating, Re-owning and Re-associating Through the Body. Body Psychotherapy Without Touch. Applications for Trauma. The Use of Imagery in Body Psychotherapy. Psychospiritual Body Psychotherapy. Subtle Bodywork. Body Psychotherapy and Regression. The Body Remembers Past Lives. The Future for Body Psychotherapy.

About the Editor

Tree Staunton is a UKCP registered Body Psychotherapist who worked for some years as a trainer, group leader and supervisor at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy, West London, and now works as an independent consultant. She has previous experience working in the National Health Service as an Occupational Therapist and holds a BA degree in Conflict Resolution and Group Studies

About the Series

Advancing Theory in Therapy

Most books covering individual therapeutic approaches are aimed at the trainee/student market.

This series, however, is concerned with advanced and advancing theory, offering the reader comparative and comparable coverage of a number of therapeutic approaches.

Aimed at professionals and postgraduates, Advancing Theory in Therapy will cover an impressive range of theories.

With full reference to case studies throughout, each book in the series will:

  • present cutting edge research findings
  • locate each theory and its application within its cultural context
  • develop a critical view of theory and practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General