1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Embodied Perspectives in Psychotherapy Approaches from Dance Movement and Body Psychotherapies

Edited By Helen Payne, Sabine Koch, Jennifer Frank Tantia Copyright 2019
    478 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    478 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    There is a growing interest in embodied approaches to psychotherapy internationally. This volume focuses on the respective focal professions of dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) and body psychotherapy (BP), addressing the psychotherapeutic need for healing throughout the lifespan. Within embodied clinical approaches, the therapist and client collaborate to discover how the body and movement can be used to strengthen positive relational skills, attending to the client's immediate and long-term needs through assessment, formulation, treatment and evaluation. Both DMP and BP are based upon the capacity and authority of the body and non-verbal communication to support and heal patients with diverse conditions, including trauma, unexplained bodily symptoms and other psychological distress, and to develop the clients’ emotional and relational capacities by listening to their bodies for integration and wellbeing.

    In The Routledge International Handbook of Embodied Perspectives in Psychotherapy, world leaders in the field contribute their expertise to showcase contemporary psychotherapeutic practice. They share perspectives from multiple models that have been developed throughout the world, providing information on theoretical advances and clinical practice, as well as discourse on the processes and therapeutic techniques employed individually and in groups. Presented in three parts, the book covers underpinning embodiment concepts, potentials of dance movement psychotherapy and of body psychotherapy, each of which is introduced with a scene-setting piece to allow the reader to easily engage with the content. With a strong focus on cross- and interdisciplinary perspectives, readers will find a wide compilation of embodied approaches to psychotherapy, allowing them to deepen and further their conceptualization and support best practice.

    This unique handbook will be of particular interest to clinical practitioners in the fields of body psychotherapy and dance movement psychotherapy as well as professionals from psychology, medicine, social work, counselling/psychotherapy and occupational therapy, and to those from related fields who are in search of information on the basic therapeutic principles and practice of body and movement psychotherapies and seeking to further their knowledge and understanding of the discipline. It is also an essential reference for academics and students of embodied psychotherapy, embodied cognitive science and clinical professions.

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    List of Contributors

    Foreword by Don Hanlon Johnson

    Foreword by Vassiliki Karkou

    Foreword by Babette Rothchild



    List of Abbreviations

    Introduction to Embodied Perspectives in Psychotherapy: Helen Payne, UK; Sabine Koch, Germany; Jennifer Tantia, USA; and Thomas Fuchs, Germany

    Section One: Overview of Concepts

    Introduction to Section

    Essential Dimensions of Being a Body - Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, USA

    Narrratives in Embodied Therapeutic Practice: Getting the story straight - Shaun Gallagher, USA and Daniel D. Hutto, Australia

    Towards a Clinical Theory of Embodiment: A model for the conceptualization and treatment of mental illness - Jessica Acolin, USA

    The Evidence for Basic Assumptions of Dance Movement Therapy and Body Psychotherapy Related to Findings from Embodiment Research - Johannes Michalak, Naomi Lyons, and Thomas Heidenreich, Germany

    Having a Body and Moving your Body: Distinguishing somatic psychotherapy from dance/movement therapy - Jennifer Tantia, USA

    Section Two: Theory and Practice in Dance Movement Psychotherapy

    Introduction to Section

    A Developmental Taxonomy of Interaction Modalities in Dance Movement Therapy - Marianne Eberhard-Kaechele, Germany

    Witnessing Practice: In the eyes of the beholder - Tina Stromsted, USA

    Somatic Body Mapping with Women During Life Transitions - Annette Schwalbe, UK and Kenya

    Gravity in the Development of the (Body) Self in Dance Movement Psychotherapy - Diana Cheney, UK

    Dance Movement Therapy: Building resilience from shared movement experiences - Rosemarie Samaritter, The Netherlands

    Interrupted Rhythms: Dance/movement therapy’s contributions to suicide prevention – Susan D. Imus, USA

    Body as Voice: Restorative dance/movement psychotherapy with survivors of relational trauma -  Amber Gray, USA

    Playing Through Dancing Stories - Sylvie Garnero, France

    Psychological Re-sources in Integral Dance and Dance/Movement Therapy - Alexander Girshon and Ekaterina Karatygina, Russia

    Mother-Son Transgenerational Transmission of Eating Issues in a Co-treatment Method using the Ways of Seeing Approach - Suzi Tortora and Jennifer Whitley, USA

    The BodyMind Approach and People Affected by Medically Unexplained Symptoms /Somatic Symptom Disorder - Helen Payne, UK

    The Disturbance of the Psychosomatic Balance - Haguit Ehrenfreund, Switzerland

    Modulating Verbal and Non-Verbal Languages in Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Moving conversations with adult patients in private practice -Teresa Bas, Spain; Diana Fischman, Argentina; and Rosa Mª Rodríguez, Spain

    The Importance of Subtle Movement and Stillness in Japanese Dance Movement Therapy: A comparison with the Japanese traditional performing art of 'Noh' - Miyuki Kaji, Japan

    Embodiment of Space in Relation to the Self and Others in Psychotherapy: Boundlessness, emptiness, fullness, and betweenness  - Rainbow Ho, Hong Kong

    From the Alps to the Pyramids: Swiss and Egyptian perspectives on dance movement therapy -Iris Bräuninger, Switzerland and Radwa Said Abdelazim Elfeqi, Egypt

    Section Three: Theory and Practice in Body Psychotherapy

    Introduction to Section

    Relating Through the Body: Self, other and the wider world - Gill Westland, UK

    Functional Relaxation in Psychosomatic Medicine - Ursula Bartholomew and Ingrid Herholz, Germany

    The Art of Bottom-Up Processing: Mindfulness, meaning and self-compassion in body psychotherapy - Halko Weiss and Maci Daye, Germany

    Embodied-Relational Therapy - Nick Totton, UK

    Four Forms of Knowledge in Biosynthesis Therapy - David Boadella, Switzerland

    The Relational Turn in Body Psychotherapy - Michael Soth, UK

    Emotional Regulation in Body Psychotherapy - Ulfried Geuter, Germany

    The Embodiment of Dreams: Exploring mind/body connecting devices - Michel Coster Heller and Gillat Burckhardt-Bartov, France

    The Therapist’s Body and the Intersubjectivities of the Unconscious -Tom Warnecke, UK

    Being Moved to Tears: Somatic and motoric aspects of self-disclosure - Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, Israel

    Oppression and Embodiment in Psychotherapy - Rae Johnson, USA

    Micromovements: Filling out the movement continuum in clinical practice - Christine Caldwell, USA

    Safety in Psychotherapy: The body matters - Helma Mair, Ireland

    Touch and Embodiment: Body-oriented psychotherapeutic applications of clinical touch - Michael Changaris, USA

    Traumatic Dis-embodiment: Effects of trauma on body perception and body image - Maurizio Stupiggia, Italy

    Research Informing Body Psychotherapy Clinical Work: A spotlight on emotions - Margit Koemeda-Lutz, Switzerland





    Helen Payne, PhD, MPhil; UKCP Reg., ADMP-UK Reg., is Professor of Psychotherapy, specializing in dance movement psychotherapy, adverse childhood experiences and medically unexplained symptoms, at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

    Sabine Koch, PhD, MA, BC-DMT, is a psychologist and dance movement therapist. She is director of the Research Institute for Creative Arts Therapies at Alanus University, Germany, and Professor of Dance Movement Therapy of the Master Program at SRH University Heidelberg, Germany.

    Jennifer Tantia, PhD, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, is a somatic psychologist and dance movement psychotherapist, specializing in trauma and medically unexplained symptoms in the US. Dr. Tantia is former chair of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy research committee and currently serves on the board of the American Dance Therapy Association as chair of Research and Practice.

    Thomas Fuchs, PhD, MD, is Karl Jaspers Professor for Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Heidelberg and the Psychiatric University Hospital, Germany.

    "A broader and more international collection of writing on embodiment and psychotherapy is currently unimaginable. This new collection should serve as an authoritative source for embodied psychotherapy practitioners for many years to come. The coverage provided by the thirty-seven chapters that cover dance movement psychotherapy and body psychotherapy practice is unprecedented and offers a truly wide range of opinion and approach. This work may serve to bring these related but different approaches closer and establish greater understanding. Kudos to the editors, this volume is a true achievement!"
    - Robyn Flaum Cruz, PhD, BC-DMT; Professor, Lesley University PhD Program in Expressive Therapies, USA

    "The editors of this volume bring together an illustrious group of international leaders in both dance movement psychotherapy and body psychotherapy to share their wisdom on embodied therapeutic practice. Vast in its scope, original in its perspective, and comprehensive in its inclusion of diverse points of view, this book is a treasure trove of practical and theoretical riches. For all who honor the role of the body’s natural intelligence in healing from trauma and attachment inadequacies, this book is an essential resource."
    - Pat Ogden, PhD; founder of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment

    "This book is an important contribution to the growing science of mind-body interaction in psychotherapy. It is unique in its wide range of views of the importance of the body and will be invaluable for those working in  psychotherapy and counselling."
    - Prof. Dr. phil. Claire Schaub-Moore, CPsychol AFBPsS, WiAP, Wiesbaden Germany

    "As psychotherapies incorporate knowledge of the body, the term embodiment has become a central theme in the understanding and treatment of individuals with mental health challenges. In The Routledge International Handbook of Embodied Perspectives in Psychotherapy: Approaches from Dance Movement and Body Psychotherapies the editors - Helen Payne, Sabine Koch, Jennifer Tantia and Thomas Fuchs - have crafted a timely and important resource for clinician, student, and informed consumer.  Although Dance Movement Therapy and Body Psychotherapy sub-disciplines have their own affiliative societies and journals, the central role of the body is shared in both approaches and many therapists integrate features from each sub-discipline in their treatment models. This impressive scholarly volume documents how embodied perspectives have emerged in psychotherapy and are now commonly integrated in treatment models. The volume selects authors from a broad range of theoretical orientations and trainings who share a vision that body-oriented therapies provide an efficient and effective portal to alleviate the burden of mental discomfort, which often accompanies a history of trauma and abuse."
    - Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Distinguished University Scientist, Indiana University, USA; Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, USA; author of The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

    "What  strikes  me  most  about  reading  this  excellent  book,  apart  from a feeling of excitement, is all the different ways of describing embodiment and practicing  embodied  therapies  it  contains.  Like  the  proverbial  blind  men  and  the  elephant, there is a sense the authors are discussing different parts of the same hidden thing, or the same part in different ways. Taken as a whole, it brings the elephant—a wondrous beast indeed—more fully into view."
    -Adam  Bambury, International Body Psychotherapy Journal