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Therapy: Body-oriented Psychotherapies

Body-oriented psychotherapy interventions” is an umbrella term for all psychotherapies that explicitly use body techniques in order to enhance the developing dialogue between patient and psycho-therapist about what is being experienced and as well as perceived.

The common theme that underpins body focused psychotherapies is the undeniable connection between body and mind and the underlying premise that our relationship to ourselves, others and the world is not only rooted in our mind and thoughts but also in our bodies.

Mindfulness-based Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Breathwork, Relaxation Therapies, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Affect-focused Body-Psychotherapy are examples of body orientated psychotherapy interventions. Such interventions appear to offer promising additional psychotherapeutic tools in areas where traditional talking psychotherapies may not have met your needs and can also be of particular help with somatoform difficulties (physical problems that develop in response to psychological stressors), medically unexplained syndromes or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma based on the awareness that traumatic experiences can become ‘trapped’ in our body. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can help to unearth such deeply rooted unconscious issues.

Body focused psychotherapies and interventions are gentle but powerful and can be effective form of treatment for adults who have survived childhood trauma.

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