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Trauma and the Body
Author: Minton

ISBN: 9780393704570
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17 October 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.5 x 3.8
Psychotherapists who have been trained in models of psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, or cognitivetherapeutic approaches are skilled at listeningto the language and affect of the client. Theytrack the clients' associations, fantasies, and signs of psychic conflict, distress, anddefenses. Yet while the majority of therapistsare trained to notice the appearance and eventhe movements of the client's body, thoughtfulengagement with the client's embodiedexperience has remained peripheral totraditional therapeutic interventions. Traumaand the Body is a detailed review of research in neuroscience, trauma, dissociation, andattachment theory that points to the need for an integrative mind-body approach to trauma. Thepremise of this book is that, by addingbody-oriented interventions to their repertoire, traditionally trained therapists can increase the depth and efficacy of their clinical work.Sensorimotor psychotherapy is an approach thatbuilds on traditional psychotherapeuticunderstanding but includes the body as centralin the therapeutic field of awareness, usingobservational skills, theories, andinterventions not usually practiced inpsychodynamic psychotherapy. By synthesizingbottom-up and top down interventions, thea...

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