An anatomy textbook on the mind-body connection designed for psychotherapists.
Kathrin Stauffer—a biochemist and seasoned body psychotherapist—takes a look at organ systems of the human body to illuminate the connections between body and mind, exploring the body as both the ground of our physical experience and as a metaphor for our emotional life. Beginning with a discussion of the basic building blocks of the body, cells and molecules, Stauffer works through the body system by system, showing through clinical case examples that an understanding of each system can greatly enhance the art of psychotherapy: The Central Nervous System, The Skeletal Musculature, The Respiratory System, The Skin, The Digestive System, Fluids and Connective Tissue, The Endocrine System, The Reproductive System, and The Respiratory System.
Throughout, Stauffer presents human anatomy and physiology in clear, simple terms, with facts selected for interest and relevance to psychotherapists. Many links are made between physical and psychological function to give readers a taste of how body psychotherapists work in clinical practice to integrate body and mind, and thus help their clients become more whole. Anatomy & Physiology for Psychotherapists invites psychotherapists, complementary therapists, and anyone else interested in the mind/body connection to engage with the physical body to bring more depth into their therapeutic work.
“My first reaction to this book is, ‘WOW!’ Scientist turned psychotherapist Kathrin Stauffer makes a major contribution towards a unifying theory of body and mind in this highly accessible volume. It is essential reading for all psychotherapists and body psychotherapists who desire to apply the wisdom of science for the purpose of gaining a deeper understanding of and greater compassion for their clients as well as themselves.” — Babette Rothschild, MSW, Author, The Body Remembers and 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery.
In the past, the practice of body psychotherapy has been taken less seriously in professional circles than more traditional psychotherapeutic approaches. This volume redresses the balance, offering insights into a spectrum of approaches with body-oriented psychotherapy. A range of experienced contributors introduce new areas of development and emerging theory, showing how body psychotherapy can be healing, reparative and renewing. The book 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.
It is difficult to point to an aspect of Jungian psychology that does not touch on mind, body and healing in some way. In this book Raya Jones draws on the triad of body, mind and healing and (re)presents it as a domain of ongoing uncertainty within which Jung’s answers stir up further questions.
Contributors from both clinical and scholarly backgrounds offer a variety of cultural and historical perspectives. Areas of discussion include:
- the psychosomatic nature of patients’ problems
- transference and counter-transference
- therapeutic techniques centred on movement or touch.
Striking a delicate balance between theory-centred and practice-oriented approaches Body, Mind and Healing after Jung is essential reading.
"This book offers a welcome interdisciplinary approach to Jungian psychology, with a focus on the embodied nature of the psyche. An important theme is that of the mind as emergent, in terms of neurobiology, personal relationships and the wider cultural context, creating a stimulating dialogue between these different perspectives." - Dr Jean Knox, Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, Consultant Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, UK
"A set of bold discourses, validating the body as central to the intersubjective field that is contemporary therapy." - Dr Dale Mathers, professional member of the Association of Jungian Analysts
Contemporary Body Psychotherapy: The Chiron Approach looks at the ground-breaking work of the London based Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy, a training centre recognised worldwide by professionals in the field. The book brings together Chiron trainers and therapists, describing how their integrative approach has enabled cutting-edge thinking.
Divided into two parts, the book deals with topics including:
- the roots and the development of the Chiron approach
- self-regulation - an evolving concept at the heart of body psychotherapy
- the evolution of an embodied, integral and relational approach to psychotherapy
- moving towards an integrative model of trauma therapy
At a time when the psychotherapeutic profession has turned its interest towards the body and its intrinsic psychological dimension, Contemporary Body Psychotherapy: The Chiron Approach offers a timely and valuable contribution to the literature. It will provide essential reading for those practicing or involved with body psychotherapy, offering a new synthesis with the psychoanalytic tradition, as well as appealing to a wider audience of mental health professionals and academics with an interest in the area.
Table of Contents
Hartley, Introduction. Part I: The Development of Core Principles and Theory. Ground and Roots. Eiden, The Roots and the Development of the Chiron Approach. Schaible, Biodynamic Massage as a Body Therapy and as Tool in Body Psychotherapy. Reynolds, Gestalt Body Psychotherapy. The Crucible. Soth, From Humanistic Holism via the 'Integrative Project' Towards Integral-Relational Body Psychotherapy. Carroll, Self-regulation - An Evolving Concept at the Heart of Body Psychotherapy. Asheri, To Touch or Not to Touch: A Relational Body Psychotherapy Perspective. Ablack, The Body-Mind Dynamics of Working with Diversity. Part II: New Directions and Applications. An Intimate Perspective. Stauffer, The Use of Neuroscience in Body Psychotherapy: Theoretical and Clinically Relevant Aspects. Landale, Working with Psychosomatic Distress and Developmental Trauma: A Clinical Illustration. Keary, Do We? Can We Look At The Disabled Body? Heitzler, Towards an Integrative Model of Trauma Therapy. Warnecke, The Borderline Relationship. Clark, Facing the Abuser in the Abused in Body Psychotherapy. Changing Socio-Political Contexts. Waterston, Body Psychotherapy, Social Theory, Marxism and Civil War. Hartley, Concluding Words.
"Essential reading for anyone seriously interested in body psychotherapy." - Nick Totton, body psychotherapy trainer and author
"I found Contemporary Body Psychotherapy a rewarding book to read, reminding me, as it did, of my own origins as a body psychotherapist and suggesting some directions I could have followed, but didn't, in my subsequent career. It will also be useful to anyone interested in body psychotherapy and will be interesting to anyone involved in psychotherapy training and development." - Geoff Lamb, Self and Society, 36(4), Jan-Feb, 2009.
The Historical Basis of Body Psychotherapy