Shapes of Experience

October 22nd, 2017|Developmental Psychology|

This chapter compares findings in developmental neuroscience and infant research, from children from birth to two years old, with five basic somatic character structures derived from the slightly varied descriptions of development in three different somatic character systems: Bioenergetics, Hakomi, and Bodynamics.

Developmental Shock Trauma

October 22nd, 2017|Trauma|

Shock trauma can, of course, occur at any time in one's life. Thus it might occur within developmental stages (pre-birth through adolescence). The focus in this workshop is on trauma that occurs within particular developmental stages -- the attachment stages: Existence (2nd Trimester to 3 months): Need (1 month to 1.5 years of age); and Autonomy (8 months - 2.5 years). During these periods, most of the infant's experience is in the sensory motor realm. Spoken language is barely available, and the limbic and cortical portions of the infant's brain are not fully developed.

The Bodymap – A precise diagnostic tool for Psychotherapy

October 21st, 2017|Bodymap|

In this article we introduce readers to the Bodymap, a precise diagnostic tool developed as a part of Bodynamic Analysis. The Bodymap is a concise visual format for displaying and analyzing psychological information stored in the muscles. The ability to measure muscle responses and access the historical information they contain makes a developmental analysis in terms of psychological character structures more concrete and less metaphorical. We also introduce ten “Ego Functions” (e.g. grounding and reality testing, centering, etc.) that are used to understand human functioning.

Bodymap Reading & Interpretation

October 20th, 2017|Bodymap|

In Bodynamic Analysis, we use a Bodymap as a starting point for the evaluation of the personality of the client. It also helps us find out how they might benefit from different kinds of therapy. On the Bodymap form, which is a drawing of a figure of the human front and backsides, we make a color-coded depiction of the muscle responses of almost all the muscles of the client. By muscle response, we mean the elasticity of each muscle, as measured by palpation. We differentiate nine degrees of response: 4 degrees of hypo-response, 4 degrees of hyper-response, and 1 neutral response.

The Peak Interview – as used in Coaching

October 17th, 2017|General Psychology|

The Peak Interview - as used in CoachingBy: Bent Warming-Rasmussen, Erik Jarlnæs, Jesper Raalskov Summary The Peak Interview is a particular effective method to make unconscious human resources conscious. The client (interviewee) is interviewed about a self-elected personal successful experience. The therapist/ Coach (interviewer) asks about the process that led to this success. Hereby a number of factors, which led to the success, are identified. The client hereby gets an awareness of the success and which conditions and connections that led to [...]

Supervision with a Bodily Anchor

October 16th, 2017|General Psychology|

After many years as supervisor to psychologists and other related groups I got an impulse to share some of my notices and ideas in a larger forum. There are many aspects in working with supervision. It is not my intention to overview this total area. I simply want to share experiences in using specific effective tools from my practice as supervisor.

Bodynamic Analytic work with Re-Birth Therapy

October 16th, 2017|Reorienting Birth|

In this article, we will present the method of working with therapeutic re-birthing as practiced by psychotherapists trained in Bodynamic Analysis. The principles set forth here were presented by Lisbeth Marcher in a lecture before the Third Congress on Pre- and Perinatal Psychology in San Francisco, California in 1987. 

Ethical Consideration in Somatic Psychotherapies

October 14th, 2017|General Psychology|

This article addresses the need to develop ethical standards in the field of body psychotherapy. It is directed to those counsellors and psychotherapists who utilize somatic approaches in their practice as well as those in the larger psychotherapeutic community. The authors' intent is to expand the information available in the field, hopefully leading to increased awareness of ethical concerns and the development of appropriate ethical standards of practice.

A Shock Primer for the Body-Psychotherapist

October 13th, 2017|Trauma|

A basic knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress or Shock is crucial for the Body-Psychotherapist. Shock reactions often present themselves in body work. Much of what we observe as discharges of fear and probably all of what we observe as discharges of terror are expressions of shock. Most people 'With marked Schizoid tendencies, Psychotic experiences and Borderline traits have significant amounts of shock. In my personal Reichian body work I was, unknowingly by my therapist, pushed into the core of my own shock which resulted in my falling apart 2 times.

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