What is "body-oriented psychotherapy?"

Traditional psychotherapy primarily pays attention to thoughts, emotions and behaviors. In body-oriented or somatic psychotherapy, such as the Hakomi method, attention is also given to sensations and felt experiences in the body.

It may be as simple as bringing attention and awareness to a felt sensation, or it might entail “taking over” a particular tension or holding, in order to explore what lies beneath. The goal of therapy is to encourage communication among parts and to bring attention to those parts that are lost, hidden or isolated. 

Hakomi is a wonderful therapy for those who are interested in exploring themselves at a deeper level. Hakomi uses mindfulness and present moment awareness to help you recognize, explore and shift habitual ways of acting and responding and connect more with your aliveness. It uses multiple dimensions--body, thoughts, emotions, posture, beliefs--to explore, change and grow. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy™ is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. While traditional talk therapies utilize the words of a person as the entry point for treatment, this type of therapy depends on the bodily experiences of the individual as a gateway to awareness and improved mental health.

Body-oriented psychotherapy can provide an added dimension to the therapeutic process by presenting information that is often overlooked. With the partnership of the conscious mind, it can provide a deeper and more efficient path to work directly with the unconscious mind, facilitating self-discovery and transformation.



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