A book for clinicians and clients to use together that explains key concepts of body psychotherapy.
The body’s innate intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy. This book, designed for therapists and clients to explore together, is both psychoeducational and practical. It will help therapists and clients alike use their own somatic intelligence to reclaim the body and engage it in the therapy process.
A companion to the bestselling Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy, the book is not intended to teach the practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Rather, it is meant to act as a guide for helping clients draw on the wisdom of their bodies. Following an initial introductory section, the book consists of relatively short chapters designed to educate therapists and clients about a particular topic. Worksheets are provided for each chapter designed to be used either in therapy or between sessions to help clients integrate the material.
The book will be useful for psychotherapists of a variety of persuasions: psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Some of the material may also be valuable for psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, rehabilitation workers, crisis workers, victim advocates, disaster workers, and body therapists, as well as for graduate students and interns entering the field of mental health.
The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, founded in 1981, has developed its own unique method of somatic psychology theory and practice informed by interpersonal neurobiology, neuroscience, trauma and attachment research.
Section One: Getting Started
Chapter 1: Essential Principles
Chapter 2: Orientation for Therapists
Chapter 3: Orientation for Clients
Section Two: Basic Concepts and Skills
Chapter 4: Wisdom of the Body, Lost and Found
Chapter 5: The Language of the Body: Procedural Learning
Chapter 6: Pay Attention: The Orienting Response
Chapter 7: Mindfulness of the Present Moment
Chapter 8: Directed Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity
Chapter 9: The Triune Brain and Information Processing
Chapter 10: Exploring Body Sensation
Chapter 11: Neuroception and the Window of Tolerance
Chapter 12: Three Phases of Therapy
Section Three: Phase 1: Developing Resources
Appreciating Your Strengths: Survival and Creative Resources
Chapter 13: Appreciating Your Strengths: Survival and Creative Resources
Chapter 14: Taking Inventory: Categories of Resources
Chapter 15: Somatic Resources
Chapter 16: Grounding Yourself
Chapter 17: Core Alignment: Working with Posture
Chapter 18: Using Your Breath
Chapter 19: A Somatic Sense of Boundaries
Chapter 20: Developing Missing Resources
Section Four: Phase 2: Memory—Integrating the Past
Chapter 21: Implicit Memory and Your Resource Repertoire
Chapter 22: Reconstructing Memory: Finding Resources in a Painful Past
Chapter 23: Dual Awareness of Past and Present
Chapter 24: Sliver of Memory
Chapter 25: Restoring Empowering Action
Chapter 26: Recalibrating Your Nervous System: Sensorimotor Sequencing
Chapter 27: Emotions and Animal Defenses
Section Five: Phase 3: Attachment and Beyond: Moving Forword
Chapter 28: The Legacy of Attachment
Chapter 29: Beliefs and the Body
Chapter 30: Making Sense of Emotions
Chapter 31: Moving through the World: How We Walk
Chapter 32: Boundary Styles in Relationships
Chapter 33: Connecting with Others: Proximity-Seeking Actions
Chapter 34: Play, Pleasure and Positive Emotions
Chapter 35: Challenging Your Window of Tolerance
About the Authors:
Pat Ogden, PhD, is the founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Janina Fisher, PhD, is a psychotherapist, consultant, and trainer. She lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Note: this book was due earlier in 2014, but has grown from 304 to 768 pages, and as of September 2014 is expected to release late November.