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The Routledge International Handbook of Embodied Perspectives in Psychotherapy: Approaches from Dance Movement and Body Psychotherapies
Payne, Helen, Sabine Koch, and Jennifer Tantia (Eds) with Thomas Fuchs
Routledge / Hardcover / 2019-05-01 / 1138065757
Dance & Performance
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There is a growing interest in embodied approaches to psychotherapy internationally. This volume focuses on the respective focal professions of dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) and body psychotherapy (BP), addressing the psychotherapeutic need for healing throughout the lifespan. Within embodied clinical approaches, the therapist and client collaborate to discover how the body and movement can be used to strengthen positive relational skills, attending to the client's immediate and long term needs through assessment, formulation, treatment and evaluation. Both DMP and BP are based upon the capacity and authority of the body and non-verbal communication to support and heal patients with diverse conditions, including trauma, unexplained bodily symptoms and other psychological distress, and to develop the clients’ emotional and relational capacities by listening to their bodies for integration and wellbeing.

In The Routledge International Handbook of Embodied Perspectives in Psychotherapy, world leaders in the field contribute their expertise to showcase contemporary psychotherapeutic practice. They share perspectives from multiple models that have been developed throughout the world, providing information on theoretical advances and clinical practice, as well as discourse on the processes and therapeutic techniques employed individually and in groups. Presented in three parts, the book covers underpinning embodiment concepts, potentials of dance movement psychotherapy and of body psychotherapy, each of which is introduced with a scene-setting piece to allow the reader to easily engage with the content. With a strong focus on cross- and interdisciplinary perspectives, readers will find a wide compilation of embodied approaches to psychotherapy, allowing them to deepen and further their conceptualisation and support best practice.

This unique handbook will be of particular interest to clinical practitioners in the fields of body psychotherapy and dance movement psychotherapy as well as professionals from psychology, medicine, social work, counselling/psychotherapy and occupational therapy, and to those from related fields who are in search of information on the basic therapeutic principles and practice of body and movement psychotherapies and seeking to further their knowledge and understanding of the discipline. It is also an essential reference for academics and students of embodied psychotherapy, embodied cognitive science and clinical professions.


"A broader and more international collection of writing on embodiment and psychotherapy is currently unimaginable. This new collection should serve as an authoritative source for embodied psychotherapy practitioners for many years to come. The coverage provided by the thirty-seven chapters that cover dance movement psychotherapy and body psychotherapy practice is unprecedented and offers a truly wide range of opinion and approach. This work may serve to bring these related but different approaches closer and establish greater understanding. Kudos to the editors, this volume is a true achievement!" - Robyn Flaum Cruz, PhD, BC-DMT; Professor, Lesley University PhD Program in Expressive Therapies, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Helen Payne, UK; Sabine Koch, Germany; Jennifer Tantia, USA; and Thomas Fuchs, Germany

Foreword by Don Hanlon Johnson, Ph.D.

Foreword by Vassiliki Karkou

Foreword by Babette Rothchild

Section One: Overview of Concepts

Introduction to Section

Essential Dimensions of Being a Body - Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, USA

Narrratives in Embodied Therapeutic Practice: Getting the story straight - Shaun Gallagher, USA and Dan Hutto, Australia

Towards a Clinical Theory of Embodiment: A model for the conceptualization and treatment of mental illness - Jessica Acolin, USA

The Evidence for Basic Assumptions of Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Body Psychotherapy Related to Findings from Embodiment Research - Johannes Michalak, Naomi Lyons, Thomas Heidenreich, Germany

Having a Body and Moving your Body: Distinguishing somatic psychotherapy from dance/movement therapy - Jennifer Tantia, USA

Section Two: Theory and Practice in Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Introduction to Section

A Developmental Taxonomy of Interaction Modalities in Dance Movement Therapy - Marianne Eberhard-Kaechele, Germany

Witnessing Practice: In the eyes of the beholder - Tina Stromsted, USA

Somatic Body Mapping with Women During Life Transitions - Annette Schwalbe, UK and Kenya

Gravity in the Development of the (body) self - Diana Cheney, UK

Dance Movement Therapy: Building resilience from shared movement experiences - Rosemarie Samaritter, The Netherlands

Interrupted rhythms: Dance/movement therapy’s contributions to suicide prevention – Susan Imus, USA

Body as Voice: Restorative Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Survivors of Relational Trauma - Amber Gray, USA

Psychological Re-Sources in Dance Movement Therapy - Sylvie Ganero, France

Mother-son Transgenerational Transmission of Eating Issues in a Co-treatment Method using the Ways of Seeing Approach - Alexander Girshon and Ekaterina Karatygina, Russia

Mother-son Transgenerational Transmission of Eating Issues Using a Co-treatment Method - Suzi Tortora and Jennifer Whitley, USA

The BodyMind Approach and People Affected by Medically Unexplained Symptoms /Somatic Symptom Disorder - Helen Payne, UK

The Disturbance of the Psychosomatic Balance - Haguit Ehrenfreund, Switzerland

Modulating Verbal and Non-Verbal Languages in Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Moving conversations with adult patients in private practice -Teresa Bas, Spain; Diana Fischman, Argentina and Rosa Mª Rodríguez, Spain

The Important of the Subtle Movement and Stillness in Japanese Dance Movement Therapy: A comparison with the Japanese traditional performing art of 'Noh' - Miyuki Kija, Japan

Embodiment of Space in Relation to the Self and Others in Psychotherapy: Boundlessness, Emptiness, Fulness, and Betweeness - Rainbow Ho, Hong Kong

From the Alps to the Pyramids: Swiss and Egyptian perspectives on dance movement therapy -Iris Bräuninger and Radwa Said Abdelazim Elfeqi

Section Three: Theory and Practice in Body Psychotherapy

Introduction to Section

Relating Through the Body: self, other, and the wider world - Gill Westland, UK

Functional Relaxation in Psychosomatic Medicine - Ursula Bartholomew and Ingrid Herholz, Germany

The Art of Bottom-Up Processing Mindfulness and Meaning in Body Psychotherapy - Halko Weiss and Maci Daye, Germany

Embodied-relational Therapy - Nick Totton

Four Forms of Knowledge in Biosynthesis - David Boadella, Switzerland

The Relational Turn in Body Psychotherapy - Michael Soth, UK

Emotional Regulation in Body Psychotherapy - Ulf Geuter, Germany

The Embodiment of Dreams: Exploring mind/body connecting devices - Michel Heller and Gillat Burckhardt-Bartov, France

The Therapist’s Body and the Intersubjectivities of the Unconscious -Tom Warnecke, UK

Being Moved to Tears: Somatic and motoric aspects of self-disclosure - Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahir, Israel Oppression and embodiment in psychotherapy - Rae Johnson, USA

Oppression and Embodiment in Psychotherapy - Rae Johnson, USA

Micro-movements: Filling out the movement continuum in clinical practice - Christine Caldwell, USA

Safety in Psychotherapy: The body matters - Helma Mair, Ireland

Touch and Embodiment: Body-oriented Psychotherapeutic Applications of Clinical Touch - Michael Changaris, USA

Traumatic Disembodiment: Effects of trauma on body perception and body image - Maurizio Stupiggia, Italy

Research informing body psychotherapy: A spotlight on emotions - Margit Koemeda-Lutz, Switzerland



About the Editors:

Helen Payne, PhD., MPhil; UKCP Reg., ADMP-UK Reg., is Professor of Psychotherapy, specialising in dance movement psychotherapy, adverse childhood experiences and medically unexplained symptoms, at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

Sabine C. Koch, PhD., MA., BC-DMT, is a psychologist and dance movement therapist. She is Director of the Research Institute for Creative Arts Therapies at Alanus University, Germany, and Professor of Dance Movement Therapy of the Master Program at SRH University Heidelberg, Germany.

Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD., MS., BC-DMT, LCAT, is a somatic psychologist and dance movement psychotherapist, specializing in trauma and medically unexplained symptoms in the US. Dr. Tantia is former chair of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy research committee and currently serves on the board of the American Dance Therapy Association as chair of Research and Practice.

Thomas Fuchs, PhD.,M.D., is Karl Jaspers Professor for Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Heidelberg and the Psychiatric University Hospital, Germany.

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