The psychotherapeutic encounter is a meeting between embodied psyches, bodies present in the room, speaking with each another, impacting and impacted by one another; bodies who are waiting for us to listen to them and dialogue with them – and speak on their behalf. The field of body psychotherapy has been exploring this embodied dialogue since the 1930s.
The book Touching the Relational Edge delves into the history of body-psychotherapy, offering theoretical and clinical conceptualisations and insights, and is rich with clinical vignettes and applicable exercise, all aimed at providing the reader with a theoretical and experiential understanding of the place of the body in psychotherapy – allowing the reader a dynamic, curious and affective engagement.
The book opens a window into the cutting-edge world of relational body-psychotherapy, offering the reader a personal and professional journey into the depth of therapeutic relationship as seen through anatomical and relational eyes.
About the Author:
Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar is an Israeli-born psychotherapist living in the UK, and one of the leading clinicians and writers in the field of relational body psychotherapy. He is the training director of the Relational Body-Psychotherapy Programme at the Israeli Centre for Body-Mind Medicine, and runs a parallel programme in London. Additionally, Asaf teaches and lectures in clinical and academic settings in Israel and Europe. His doctoral dissertation, 'Surrender to Flow', examined the juxtapositions of relational psychoanalysis, body psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. Asaf has published numerous papers in professional journals and a number of book chapters; he is on the international editorial board of Body Psychotherapy Publications, and a member of the International Body Psychotherapy Journal editorial team. He is an associate editor for Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy and Self & Society. This is his first book in English, an extended version of An Anatomy of Therapy, which was published in Hebrew in 2013.