The present study investigated how somatic psychotherapists understand gender and work with it in clinical practice, in order to address a silence regarding gender in the recent literature of somatic psychology—especially in the last generation since the advent of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, and a new reliance on neuroscience for grounding somatic psychotherapeutic practice. Following grounded theory methodology as articulated primarily by Cathy Charmaz (2006), the researcher interviewed 16 somatic psychotherapists from a wide spectrum of gender assumptions and gender identities. Data coded from the transcripts suggested a cyclical process for participant understanding of gender, alternating between expert and naive positions, and illustrating how bodily experience, linguistic influences, implicit and explicit narrative sources, and codified relationships comprise a process for understanding and exploring gender, gender identities, and gender assumptions in clinical practice and beyond.
|Commitee:||Downing, Christine, Moon, Lyndsey|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Body psychotherapy, Gender, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Sexuality, Somatic psychology|
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