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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Body psychotherapy practices that are transferable to a traditional psychotherapeutic setting
by Brauer, Mavis, M.A., Prescott College, 2009, 127; 1470288
Abstract (Summary)

Most traditional psychotherapeutic curricula do not include a course on somatic psychology or any type of body psychotherapy. Although there is very little research that has studied the efficacy of these body-centered approaches, their increased use by the general population is one indication that some of their methods have merit and could possibly be transferable to a more traditional setting. To gain insight into these possibilities, five prominent people in the general field of body psychotherapy were interviewed. The conclusion is that traditional psychotherapists and body psychotherapists use entirely different models of the body/mind relationship (i.e. primarily cognitive approach vs. integrated body/mind) and that with a shift of focus from pathology to healing, many practices from body psychotherapy can be easily transferred to a traditional setting.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Comba, Cappi
Commitee: Bauer, Ron, Porter, Terrie J.
School: Prescott College
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Body psychotherapy, Body-mind integration, Mindfulness, Relationship with client, Somatic psychology, Touch
Publication Number: 1470288
ISBN: 978-1-109-48837-1
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