In many ways Body Psychotherapy is no different to other types of psychotherapy. Body Psychotherapists address whatever problems or issues the client brings to the session and helps him/her to understand him/herself and how to deal better with the life situations that trouble him/her. In addition to this, the client's growing self-knowledge helps him/her to develop as a person and to realize his/her potential. How Body psychotherapy differs to most other psychotherapy is in its focus on the body, life energy and its use of special techniques for working with the body. Body Psychotherapy works with body, mind and spirit as an integrated whole, helping the client to feel and know his/her body as ‘home’. The therapist's aim is to re-awaken a natural capacity for health, well-being and pleasure. Body Psychotherapy (with the inclusion of bodywork techniques) will enable the client to develop a direct experience of him/herself (e.g. the energetic flow of the life force in the body). This life energy, as it streams throughout the body, is felt as a bridge between psyche and soma (body and mind) and our connection to all life.
Body Psychotherapy, like any psychotherapy, is not only about feeling good in oneself. Life is difficult and very challenging and psychotherapy isn't doing its job if it's focus is simply on attaining a private heaven.
Body Psychotherapy helps the client ground in 'what is', to develop the capacity to fully embrace reality and to stay with feelings as they arise in the moment. We aim to help the client find a creative relationship to whatever life sends their way.