Trauma and the Body

Trauma and the Body : A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy

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Psychotherapists who have been trained in models of psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, or cognitive therapeutic approaches are skilled at listening to the language and affect of the client. They track the clients' associations, fantasies, and signs of psychic conflict, distress, and defenses. Yet while the majority of therapists are trained to notice the appearance and even the movements of the client's body, thoughtful engagement with the client's embodied experience has remained peripheral to traditional therapeutic interventions. Trauma and the Body is a detailed review of research in neuroscience, trauma, dissociation, and attachment theory that points to the need for an integrative mind-body approach to trauma. The premise of this book is that, by adding body-oriented interventions to their repertoire, traditionally trained therapists can increase the depth and efficacy of their clinical work. Sensorimotor psychotherapy is an approach that builds on traditional psychotherapeutic understanding but includes the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness, using observational skills, theories, and interventions not usually practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy. By synthesizing bottom-up and top down interventions, the authors combine the best of both worlds to help chronically traumatized clients find resolution and meaning in their lives and develop a new, somatically integrated sense of self.

Topics addressed include: Cognitive, emotional, and sensorimotor dimensions of information processing * modulating arousal * dyadic regulation and the body * the orienting response * defensive subsystems * adaptation and action systems * treatment principles * skills for working with the body in present time * developing somatic resources for stabilization * processing
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 165 x 244 x 33mm | 675g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0393704572
  • 9780393704570
  • 119,260

Table of contents

* Top-down and Bottom-up Psychotherapy: Hierarchical Information Processing
* From Pierre Janet to the 21st Century
* The Window of Tolerance: Self-Regulation and Information Processing
* Disrupted Memory of the Future: Traumatic Orienting and Defensive Responses
* Introduction to the Clinical Practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
* Somatic Awareness: Body Sensation and Psychotherapy
* Working with the Organization of Experience: Tracking, Contact, and Accessing Mindfulness
* Tapping the Intelligence of the Body: Building Somatic Resources
* The Use of Touch
* A Somatic Approach to Phase Oriented Treatment
* Conclusion: Limitations and Future Directions
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"[A] significant addition to the literature on...mind-body medicine....[T]his sensible, respectful, non-anthologizing, step-by-step approach helps people create balance in their lives." -- Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy "[A]n exemplary collaboration within the village of traumatology....[G]rounded in the whole body of knowledge available to us about trauma....They also offer explanations of new concepts in clear language and couple the technical information with familiar ideas....Although clinicians in particular, will benefit from reading this book, it also will interest clients, researchers, and other mental health professionals....I highly recommend studying this book at a leisurely pace that allows for an integration of all that it offers." -- Clinical Social Work Journal "This book will be read and valued by researchers and clinicians alike, as well as academics and those who already practice body-oriented psychotherapies. This is a rare achievement. . . . [H]ighly recommended." -- PsycCritiques "I strongly recommend this fascinating and essential offers clinicians of all orientations a variety of psychosomatic treatment strategies." -- Julia Mueller - Journal of Psychosomatic Research
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About Kekuni Minton

Kekuni Minton, Ph.D., is a faculty member at Naropa University. Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and the founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Clare Pain, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario. Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He is the founding editor of Norton's IPNB Series and best-selling author of Mind, The Mindful Therapist, and The Mindful Brain.
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