Primitive Bodily Communications in Psychotherapy: Embodied Expressions of a Disembodied Psyche

Editor : Raffaella Hilty

Primitive Bodily Communications in Psychotherapy: Embodied Expressions of a Disembodied Psyche

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 224
  • Category :
    Forthcoming
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 96157
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494308
  • ISBN 10 : 9781913494

Reviews and Endorsements

"This is a ‘must read’ book for any therapist interested in understanding communications from the body. The papers cover a wide range of therapeutic approaches and focus on the interface between body and mind in working with trauma, abuse, dissociation, eating disorders, autism and disability ... The authors bring the body back into the foreground of the work, not just as an equal to mind, but as one end of a spectrum where psyche and soma are both aspects of an underlying deeper reality." - Martin Stone, training analyst and former chair of the Association of Jungian Analysts.


"This is a remarkable book that brings together a number of authors presenting their thinking with examples of an important truth: bodily communication from the patient and from the therapist. This theme appears in different presentations and contexts to integrate the human being at depths not explored before ..." - Stella M Acquarone, PhD, Parent-Infant, Child and Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Founder of The Parent Infant Centre


“This enlightening book dares to tell the stories of patients often avoided or neglected by psychotherapists … It will be invaluable to experienced mental health professionals and trainees alike, as diverse psychoanalytic approaches are combined to offer a vivid and deeply moving picture of the treatments of those shamefully forgotten by so many and from whom we can learn so much.” - Dr. Carine Minne, Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy.


"These essays show us the tensions, challenges and opportunities that occur when our clients use their bodies as a primary means of communicating their distress. These highly skilled psychotherapists give us a remarkable insight into how these complex communications can be received and understood in the consulting room." - Graeme Galton, Consultant Psychotherapist, Clinic for Dissociative Studies.


"Despite Freud’s dictate that the ego is first and foremost a bodily ego, theories of the mind came to supplant a more holistic approach in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis ... More recently, we’ve rediscovered that psyche and soma are indeed inseparable, and must be approached as such in order for treatment to succeed. Raffaella Hilty’s brilliant new collection makes this abundantly clear in crisp, compelling writing that is broad and timely in scope." - Dr. Steven Kuchuck, author of The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and Past President, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)

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