Reichian Growth Work: Melting the Blocks to Life and Love: Second Edition

Author(s) : Nick Totton, Author(s) : Em Edmondson

Reichian Growth Work: Melting the Blocks to Life and Love: Second Edition

Book Details

  • Publisher : PCCS Books
  • Published : January 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 176
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 28602
  • ISBN 13 : 9781906254124
  • ISBN 10 : 1906254125

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A revised and updated new edition of a body psychotherapy classic, "Reichian Growth Work" sets out to convey the essential features of Reichian therapy in concrete and easily understandable language. The style of body therapy which it describes is democratic, growth-oriented and undogmatic, while still committed to Reich's radical description of human beings and their difficulties. This book is for people who want to change; because only by changing, profoundly painful as that sometimes is, can we stay alive and growing.

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'For everyone with a body, not just the professionals! Edmondson and Totton give a vivid account of an approach which is both compassionate and effective. Body psychotherapy lies at the conjunction of most of the main themes of contemporary psychotherapy: the key role of relationship in the psyche, enhanced understandings stemming from neuroscience and physiology, the need for as much non-regulated practitioner autonomy and freedom to dare as is consistent with responsible practice, and the realisation of how little of what we do is natural and how much irradiated by the culture in which we live. Maybe capitalism's latest crisis will force people to re-read Reich as the relevant theorist of alternative ways to organise our world. If that thought interests you, start here.'
- Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex

About the Authors:
Nick Totton is a body psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor living and working in Calderdale, where he also grows vegetables. He has a grown-up daughter. He has published several other books including "Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction". He is editor of the journal Psychotherapy and Politics International (Wiley). Together with Em, he took the first steps towards initiating the Independent Practitioners Network.

Em Edmondson has been a body orientated psychotherapist in private practice for 27 years. During this time she has co led trainings in Reichian work and Hakomi in the UK, Ireland and Australia. She lives in Leeds, and is the mother of 2 young adults.

About the Author(s)

Nick Totton is a therapist and trainer with nearly thirty years experience. Originally a Reichian body therapist, his approach has become broad based and open to the spontaneous and unexpected. Nick has an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, and has worked with Process-Oriented Psychology and trained as a craniosacral therapist. He has authored or edited seventeen books, mostly on psychotherapy-related topics, including Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction; Psychotherapy and Politics; Press When Illuminated: New and Selected Poems; and Wild Therapy.

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