Speaking of Bodies: Embodied Therapeutic Dialogues

Editor : Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, Editor : Liron Lipkies, Editor : Noa Oster

Speaking of Bodies: Embodied Therapeutic Dialogues

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : May 2016
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 36045
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782202042
  • ISBN 10 : 1782202048
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While the body has received significant attention in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in the last couple of decades, this still focused primarily on the body of pathology – the body as speaking for (or on behalf of) the mind. Here, leading psychoanalysts and psychotherapists join with experts whose field is the body to examine and celebrate generative, creative, vital, and irreducible aspects of our embodiment.

The book is divided into seven themes, each including a chapter by a therapist and another by a specialist pondering various aspects of the body. Fashion journalists speak with a relational psychotherapist about beauty, a chef discusses sensuality with a couple therapist, and a Rabbi and a psychoanalyst speak of divinity and the body. This is a book aimed at igniting our imagination and faith in the possibility of living a full embodied life, and of integrating such practices within therapeutic and psychoanalytic work.

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'The editors of this book have created what I hope will be only the first in a series of works exploring the embodiment of life, and the life of embodiment, in psychotherapy and everyday life. Bringing together psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, and creative people in multiple fields, they have invited them to explore multitudinous aspects of embodiment as healing and healer. The work as a whole, as well as each chapter and section, has a vitality and rhythm that propel the reader into the immediacy of visceral experience. Among the plethora of books suddenly lining my shelves acknowledging the psychology of the body, this book stands out not only for its erudition, but also for the creativity of its approach and organisation.'
- Jacqueline A. Carleton, PhD, Founding Editor, International Body Psychotherapy Journal; National Institute for the Psychotherapies Integrative Trauma Treatment Program

About the Editor(s)

Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, PhD, is a relational psychotherapist from Israel, founder of two relational body psychotherapy programmes (in Israel and the UK), teaching and lecturing worldwide. His books include Anatomy of Therapy and Touching the Relational Edge. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The International Body Psychotherapy Journal, and an editor with Body Dance and Movement in Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy and Politics International and Self and Society.

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Liron Lipkies is a relational body psychotherapist, accredited by the European Association of Body Psychotherapy and a Yoga therapist. She is part of the teaching faculty at Psychosoma, the post graduate body psychotherapy school at the Israeli Centre for Body Mind Medicine. Liron finds nature as an inspiring teacher for working with people, for living life and as a ground for being in relationships.

Noa Oster is a relational body psychotherapist, accredited by the European Association of Body Psychotherapy. She lectures and teaches at Psychosoma, the post graduate relational body psychotherapy school at the Israeli Centre for Body Mind Medicine. She is also a dancer, and an explorer of body, mind and spirit.

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