Talking Bodies: How do we Integrate Working with the Body in Psychotherapy from an Attachment and Relational Perspective?

Editor : Kate White

Part of The John Bowlby Memorial Conference Monograph series - more in this series

Talking Bodies: How do we Integrate Working with the Body in Psychotherapy from an Attachment and Relational Perspective?

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : June 2014
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 176
  • Category :
    Attachment Theory
  • Catalogue No : 35065
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782201069
  • ISBN 10 : 1782201068
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This monograph brings together the presentations from the nineteenth John Bowlby Memorial Conference in 2012, organised by The Bowlby Centre. The aim of this was to explore the growing role of the body in relational psychotherapy over the last decade, and to bring us up to date in thinking about the relationship between attachment, the body and trauma. Questions addressed included: How do we anchor the new understandings we are gaining within the framework of attachment? How might the integration of these ideas about the body change what we do in the consulting room? What impact might this have on the therapy relationship? Can we maintain and respect the place of a secure, attuned attachment between therapist and client, and its healing potential, at the centre of our therapeutic work?

Pat Ogden’s paper “Wisdom of the Body, Lost and Found” was the conference centrepiece and there are contributions from leading clinicians including Roz Carroll, Mark Linington, and Orit Badouk Epstein. Each in their different ways have brought their clinical experiences to life in their presentations and demonstrated this leading edge work in relation to the themes of the body and touch with clients including those so often regarded as “unsuitable for therapy”, namely those who have a physical or learning disability or those who have survived extreme trauma through the painful means of psychic protection resulting in dissociative states of mind.

Other contributors include Phil Mollon on “Attachment and Energy Psychology” and Nick Totton on “Embodiment and the Social Bond”.

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'Talking Bodies is an engaging, illuminating, and substantive exploration of the intricacies of incorporating the body into the psychotherapy frame. Examination of the implications of attachment and relational theory yields essays with therapeutic approaches that the clinician can readily incorporate. In a historical context, this volume advances the project of relational analysts, who first published on the integration of the body in relational theory in Relational Perspectives on the Body in 1998. This is a valuable addition to our literature.'
- Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP, private practice, New York City; Faculty, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; Co-Editor with Lewis Aron, Relational Perspectives on the Body

'For years, a Cartesian split dominated UK psychotherapy and counselling provision with "the body" disavowed and "the mind" disembodied. Relational psychoanalysis, attachment theory, and traumatology have now become the new corpus collosum, making profoundly meaningful links. Congratulations to the Bowlby Memorial Conference for yet again providing a written feast to follow the embodied experience of listening to the excellent speakers at this event who shine in this timely volume. All psychotherapists and counsellors will feel more enabled to observe and respond to the embodied mind of their clients and be enriched by the attachment perspective demonstrated so eloquently here in these nuanced accounts of clinical work.'
- Valerie Sinason, PhD, MACP, MInst Psychoanal, FIPD, MBC

Contributors: Orit Badouk Epstein, Roz Carroll, Mark Linington, Phil Mollon, Pat Ogden, Nick Totton, Kate White

About the Editor(s)

Kate White is a training therapist, supervisor and teacher at The Bowlby Centre. Formerly senior lecturer at South Bank University in the Department of Nursing and Community Health Studies, she has used her extensive experience in adult education to contribute to the innovative psychotherapy curriculum developed at The Bowlby Centre. In addition to working as an individual psychotherapist, Kate runs workshops on the themes of attachment and trauma in clinical practice.

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