Psychoanalysis and body psychotherapy: An exploration of their relational and embodied common ground

  • Working therapeutically with and through embodiment is a topical issue in the psychoanalytic literature. Vice versa, body psychotherapy is deeply rooted in psychoanalytic theory and practice. This paper will explore corresponding themes, historic developments, and recent literature with reference to their actual and potential mutual influences, aiming to demonstrate: (1) that contemporary body psychotherapy practice continues to be informed and influenced by psychoanalytic theory, in particular the relational emphasis in psychoanalysis; and (2) that psychoanalytic psychotherapy, in turn, can be enriched and furthered while utilizing the theoretical paradigm of embodiment and body-oriented, experiential intervention strategies developed in body psychotherapy.

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Author:Frank Röhricht
Parent Title (English):International Forum of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 30 (No. 3, 2021), pp. 178-190.
Document Type:Articles
Year of first Publication:2021
Release Date:2022/05/04
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