On the passing away of Alexander Lowen
So Which Body Is It? - The Concepts of the Body in Psychotherapy
This paper addresses the issue of how the body is conceptualized in modern psychotherapy and, in consequence, how the conceptualizations inform treatment. The paper also addresses the question to which extent a coherent conceptualization of the body and its place in treatment is necessary (or counterproductive), and possible (or even desirable). The author argues for a multiple body perspective where required centering is provided by a selection process. A clinical illustration is also provided.
Keywords: body concepts, relationality, multiple body perspective, body metaphor
Borderline Character Structure Revisited
Review and revision of borderline character type etiology and dynamics from bioenergetic point of view. Exploring revisions and offering new theories related to body-type, age, major blocks, and continuum on developmental phases chart from object relations schema. Included are views from prevailing theories in psychology and within bioenergetics as well as from a current scientific study.
Treatment aspects are discussed and relational interventions included.
Rekindling Pleasure: Seven Exercises for Opening your Heart, Reaching Out
and Touching Gently
The purpose of this article is to help you open your heart, reach out, touch gently and by doing so gain more pleasure in your life.
Section I, Introduction, outlines the normal biological pattern of opening your heart, reaching out and touching gently. It introduces a developmental model explaining how internal conflicts are formed that could inhibit the pattern in yourself as an adult and thus reduce your pleasure.
Section II, Seven Energetic Exercises, explores internal conflicts through a sequence of exercises that aims to reduce muscular, energetic and emotional inhibitions and increase pleasurable sensations. The exercises are useful both in a therapeutic setting and as self-help.
Section III, Rekindling Pleasure in an Ongoing Relationship, demonstrates the importance of seeing your partner as a source of pleasure, and adapts six exercises from Section II for self-help use to address problems that arise in your relationship.
Keywords: heart, reaching, touching, pleasure, energetic, exercises
Helping Children Discharge Negative Aggression
This article examines the need for children in treatment to be able to discharge negative aggression and describes various means of helping them do so. Through case material and anecdote I focus on the capacity for dynamic play therapy to facilitate pulsation, obvious in the child’s play configurations and their bodies in movement. Every child I work with engages in the expression of negative aggression to some extent and this aggression is often in and of itself a significant component in solving the myriad problems they bring with them. This text is largely influenced by the work of Dr. Alexander Lowen as well as the thousands of children I have worked with.
The Role of Bioenergetic Supervision in Bioenergetic Training
Supervision plays a key role in a trainee’s movement towards certification as a Bioenergetic Therapist. It is therefore important to clearly understand and discuss the components of Bioenergetic supervision. Some commonalities for supervision in psychology, social work and Bioenergetic Analysis are set out. Aspects of supervision that are unique to Bioenergetic Analysis are identified. The paper concludes with an exercise to help the reader experience some of the Bioenergetic concepts presented. The paper is a beginning attempt to contribute to this discussion.
A Bioenergetic Clinical Case Study of Sarah
D. Emma Rhoads
This is a case study written as the final paper for my clinical training program at the New York Society for Bioenergetic Analysis. Our final year of training was focused on the study of transference and countertransference dynamics. The assignment for this paper was to present a case study including a clinical formulation of the characterological dynamics of the client’s personality functioning, a bioenergetic body and character assessment, and an examination of the transference and countertransference dynamics within the treatment.
Personal Musings on Countertransference In the Context of Becoming A Bioenergetic Analyst
This paper is a personal account of the author’s understanding of her countertransference in relationship to a variety of clients. It was written during the second semester of her third year of bioenergetic training. Trainees were required to keep a journal of their process throughout the semester, noting specifically their awareness of their countertransference issues as they read the required readings and participated in the experiential exercises throughout the training weekends. The author explores ways in which her process in training and her process in her own therapy impact her growth and understanding of her countertransference.
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