The Embodied Mind Clinical Applications
The Embodied Mind Clinical Applications
‘The properties of mind are not purely mental: They are shaped in crucial ways by the body and brain and how the body can function in everyday life. The embodied mind is thus very much of this world’ – George Lakoff, Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought
Times: 6:00pm to 9:00pm, London, UK time
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The conceptualisation of the mind as embodied has not only gained widespread acceptance over the recent years but has also led to comprehension of several mental challenges including chronic fatigue, food anxieties and depression. Psychotherapists and counsellors across modalities acknowledge that mind and body cannot meaningfully be seen as separate. Body Psychotherapy has provided us with a language for comprehending how a wide array of psychological manifestations in clinical settings – including affect dysregulation, tendency for hypervigilance and impaired ability for ‘digesting’ emotional experiences – may be explained as disturbances in the relationship between body & mind.
At this engaging online webinar, Dr Kathrin Stauffer – author of ‘Anatomy & Physiology for Psychotherapists: Connecting Body & Soul’– draws on her rich clinical experience to highlight practical applications of the embodied mind and focus on aspects of the body that can be useful resources for both clients and therapists. She explores three separate systems at this webinar:
- The Skin-Ego:this system gives our clients the ability to have healthy boundaries and to feel OK inside, regardless of what is going on around us in the world
- The Visceral Ego: gives us the ability to take what is good for us from the world around us without engaging with what is bad for us
- The Motoric Ego: helps us to contain strong feelings and maintain a sense of agency in the world
Through lecture, clinical examples and experiential exercises, the webinar explores the anatomy and physiology of these systems, explaining how we can work with these in clinical settings; so as to help our clients overcome the lasting effects of trauma, build more robust interpersonal boundaries, grow more skilled at recovering from challenging situations, stop emotions from disabling their ability to live life to the fullest and become more alive to their inner resources.
The webinar explains practical facilitating and therapeutic skills, draws on body psychotherapy techniques and is specifically aimed at enabling participants to:
- Develop an embodied sense of boundaries and of the developmental origins of our main boundary – the skin
- Understand the digestive process of the human gut and play with the parallels between digesting food and digesting experience
- Learn more about the implications of having a number of undigested life experiences
- Hone skills for either deepening or containing therapeutic processes utilising the clients’ muscle structure; especially when combating anxiety & depression
- Appreciate the use of skeletal muscles as a container of strong emotions, especially Trauma
- Learn the fundamentals of psychomotor development theory – with a view to understanding how the mind-body-brain triad can be the key functional unit in psychotherapy
- Become familiar with bodily exercises for clients and therapists that restore embodiment balance, ironing out imbalances resulting from early childhood experiences
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What you’ll learn
- Demonstrate skills for either deepening or containing therapeutic processes utilising the clients’ muscle structure; especially when combating anxiety & depression
- Discuss the use of skeletal muscles as a container of strong emotions, especially Trauma
- Discuss the fundamentals of psychomotor development theory – with a view to understanding how the mind-body-brain triad can be the key functional unit in psychotherapy
You'll also be able to...
Develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels in clients and for safer trauma therapy
Identify and acquire recovery options and strategies for trauma clients inappropriate for trauma memory processing, particularly for those who don’t want to and those who decompensate or dysregulate from memory work
Also develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels for professional self-care
About the speaker(s)
Kathrin Stauffer PhD, UKCP Registered Body Psychotherapist, is the author of ‘Emotional Neglect and the Adult in Therapy: Lifelong Consequences to a Lack of Early Attunement’ (W.W. Norton). She was born and educated in Switzerland. Originally a research biochemist, she retrained at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy. She lives in Cambridge and works in private practice as a body and humanistic psychotherapist, EMDR practitioner, trainer and supervisor. www.stauffer.co.uk
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