Mind-Body Therapies

“Our bodies hold the potency of all psychological exploration.” – Susan Aposhyan, M.A.

For those of us who are dealing with self-esteem, body image, abuse, trauma, eating disorders, or addictions, living comfortably and securely in the body can be a daily struggle. Mind-Body therapies can help us to feel an increased sense of safety and aliveness in our bodies which in turn creates a greater capacity for addressing longstanding emotional and psychological issues. Mind-Body therapies work from a “bottom-up” approach rather than the “top-down” approach that talk therapy uses. What this means is that rather than starting with the mind and thoughts (“top-down”) Mind-Body therapies address psychological pain by bringing attention to the body and its sensations, organic impulses, and felt sense of safety.

Body-based therapies offered by Lakeview therapists include Body-Mind Psychotherapy (BMP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Somatic Experiencing (SE).

Body-Mind Psychotherapy (BMP) involves the practice of embodiment and meditative awareness as the ground for healing and integration. This process reintroduces us to the innate intelligent resourcefulness of the body.

EMDR operates with the understanding that traumatic memories get “stuck” and hinder functioning.  Eye movements paired with specific methods of recalling disturbing memories help to elicit healing and resolution.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-based therapy that works to directly access the nervous system’s natural responses to threats that are often thwarted during a traumatic experience which, when safely facilitated, can decrease symptoms associated with PTSD.

For more information about Mind-Body Therapies please contact us.