Much of therapy taps into emotions through words—talking through behavioral and emotional problems, recounting past events, or discussing aspirations. But for some clients, talking and thinking too much about their problems is a problem in and of itself—one that can be resolved when we bypass thoughts and go to the body instead.
Ann Randolph, an award-winning actress well versed in improvisational theater, offers a helpful way for therapists and actors alike to access the felt sense of emotions without getting trapped in narratives and intellectualization. She demonstrates theater-inspired, experiential techniques for leading emotions with the body.
In this video clip from her session, Ann explains how imbuing body parts with feelings can lead clients to more embodied and clarifying emotional experiences than talk alone can provide.
Richard Simon, PhD, founded Psychotherapy Networker and served as the editor for more than 40 years. He received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award. Rich passed away November 2020, and we honor his memory and contributions to the field every day.