What Jon Kabat Zinn Has Against "Spirituality"
In this Networker interview, Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the pioneers of mind-body medicine, discusses common misconceptions about meditation and why "spirituality" is one of his least favorite words.
Discovering the Core Within Our Multiplicity
The practice of therapy, for both therapist and client, is transformed when we connect with our fundamental core, a process that involves learning to listen closely to our inner cacophony and embracing even the parts of ourselves that we formerly loathed.
Using Our Bodies to Get to the Heart of the Matter
From early on, we're taught to regard all hat stuff below our heads as somehow distinct from our "real" selves. But growing numbers of therapists are becoming convinced that the body may know more, know it more directly, and express it more honestly than the often muddled and avoidant mind.
Bringing Body-Centered Experience into Your Work
Therapy can too easily become reduced to two talking heads, spinning out tales. But treatment can be intensified and enlivened by tapping into our immediate, body-centered experience. Here are some guidelines for making that happen in the consulting room.
Lessons from Body Psychotherapy
Since the days of Wilhelm Reich, somatic psychotherapy has existed as a somewhat estranged relative of mainstream talk therapy. But with the increased focus on the mind-body connection, it's finally time to take a look at what somatic therapists might have to teach their oh-so-talky colleagues.
A Lesson from the Kalahari
A Kalahari shaman teaches a follower of a far less ancient Western healing tradition a thing or two about the limits of explanation and rationality.
The Art of Oscillating Attention
Feeling too much of what our clients feel can leave us exhausted and depleted. Increasing our own body awareness is essential to both effective treatment and self-care.
Bessel Van der Kolk Wants to Transform the Treatment of Trauma
For more than 20 years, Bessel van der Kolk has been in the forefront of research in the psychobiology of trauma and in the quest for more effective treatments. Now he's touched off an intense debate about the role of scientific evidence in finding ways to alleviate suffering and the future of the traditional talking cure itself.
Getting Beyond the Limits of Talk Therapy
I'm a traditional talk therapist, who'd like to explore using mind-body techniques to help clients calm down, but I don't know how to begin. What can I do that doesn't involve learning a whole new set of esoteric skills?
Understanding the Keys to Vicarious Traumatization
Emergency relief or other work with traumatized people is always demanding and wearing: it frequently poses the risk of vicariously traumatizing caretakers, and yet, our field isn't well prepared to help them. As a matter of course, we recommend supervision for therapists and social workers, and we encourage clinicians to discuss difficult cases with colleagues, but we don't always recognize that, for people working with traumatized clients, just talking about it may not be enough.
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