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Your own body of wisdom: Recognizing and working with somatic countertransference with dissociative and traumatized patients.

Type: Journal

Article title : Your own body of wisdom: Recognizing and working with somatic countertransference with dissociative and traumatized patients.

Author: Forester, Cressida

Year: 2007
Journal: Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
Vol : Issue 2 : 2
Pages: 123-133

Abstract

This paper is intended as a contribution to the dialogue between body-oriented and psychoanalytic approaches to the psychotherapy of trauma. Therapists' use of their own body awareness and somatic countertransference is central to body and movement psychotherapy but is rarely discussed in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy literature. Both phenomena have cruucial roles in facilitating therapy, particularly with patients that have been traumatized. Both can provide critical windows into patients' material and dynamics; similarly, the neglect of attentionto either can lead to clinical ignorance and errors, no matter what the diagnosis of the patiient in treatment. In work with traumatized or dissociative patients however the risks of not attending to somatic countertransference and body awareness include the vicarious traumatization of the therapist. Examples of body awareness and somatic countertransference are given, and their use is addressed. A model for the transmission of vicarious traumatization is briefly described that relates to dissociated kinesthetic mimensis.

Details

Author's institution: Richmond Area MultiServices Inc., San Francisco, CA., USA
Contact: cress45@earthlink.net
Language: English
Country origin: USA

Entry number: 3828
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Entry source: Courtenay Young
Entered by: Courtenay Young
Entry date: 22 March 2008

Key Phrases: Body Awareness - Dissociation - Somatic Countertransference - Kinesthetic Mimensis - Trauma - Vicarious Traumatization - Empathy
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