Supportive yet challenging, this volume contains 30 useful hints and reminders to help both students and professionals in counseling examine and improve key areas of ther work. Developing Gestalt Counseling encourages counselors to focus on areas that they feel need special attention by covering topics such as relationship and dialogue, assessment in the Gestalt approach; contact, awareness, proactivity, and responsibility; and experimental and creative methods. Author Jennifer Mackewn provides an easy-to-read and informative book for readers who are already familiar with the fundamentals of counseling and have begun work with clients in counseling psychology and social work settings.
Chapter 22: Attending to Body Process and Energy Flow
Attending to Body Process and Energy Flow
Attending to Body Structure, Body Experience and Body Process1
Attending to bodily experience needs to be an important part of any counselling experience because people's emotional life is largely experienced in and through their bodies. Our feelings arise in our bodily selves and are felt in our bodily selves. Yet the taboos surrounding body process are so great that many counsellors and psychotherapists are not trained to integrate attention to body processes, internal body experiences or body structure into their work.[Page 163]
Body process is central to all aspects of Gestalt.2 In the Gestalt approach to counselling and therapy there is no split between the person and their body or between the body and the ...