Counselling with Children and Young People provides a distinctive focus on child therapy in school settings, addressing in a unique level of detail. The authors adopt a broad ecosystematic, integrative approach that takes into account the factors of family, school and wider community, placing emphasis on significant development and attachment issues.
Chapter Eight: Working with Thinking, Feeling and the Importance of the Body
Working with Thinking, Feeling and the Importance of the Body
This chapter expands on the importance of taking a holistic view of the child. Recent scholarship in philosophy and neurobiology (e.g., Damasio, 2000, 2006, 2012; Johnson and Lakoff, 2006) has emphasised the connectedness of thinking and feeling and how ‘the body provides the ground reference for the mind’ (Damasio, 2006: 223).
In all interactions with the external environment the brain and the body participate in concert. Damasio (2006) tracks our understanding of the human mind from being located in the ether to its twentieth-century residence in the brain. He then goes on to suggest that the mind depends not only ...