What Is Body-Oriented Psychotherapy?: Originating from the work of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, body-oriented psychotherapy (also called body psychotherapy and somatic psychotherapy) describes certain types of therapy techniques that integrate your physical body into the therapy process.
There are many different therapy modalities and therapeutic techniques that fall into this category, but they all share the root concept that your body is intimately connected with your psychology, and that one cannot be healthy if the other is not. Usually, these types of therapy techniques require minimal conversation and focus on the energy and emotions stored within your body.
These therapy techniques can help a whole range of physical and emotional problems and behavioural disorders including anxiety, panic attacks and other stress-related issues, negative body image issues, sexuality and fear of intimacy (see below for more). Different modalities and techniques are appropriate for different people and issues.
The different types of body-oriented psychotherapy modalities HQ Therapy offer to clients range from Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Tension & Trauma Release Exercises (TRE), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Biodynamic Psychotherapy, to Bioenergetic Analysis.