Body psychotherapy

Have you ever heard of body psychotherapy?⁣It’s a form of psychotherapy based on the idea that people experience the world simultaneously through their mind and their body. ⁣⁣There are five essential concepts of body psychotherapy:⁣1. Bodymind: the embodied integration of thoughts, feelings, and physical bodily experiences and sensations.⁣2. Armoring and character: armor is a muscleContinue reading “Body psychotherapy”

The wisdom of our body: the state of FLOW

Sometimes the body knows things our conscience ignores. And this is not only true for somatisation and trauma, it’s not only about expressing what the mind needs or lacks, it’s also much more. When we approach the concept of FLOW, it’s useful to understand an important difference: the one between instinct and intuition. While theContinue reading “The wisdom of our body: the state of FLOW”

Trauma & body

Trauma has a way of ‘marking’ the body, other than the mind.⁣M. Guidotti talks about the differences between humans and animals and their respective reactions to trauma.⁣⁣When experiencing trauma, animals often go through a limited freezing. After some time, they burst into an aggression (fight) or they run away (flight), manifesting an actual reaction toContinue reading “Trauma & body”

What happens when coping is unconscious?

Our psyche does that: it protects us from (real or possible) traumas, and as a consequence of this suppression, it ‘copes’ by creating secondary issues. Let’s clear this with some examples. ▪️ You might have suffered from anxieties that despite interfering with your wellbeing, have remained relatively uncovered. They might be too much to handle,Continue reading “What happens when coping is unconscious?”

Emotion-focused vs. Problem-focused

“Do I need to change my situation or do I need to find a way to better cope with the situation?” While in the long run it pays to dig deeper and search for meaning, in the short run, emotion-focused and problem-focused coping might have their advantages, and their effectiveness depends on whether we canContinue reading “Emotion-focused vs. Problem-focused”

Polyvagal theory and coping

Polyvagal theory states that we have three ways of functioning, linked to our autonomic nervous system. The first and ‘least elaborate’ one is the dorsal vagal (freeze), then comes the sympathetic (fight or flight) and finally the ventral vagal (social engagement).  This is an interesting theory, that we will come back to in the future,Continue reading “Polyvagal theory and coping”