Movement psychotherapy clarifies emotions and relationship dynamics, differently than verbal therapy, because movement expresses the unconscious without engaging the intellectual process needed for talking. Movement has the power to access and release pre-verbal and other kinesthetic memories, often unavailable to consciousness, which become stuck in the body, usually creating rigidity, compulsion, and repetition of negative thinking and behavioral patterns. When a client learns to “move” through a dynamic they are better able to own and articulate how their trauma and life experience has helped them to become more capable and resilient. Even a single session, movement assessment, can help client gain better insight and rehearse change.
Practitioners should consider making a referral when the client:
Is overly verbal and tends to intellectualize trauma or dynamics.
Suffers alexithymia (inability to access emotions/metaphors) which impedes verbal therapy.
Suffers at work or in relationships due to lack of spontaneity, flexibility, passion, or purpose.
Has poor body image, body dysmorphia, or is overly focused on physical appearance.
Has experienced body traumas or anticipates body transitions (such as car/plane accidents; sexual abuse and seduction; surgeries for weight loss, sex reassignment, chronic disease, and/or cosmetic changes.
Has suffered oppression at work related to their gender, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation.
Seeks to clarify and resolve transitions in work, relationships, and/or identity (such as nationality and immigration, gender orientation, sexual orientation, or legal name changes).
Experiences chronic indecision or feelings of “being stuck” for more than 6 months.
Has suffered preverbal abuses, losses, or traumas during 1 month - 8 years old.
Has experienced parental neglect, abuse, or loss at any age.
Displays persistent inability to trust or connect with others.
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