Considerations of verbal and non-verbal communication in body psychotherapy

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Communication with others has both verbal and non-verbal aspects. This article describes theory about the use of language in body psychotherapy, ways of the psychotherapist relating to the client's language, and the psychotherapist using language with different therapeutic purposes in mind. Illustrative case vignettes are included. Links are made to current thinking in neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Language in the therapeutic relationship is discussed in terms of emotional regulation and spiritual awareness by combining verbal and non-verbal communications with intention, presence, contact and awareness. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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  • Body psychotherapy
  • Communication
  • Emotional regulation
  • Spiritual deepening
  • Verbal and non-verbal language

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  • Gill Westland

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