Primitive Bodily Communications in Psychotherapy: Embodied Expressions of a Disembodied Psyche: Primitive Bodily Communications in Psychotherapy (Paperback)

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Every psychotherapist will be familiar with what it means to
experience the hatred and despair of their most vulnerable patients in the
midst of a psychotherapy session. Most often these patients will manage to
express their feelings verbally, but what about those who never developed the
capacity to speak? Or those who are capable of talking, but carry a complex
range of unprocessed embodied feelings that cannot be verbally expressed? Some
patients must rely on another type of language in order to communicate their
dissociative states of mind.

Primitive Bodily Communications explores how the
'talking cure' can still work when words fail and the body 'talks.' Non-verbal
communication can be thought of as a form of body language and, even though
this is a topic not frequently discussed, many practitioners have experienced
working with people who communicate through the use of their bodies. The book
does not refer to bodily communications as primitive because we see them as
inferior to verbal language, but simply because they point to the beginnings of
psychological development, to primary ways of being and relating, as well as to
enduring aspects of ourselves.

The contributors explore the topic of primitive bodily
communications in the context of intellectual disability, eating disorders and
bodily neglect, focusing on the communicative aspect of bodily expressions
within the therapeutic relationship. A wide spectrum of clinical cases
illustrates how these patients can reach a state of better physical and
emotional containment and, when possible, of verbal communication.

About the Author


Raffaella Hilty is a UKCP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. Having worked as an Honorary Psychotherapist within the NHS at Guy's Hospital - part of South London and Maudsley Trust - for a number of years, Raffaella now works in private practice in North London. She is currently Deputy Course Tutor on the new Diploma in Psychopathology at Confer.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781913494308
ISBN-10: 1913494306
Publisher: Confer Books
Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English