NEW THOUGHTS ON BODY AWARENESS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY
While Freud stated that the first ego is the body ego, the centrality of bodily processes in interpersonal and emotional life has possibly been underestimated by contemporary psychoanalysis. Clinical work with traumatised and maltreated patients, adults and children, as well as recent neurobiological research, has emphasised how trauma gets held in the body and how bodily understanding is essential for working with it. Other thinkers such as Damasio have shown how emotions are essentially bodily processes and new understandings of the autonomic nervous system have made this increasingly clear.
In this talk, in conjunction with the release of a 2nd edition of his 2010 book, Nurturing Natures, Graham Music will elaborate on some of these ideas and their implications for clinical practice. His presentation will include research, clinical work and therapeutic theory in part illustrated with video material.
Graham Music is a Consultant Child and Adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His main clinical interests are in working with patients post-trauma, and in forensic psychotherapy. He has managed and developed a range of services in community settings such as schools, and was formerly an Associate Clinical Director in the Tavistock Child and Family Department. He teaches on many courses and trainings in Britain. His publications include The Good Life (2014) and Nurturing Natures (2010), and has published particularly on the interface of developmental research and therapeutic practice.