So what’s it like to focus on the body in talk therapy? If you have never been to a somatically oriented therapist before, or if you have only tried talk therapy, mind and body therapy might feel like a different experience for you.
I’ve had clients describe therapy with me as “interactive meditation.” As we explore areas of your life though talk, I help you to focus your attention on what is arising in the moment-to-moment of your inner experience in your body. This may include the sensations, emotions, or movement impulses, among others things. We’ll start to notice patterns and relationships between these different experiences over time. As we gain awareness of these patterns, we will start to work to help you shift in the places where you are getting stuck.
How much time we spend focused on the body and on moment-to-moment experiencing can vary a great deal from session to session, and from client to client. Some clients spend whole sessions working in this way, whereas others may prefer to move more slowly, just visiting this way of working from time to time. I do my best to attune to each individual’s unique pacing when it comes to integrating the body into therapy.