SAGE Encyclopedia Article for Bioenergetic Analysis
Contributor: Scott Baum, Ph.D., ABPP
Bioenergetic analysis is a psychodynamic psychotherapy that works with somatic (body), psychic, emotional, and interpersonal phenomena as part of a unitary whole. A therapist in this approach practices psychotherapy with a theory base and a repertoire of techniques that permit interventions to be made in each dimension: body, mind, and relationship. These interventions are made with a sophisticated understanding of body organization (including anatomy, physiology, and morphology) and of psychological processes (the formation of personality, emotion, and cognition), and the application of modern theories of self and relationship formation.
Bioenergetic Analysis Monograph
Modern Bioenergetics: An Integrative Approach to Psychotherapy
Strong Affect, Deep Bodywork - Psychic and Interpersonal Dynamics
Psychotherapy, as it is practiced today and for the last 100 years, is a medium of transformation. Individuals come to psychotherapy seeking to manage and, if possible, to heal their pain and suffering, hoping to find understanding of and refuge from inner torment, grief, confusion and conflict. The revolutionary core of psychotherapy is in its fundamental technique and goal of self-awareness.
Containment, Holding, and Receptivity: Somatopsychic Challenges
This paper is about some of those principles in the organization of the psychotherapeutic space. These are central, basic principles, which are necessary for the space to work as intended. A perspective derived from principles of Bioenergetic Analysis is shown to be useful in elaborating the dynamics of the space. This paper is also about the challenges posed by the requirement to establish an environment based on these principles. This construction demands a great deal from therapists. At the end of the paper I will propose that facing these challenges and the work to meet them offers a model for psychotherapy and also for relationships more broadly.
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