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  • Writer's pictureElliot Huemann

Healing with Mind and Body

Updated: Feb 9

My guess is when you think about psychotherapy you primarily think of two people talking through hard emotions, memories, or relational problems. But, have you heard of body-oriented psychotherapy? It's a holistic approach to psychotherapy that sees the mind, body, and emotions as interconnected. This means that your body holds valuable information about your experiences, emotions, and beliefs, and that your mind and body are inseparable.


Body-oriented psychotherapy is all about helping you to tap into this wisdom that's stored within your body. By creating a safe and supportive environment, you can explore your inner experiences, emotions, and patterns of behavior through embodied awareness. This way, you can become more aware of your emotions, sensations, and thought patterns and learn how to work with them in a more conscious and intentional way.


One of the best things about body-oriented psychotherapy is that it can help you to increase your awareness of your body sensations and your connection to your emotions. If you've experienced trauma or other forms of emotional distress, this approach can be particularly helpful in helping you connect with and regulate your emotions in a more embodied way. By working with the body, you can learn to become more attuned to your emotional experiences and develop a greater sense of self-awareness and self-compassion.


Sensorimotor psychotherapy is one of the many types of body-oriented psychotherapy that can help you connect with your inner wisdom and resources. This modality focuses on the interconnection between the body, mind, and emotions and helps you to explore your inner experiences through embodied awareness. Sensorimotor psychotherapy incorporates a range of techniques, such as mindfulness, breathwork, movement, touch, and guided imagery, to help you connect with and regulate your emotions and sensations. If you've experienced trauma or other forms of emotional distress, sensorimotor psychotherapy can be particularly helpful in helping you connect with and regulate your emotions in a more embodied way. If you're interested in exploring this modality, why not give it a try? You might just discover a new way of connecting with your body and healing your emotional wounds.


In my practice as a therapist, I've come to learn that body-oriented psychotherapy is a powerful and effective approach to healing that can help you to connect with your inner wisdom and resources. This in turn helps you connect to a greater sense of resilience and wellbeing. Whether you're struggling with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, or other forms of emotional distress, body-oriented psychotherapy can provide you with the tools and insights you need to live a more fulfilling and authentic life. If you want to learn more reach out and let me know!


*This post was written in collaboration with generative AI.

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