Talk Therapy Vs. Mind-Body Practices: Why You Should Consider a Body-Centered Psychotherapist by Erica Hornthal

Talk Therapy Vs. Mind-Body Practices: Why You Should Consider a Body-Centered Psychotherapist

Ever been in talk therapy? Don't like talking about things? Many people feel like they have reached a plateau in traditional talk therapy and therefore discontinue it all together. 

Research is showing that our entire body, not just our minds, store life experiences and traumas. Talking about the issue is no longer the optimal way to work through or resolve it. If 80 percent or more of our communication is through non-verbal expression, then it would benefit us to see a therapist that can take that into account. 

Keep in mind that you do not have to have any experience using your body as a catalyst for healing or health for this to work. In fact, most people who benefit from body-centered psychotherapy are out of touch with their bodies, lack body awareness and may even exercise or participate in mind-body practices that are perpetuating emotional issues. Here are some options:

Some of these are even covered by your health insurance. Talking about issues is not the only option. Here's to your journey to emotional health and well-being!

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Elisa Schmitz
"Research is showing that our entire body, not just our minds, store life experiences and traumas." I agree with this 100%. The body absorbs stress and remembers pain, etc. Thank you for this great tip, Erica Hornthal . I learn so much from you!
Karen Vega
I had been in therapy from age 3 till 16 (due to abuse and other family issues), that's when I reached the therapy plateau you mentioned. I loss my mother in 2001 at 17yrs and grandmother who raised me in 2003. Through encouragement from my husband I re entered therapy but I feel I'm not progressing (I have panic disorder with agoraphobia, social and generalized anxiety, and major depression). Thank you so much for sharing other therapies that might work better. I will definitely discuss them with my Psychiatrist. Sorry for the TMI but I felt comfortable speaking here.
Erica Hornthal
thank you for sharing you story. I am glad that you are aware of other options. The body expresses what the mind suppresses. The body can be a powerful tool and catalyst for change.

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