..."For much the same reason, body psychotherapy sometimes works well with sexual-abuse survivors, although it takes a well-trained and sensitive therapist to handle such people. A few years ago a 46-year-old single mother in the San Francisco Bay Area named Terry found herself getting worse rather than better in talk therapy. Terry (who prefers not to use her last name) liked her therapist. But talking about the sexual abuse she had experienced as a child was making her feel overwhelmed. Spacy and disassociated, she could barely prepare dinner for her child. As memories of being raped surfaced, her legs became so rigid she had trouble climbing stairs. Unable to help her, Terry's therapist recommended that she try Bodynamic Analysis.
In Bodynamics, Terry first learned how to experience her traumatic memories without being overwhelmed.
Two years into therapy, Terry reports that her life is back on track and that she's studying to be a Bodynamics therapist. She believes talk therapy failed to produce the same results because it left her body out of the process: "My body was what experienced the violation in the past, and my body needed to experience the ability to push people out."
The above excerpt is from "Listening to the Body" - article by Jennifer Bingham Hull, in the May/June 1997 issue of Common Boundary magazine.
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