Theories and Techniques of Somatic Psychotherapy I

School of Professional Psychology and Health SOM 6646 3.00

This course gives in-depth exploration of somatic approaches to psychotherapy. It provides a ground for understanding intervention, therapeutic process, and good counseling practice, as well as exploring parameters of somatic psychological practice. This course introduces the work of Wilhelm Reich and derivative therapies that have been influenced by his work. It also looks at sensing, feeling, and expressive approaches in psychotherapy, as well as work with tissue state, dream, and gesture. Sociocultural understandings regarding sexualities, emotional expression and interaction, gender, work, and ethnicities are a focus of the class. Students study and work experientially with observation, breath, movement, and sound in psychotherapy, focusing on issues of transference, countertransference, attunement and resistance. SOM student

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