- Therapies are an essential part of effective psychotherapy and healing.
- The therapist has the ability to create possibility through experience, meeting clients at many levels of being, but most importantly, helping them have healing experiences by meeting them where they live
David A. Lee, M.Ed., on mind / body communication. His approach is based on a synthesis of clinical and research findings from the fields of neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and evolutionary biology
David Lee, M.Ed., for many, particularly people who have a history of trauma, talk and insight alone are not sufficient for healing and change. Clients often understand why they have their problems, but their understanding doesn’t result in their healing. When this happens, the client’s response is telling us that we as therapists are not working “where the problem lives.”
Effective therapy involves understanding a person’s phenomenological world and speaking their experiential language. The more our communication reflects this understanding, the greater the impact. In order to heal, therapy needs to work at a deeper level than words alone, impacting the client at a level that makes a difference in how the problem is represented or coded in the mind and body.
We can extend our ability to enter a person’s phenomenological world by learning how, at a primitive biological level, we as living organisms make sense out of and respond to the world. Body-centered and other non-verbal psychotherapies have the power to work with the client at a primitive biological level. We will discuss how this happens and illustrate why body-centered and other non-verbal therapies are an essential part of effective psychotherapy and healing.
While conventional psychotherapy focuses on the intellect and the mind, deep healing often involves the heart. We are most familiar with the heart’s most basic physiological function as the life-giving pump that lives in our chest, whose rhythm signals that we are indeed alive. Without the heart, no other organ can function. In this sense, the heart is our life source.
The heart is also our emotional and spiritual life source, tightly linked