FAQ about Biodynamic Body-Psychotherapy

What is the aim of Biodynamic body-psychotherapy? How does it differ from other Psychotherapies?
How does Biodynamic body-psychotherapy work?
Why does Biodynamic psychotherapy work with the body?
What is meant by 'knowing your body as your home?
Does Biodynamic psychotherapy always involve touch?
Apart from massage and talking, what other ways of working are used in Biodynamic psychotherapy?
Can bodywork be overwhelming
What can I expect from a Biodynamic psychotherapy session?
Are therapists bound by an ethical framework?
How can I choose a therapist?
How long will the therapy last for? How long are sessions?
Is Biodynamic psychotherapy always one to one or does it ever take place in groups?
Is Biodynamic Psychotherapy also available for children?


















Q: What is the aim of Biodynamic body-psychotherapy? How does it differ from other Psychotherapies?

A: Essentially, Biodynamic Psychotherapy is no different to other types of psychotherapy. We address whatever problems or issues you bring to the session and help you to understand yourself and how to deal better with the life situations that trouble you. In addition to this, your growing self-knowledge helps you to develop as a person and to realise your potential.

How Biodynamic psychotherapy differs to most other psychotherapy is in its focus on the body, life energy and its use of a stethoscope to monitor the sounds of the gut (Psycho-Peristalsis)

Biodynamic Psychotherapy works with body, mind and spirit as an integrated whole, helping you to feel and know your body as ‘home’. Our aim is to re-awaken your natural capacity for health, well-being and pleasure. Biodynamic Psychotherapy and massage will enable you to develop a direct experience of the energetic flow of your life force. This life energy, as it streams throughout the body, is felt as a bridge between psyche and soma (body and mind) and our connection to all life. We have gained a sense of our Naturalness.

Biodynamic Psychotherapy, like any psychotherapy, is not only about feeling good in oneself. Life is difficult and very challenging and psychotherapy isn't doing its job if it's focus is simply on attaining a private heaven.

Biodynamic Psychotherapy helps the client ground in 'what is', to develop the capacity to fully embrace reality and to stay with feelings as they arise in the moment. We aim to help the client find a creative relationship to whatever life sends their way. 

Q: How does Biodynamic body-psychotherapy work?

A: We work, not just with words alone, but also with massage and the feelings, impulses, sensations, images and movements that arise through the therapeutic relationship. Exploring the sensations in your body can re-awaken your ‘forgotten’ emotional reality. All this can help you understand your present life in the light of your earlier experience, and find more satisfying ways of relating.

Q: Why does Biodynamic psychotherapy work with the body?

A: Emotional feelings are also processes within the body and should leave no trace of themselves once they have passed. However, repressed emotions stay held in the body, unconscious and unrecognized and in the form of tensions and postural changes and toxic by-products. Biodynamic therapy gently re-awakens these hidden, past experiences enabling you to resolve them, both in your conscious mind and by literally digesting them in your intestines (psycho-peristalsis).

Q: What is meant by 'knowing your body as your home’?                                                                Top

A: Our experience shows us that there is an inner knowing and inner core that we can connect to, which usually lies beyond the grasp of the conscious mind. Focusing on our body sensations can help us connect to this inner core. Moving through the chaos of the unconscious, we find these pockets of order and stability. Connecting to that core of order within ourselves is a joyous and empowering experience with a sense of 'homecoming.'

Finding ourselves ‘at home’ in our bodies, we connect with our innermost strengths as well as working through past hurtful experiences. We learn to listen to our inner voice, to find our personal truth in this present moment, becoming more fully who we truly are, in all our complexity and beauty.

Q: Does Biodynamic psychotherapy always involve touch?

A: Not always! We can work with body awareness without having to use touch. While many Biodynamic psychotherapists integrate touch and massage into Biodynamic psychotherapy, some therapists keep the massage and psychotherapy separate, e.g. if they want to focus more on relational dynamics it may be best not to use touch. For others, it may be better to talk as little as possible and feel physically contained by the concrete experience of touch. The decision as to whether or not to use touch depends on the therapist's assessment of the client's needs or on their focus of interest or methodology.

Q: Apart from massage and talking, what other ways of working are used in Biodynamic psychotherapy?

A: There are several ways of tuning into body sensations and allowing processes from the body to enter consciousness and become integrated and digested. This can happen seated on the chair, standing up or through movement. We may ask you to lie down on the mattress so that mental activity can slow down and impulses from the body allowed to work their way into consciousness and expression (vegetotherapy).

When old, repressed processes are finally released and digested, body and mind will be freed up and we will gradually or sometimes suddenly experience an awakening of energy within our body and an awareness of energetic ‘streamings’ and sense of aliveness throughout our body and mind

Q: Can bodywork be overwhelming?                                                                                               Top

A: Biodynamic body-psychotherapy acknowledges that bodywork can reach beyond our usual mental control. This can be experienced as immensely soothing or, at times, may feel overwhelming. We are very aware of this and are finely attuned to your responses and we have great respect for the defences we put in place to protect ourselves. Biodynamic work approaches our defences with sensitivity and with the minimum of threat which gently 'melts' the defence, rather than with full-on confrontation in order to break through. Too much confrontation may simply tighten the defence or, even worse, overwhelm to the degree that it cannot be worked through and integrated.

Q: What can I expect from a Biodynamic psychotherapy session?

A: This will depend on your needs and interest and the therapist’s focus. Psychotherapy sessions can vary. We may look at the dynamic in the therapeutic relationship as a way of understanding relationships in your past or present life. Some sessions may include massage. Most sessions will include some form of ‘tuning into’ what is happening in your body. There will also be a focus on helping you to ‘digest’ emotional material that has come up. [See the first question (above) for more information on what takes place in a session].

Q:  Are therapists bound by an ethical framework?

A: All LSBP psychotherapists and trainee therapists abide by the LSBP Code of Ethics and Practice.

Q: How can I choose a therapist?

A: You will find a list of fully qualified and authorised trainee therapists in the Find a therapist section.

Q: How long will the therapy last for? How long are sessions?

A: Therapy can be long term or short term. Sessions are usually once a week for 1 hour, but frequency and length of sessions can differ or change according to your needs and the therapist’s style of work.

Q: Is Biodynamic psychotherapy always one to one or does it ever take place in groups?

A: Therapy is usually one to one. LSBP runs a weekly experiential group for those who want to experience Biodynamic work in a group setting.

Q: Is Biodynamic Psychotherapy also available for children?

A: Biodynamic psychotherapists are trained to work with adults (over 18’s) only. Some therapists will have acquired different qualifications that enable them to work with children but this will not be as a Biodynamic psychotherapist.


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