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Embodiment in Psychotherapy

A Practitioner's Guide

  • Gernot Hauke
  • Ada Kritikos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Basics for Clinical Applications of Embodiment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Olga Pollatos, Beate M. Herbert
      Pages 15-27
    3. Ada Kritikos, Samuel D. Sparks
      Pages 29-42
    4. Olga Pollatos, Eszter Ferentzi
      Pages 43-55
    5. Sheila J. Cunningham
      Pages 69-82
    6. Anita Körner, Fritz Strack
      Pages 97-112
    7. Felicitas Weineck, Matthias Messner
      Pages 113-126
  3. Elementary Embodiment Techniques for the Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Christina Lohr, Tania Pietrzak, Gernot Hauke
      Pages 231-244
  4. Elementary Embodiment Techniques Applied to a Single Therapy Setting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Tania Pietrzak, Evelyn Beverly Jahn
      Pages 247-281

About this book


This groundbreaking clinical guide explores the theory behind embodiment in psychotherapy, the science that underlies its methods, and how this knowledge can offer greater depth to clinical practice. Experts across the cognitive and behavioral sciences analyze the complex roles of the body in helping create the self and convey agency, and the essential cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes expressed in movement, gestures, and facial expressions. Diverse techniques are shown bridging gaps between emotional and bodily awareness and verbal and nonverbal communication to reinforce self-regulation, navigate social relationships, and support the therapeutic bond. These practical guidelines demonstrate the versatility of embodiment work in use with individuals, couples, and groups in addressing a wide range of emotional, interpersonal, and somatic concerns.


Among the topics covered:


·         Embodiment as an organizing principle.

·         Generating body focus: the gate to embodied work and emotional awareness.

·         Embodiment of social interaction: our place in the world around us.

·         Resource activation: bringing values into the flesh.

·         Therapeutic alliance: grounding interaction in space.

·         The power of embodying values in work place teams.


Expanding on while strengthening traditional theory and methods, Embodiment in Psychotherapy brings new directions in healing to researchers, clinicians, and psychotherapists of all schools in psychiatry, counseling, coaching, and social work, as well as psychology students, trainers, managers, and supervisors.


embodied cognition psychotherapy psychological interventions mind body connections somatic information emotion regulation embodied cognitive behavioral therapy family therapy embodied empathy

Editors and affiliations

  • Gernot Hauke
    • 1
  • Ada Kritikos
    • 2
  1. 1.Embodiment Resources Academy (ERA)MunichGermany
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

About the editors

Dr. Gernot Hauke, Diploma in Chemistry and Psychology. He got his Ph. D. in Psychology from the Technical University of Munich. He owns certifications as Psychological Psychotherapist, as Clinical Trainer and Supervisor in CBT and as a Business Coach.He is the author of several books and scientific papers. His primary interest focuses on the neurobiology of embodiment, direct induction of emotions in therapeutic processes and application of fundamental embodiment processes in psychotherapy.

Associate Professor Ada Kritikos has a PhD in Psychology (University of Melbourne) and has trained and practised as a Clinical Neuropsychologist. She has held a teaching and research tenured position at The University of QueenslandSchoold of Psychology since 2010. She has authored many research papers, on action observation, body representation, self-other spatial positioning differences and embodiment.

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