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
    3. Tania Pietrzak, Gernot Hauke
      Pages 283-307
  5. Further on Up the Road: Embodiment Techniques Applied to More Complex Systems

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 377-387

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

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