In this chapter, readers can follow the journey of three women who were treated with embodiment techniques as a major focus of their treatment plan. At the end of this chapter, readers will develop some awareness of how to clinically apply embodiment techniques in psychotherapy. Following our clear and stepped approach, readers will become familiar with how to obtain a client’s Survival Strategy, emotional field and reaction chain. Readers will gain a taste of what is like to induce, deepen and help their client’s regulate a full range of emotions in relation to a problematic situation. Finally readers will become familiar with a how to help clients with wide range of complex disorders to develop emotional acceptance and mastery and begin their navigation on a new path of concrete life projets. Three cases are presented in psychotherapy using embodiment techniques with women who have either depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder or anorexia nervosa.
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