‘The ego is first and foremost a bodily ego’ (Freud, S., 1923b, XIX, 26)
Patients walk into our consulting rooms with a sense of dis-ease. Some can say they are depressed or anxious. Some speak slowly, or unhappily about their relationship with a partner, or their daily work. Some are quiet and can barely use words. All speak through their bodies. The body is the record of early experience, to be encountered in the present clinical moment.
With each patient, the body of the psychotherapist speaks. Is the therapist feeling seduced, disorganized or deadened after an exchange? Counter-transference experiences anchored in the body of the psychotherapist can help guide clinical thinking and interventions.
This intensive study course will take up various conceptualizations of the body in psychoanalysis. Therapists from a range of theoretical backgrounds will use contemporary texts to explore the psychological development of body-mind. The body that is born, the body that heals and the body that dies, and the territories in between.