BodyMind Gestalt therapy is a client-oriented area of psychotherapy, which uses the living of the bodily process in the present as the main tool. Why emphasis is on bodiness, rather than thinking? The fact is that to sort yourself out and understand the causes of problems on an intellectual level is not difficult. Most often, the biggest task is represented precisely by those states and situations that are difficult to influence by willpower, for example, psychosomatic disorders or programs formed in childhood. To bring the body and mind into balance, we do not need to artificially impose on ourselves a certain behavior pattern. When you create a non-judgmental and safe environment, sinking into a state of "here and now", the body and mind come to the natural self-regulation. Thus, we appeal to the wisdom of our original nature, which already contains a powerful mechanism for the life support and healing.
PRACTICING GESTALT THERAPIST, A FULL MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF GESTALT THERAPY
In the past, Arye was a professional dancer and choreographer. He has been teaching dance practices for 30 years in Israel, the USA, Europe and Japan. He is currently teaching the Bodymind Gestalt Therapy course at the University of Tel Aviv; in Europe, he leads a training program in his own way. He holds regular open classes on contact improvisation, trainings and seminars for personal and professional development for dancers, actors, art therapists, clinical therapists, and organizational consultants.
What BMGT can help with?
Here we give only a few issues with which most clients come to us:
BodyMind Gestalt therapy can cover a wide range of work directions. It can be used for urgent assistance in a crisis situation where stress is the main problem. Some our clients even turn to us to explore a greater range of joy. Using BMGT tools, you can ask any question and explore a wider, more detailed picture of what is happening. Here we give only a few issues with which most clients come to us:
Chronic body pain, sleep disturbance, digestive problems, headaches, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, numbness of certain parts of the body.
Improving the quality of contact with yourself and people around you, overcoming the fear of getting closer or separation, working with projections, conflicts in relationships, sexual disorders.
Search for yourself and your vocation, development of confidence and stability, search for inner support and source of inspiration, work with self-criticism and reactions to criticism of others.
Perhaps you would be surprised at the minimal amount of processed information in a BodyMind Gestalt therapy session, because in it, as under a microscope, a separate somatic symptom can be examined, or even one phrase stuck in one's mind. And in addition, you are constantly asked questions regarding bodily sensations. The fact is that the basic principles of BodyMind are fully in accord with the principles of neuroplasticity - the ability of the brain to change its structure. Each person who comes to the session, of course, chooses himself how much information he needs to share in order to feel heard and accepted with all his needs. But if we really want to teach our nervous system something new, then it is better to have patience for an immersion in your body, concentrate and work out one detail of your topic, just like musicians learn to play a piece on separate beats, and sometimes on separate notes. From our experience, this approach gives incredibly deep and literally bodily tangible results, in addition to safety conditions.
What can be expected at the BMGT session?
At the beginning of the meeting, the therapist collects the necessary information and helps the client formulate his request. Then the session can go into the phase of a living, spontaneous experiment in which the study begins. The client can choose the position of the body, make movements and physically or verbally express his needs. The therapist provides moral support during the experiment and helps to focus attention by asking questions. He can also help the client complete the body impulse that arose during the experiment.
In general, the therapist can play a rather active role in therapy. He can give feedback on what is happening, share his personal experience or join the processes of the client. If necessary, touches with a preliminary discussion of the boundaries can be used. Sometimes building contact between the client and therapist is the main arena for the experiment. After the session, the client can get homework for a deeper study of his request.
BodyMind Gestalt therapy can also be combined with the use of additional resources, for example, creative arts, martial arts, dance, water procedures, physical exercises, improvisation and any other useful activities.