Category Archives: Psychotherapy

Bridging the Great Divide

I have been struck by how persistent is the great divide between body workers who try to change the human condition by disciplines such as Pilates, Yoga, Qi Gong, martial arts, deep tissue massage, Rolfing, Kit Lauglin’s Stretch Therapy, or … Continue reading

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Evidence is in, it is the Therapist That Matters

One thing that has disappointed me, and I think disappoints most therapists who are honest with themselves, is the gap between the aspirations of  therapy and the average result. The effectiveness of therapy (at least the effectiveness of  what usually happens) has … Continue reading

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Transference in Therapy, the Best Tool?

This discussion is not about the existence of transference or even the nature of transference in a therapeutic relationship. Rather, the question I wish to pose, is whether, as is sometimes charged, in the Reich and Lowen tradition, especially in … Continue reading

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Good Feeling Should Not Be a Secret

It has struck me as odd that while almost all cults use the same building blocks as cognitive therapy (cognitive reframes, schema changes, exhortations to think positively, commitment to change, etc) no one thereby alleges  that these cognitive techniques are … Continue reading

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Defining Factors

I have been reading about how research into the effectiveness of therapy is done. To compare one type of therapy with another  it is necessary to make explicit the factors that define that approach. This is different from philosophical tenets–defining … Continue reading

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Difficulty in Researching Reich and Lowen Benefits

From time to time people ask if there are any studies that verify the effectiveness of the Reich and Lowen tradition. If they have some training in research methods, they are probably meaning, are there random controlled trials (RCTs). While … Continue reading

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The Basic Oral Reenactment

There is a basic obstacle in psychotherapy and the healing professions that is so common that it may  not be recognized as an  element maintaining the suffering. The obstacle presents itself when as an adult, the suffering person is encouraged … Continue reading

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The Exciting Object Loop

Alexander Lowen worked at the drive end of things more so than the object relations end of things. However, he did emphasize the role of illusion in suffering. Perhaps the most common illusion is the illusion that real love has … Continue reading

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Taking the Pants Off

I was recently at the bi-annual IIBA (Lowenian) Conference in San Diego. I had the good fortune to attend an all-day workshop with a very experienced trainer Heiner Stekel, from Germany. Heiner has been teaching and performing bodywork for thirty … Continue reading

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Pushing the Poles, or Feeding the Shadow

The shadow is a wonderful conceptual tool from the albeit somewhat dis-embodied Jungian tradition. Most human traits exist as polarities on a continuum. To be human means to possess the entire spectrum in some way, constructively or destructively or in … Continue reading

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Transfusional versus Transformative Therapy

Many, perhaps most, clients come to psychotherapy at a low ebb. They do not have much energy, good feeling, anticipation of pleasure, warmth or optimism. What is normative in master’s level therapy in the United States is a supportive approach-that … Continue reading

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