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Hadar, B. (2001). The Therapeutic Approach to the Body in Psychoanalysis and its Relation to Movement Therapy and Bioenergetic Analysis. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 29(3):483-490.
  

(2001). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 29(3):483-490

The Therapeutic Approach to the Body in Psychoanalysis and its Relation to Movement Therapy and Bioenergetic Analysis

Bracha Hadar, M.A.

I am not a psychoanalyst; rather, I am a clinical psychologist trained in the psychoanalytic field. Fifteen years ago I became acquainted with movement therapy, and a couple of years later I started training in Bioenergetic Analysis. Those years were very enriching for my body-psyche development, but I suffered a great loneliness among my verbal colleagues. There was no way to convey to them the strength and depth of these therapeutic approaches. Whenever I tried to talk about it I was perceived as a bit “off the track.” This gap between my inner experience and my inability to communicate it to my professional environment was the main impetus for writing this article, wherein I have tried to integrate my two therapeutic identities (verbal and body). This process has not been easy. I believe that my own personal experience of this difficulty is emblematic of a universal problem among therapists. I call it the professional split.

Why is there a Split Between Verbal and Body Therapy?

I examine this question from two perspectives: historical and dynamic.

Historical Perspective

For me, the controversy between Freud and Ferenczi that erupted in the psychoanalytic community is an important starting point of understanding.

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