Short Manual on the Big Topics in Psychotherapy: The Brain, The Body, and Attachment

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Our own body experience is one of the primary tools that a psychotherapist uses to help their clients. This book is about the whole person, not only the brain. It describes in depth how the mind, body, and heart connection can help to heal in therapy. While reading this book, I found the resources that were given to be very useful. The techniques described such as HeartMath, Brain Gym, EMDR, EFT, and sensorimotor psychotherapy are all used in different ways and in different combinations to help the client.

Author Pamela Church has created a program called Harmonize Now, which includes tools that clients and therapists can use to self-regulate. These exercises use touch to regulate the body. They can improve gut health, release stress, depression, and anxiety and stimulate parts of the brain to function more or less. Toward the end of the book, readers are given illustrations of several of the exercises, which are simple yet mindful. I really enjoyed trying these exercises and focusing on what their intentions were. In Short Manual on the Big Topics in Psychotherapy, Church helps the reader to understand the big picture. As humans, we are made up of an accumulation of experiences so that no two people are exactly the same. Our belief systems and the way we react during circumstances are all based on our previous experiences. This fact is true; however, it wasn’t until the author presented this idea that I really thought about the people who surround me each day and how their points of view differ so much. This was the answer to my question. The chapter about Darkness was one that I found to be especially interesting. The author describes the darkness as often being about “rage, shame, or terror.” She also states that we all have it. I gained a higher respect for therapists working through the darkness with a client, as this cannot be an easy task to do. As Church mentions, “It is about bringing loving compassion and skilled insight to the session. It is about bringing hope and ease to the session.” Overall, this book was not what I expected. I expected more about the science of the brain. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find this book addressed the person as a whole and really enjoyed the hands-on exercises.

Chris Hayden

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Author Pamela Church
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 217 pages
Publisher Inkwater Press
Publish Date 2018-Aug-01
ISBN 9780712201801
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Issue July 2018
Category Self-Help
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