Sarah and David sit across from me. Their chairs are far apart and turned towards me. They escape eye contact by focusing on me. It’s our first session. Tension is evident and felt, in all senses. This is a well- known situation when couples start therapy that stems from normative embarrassment and difficulty seeking help. During our first conversation, I listen to them while trying to feel the energy and atmosphere in the room. I look inwards, feel my body, my breath. I resonate with myself and with them. The room feels cramped, stiff. There’s a sense of heaviness. The atmosphere is remote, and it seems cold. I notice that neither of them is breathing, and it affects my breathing, which also halts. Out of awareness and inner resonance, despite the tension I breathe deeply. I reflect to the couple: "There’s so much tension in the room," and then I take a deep breath again which allows Sarah and David to breathe as well, to release some of the difficulty, and start discussing what's in their hearts.
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TAKE A TOOL AND RUN
Take a Tool and Run with Dr. Heather Corwin
TR 12: In this February 2020 “Take a Tool and Run!”, I explore a tool to address how some clients are unable to tolerate touch. Using a stone can give an opportunity to foster connection with an organic object that has dynamic temperature, texture, weight, and shape. Holding things in our hands is also a way to help bring depth to the moment. Pauses to feel into the rock and notice what sensations are present can help clients titrate between those sensations and large felt experiences or emotions. Some also believe rocks have a frequency that vibrates in accordance with their origin. Most notable, rocks are of the earth and can remind us of the primitive and primal to give a respite from analytical thinking into simply being. Rock on! -Dr. Heather Corwin www.CorwinCounseling.com. More can be found at www.BodybyHeather.com.
Dr. Heather Corwin’s Take a Tool and Run is a monthly vlog that offers quick and effective tools to share somatic centering practices.
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Michael Ostrolenk is a licensed psychotherapist who completed his MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and did post-graduate studies in somatic psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies . He is certified in Spiral Dynamics and Wade Mindsets. Michael is Head Instructor for SEALFIT’s Unbeatable Mind Academy as well as a personal development coach. Michael is also the host of #ORadio , a podcast which explores individual and social transformation.
Ostrolenk speaks with Joan Davis, a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, a Hakomi Sensorimotor Trauma Psychotherapist, and author of Origins: a body-based approach to developmental evolutionary process from preconception to standing. Davis describes her own background and what life experiences drove her engagement in self-exploration; she further details how she learned and practices body-mind centering, Hakomi, authentic movement, and pre and perinatal training. Davis details some of the content of the 9 spirals of her book Origins. To learn more about Joan Davis and her work, visit her website at www.gorsehill.net/books/
origins/. Today’s show is brought to you by Somatic Psychotherapy Today: www. somaticpsychotherapytoday.com/ .
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- Polarized Mind & Relational Implicit February 7, 2020This recording is different from the other recordings in this podcast series. Instead of a conversation, it features Serge Prengel talking about polarization and the Relational Implicit. You can also read this as a text (below the audio player). What happens when we get polarized? How can we avoid polarization to engage in more enriching […]Relational Implicit
- Kirk Schneider: Exploring the polarized mind February 1, 2020This conversation started as Serge Prengel interviewing Kirk Schneider. Very quickly, Kirk became the listener, guiding Serge into an experiential exploration of polarization. We touched upon the personal and embodied impact of the polarized mind (or fixation on a single point of view to the utter exclusion of competing points of view), as well as […]Relational Implicit