Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy

Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy is a relational and movement oriented approach to psychotherapy within a Gestalt therapy framework, developed by Ruella Frank Ph.D. It is a comprehensive system of phenomenological analysis that allows practitioners to diagnose and treat their clients using movement experiments.

Movement is central to all experience and serves as fundamental supports for contacting. The movement repertoire that develops early in life is a language in itself that conveys desires, intentions and emotions. Even though our movement patterns have changed over time, the foundation established early in life remain readily observable and available in our everyday experience.

Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy attends closely to our sensed, direct and aesthetic experience of the situation we live in. In this work we explore how yet unaware primary movement patterns are part of our present experience and influence daily life. Attention is given to the qualities of contact that we experience kinaesthetically, and how that informs us of self and otherness.

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