Systems theory, biosocial model, gestalt. Different names for the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Nice words, but seeing connections, followed by the ability to do something with them, is a skill.
Generally, therapeutic concepts should be related to, across fields. Delineations are useful for learning. But, the assumption that connections will be made when enough parts are selected. Often falls short.
Concepts of self-protection, pain, discomfort, body language, posture, and movement. Maybe related to, from physical, emotional or mental perspectives. Seeing and working with these relationships will amplify the results your clients attain.
Elevating communication; how and what the therapist says in important. As is how the client speaks. Of course, listening is important. In the beginning, more so from the practitioner. The client often desires to be heard first. Whether or not they feel heard, influences, how much they’ll accept and from what perspective they’ll listen.
We’re modeling, problem-solving, setting a high standard for therapeutic interaction and beyond. Coaching what’s possible, helping them envision where they’re trying to go, and the progressions that will enable them to get there.
When we protect ourselves, we set up defense mechanisms in the related realm of operation. For example, mental arguments, emotional reactions, physical posturing, or compensatory movement patterns. A strong emotional reaction is seen in the body language if the person is currently stuck in their emotional experience. Elements of their body language/posturing become habituated. These will likely how they feel and how they move.
With thoughtful intervention, we help them move beyond these restrictions. Unresolved issues may impede optimal expression in the related realm of operation. Using skillful language, touch, and movement, often helps people move through barriers more quickly than they’d imagined possible.
Effective treatment will involve pattern recognition, negotiating with the protective mechanism, and developing a better strategy. Followed by movements, thinking, and imagery that will continue to empower the person
What do all of these have in common? The information that they generate is processed in the nervous system.
Except for the mental elements, the majority of these self-knitted safety nets, are constructed subconsciously. And for most, when one feels the need to protect oneself, thinking too, will resort to the tried and true. Their reactive nature is part of what makes them effective as defense mechanisms.
So, there is a two-way flow of information. This is why touch and movement are incredibly effective therapeutic strategies. Touch relays to areas of the brain that process emotion. Movement signals the kinesthetic, proprioceptive and interoceptive aspects of being. Validating the change experientially.