Silhouette of young couple practicing yoga on sea beach during sunset. Cross-process photo style.

From: Body, Self, and Soul: Sustaining Integration (1985)

“Each one of them approached the elephant from a different direction: one came upon the trunk, the second explored the feet and the sides, and the third examined the tail. Each one was certain he knew what an elephant was. One swore up and down that an elephant was a long, thick undulating animal with two moist orifices at the lower end through which air, food, and water were taken in and often snorted out. The second adamantly disagreed. He said that an elephant was a huge tree-like structure, firmly planted in the ground, which widened to the size of a building. It was very rough to the touch. The third man laughed at the lunacy of the first two. He, in his wisdom, described his experience of the elephant as finding a snake-like creature with a tuft of coarse hair at one end. All three men were right in their observations, but limited in their explanations” (Rosenberg, Rand, & Asay, 1985, p.13).”

The purpose of the preceding excerpt is to help describe the nature of body-focused counselling. With all the current psychotherapies available at the present time, it is often difficult for clients to choose the best form of counselling for themselves. However, body-focused counselling, or mind-body counselling, allows clients to have elements of several theories and the combination of mind and body in order to help them deal with the concerns that bring them in.

When to Use Mind Body Counselling?

Using several different tools, the client gets to become more aware of the connection between mind and body in several presenting concerns. Clients can use mind-body counselling to help work on issues including, but not limited to the following:

  • Anger
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Chronic Pain
  • Relationship Concerns

There are several tools used in order to work on the concerns outlined above so click on the following links or watch the video to learn more about body-focused counselling and how your therapist may be able to help you.

Boundaries
Breathwork

*Watch this video as Sharon explains Mind-Body Counselling*