Why Mind Body Psychotherapy?
The mind and body are closely connected -- thoughts,
feelings, and physical experiences interact in many
ways. While these connections can contribute to
problems such as anxiety, depression, and eating
disorders, they also can be utilized to improve mental
and physical health.
Thoughts about yourself, others, and situations have a
strong influence on both your feelings and behavior.
Finding more effective ways of thinking is a powerful
way to achieve desired changes.
The way you react to emotions and bodily sensations,
either ignoring or magnifying them, can lead to
difficulties. Learning a curious, mindful way of
responding offers a more helpful way to manage feelings.
Connecting with your feelings and listening to your body
provides valuable information that helps you understand
what is keeping you stuck and what you need to do to
take care of yourself and move forward in your life.
Developing healthy self-care behaviors is another way to
take advantage of the mind-body connection. Examples
are eating and exercising in healthy ways, and engaging
in activities that elicit the relaxation response.
Learning effective ways to connect mind and body and to
integrate thinking and feeling can help with solving
problems, changing behavior, and experiencing greater
calmness, well-being, and life satisfaction.