Non Directive Somatic Psychotherapy
Somato Emotional Release N.D.S.P. – S.E.R.
Non Directive Somatic (BODY) Psychotherapy-Somato Emotional Release N.D.S.P-S.E.R) is the result of a combination of two treatment methods.
On the one hand, there is the Non-Directive-Interventional method of healing and animation, inspired by the French psychologist and psychotherapist Michel Lobrot, and it has its roots in Kurt Lewin’s theory on the dynamics of groups, as well as on person-centered therapy by Carl Rogers. The attitude of the therapist in this method is based on the unconditional acceptance of the person and the group, the active listening, the empathy and the authenticity (Carl Rogers), and also on the possibility of intervening through the proposals. The proposals are designed to facilitate the deepening and enrichment of personal experience towards the emergence and realization of human desires (Michel Lobrot).
Michel Lobrot is a French professor of psychology at Paris VIII, a psycho-sociologist and a psychotherapist. He has written many books on the method and on psychology in general, such as «L’ecoute du desir”, 1992, “Non Directive_intervenante animation de groups”, “Vivre Ensemble-L’attitude non-directive-intervenante”, “Le psychisme en movement”, 2016.
On the other hand, CranioSacral Therapy (C.S.T) is a body therapy that uses the gentle touch of 5 grams along the craniosacral system in order to balance the craniosacral rhythm but also to touch other parts of the body so that the latter put its resistances aside and opens.
Along with this balancing, the touching of C.S.T awakens the memory of the body and opens a communication channel with the deeper self, trauma and repressed memories. The main instigator of the method is John Upldger, an American neurosurgeon. He has written several books on the method and the research he has done over the past decades on the CST. I mention here his main books, “Somato Emotional Release and Beyond”, “Your Inner Physician and You”, “Cell talks”, etc.
He continues to research, to develop and apply the capabilities of the method at his research center in Florida, US.
Somatic (BODY) Psychotherapy-Somato Emotional Release, the combination of the two aforementioned treatment methods, approaches human being as a psychosomatic ensemble.
Cultivating body consciousness and awakening body memory – by using the CST and be based on the theoretical and practical framework of Non-Directive-Interventional method of healing and animation -, it offers complete & deep body psychotherapy. In particular, it supports the person to confront and realize her past, to know and accept herself, to heal traumas and behaviors that nail her on pathology, to learn to talk with her body and to develop her personality according to the desires of her.
Much of this therapy is the journey done by the person receiving treatment in her body while the therapist supports her. For this reason, the treated person is referred to as “the traveler” whereas the therapist as “synodoiporos”, the fellow traveler.
How the man – traveler is approached
The touch at this method has the following basic characteristics:
- Its weight is of 5 grams, as heavy as an A4 paper sheet. This weight is ideal so that, on the one hand, there is a clear signal to the body that someone is with it and, on the other hand, the absence of pressure leads the traveler to stop resisting very quickly.
- Goal of the touch. We touch to “listen” to the pace of the rhythm and the relation between motion & immovability as far as it concerns the craniosacral rhythm and in relation to any movement in the organs, tissues and fascia.
- Its intention. By touch, the only intention is to be present for the traveler and allow her to meet and become aware of her own energy, to watcher own story. The fellow traveler does not give to or take from the traveler anything regarding the energy field. However, their exchange is an intense experience as the presence of a fellow traveler is conscious.
In principle, touching takes place at certain points, mainly along the cranio-sacral system, but later on throughout the whole body following and supporting the complete unwinding of the somato emotional release.
In our method, breathing is another fundamental aspect and is used to enable the traveler to connect with her body.
- She learns the diaphragmatic breathing.
- She learns to pay attention to breathing exclusively and to follow it without changing it in an invasive manner.
- She realizes the pace of breathing, its depth and its connection to the area of emotions.
We approach motion from two perspectives.
- Motion and alternation with the immobility of the body itself, or its parts, as a path to body-awareness as well as the awareness of the personal energy.
- The motion we learn to “listen” to traveler’s body through our hands. The motion – immobility balance functions as a diagnostic tool for us, in the sense that the fundamental principle of psychosomatic method, which we follow, is that motion declares health while immobility, blockage, disease.
It is present at every single step of the healing process. It is known as a concept. All I want to point out is that the dialogue between the traveler and her own body provides her with the option to show empathy for it, or for single parts of it, and not just to receive empathy from the fellow traveler as a healing attitude.
- The therapeutic dialogue during the touch session has the characteristics shown on the slide.
- The prerequisite for the fellow traveler to start asking is the rhythm to be paused.
- The pause always occurs before the body’s memory begins to unfold its stories.
- Then the brain waves are of Theta type, which, as you may well know, establishes the path to self-healing, knowledge of inner self and enables the subconscious to bring information to the conscious.
The therapeutic dialogue is completely non-directive. This means that the fellow traveler makes the dialogue in such a way as to make it easier for a traveler to talk with parts of, or feelings on, his body without putting her own opinion, a direct or indirect assessment of what is unfolded by the traveler.
- Revival of life-events
- Trauma repair
- Psychosomatic experience
Proposals are a series of actions suggested to the traveler at a team, or individual level, for further processing, assimilation, acceptance and confrontation of any aspect of the self, occurring through the journey to the body and requiring more therapeutic treatment.
The proposals are of two types: verbal sessions & body work
- A verbal session takes place through active listening, reframing and unconditional acceptance, and aims at the expression, awareness and acceptance of the traveler’s feelings. It also aims at the emergence and expression of their desires and the connection of desires to reality and here and now.
- Body work is a sequence of physical exercises aimed at deep expression without mental schemas for healing and trauma repair.