Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy – Ancient Pathways to Modern Health -ebook


What is Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy? In order to help a patient face the challenges of everyday life, a therapist must be able to weave together psychological theories and healing methods that fit the unique person and moment. Practicing the art of psychotherapy also requires transcending methodologies in order to meet a person in that place of raw humanness where contact is made with the deep source of one’s being. In this spirit, Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy draws from traditional forms of psychotherapy, Dr. Eugene Gendlin’s “focusing” method, Jungian /archetypal symbolic process approaches to healing, hypnosis, psycho- neuroimmunolgical research, energy psychology, acupressure self touch, Qigong, transpersonal psychology, and ancient traditions of postural initiation.


Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy (Mayer, 2007) is “an integral/transpersonal psychotherapy” (Cortright, 1997; Friedman & Hartelius, 2013; Walsh & Shapiro, 2006; Wilber, 2000;) which synthesizes Western, Eastern, and indigenous approaches to healing. In the just released book (September, 2020), Holistic Treatment in Mental Health: A Handbook of Practitioner’s Perspectives (ED: Fracasso, C., & Friedman, H., & Krippner, S.), Dr. Michael Mayer’s chapter shows how the ten dimensions of BMHP integrate traditional forms of therapy with energy psychology methods, symbolic process approaches to healing, and Qigong. As part of this integral psychotherapeutic approach, psychotherapists are introduced to how to integrate Qigong into psychotherapy without ever mentioning a word about Qigong or needing to do a Qigong movement by using: state-specific breathing methods, self-touch of acu-points, and bringing patient awareness to body postures at the moment of “felt shift (Gendlin, 1978)” in psychotherapy. Case examples show how the healing purposes of these naturally arising postures are enhanced by a knowledge of Qigong/Tai Chi postures and how this understanding can help to anchor these new life stances (even if you’re not a Tai Chi Practitioner). In his chapter, theory, methods, experiential exercises, and case examples illustrate how BMHP can be applied to various psychological conditions such as anxiety, hypertension, and trauma.

You’ve heard psychotherapists called “shrinks.” Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy takes the “shrink-rap” off to unveil an expansive view of psychotherapy and mind-body healthcare that includes ancient sacred wisdom traditions and energetic approaches to healing. This “era of energy,” begun by Einstein, is marked by an outer energy crisis and a search for sustainable solutions. At the same time, an equally insidious “inner energy crisis” is taking place where stressed-out, battle-fatigued soldiers of the information age reach for pills or extra cups of coffee on a quest to restore depleted internal reserves. In this book you’ll discover natural ways to harness the energy of life for bodymind healing, and how to sustain energy, replenish vitality, and cultivate inner peace.

Drawing from 30 years of training in Tai Chi and Qigong with some of the most respected masters of these traditions, Dr. Mayer shows how to integrate the essence of these practices into psychotherapy and into our healthcare without ever doing a Tai Chi/Qigong movement, and without mentioning a word about Qigong. From this co-founder of an integrated medical clinic and award-winning author in the field of mind-body healthcare, you’ll see how this integrative approach contributes to alleviate the current healthcare crisis. Ancient and modern, East and West, psychotherapy and mind-body medicine are amalgamated to make a stronger integrative medicine.

Theory, research, and case illustrations are blended as you are introduced to integrative treatment protocols and you learn bodymind healing methods (that join East and West) for anxiety, chronic pain, hypertension, insomnia, trauma, and other common issues plaguing the modern world.

You’ll learn how to use a variety of ancient pathways to help heal the mind and body such as:

  • Chinese medicine approaches including Qigong and acupressure self-touch
  • Innovative symbolic process methods stemming from age-old mythic storytelling, guided imagery, and breathing techniques
  • Methods drawn from ancient traditions of meditation and postural initiation

This book is oriented to mental health workers, health professionals, and members of the lay public who are interested in self-healing methods for physical and mental health. Take the online on-demand Workshop, Bodymind Healing in Psychotherapy, now with or without 3 approved CEUs.

Video (12 Minutes) of Dr Mayer summarizing Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy.

Core Practices of Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy-Patient Handout

Shrink Rap Radio, Episode 61, June 15, 2007, Dr. Mayer’s audio interview by Dr David Van Nuys on Dr Mayer’s book, Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy.

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