Moments of Embodiment

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 14/11/2015
9:45 am - 12:30 pm

Location
Cambridge - Friends Meeting House

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Dr Judith Woodhead

 

rbrs_0240My presentation is about moments, moments and embodiment, moments of embodiment. The word ‘embodiment’ is potent as a metaphorical concept that evokes the many bodily dimensions of therapeutic process. In our time together, we shall explore the nature of these moments in therapy and analysis. Our exploration tool will be the lens of short DVD clips of infants in relation with close others, helping us see the nature of embodied moments that arise that can form new patterns through which meanings and thereby mind may emerge. In particular we shall focus on the role of bodily dimensions and space in the therapeutic relationship: these include the physicality of the voice (tone, cadence, rhythm), the use of ears and eyes (auditory and visual contact), whole body processes (including musculature, breath and heart rhythms), and most centrally, the power of affect, of emotions.

We shall explore how these emotions, in the body and in the words we utter and hear, resound in therapeutic work. We may see how moments of embodiment evoke nuggets of time in which we feel solid, housed, embedded in being, inside rather than outside of one-self. The opposite are moments of feeling scattered, fragmented, broken up, in parts, or bits, dis-embodied. Both are necessary experiences in our being and becoming, in the mutually transformational work that can take place between two human beings in the protective and containing interior of the consulting room.

Judith Woodhead, PhD, is a Jungian supervising analyst and former Chair of the Society of Analytical Psychology, London.  Judith has also specialised in psychotherapy work with parents and young infants and uses her understanding of childhood relational processes to inform her work with adults.

She is an infant observation seminar leader, and works with a group to develop infant observation programmes in Slovenia. Judith lectures internationally and in the UK. Along with other writings, this is reflected in a Journal paper: ‘Dialectical process’ and ‘constructive method’: micro-analysis of relational process in an example from parent-infant psychotherapy.  Journal of Analytical Psychology, 49(2), 143-160.

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