And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
In talk psychotherapy you tell your story to someone who, with wisdom and a compassionate ear, can help you sort things out. You identify old beliefs, feelings and behaviors that are not working for you. Once you see these old patterns more clearly, it is easier to stop yourself from repeating them. You are more awake and conscious. You then can decide what new beliefs, feelings and behaviors you would like to replace them with, ones that feel more in alignment with who you really are and how you really want to be in the world.
Body-centered psychotherapy utilizes the same principles as talk therapy but is more holistically oriented, including the body in the healing process. While talking is very important in the healing process, the body also holds onto old memories. In order to more fully heal, the body must be included in this process (see Trauma in the Body). This work is especially beneficial for those who have experienced trauma. It is also important for those who believe that their bodies need to be included in their therapy process in order to fully heal.