Our Approach to Mental & Emotional Healing

Moving the Self Psychotherapy Center offers psychotherapeutic services based on the interrelation of body, mind, and emotion.

Interpersonal neuro-affective-biology (HomannSiegelSchore), a term describing a neuroscientifically-informed psychotherapy, helps us understand the embodied process of affect regulation, vital to an integrated psychological development which allows us to be in and maintain satisfying relationships. Our minds need our bodies to decipher complex situations and take action, while our affective states dominate our experience—whether we are aware of it or not.

The subjective experience of an individual is always framed by his or her culture. Human behavior cannot be explained totally in terms of physiological processes, personality structures, cognition and affect patterns, environment adaptations, and so forth. The self may be considered as an entity unto itself, distinct from social role, but never isolated from social expectations and norms.

Behavior is therefore the product of the relationship, at times conflictual and always subject to change, between experiences of self and one’s social role expectations. Since behavior changes considerably within cultures, cultural traditions shape one’s sense of self while the self construes particular ways, inherent to that particular culture, of engaging with external events.

Psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy is carried on through the process of examining feelings and emotions and linking them to words, connecting personal history and cultural traditions, with current life events and relationships. Sometimes words are not enough to get to the source of the discomfort. Words are necessary to delve into personal life stories, yet at times, movement, sensory body-oriented processing, as well as expressive arts can be used in order to aid in the discovery of personal blocks, resistances, hidden beliefs and inner conflicts interfering with life being lived at its full potential.

As adults we encounter problems, create conflicts, live particular situations and resolve (or not) stressful encounters with skills and modalities we learn throughout our lives. The experience of being a person is a process of synthesis and adaptation between inner life and outer reality—between the constructs of one‘s own mind and the processes centered around human interactions—based on early attachment patterns, not only in one‘s own family-of-origin, but also in the many group settings, communities, and multicultural systems we operate from.

Relationships have a tremendous impact on our personal growth. We are “hardwired” to be in a relationship and can learn and grow only within relationships. Comprehending our experiences is always achieved best within the context of a relationship, and changes in our lives are also best realized within a relationship, whether our family-of-origin one, our own nuclear family, or in relationship with a partner.

Our psychotherapists devote special attention to the examination of important relationships, whether current or family-of-origin ones, as they recreate themselves within the therapeutic hour.

Our psychotherapists are trained to pay attention to the affect expressed in words or silences, noticing somatic responses and promoting embodied attunement, as it is the body-felt knowing of “how to be with others” that informs and shapes our diverse ways of being in the world.

Movement might be used as a catalyst in the process of integrating our emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual selves. The discovery process through movement engages the total person, providing a vehicle for self-expression, understanding, healing, and growth for people with diverse needs.

Moving Self in Psychotherapy Conference Prague 2015

Promo Video design and production:
© 2015 Jan Komarek

TANTER (Dance movement therapy association of the Czech Republic) Performers:
Klára ČíŽková, Jana Ryšlavá and Iveta Koblic