Your mind is a important tool and very good at doing particular things. Try doing math without using your mind! Your mind has probably been trying to figure things out for you for a while now, it is a form of protection.
However there are some things that can’t be learned or understood through the mind. When we have lost touch, or don’t have the confidence to listen to our body, we lose access to a huge source of information and knowledge which is our core self. For many people, through this work, this may be the first time they have experienced being in their body and the comfort and safety of coming home.
Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)
IBP is a non invasive somatic therapy that treats the whole person, integrating body, mind and emotions and spirit, that can facilitate more meaningful work in less time with longer lasting results. IBP integrates the best approaches from Eastern and Western psychological physiological and spiritual mind-body theories and practices into a highly efficient and effective somatic model for psychotherapy.
IBP experiential practices help to break through old, somatically maintained dysfunctional behavior patterns by reawakening and establishing fully integrated states of well-being, constancy and sense of self in the body that can lead to a transformation of consciousness at the core of one’s being.
This work may be for you if….
you have physical pain which has an emotional component
you feel emotionally split in making decisions
you are experiencing anxiety or panic attacks
you are dealing with an addiction
you are burning yourself out from caretaking others
you are getting in your way of connecting with your partner sexually
you yearn to feel the aliveness in your body
you want to learn to speak up for yourself in a composed way
You will develop…
a deeper self-awareness
your capacity for emotional depth and authenticity
tools to be present, grounded and centred
your capacity to differentiate between what is happening on the outside and what is happening on the inside
your capacity to act on your own behalf without being afraid of about what someone else will say or do
your connection with your authentic self to find the answers you are looking for
ways to access your wellbeing to start feeling good again
Find out More: Resources and Reading:
Body Self & Soul. Jack Lee Rosenberg, Marjorie Rand.
The Intimate Couple. Jack Lee Rosenberg, Beverly Kitaen-Morse, PhD
California IBP institute: www.ibponline.com
Dr. Jennifer Doan
I am a licensed Naturopathic Physician in the province of British Columbia and I am passionate about body centred therapies and the mind-body connection. I have completed the three year IBP training and have completed level two advanced training in Satir method.
Why have you decided to include mind-body medicine in your practice?
As a Naturopathic Physician I see that so much of what are physical complaints are really the result of chronic emotional holding patterns. Not all stress is bad but chronic stress can have a long term impact on your health and well being.
This kind of work impacts our families and communities. The healing and breaking of unhealthy patterns of trauma from the generations before us is a gift not only for ourselves, but for future generations.
This kind of work doesn’t fit for everyone and I don’t use it with all of my clients although it is woven through much of my philosophy. Perhaps because I am passionate about IBP and healing in family systems that I attract people who are asking and looking for emotional growth and wanting to be more comfortable in their bodies and their lives.