Embodied Intersubjectivities - The body in the era of online therapy
Friday 4 December 2020 - A Live Webinar
A One-Day Exploration with Roz Carroll, Ruella Frank and Margaret Landale
- Includes a recording of the event with access for a year (14 days post the event)
- Bookings close at 9.00am GMT Tuesday 1 December
As therapists move their practices online, what are we discovering about the significance of embodied presence in the shadow of its absence?READ MORE...
Surprisingly, therapists have reported that certain kinds of connection are actually intensified online. For example, close-up facial expressions provide an immediate intimacy between the two. Transference and countertransference enactments can still find expression, and narratives can easily unfold with less inhibition.
However, much is also now absent from the session: the full-body language of therapeutic couple as they respond to each other, the subtle shift of a foot, a stomach rumble or a tightening of the muscles; the ambience, smells, light and textures of the therapy room itself; the sanctuary of that room and the ritual of the journey. Deep within the body we know that intimacy is related to proximity, to bodies synchronising and regulating each other, to the non-verbal, non-conscious minutiae of communication and what this recalls of earliest interactions. By considering the constituents of embodied intersubjectivity, our speakers will explore the extent to which working online has highlighted the need for bodily-based attunement, three-dimensional presence and, conversely, the extent to which the therapeutic couple can find new forms of intimacy.