Kinesio Psychotherapy, which I coined in 2022, is an approach that integrates movement in psychotherapy. The belief is that there is a fundamental relationship between movement and psychology. In this particular approach, therapists 1) observe clients’ movement while they talk and explore movement and 2) share observation from the lens of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (LBMA), which is evidence based and objective, non interpretive.
The purpose of sharing observation is to assist the client’s self-directed discovery and their meaning-making process. In result, client becomes more aware of their own association between movement and psychology. The awareness allows them to make a bridge between unconsciousness and consciousness. From this point, clients can practice and integrate more functional responses into their existing or dysfunctional patterns of bodily response, which is why I believe utilizing LBMA in psychotherapy is very effective for clients dealing with stress responses including fight, flight, freeze, and fawn.
I am Associate Marriage & Family Therapist and in the process of accumulating hours towards licensure to become a psychotherapist. If you are interested in learning more about the relationship between movement and psychology, I highly recommend to attend group somatic movement class.
updated Oct 15, 2022
5min demo on YouTube:
This is a 5min demo to show how therapist’s observation from the lens of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis can assist client’s self-directed discovery. You can read a summary of the 30min length therapy session on that channel.