As a counsellor I have to acknowledge that even talking therapy largely propagates and operates according to the mind/body split however much we may think we keep the body in mind through our attention to body language of a client in the room. Current approaches to psychological distress either address the body/brain (medications) or the mind (all “talking cures”) reflecting the professional beliefs as to the cause of the illness. Personally although I believe wholeheartedly in the power of talk therapy from personal and professional experience I am now very mindful of the body by understanding a client’s relationship with their body. Not just a client’s physical health as an indication of their wellbeing and expressions of stress/distress. Dissociation comes in many guises and if we’re not in touch with our emotions arguably we aren’t in touch with the bodily aspect of our being. Trauma work particularly highlights the symbiotic nature of the mind/body connection and as a therapist whose philosophy is to engage with the whole person everything about my clients are kept in mind and taken into consideration.
The neuroscience of resilience – this article gives a small of example of the interconnectedness of the mind/body and how the process of therapy heals in various ways. Counsellors and psychotherapists have been working intrinsically with it for many years and the now the science is serving to confirm the benefits of the therapeutic relationship.