Messages of love help the child faced with developmental problems to grow and to learn, indeed any child! This is part four of my emotion-focused therapy for children.
Therefore, these psychotherapy sessions are fun, are playful and embrace the child’s world and what they have to say!
As a dance movement psychotherapist whose work involves mirroring as one of the big ways to communicate, connect; be in communion with another I want to briefly explain why the embodied therapist is crucial thus, explain why this work is so successful and perhaps nudge you to explore for yourself.
Embodiment is the integration of mind, body, feelings; the internal and the external worlds and through movement we give form to this moment to moment (The Embodied self, Bloom, 2006)
This builds the pathway for the child to know themselves and their world instead of being lost and disorientated. Attunement and mirroring encourage emotional awareness, empathy, verbal expression and communication and by understanding the child’s internal states, an embodied empathy is fostered.
Neuroscience and its relation to movement psychotherapy show us how emotion focused movement therapy embraces the most important aspects of the child because it is not only through mirroring and witnessing movement that identical sets of neurons can be activated but by being in the action or the expression of the feeling, behaviour. The mirror neuron system when sparked causes the child to love, grow, and learn.