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          What is IMT

          Integrative Mindbody Therapy (IMT) is a heart-based relational body psychotherapy modality. It was developed by me in the late 1990s and received its relational edge in the mid-2000s. Therapy is structured around three clinical axes: body psychotherapy, trancework, and relational psychotherapy. Common to all these strands is close work with affective processes, which encourage the creation of intersubjectivity - a field where the self is both separate and a part of a broader process at the same time (wider mind). The therapeutic toolbox is rooted in Reichian and hypnotic traditions, yet interventions are made while in dialogue with humanistic, analytical and relational theoretical and clinical models.

          In constructing IMT, I was influenced by Reichian body psychotherapy, and particularly the works of Stanley Keleman, Nick Totton, Guy Gladstone, and Silke Ziehl, but also by Ericksonian hypnosis and psychotherapy, mainly Stephen Gilligan’s self-relations psychotherapy. Both these directions emphasise working with embodied processes on the one hand, and altered states of consciousness (generative trances) on the other. My psychoanalytic influences include attachment theory, object relations, and intersubjective and relational psychoanalysis.

          In IMT the organism (and the shared dyad) is understood as forever moving between form and flow, between states and processes. The ability to adaptively organise and remain in the spaces between organisations is seen as a mark of health. In fact, IMT examines how we organise ourselves – inside our body, in our emotional-mental-linguistic structures, and within relationships. The psychotherapy process is less concerned with "fixing” difficulties or pain and instead focuses on improving relationships between internal and external levels of organisation. The therapeutic relationship becomes not only a transferential platform for previous relational organisations, but also a microcosm of internal levels of organisation, and change in the relationship is understood as an inner change, paving paths for reorganisations. The concept of trance (the space in-between) is therefore crucial to the therapeutic work.

          Psychotherapeutic interventions in IMT, whether bodily or otherwise, are secondary to the therapeutic relationship, are in constant dialogue with it, and are brought back into the relationship. IMT style combines yin and yang – a masculine therapeutic style (archetypally penetrative and initiative) and a feminine style (archetypally containing and waiting).

          Structured Training programmes in IMT are offered in the UK and Israel (the Relational Body Psychotherapy Programme at the Israeli Centre for Body-Mind Medicine), and IMT workshops and lectures are regularly given worldwide. The training emphasises positioning and therapeutic orientation, alongside experiential and introspective work.

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