Body-language and nonverbal communication

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Body language and nonverbal communication in China

Just finished the second workshop of the two years training program at the Shanghai Mental Health Center SMHC. Topic was body language, nonverbal communication and body diagnostics for psychotherapists and physicians.

I also had a two days workshop on the same topic at Tongji University and at New Health in Beijing. A lecture at Beijing Normal University.

All in all impressing how big the interest is in these topics and how motivated the participants were. It mirrors some track in the field of psychology and psychotherapy in China which opens up a forth coming future of great competence.

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Helplessness towards psychic problems in China

China with more than 1 Billion inhabitants only has about 25-35.000 psychiatrists and psychotherapists. Compared to other countries this is for too less to guarantee a good health-management and mental health system. For example in Germany there are even more psychiatrists and psycho-therapists for only 85 Million inhabitants.

This leads to significant and severe problems within in the population. People don’t know how to react………

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Nonverbal training to become a professional

last week I came across this little picture at fb. It shows how important the nonverbal approach in psychotherapy is. It also shows how simple it is on the one hand and how difficult to learn. 🙂

Try yourself at home, with your friends or colleagues…..and you will realize how humerous or how dangerous it can be to behave like this.


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The body in psychotherapy 5 (Therapists`feeling the client`s body)

Somatic Psychotherapy

No more support

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Meet Dr. Freud

ABSTRACT: LETTER FROM CHINA about increasing demand for psychoanalysis among the Chinese. Writer tells about Elise Snyder, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale who, in 2001, began recruiting American analysts to provide analysis to Chinese patients over the Web via Skype. The concept of discussing private troubles and emotions with a stranger runs counter to some powerful Chinese beliefs. For most of Chinese history, mental illness carried a stigma of weakness

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As stress grows, modern Chinese turn to Western psychotherapy

When Li Xianyun began working as a psychiatrist at Hui Long Guan Hospital in Beijing in 1991, she did not discuss her job in public. People thought it was strange, she says, and they assumed she worked in an insane asylum. Now, those she meets are eager to learn more about her profession.

“If I tell them I’m a psychiatrist and talk about my job, they show ………….

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More about body psychotherapy

Having posted some information about body psychotherapy tthree days ago I was asked to talk more aout it. So here is more about it. You will find body psychotherapists all over the world. Except in Africa and many parts of Asia. So if you are interested ask the specific organisations which are listed at Wikipedia. Or ask me, I will support you as much as I can. So don`t hesitate. 😉

Body psychotherapy,[1][2][3] also called body-oriented psychotherapy or somatic psychology, is a branch of psychotherapy[4], with origins in the work of Pierre Janet, Sigmund Freud and particularly Wilhelm Reich who developed it as vegetotherapy……..

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Mr. Muo’s Travelling Couch

“……………Tonight, as this Chinese train pursues its inexorable journey, neither the hardness of the seat nor the press of his fellow passengers seems to bother him. Nor is he distracted by the alluring passenger in oversized sunglasses (a showbiz wannabe travelling incognito, perhaps?), sitting by the opposite window beside a young couple and across from three elderly women. She is graciously tilting her head in his direction while resting her elbow on the folding table. But no indeed, neither train nor intriguing stranger can offer our Mr. Muo such transport as he finds this moment in words and writing, the language of a distant land and especially of his dreams, which he records and analyses with …………………..

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 Systemic thinking: psychotherapy in China

The German-Chinese Academy of Psychotherapy DCAP organises qualified training in psychotherapy in China since more than 20 years. Collegues from Germany go to China to train there. And Chinese collegues from China come to Germany to be trained here and to work as psychotherapists. There is a very interesting study on basic differences in thinking on cultural boundaries, family structure / relationship and intervention. The results of this study are not only interesting for psychotherapists, but also to everybody who is interested in these issues concerning intercultural communication.

Please feel free ……….

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Seeing clients in China

While in China, where I was from, I saw clients at the Shanghai Mental Health Center in both the outpatient and inpatient units. Most of the patients are walk-in patients without scheduled appointments. I did not know who to expect to see before they came in the door. Patients were usually accompanied by their family members who sat with the patients during the visit to provide collateral information. As most patients had severe psychopathologies, besides observation of the patients, I relied heavily on the information on symptoms and medication provided by family members. While on the inpatient ward including a locked unit, I was assigned a few patients with diagnoses ranging…………………

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