Bowen Therapy Melbourne- Natural Approach

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Bowen Therapy Melbourne- Natural Approach

  1. 1. Bowen Theory and Therapy Bowen is a remedial body technique that is extremely gentle and relaxing. It empowers the body's own healing resources to achieve balance and harmony.
  2. 2. The Breadth of a Bowenian Perspective ● Bowen theory is not about families, but about life. ● Bowen emphasized that humans have more in common "with other forms of protoplasm … and that traditional social science to emphasize differences have … increased our denial about what really makes us tick" (p. 135).
  3. 3. A Perspective of Universals ● Bowen theory emphasizes universal continua rather than discrete categories (i.e., nature/nurture, male/female, patient/therapist). ● Bowen theory embraces aspects of multiple social and behavioral sciences. ● The family is the unit of observation and treatment. Multigenerational forces can create symptoms at one of three locations: ● the marital relationship; ● the health of one of the marital partners; ● children. ● Implications of a "universal" perspective: ● diminishes the importance of becoming an "expert" in specific symptomatologies;
  4. 4. A Perspective of Universals ● Bowen theory emphasizes universal continua rather than discrete categories (i.e., nature/nurture, male/female, patient/therapist). ● Bowen theory embraces aspects of multiple social and behavioral sciences. ● The family is the unit of observation and treatment. Multigenerational forces can create symptoms at one of three locations: ● the marital relationship; ● the health of one of the marital partners; ● children. ● Implications of a "universal" perspective: ● diminishes the importance of becoming an "expert" in specific symptomatologies;
  5. 5. The Emotional Being of the Therapist ● Differentiation of therapist is emphasized: "Bowen has consistently maintained that it is hard for the patient to mature beyond the maturity level of the therapist, no matter how good his or her technique" (p. 138). ● Capacity to apply Bowenian theory is a function of the therapist's own differentiation. ● "Maintaining a non-anxious presence … is connected to the being of the therapist, not to his or her know-how" (p. 138). ● Bowen and Kerr (1981) have suggested that learning Bowenian theory requires an emotional chance that is only possible by apprenticing with someone who is a "master" or a disciple of a
  6. 6. Concepts in Bowen Theory ● Four Seminal Constructs ● Differentiation ● Emotional System ● Multigenerational Transmission ● Emotional Triangle ● These major constructs are interdependent.
  7. 7. Chronic Anxiety ● Anxiety is natural. It is an emotional and physical reactivity. ● Chronic anxiety is an "exaggeration of a basic rhythm of life: the instinctual, nonthinking response necessary of wilderness survival as well as the habits required for playing a sport" (p. 140). ● Anxiety is transmitted by families
  8. 8. Differentiation ● A "lifelong process of striving to keep one's being in balance through the reciprocal external and internal processes of definition and self-regulation" (p. 140). ● This refers to a process rather than a goal that can ever be achieved. It is a direction in life. ● Differentiation is not synonymous with ● individuation, ● autonomy, ● independence. ● Differentiation includes a connectedness to
  9. 9. Emotional System ● Emotional system refers to any group of people (or collection of animals, for that matter) that have developed emotional interdependencies. ● The group has an organized structure. ● Family emotional system includes ● the members thoughts, feelings, emotions, fantasies, associations, and past connections (individual as well as group connections); ● the members physical makeup, genetic heritage, and current metabolic state; ● each individual sibling position and parents' sibling positions;
  10. 10. Multigenerational Transmission ● This does not simply refer to the influence of the past. It is the "presence" of the past. ● Nature and degree of intensity of emotional responses are passed down from generation to generation. ● The distinction between generations is a false dichotomy because all generations are part of a continuous natural process. ● Family of origin work does not emphasize identifying relatives or even patterns of interactions. Rather, it is the process of connecting and re-connecting with the natural processes that go back generations. ● Self-differentiation is the process of getting in touch with intergenerational processes, to know
  11. 11. Emotional Triangle (a/k/a "triangle") ● An emotional triangle is more complex than a triad. ● This refers to any three parts of an emotional system. ● It can include either three individuals or two individuals and an issue. ● Rules that govern emotional processes: ● One person cannot change the relationship between two others or between another person and her or his habit. ● The more you try to relationship of another, the more likely it is that you will reinforce the aspects
  12. 12. Emotional Triangle (cont.) ● Clinical Implications: ● If a clinician is recruited into a triangle with a couple and is able to refrain from overfunctioning or emotionally reactive, the clinician can help facilitate change that would not be possible if the two had the same conversation alone. ● A clinician inducted into a triangle is likely to experience the stress of the couple. This is positional and
  13. 13. Bowen Therapy ● Objectivity ● Objectivity does not refer to an intellectual/cerebral process. It is an emotional phenomenon. ● This refers to a clear headedness that is a prodict of differentiation. ● All procedures to maintain objectivity (differentiation) will help promote change. ● Procedures to foster an objective state: – mischievous, paradoxical responses; – avoiding interpretations; – diagramming; – telling (disguised) stories about other clients as projective techniques;
  14. 14. Bowen Therapy (cont.) ● Proximity and Protoplasm ● Lack of differentiation can be destructive. ● Major problem of families: not to get them closer but enable them to be clearer about where they end and others in their life begin. ● Therapeutic goal: encourage self-differentiation of individual members. ● Healing is a Self-Regenerative Phenomenon ● A Natural Systems View of Pathology ● Inability to differentiate self from others causes problems. ● Inability to regulate self prevents maturity. ● Problems that persist continue because others
  15. 15. Bowen Therapy (cont.) ● A Natural Systems View of Healing ● Health is natural. ● Therapeutic processes: – reduce chronic anxiety than inhibits healing by being a well-differentiated, nonanxious presence; – stimulate the clients own resources.
  16. 16. Bowen Therapy (cont.) ● Therapy Process: ● Longevity in therapeutic contact promotes deeper involvement with multigenerational processes. – Change is not equated with symptom relief or feeling better but with an increase in differentiation level of the family. – Frequency of sessions is less important than time in therapy (over time, clients may have longer time between sessions). Increased time between sessions may reduce dependency. ● Time frame for evaluating change: – Bowen suggested that it takes four years to help a family so that multigenerational patterns will not automatically continue to the next generation -- an four years is not a guarantee. – Two criteria for evaluating fundamental change in a
  17. 17. For More Information About Bowen Therapy Melbourne, Visit: http://www.naturalapproach.com.au/

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