Body-psychotherapy with John Leigh Dent

What is body-centred psychotherapy?

To make positive changes we need to engage with and understand the psychological root of any given problem. This involves disentangling 'what was' from 'what is'.

Because the emotional, physical and mental are inextricably linked, the body reflects our life story, from embryo through to present day. This offers a great opportunity to work with implicit memory (somatic, unconscious, preverbal).

When the wounded self is met with openness, a trust in who we are deep down begins to emerge, self-sabotaging defences become obsolete and change can finally begin to take place.

How I work

As with all psychotherapy, dialogue is an essential part of the process but body-psychotherapy also allows space for other forms of expression. The body, being a fundamental part of our identity, can play a key role in remembering and expressing.

After an initial check in, sessions may involve anything from dialogue, moving, image making, releasing strong emotions to simply bringing awareness into the moment.

Physical contact

Physical contact can be an invaluable way of connecting with unconscious material. In body psychotherapy it may be used precisely because of its' ability to trigger the unconscious  and if used, is employed sensitively, with clear boundaries and understanding.  


I work relationally which means I do not practice with a classical analytical 'blank screen' modality. All evidence points to the quality of the therapeutic relationship as being a key factor in the optimum therapeutic outcome. 

I work in a sensitive and supportive way, acknowledging each persons uniqueness. Nothing is ever obligatory and there is always a clear respect for boundaries.

Who is it for?

The root to most psychological issues lie in the early developmental years and body psychotherapy works particularly well in this area.

Some of the issues I have worked with are:

  • Sexual abuse - past and present.
  • Childhood abuse - psychological and physical.
  • Relationship difficulties.
  • Isolation - social anxiety.
  • Depression- stuckness.
  • Anger issues - repression to rage.
  • Trauma - past and present. 
  • Body image - body dysmorphia, obesity and  eating disorders.
  • Psychosomatic - back pain, tension, IBS and headaches.
  • Anxiety - shyness, fear, overwhelm and  panic attacks.
  • Addiction - drug, alcohol, codependency and sex and porn addiction.

You can also use this work for on-going personal development and support.

To book a consultation please Contact me.