Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
For over fifty years, as a movement artist, researcher, educator and therapist, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen has been working with movement, touch and the body-mind relationship. An innovator and leader in developing the Body-Mind Centering® approach, her work has influenced the fields of bodywork, movement, dance, yoga, body psychotherapy, childhood education and many other body-mind disciplines. In 1973, she founded The School for Body-Mind Centering®. She is the author of the books, Sensing, Feeling and Action and The Mechanics of Vocal Expression and currently has ten DVDs: The Ligamentous System, The Fluid System, The Endocrine System, The Organ System, The Nervous System, three on the skeletal system: The Lower Limbs, The Upper Limbs, andThe Axial Skeleton, Embodiment and Expression for Musicians and Singers, and Four Special Children, and is featured in the following DVDs: The Origins of Movement: The Embodiment of Early Embryological Development and Dance and Body-Mind Centering (Body Mind Centering)
Le blog de Tobie Nathan (video)
To Have or To Be? – Erich Fromm (video)
Although, as a therapist, I do not subscribe to psychoanalytic theory or any of its close cousin theoretical orientations, I do greatly applaud Fromm-Reichmann and highly esteem her for her humble interactions with clients. Not only did she believe in empathy as the cornerstone of therapy, but she also seemed to understand how to reach her clients from a human-perspective. She would join her clients in whatever state they were in (e.g. sitting on the floor, in deplorable conditions, etc) just so that she could “reach” them. She obviously believed wholeheartedly that “the success or failure of psychotherapy depends greatly on whether there is an empathic quality between the psychiatrist and patient” (Fromm-Reichmann, 1950).
I think she is a great teacher for developing therapists today. Even if one does not subscribe to or believe in the theories characteristic of psychoanalysis, her style and her emphasis on connecting with clients can definitely be applied across theoretical orientations. Therapy should not consist of one sitting behind a desk in their cozy office at all times. Therapy should be mobile, meeting clients where they are. Humility is what makes therapy great and effective and I think she showed that to many. (Web Comment)
“Each person is a unique individual. Hence, psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual’s needs, rather than tailoring the person to fit the Procrustean bed of a hypothetical theory of human behavior.” – Milton H. Erickson (in Milton Erickson Foundation)
Dr. Milton H. Erickson (video)