Human Resonance Therapy is closely related to Somatic Psychotherapy in that attention is paid to the kinaesthetic Resonance between therapist and client. In simple terms this means becoming aware of bodily sensation as the therapy progresses and working with the meaning of the sensation. The framework in Human Resonance Therapy is a Gestalt approach which is both relational and embodied.

Using somatic techniques as the means for exploration, the client is able to experience where spontaneity, creativity and deliberateness flow throughout his or her body and where flow is suppressed or blocked. With the body as locus for intervention, this approach uncovers early material as it lives in this here-and-now.

Human Resonance Theory uses Gestalt therapy as framework

Gestalt Psychotherapy

Gestalt Psychotherapy is an approach that explores the individual’s way of being in the world. The relationship between the client and therapist is central to the therapeutic process. From the relational place clients can explore how they exist in the world and become aware of how they may be interrupting or getting in the way of the life they want to lead. From a place of safety, support and enquiry, awareness develops about what new choices and possibilities may be available for the client to change.

Embodied Gestalt psychotherapy

An Embodied Gestalt psychotherapist has had extensive training and knowledge of the kinaesthetic resonance of their own body and uses attunement to help awareness of blocks to authentic living.

Mind and body

It is through our bodies and movements that we experience ourselves and the world. Our bodies tell us what has happened, is happening right now, and also what we believe will happen again. The idea of mind and body as two separate elements is being challenged – body and mind as a distinction is in itself a cognitive/verbal frame. A more integrated bodymind is being adopted by some.

Research from neuroscience seems to suggest that non verbal interaction is primary to the forming of self. The ability to see hear, feel and then understand the subtle details of movement which organises the contacting process is not specifically either a mind or a body phenomenon. Therapists are becoming aware that attention to the embodied field can help with an understanding of the ‘embodied dialogue’ that human beings are constantly involved in. Sensing and paying attention to resonance within our lived bodies produces information about the relational embodied world we all live in.

Put it all together

Gestalt therapy focuses on process – the moment to moment experience as it unfolds in the here and now. If that experience is of physical sensation then it is accurate to label it as somatic experience. If the therapist is attuned to their own process and mindful of the client’s process then you have an embodied relational field where somatic experience can help with awareness of how the client shapes their relational field outside of the therapeutic space and this can facilitate lasting change. Human Resonance Therapy uses Gestalt Therapy and an embodied therapist in a relational setting as the agents for change.