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Getting troublesome feelings out
lets you enjoy a more satisfying life with your emotions.
Enjoy more rewarding contact with your inner and outer worlds,
including thoughts, perceptions, rewarding sensations, and feelings.
I practice a unique mind-body therapy based on listening and emotional contact. I treat the whole person, mind, body, emotions and perceptions. This approach is powerful. I’ve been in practice over 25 years.
I might sometimes ask you to breathe a certain way to heighten aliveness in your body and improve your visual perception. Therapy helps people identify and release emotional and muscular holding patterns from emotional injuries. As people see things more clearly, they shift out of old habitual patterns and behaviors.
Many people today live in constant stress that undermines health functions such as the immune system, sexuality, digestion, and elimination. Stress also distorts thinking and feeling. Therapy offers an effective, integrated approach that can transform your stress into wellbeing, clarity, and serenity. These changes can be seen and felt in your body.
Psychotherapy focuses upon the present moment and current issues. The present moment is what’s actually happening, not something that is just being talked about. The emphasis is on what is being felt, thought, and done in the present moment, with attention to actual emotions. Therapy is a process of awareness and mindfulness. Perceiving, feeling, and action help people feel better. People gradually change how they react in work and in relationships and get more pleasure out of life.
Describing is important. I might say, “I see tension at the corners of your mouth when I say that. I see you shifting your position on the couch and jutting out your jaw. And now I see you rolling your eyes.”
Sometimes therapy involves action. For example: (1) Instead of talking about a critical parent, I might suggest that you imagine your parent is present and talk to him or her directly; (2) If you were struggling to be assertive, I might ask you to make up three reasons why a person should never be assertive; (3) I might hear something in your tone of voice and then have you exaggerate the tone and see where that experience leads; (4) I might note how your breathing changes when you talk about a certain topic. With all these experiences, we are working in the here and now. The aim of therapy is to let you be more fully and creatively alive and free from blocked energy and unfinished business.
Change comes about from acceptance of the reality of here and now. When you accept your current feelings, growth and change become possible. Often people have an emotional experience in therapy that clears up long-held issues. Emotional release can let you move forward in life. There are many kinds of experiences that might be therapeutic, but the work is experiential. This work emphasizes immediacy, with attention to spontaneous nonverbal behavior. It is present-centered and holistic, including mind, body and relationships.
The Central Human Problem:
Humans are at odds with nature. Life happens from within spontaneously, but our defensive armoring blocks the interior, natural processes of life.
The autonomic nervous system – not the brain – is the center of a person’s excitation, pleasure and satisfaction in life. Expressions only from the brain, such as words and empty talking, can rationalize away important deeper realities. Then the best parts of life get lost.
When we are led astray by shallow distractions of our screen-filled lives, our thinking becomes mechanical and/or mystical. We lose touch with realities of how nature functions in our bodies and in the outside world. We miss out on the aliveness of life and get stuck in the little, the small, the tight, the dull and the uneventful.
Rational thinking depends on integrating our somatic and cerebral realities. You need your full functioning. Remember, your life energy is also your work energy and your sexual energy.
These essential facts provide a path back to the core of life. As humans, our roots are in nature. Getting back in accord with nature is life-enhancing and exciting. This therapy offers the chance to get back to the full feel of life and the thrill of aliveness.
What Happens in Session?
Because our emotional lives are rooted in biology,
A deep-reaching therapy involves:
Going deeper than words to move energy,
Breathing to loosen irrational restrictions,
Eye work for perception and perspective,
Loosening rigidity to make more room for life processes,
Tolerating more expansive feelings,
Escaping the tightness of living in your head,
Finding the biological underpinning of problems, and
Avoiding medication if at all possible.
General goals include:
Grasping a more functional view of life,
Finding a rational way to live with your emotions,
Giving your organism the chance to right itself and expand,
Personal growth for work and pleasure,
More comfort, clarity, wisdom and satisfaction,
Enhancing the pleasure of being alive.
What is Character Analysis?
Character analysis is a psychotherapy for feeling more alive. The therapeutic influence goes deeper than words. The general goal is improving a person’s flow of energy to improve the quality of life.
A person’s character and behavior get undermined by blocked energy. When a person stiffens to ward off stress, energy gets blocked. Over time, the physical tension leads to emotional armoring, with the result that the best within a person gets covered over and misunderstood.
People block life energy one place or another in their bodies – a tight throat, a guarded heart, unresponsive genitals, or being always in one’s head. Blocked energy causes emotional armoring, and the armoring leads to increasing emotional problems.
Through character analysis the therapist is able to point out to the patient his or her specific energy restrictions. The patient begins to see how those body tensions correspond to his or her characteristic, defensive, self-defeating attitudes. It’s a process.
Phases along the way include loosening of emotional armoring, breaking through of buried emotions, and experiencing expansive relief. Deep emotions lead to self-knowledge that changes peoples’ lives. Session by session, a patient gradually develops a new sense organ for perceiving and later mobilizing their life energy and sexual energy. People’s bodies change as their personalities, senses, and defensive structures reorganize.
You have to feel it to get it. Those who have not experienced character analysis lack the sense organ to understand it other than intellectually. A cognitive understanding provides no emotional depth. Thoughts, ideas, and words can be deceiving. However, the expressiveness of a person’s body always reveals the truth, far deeper than “body language.”
As patients gradually tolerate and express their underlying emotions, they make better contact with other people, feel more, experience love more deeply, and become more effective in work. The goal is an enriched life of satisfaction in living with one’s emotions.
Character analysis works at a deep, biological level to bring more health into your eyes and face; increase your contact with emotions and tolerance of feelings; improve your perception of the world; and let you think more clearly.
All of us long to regain our natural birthright of wholeness and aliveness that has been lost under the pressures of having to armor ourselves against stress.
Character analysis is not a cure-all or appropriate for all patients. Nor is it easy, but it can bring about significant changes in emotional disorders and open peoples’ lives.
Character analysis is a major aspect of orgone therapy, but orgone therapy (also called medical orgone therapy) is only practiced by physicians with the specialized training and experience provided by the American College of Orgonomy.
As a psychologist, I do not practice orgone therapy, such as the specialized, medical, hands-on release of muscular armor. I haven’t been to medical school, and I don’t address medical problems that result from armoring.
My work focuses on release of character armor and brain armoring, which are key components of orgone therapy, minus the medical aspects. This includes focused breathing, eye work, moment-by-moment feedback on somatic defenses, voice work, and various forms of talk therapy, according to patients’ needs.
One aim of character analysis is to get patients off psychiatric medications, if possible, so they can live satisfying lives with their emotions med-free for the rest of their lives.
To be qualified to practice character analysis requires many years of training, restructuring, and experience. My own preparation for practicing Character Analysis began in 1981.
Non-physician therapists who claim to be practicing “orgone therapy” are misunderstanding and misusing the terminology. To practice actual orgone therapy requires a medical degree and many years of additional special training.