Movement, perception, body awareness and emotional well-being are inseparably linked. Psychomotor Functioning describes this relationship as a close and reciprocal liaison of psychological processes and movement.
Therefore, based on a holistic vision of the human being as a unity of body and mind, Psychomotor Therapy uses movement, body awareness, as well as cognitive, affective and relational approaches to support the client on his or her journey. It, therefore, integrates the cognitive, emotional, symbolical and physical aspects of the individual’s capacity of being and acting in a psychosocial context.
Psychomotor Functioning concerns all ages: infant, child, adolescent, adult, the elderly and particular stages, such as pregnancy and end of life.
As a Psychomotor Therapist, I work mainly within three different concepts: Play Therapy, Body oriented Therapy/Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Integrative Art Therapy to support the client’s development.
In Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, Psychomotor Therapy as a kind of physical activity and body-oriented therapy has been well integrated into mental health care since 1965, whereas it never has found its way into the Anglo-Saxon culture.