Bioenergetic Analysis according to Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen has developed, regardless of its psychoanalytical roots, into an independent direction with its own theory and methods. Initially body-focussed psychotherapy and psychoanalysis were regarded as incompatable in theory and practice. This gap has been narrowed by influences of contemporary research in early childhood development and neuroscience. Contemporary psychoanalysts have an increased interest in body related aspects of the interaction, unconscious enactments and in staging on a bodily level. Coincidently, bioenergetic analysts of second and third generation increasingly include transference and counter-transference in their procedures. The author develops on the basis of his own personal accounts in both therapeutic methods an approach of integration - psychoanalytic body focussed psychotherapy.
The book will be published in 2009 by „Psychosozial-Verlag“ (at this point, an English translation is not intended)


  • Editorial
  • The period of Bioenergetic Analysis
  • Jacques Berliner and the client’s „main issue“
  • On the tracks of Ferenzi, Balint and Winnicott: Love and hate in a setting allowing body-related interventions and enactments
  • Regression in psychoanaltical body-psychotherapy
  • Emotional signalling in interaction between parents and infant
  • The eyes and affect
  • The body in psychoanalytical body-psychotherapy
  • Body-related psychotherapy from the point of view of early-childhood-development-research
  • Self-regulation and research in early-childhood-development
  • Considerations on the theoretical conceptualization of the body in psychoanalytical body-focussed psychotherapy.
  • Psychoanalytical body-focussed psychotherapy as a stand-alone psychotherapeutic method
  • The world is sound