So Which Body Is It?

The Concepts of the Body in Psychotherapy


  • Angela Klopstech



body concepts, relationality, multiple body perspective, body metaphor


This paper addresses the issue of how the body is conceptualized in modern psychotherapy and, in consequence, how the conceptualizations inform treatment. The paper also addresses the question to which extent a coherent conceptualization of the body and its place in treatment is necessary (or counterproductive), and possible (or even desirable). The author argues for a multiple body perspective where required centering is provided by a selection process. A clinical illustration is also provided.

Author Biography

Angela Klopstech

Angela Klopstech has been a faculty member of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis for more than 25 years, and has taught extensively in training groups in both the US and Europe. She has major interests in the artful conceptualization of the therapy process, the role and importance of precise and evocative language, and the translation and bridging between the various domains of the psychological and the physical. She is currently in private practice in New York City.
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How to Cite

Klopstech, A. (2022). So Which Body Is It? The Concepts of the Body in Psychotherapy. Bioenergetic Analysis, 19(1), 11–30.