Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)

IBP is a non-invasive body therapy that treats the whole person

Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) is a non-invasive body-oriented psychotherapy that treats the whole person, integrating body, mind, emotions and spirit. This model was created by Dr. Jack Lee Rosenberg in the 60’s, in California. It is simple, powerful, efficient, effective and comprehensive, and it enables therapists and clients to go into a deep and meaningful work with lasting results. It is practiced today in various parts of the world and is taught in eleven IBP institutes throughout the United States, Switzerland, Germany, and Canada. In Belgium, this professional training has been taught for more than 15 years by André Duchesne, MPs, from the IBP Institute of Montreal, with Ginette Lépine, and today also in collaboration with the teachers of the Belgian Institute of PCI.

IBP integrates renowned approaches to mental health and human evolution from both East and West, as well as psychological, physiological and spiritual body-mind theories and practices such as Psychoanalysis, Object Relations Theory, Gestalt Therapy, Reichian Therapy, Self Psychology, Bioenergetics, Feldenkrais, Transpersonal Psychology and more, as well as soft body techniques, allowing to integrate the body experience within the transformational process of the person.

Many people today live in a constant state of stress – fight, flight or freeze. These dysfunctional body-mind states not only limit functions such as the immune system, sexuality, digestion, and elimination, they also block the ability to think and feel beyond survival and crisis level problems. Without effective body-mind-spirit intervention, clients stay fragmented, unstable and prone to faulty projections.

Through body work and self-awareness, IBP helps release at all levels defensive patterns from the pastIBP therapeutic tools are used in combination with breath work, sound and movement to heighten aliveness in the body, enabling clients to consciously shift themselves out of the old habitual and dysfunctional patterns and behaviors that kept them living in their “false self”, into fully integrated and embodied states of well-being, clarity and serenity and to sustain a profound new core sense of self.

IBP helps overcome existential and relational issues and bring consciousness into early wounds that prevented a full development of the Self, thereby revealing the defensive patterns that the person put in place to survive, and to slowly choose to release these defenses from the past at all levels through the body work and self-awareness. The work with the original scenario allows clients to identify their history and how they recreate or attract it unconsciously in their current life. This helps create new cellular memories, self-empowerment and a new way of being in relationship.

To learn more about IBP, I recommend reading Dr. Jack Lee Rosenberg’s book: “Body, Self and Soul – Sustaining Integration”.

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