Ethics and body Politics: interdisciplinary possibilities for embodied psychotherapeutic practice and research

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    Abstract

    Ethical approaches to practice and research in counselling and arts/psychothera- pies demand an urgent attention to body politics. Bodies are not neutral; gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class are socio-political aspects that shape our mental, emotional and physical selves and inform our ethical values. Drawing from the author’s embodied practice as interdisciplinary practitioner-researcher, the aim of this paper is to examine the inseparability of ethics and bodies and explore how autobiographical, relational and political aspects of our selves-in-motion give rise to and build upon ‘ethically important moments’. The paper concludes with expanding possibilities; that highlighting ethical tensions within the lived experiences of bodies-in-motion allows for politically progressive approaches to practice that reflect the emerging paradigm shift of a post-Cartesian and interdisciplinary age.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)487-500
    JournalBRITISH JOURNAL OF GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING
    Volume39
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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