Jacqueline A. Carleton, Ph.D.

New York, NY

Every treatment is unique and depends on the individual client or patient. Each individual brings their own perception of what is problematic or needing to change, as well as their own cultural world view. I work within the framework of the patient, utilizing interventions congruent with their belief system and worldview. I only use or propose more challenging concepts or reactions when I discern the client’s wish to metabolize them. Occasionally, I make a conscious ‘decision’ to work in a particular way with a patient, but more often I find myself ‘noticing’ that I am working in a particular way. During a session, I rarely think theoretically. Mostly, I experience my responses and interventions as intuitive. This ‘intuition’ is informed by continuous reading, study and thought, always with my patients in mind. Throughout my career I have enjoyed and benefited from the challenge of teaching. I have taught psychodynamics to body psychotherapists and body psychotherapy to psychoanalysts and to psychodynamic psychotherapists. I have also benefited from attending workshops and trainings, from consultations and peer supervision, reading and studying on my own, and from my own personal experience of various forms of psychotherapy. Perhaps equally important, I have lived deeply and bring to my work much life experience from my own and other cultures. I hold three academic degrees in different fields. Before becoming a therapist I worked as a dancer, potter and college teacher. I have always enjoyed bridging professional fields.

The USABP and EABP, sister body psychotherapy organizations in the US and Europe, have just published the first issue of their new, peer-reviewed journal entitled: International Body Psychotherapy Journal, The Art and Science of Somatic Praxis,  of which I am founding editor. The online Journal will be available free to members of both associations. The first issue can be accessed free of charge from the website of either organization The Journal’s mission will be to support, promote and stimulate the exchange of ideas, scholarship and research within the field of body psychotherapy as well as encourage an interdisciplinary exchange with related fields of clinical theory and practice through ongoing discussion.
 And as the field continues to expand, it’s aim will be to broaden its readers’ horizons by inviting submissions of original theory, qualitative and quantitative research, experiential data, and case studies, as well as comparative and secondary analysis andliterature reviews from clinicians and researchers practicing in all health care fields across the globe.