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- awareness of exteroceptive or interoceptive physical sensation (e.g. a feeling of heaviness, a knot in the stomach, a lump in the throat, etc.) is often used as the starting point for deeper work. The therapist, on his/her side, also stays attentive to his/her own physical sensations. This allows him/her to be aware of and to be informed by her/his counter-transference in the service of the client.

Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.

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