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What Therapists Can Learn from Actors

Using the Body as an Emotional Tuning Fork

Mark O'Connell • 4/1/2019

By Mark O'Connell - Today, as a psychotherapist, I approach my work much as I did in my former vocation as an actor: with the faith that my instrument—my body, my self—can serve as an emotional tuning fork to locate the inner lives of each and every client, regardless of our exterior differences.

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Character Work

What Therapists Can Learn from Actors

Mark O'Connell • 3/7/2019

Therapists can flop in their “performance” with clients, coming off as inauthentic or over the top. One former actor discovers how to embody the kind of “scene partner” his clients need him to be.

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What Therapists Can Learn from Actors

Using the Body as an Emotional Tuning Fork

Mark O'Connell • 4/1/2019

By Mark O'Connell - Today, as a psychotherapist, I approach my work much as I did in my former vocation as an actor: with the faith that my instrument—my body, my self—can serve as an emotional tuning fork to locate the inner lives of each and every client, regardless of our exterior differences.

Daily Blog
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Character Work

What Therapists Can Learn from Actors

Mark O'Connell • 3/7/2019

Therapists can flop in their “performance” with clients, coming off as inauthentic or over the top. One former actor discovers how to embody the kind of “scene partner” his clients need him to be.

Magazine Article
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Mark O’Connell, LCSW-R, MFA, is a psychotherapist and professional actor in New York City. He’s the author of the new book The Performing Art of Therapy: Acting Insights and Techniques for Clinicians, and writes for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, as well as clinical journals.