Embodiment and the Supervisory Task

Frizell, Caroline. 2012. Embodiment and the Supervisory Task. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice, 7(4), pp. 293-304. ISSN 1743-2979 [Article]

No full text available

Abstract or Description

Supervision is an intimate act of creation and this article endeavours to understand the mercurial nature of this task, drawing on theoretical perspectives grounded in a Jungian framework. With a focus on training, supervisor and supervisee negotiate a labyrinth as they co-create a process within a triangular relationship, in which one key player, the client, is absent. The role of embodied knowing shapes a process involving the body as an active agent of change, whilst the wider matrix of the institution offers a multi-layered universe of parallel processes. The article offers composite vignettes to illustrate how unarticulated embodied wisdom transforms into a conceptualised understanding of clinical material through the transcen- dent function. The article illuminates the value of the body as radar for unconscious communication within the supervisory relationship.
Keywords: supervision; embodiment; Dance Movement Therapy; training

Item Type:


Identification Number (DOI):



supervision; embodiment; Dance Movement Therapy; training

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Unit for Psychotherapeutic Studies


November 2012Published

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2015 08:56

Last Modified:

10 Jul 2017 08:52

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.



Edit Record Edit Record (login required)