When Words Aren’t Enough begins with a chapter about Matthew Cohen that provides a glimpse into some turning points in his professional and spiritual development. Several vivid personal stories show how the therapist’s growth as a person fundamentally affects the depth of therapy he can offer to clients. Who are these people with whom Matthew Cohen takes a healing journey as their therapist and teacher? Four chapters are devoted to his work with Jeff and Emily, a couple in ...
When Words Aren’t Enough begins with a chapter about Matthew Cohen that provides a glimpse into some turning points in his professional and spiritual development. Several vivid personal stories show how the therapist’s growth as a person fundamentally affects the depth of therapy he can offer to clients.
Who are these people with whom Matthew Cohen takes a healing journey as their therapist and teacher? Four chapters are devoted to his work with Jeff and Emily, a couple in their late 50’s who have found a loving relationship in the aftermath of their toxic 30 year first marriages. They move from the rawness of finally escaping from emotional imprisonment to the nurturing experience that emotionally committed relationships can give. Determined to learn from and heal the consequences of their painful pasts, they face couples therapy with great courage and honesty.
Randall came to Matthew knowing that he combines psychotherapy with somatic psychology. He knew he needed to be more connected to his body, and not just to his emotions or his intellect. After years of psychotherapy in relation to his surviving severe and prolonged family incest, Randall brought a self-understanding to his work with Matthew that was profound and inspiring.
Gordon, a religious seeker in his youth, became a lawyer and an excellent golfer. He came for relief from physical pain in his shoulder. He got so much more. The work with Gordon emphasizes that therapy includes many stops and starts in finding a path to wholeness.
When Words Aren’t Enough is for people who value self-reflection. Extensive verbatim transcripts between therapist and client open the door for readers to remember and deepen their experience of finding their courage to look at themselves forthrightly. Therapists, too, will find in Matthew Cohen’s book the bedrock of the healing process in psychotherapy. Step-by-step and free of jargon, When Words Aren’t Enough, vividly demonstrates progressive change in this transformational therapy.
Matthew Cohen, LMFT, MA, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He specializes in integrated therapies designed to increase client receptiveness to change by becoming partners in the healing process. His approach addresses the roots and consequences of trauma and abuse as he helps individuals and couples to heal and to connect more deeply with themselves. He founded the Body Synergy Institute in 1979. His groundbreaking work in emotionally focused touch remains at the core of his private practice, workshops and teaching.
He has been integrating the perspectives of interpersonal psychotherapy, somatic psychology, psychodynamic and family systems theory, and organizational psychology for over 40 years in his work with individuals, couples, families, and organizations. In addition, he studied with Dr. Ida Rolf in the 1970’s. and became a certified advanced Rolfer®. Over time he has modified his use of that work considerably.
Matthew Cohen’s unique approach in combining traditional psychotherapy and emotionally focused touch is especially relevant to healing trauma from physical and sexual abuse, as well as trauma from emotional abuse. The depth of this work allows clients to genuinely resolve longstanding relationship issues. His clients come to see what is problematic, but they also connect to their deeper felt sense of themselves. Consequently they experience significant growth and often transformational change.
For therapy to be maximally effective it must be a collaborative effort between client and therapist. Clients hear and take in his observations, while at the same time he is open to learn from (and with) his clients. This give and take sets the tone for a genuine therapeutic relationship.