2016 Fall Bioenergetic Conference
“Healing from the Inside Out: Relationship, Body & Mind”
Featuring Bioenergetic masters Bob & Virginia Hilton from CA.

Date/Time: October 20 – 23, 2016
Location: Essex Conference Center, MA
For more information and registration go to: www.massbioenergetics.org

As children, many of us had to compromise our aliveness and energy in order to feel loved and accepted by our parents. As adults, many of us struggle with low energy, anxiety, depression, and feelings of disconnection from others, resulting from how we deadened ourselves. In this conference, we will explore the state of aliveness in each of us and what blocks that aliveness from emerging. How did these blocks develop? What might the process of recovering this aliveness look like? In small groups, workshops, and keynote talks, we will explore these questions. Please join us at the serene and beautiful Essex Conference Center for a three day experience with Bioenergetic therapists, trainers, and partners, Robert and Virginia Hilton.

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By actively working with the body in therapy, (in addition to talking), we can help our clients uncover emotions, beliefs and experiences that may be blocked and unavailable to their consciousness. This gives us more tools to assist them in accessing a deeper sense of calm, developing more ways to respond to people and situations and increase their capacity to fully experience life. This workshop will be experiential and didactic. It will include an overview of Bioenergetic theory, demonstration of some Bioenergetic exercises, and a few tools clinicians can begin to use with clients immediately. 4 CEUs for Social Workers and LMHCs.

Date/Time: May 21, 2016; 1:00 – 5:15 PM
Location: Gloucester, MA
Presenters: Laurie Ure, LICSW, CBT and Dan Gross, RNCS

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The May conversation is with Steven Hoskinson. It is about Organic Intelligence and trauma.

Steven Hoskinson, MA, MAT, is the Founder and Chief Compassion Officer (CCO) of Organic Intelligence® and the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Organic Intelligence Outreach Institute. Steve created the Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training (OI HEARTraining®) based on Organic Intelligence, which is a positive psychology, fractal method known for its implicit exposure approach to trauma. Since 1999, Steve has trained thousands of professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in the art of the compassionate treatment of trauma. As Professional Training Faculty for the SE™ Trauma Institute, he has mentored and trained teachers across the globe and is also Adjunct Faculty for JFK University’s Somatic Psychology program.

The conversation is available both as an MP3 and a PDF transcript at:

Dear friends, colleagues, and clients,

I am writing today to announce my retirement as a therapist and teacher. As many of you know, for the past five months I have been battling a series of health challenges including hemothorax, many rounds of pneumonia, congestive heart failure, endocarditis, arrhythmia, blood infections, and multiple myeloma which has compromised my immune system. I have come to realize it is impossible to continue my training schedule under these health conditions and that for the foreseeable future my time would best be spent writing the books and articles that have been on a back burner for years.

I thank you all for your well wishes during this difficult time and look forward to the next rich chapter of my life bringing PBSP theory and practice to the world through my writing rather than in person as a therapist and a teacher.

With the wonderfully talented, dedicated, and well trained cadre of PBSP therapists, supervisors, and trainers that exist, I know that the practice and teaching of PBSP will be secure in their capable hands and carried on to the highest standards for the benefit of the world in the future.

I wish you all happiness, health, well-being, satisfaction, and meaning in your lives.

With love as always,


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Online Consultation Group

Friday March 18, 2016

Noon-3pm Eastern time
I am offering a faculty credit consultation group for all levels of SE students. We will focus on complex trauma and syndromes. Register early because the number of participants is limited.
To register click here

Concussions and PTSD Workshop

April 16 and 17 in Kansas City.

The focus of this workshop is to understand the overlap and interplay of post-concussive symptoms and PTSD, how to begin approaching a treatment plan and on treating clients with this history.

For more details click here and scroll down

It’s Conference time!

Join SPT Magazine at the USABP Conference, July 21-23, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island, and the EABP Congress, october 13-16, 2016 in Athens Greece:

The Winter 2016 issue offers exciting articles from Keynote Speakers for both events, articles from workshop participants and discussion participants. There’s information about lodging and travel. And we have our regular columns from the USABP President, Across the Pond, the IBPJ Managing Editor, and now APPPAH’s Letter from the President as we celebrate our new connection with their organization. There are book reviews and author reflections for The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology and for Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication in Psychotherapy along with our regular excellent USABP Intern Resource Reviews.

Get Your Copy Here:
volume 6, number 1, winter 2016-1

Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI):
New York Chapter
In Conjunction with the NYU Postdoctoral Program In Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


When My Patient Experiences Somatic Distress:
Techniques to Enhance Self-Regulation

Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 10:30-12:30
Location: NYU Kimmel Center, Washington Square South, room 914

Now that we know that the therapist’s and patient’s bodies have always been in the consulting room, how does contemporary research on the interpersonal neurobiology of trauma, pain and embodied communication inform our psychotherapy technique? What interventions are appropriate and effective if my patient arrives in a state of acute somatic distress or suddenly experiences severe bodily distress in the session? How do I understand and respond when my patient focuses primarily on somatic distress despite my attempts to explore and interpret within the usual psychodynamic framework?

In this experiential didactic workshop, Anderson will demonstrate how she integrates Somatic Experiencing® and Coherence Therapy to treat somatic distress in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Leading the audience in silent guided processes and discussions that follow, she will identify techniques that can be used to help patients self-regulate distress when experiencing acute, episodic and chronic somatic concerns. The impact of early attachment bonds on the capacity to self-regulate distress and the implications for the treatment relationship will be discussed.

About the Speaker: While an advanced psychoanalytic candidate at the NYU Postdoc, Lewis Aron invited Dr. Anderson to co-edit Relational Perspectives on the Body (1998), a groundbreaking volume bringing the body back into the psychoanalytic consulting room. In Bodies in Treatment: The Unspoken Dimension (2008) Anderson wrote about a 30 year period of being an analysand who was simultaneously experiencing bodywork adjunctively. In 2013, she co-authored Pathways to Pain Relief, with Eric Sherman, Psy.D. Anderson was certified in 2011 as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She was invited to give the Keynote Address in April 2015 at the 22nd John Bowlby Memorial Conference. Her lecture, “It Wasn’t Safe to Feel Angry”: Disrupted Early Attachment Bonds and the Development of Chronic Pain, will be published in the conference monograph. Anderson is on the teaching and consulting Faculty of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis Trauma Program.
Pre-registration fee is $20. Student rate $15.

Pre-pay through Paypal.com to nysepi@gmail.com

Same day registration is $25. Same day student rate $20.

Please bring exact amount in cash, as change will be limited.

Direct any registration/payment questions to KLeddick@gmail.com.

Workshop on body image coming to LA on Jan 23 which we are offering at no charge. We are bombarded by external images of beauty ideals and our own personal history also creates images for how we should look. What impact does this have on you and your life? How does it limit you? We invite you to explore through Core Energetics concepts and techniques, body image and it’s impact on our lives.

The website is www.thebody-workshop.com


Jack_Rosenberg2In 1963, Dr. Rosenberg began traveling to the Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California, where he studied with the great leaders of the Human Potential Movement: Fritz Perls(Gestalt therapy), Abraham Maslow, Alexander Lowen, Will Shuts, John Periocus, Rollo May, Carl Rogers, Moshe Feldenkrais, Ida Pauline Rolf (Rolfing). At the Esalen Institute, he also studied Eastern philosophies and became a yoga practitioner. Rosenberg was particularly influenced by the work of Robert K. Hall, M.D. (Lomi School).

From 1968 to 1976, Dr. Rosenberg was a training therapist and board member at the Gestalt Institute of Psychotherapy in San Francisco. In fact, Rosenberg’s first name for IBP was “Gestalt Body Psychotherapy.” For over eight years, he studied and did Freudian Psychoanalysis with Jean Pouteu, M.D. He worked with the leading therapists of that time: Dr. Philip Cucurudo (Reichian therapy), Jim Simkin, Ph.D., Jack Downing, M.D., (founder of the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco), Elaine Kepner, Ph.D. , (Gestalt therapy), and Janie Ryan, M.A. Dr. Rosenberg was in individual therapy for ten years with Victoria Hamilton, Ph.D., an Object Relations therapist who assisted John Bowlby, of Attachment theory fame. (Dr. Hamilton also trained in Object Relations therapy/theory with R. D. Laing and Donald Winnicott.) All these different therapeutic approaches are seamlessly integrated into IBP.

In 1976 he moved to Southern California and started a training group at the Center For Healing Arts where Harold Stone PhD was running a group for people with life threatening illness. It was there that he met Marjorie Rand who had just completed her Master’s Thesis and dedicated it to him. Together they co-authered Body, Self and Soul: Sustaining Integration and started the IBP Institute in 1980.

After Dr. Rand left the Institute in 1995, Dr. Beverly Kitaen-Morse became Co-Director of the Institute with Dr. Rosenberg of the IBP Central Institute.

We all respect the value and innovations he brought to somatic psychotherapy.

ayleespostOne of my favorite lectures in the curriculum during the first week of class at Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy is the one that combines information from the Heart Math institute, practices from Plant Medicine Healers in the Amazon, and Core Energetics.

Last week while the students were practicing Heart Perception I went to sit under my Hawthorn tree. Hawthorn is a very powerful medicine for strengthening the Heart. But when I opened my eyes I was surprised to see that I was also surrounded by dozens upon dozens of graphic Hearts, the print design of the leaves of these baby Milk Thistle plants that came up with the fall rains.

What a nice synchronicity!

Here it is! The eye-opening framework that is giving professionals around the world a brand new education for understanding and working with resolving shame.

Professional tools and education to facilitate shame resolution through the cutting edge, neurobiological-principled AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution®.

Register NOW for the Fall AST Model® Mastery Online Course

9 months from Oct 22nd, 2x per month, every other Thursday from 5:00PM to 6:30PM PST/ 8:00PM to 9:30PM EST.

9 breakthrough, tool-packed educational webinars, 8 Group Case Consult Calls with Q & A, Articles, Case Studies, Private Facebook Group and much more!

This will sound like you…
◾You are no longer confused by client blame
◾Instead of professional burnout you feel empowered and vital
◾You believe deep down in your clients ability to shift shame
◾You feel capable navigating clients through difficult sessions for positive outcomes
◾You feel confident making use of AST skills to transform shame and help clients lead empowered lives, and much, much more….

Go to www.re-embodylife.com/USABP to learn more or Register for this special

Article:  Detaching from Shame

More info call 877-640-7337 

thumbCaryn Scotto d’ Luzia is an innovator somatic facilitator, educator and trainer. She is developer of AST Model of Holistic Shame Transformation® , the neurobiologically–principled, attachment based approach that specializes in chronic shame relief, building shame and inner critic resilience, shame-based early trauma resolution, need-based attachment re-patterning, and life-affirming authentic self-expression and empowerment. She is the author of the following ebooks, Alchemy of Shame Transformation for Therapists and Healing Professionals (AST), The 5 Step Journey to Healing Social Phobia, The Yin/Yang of Abandonment Recovery, and Wound & Essence: A Call and Response Approach to Transformation. She is leading a shame free living movement and training therapists, healers, and community leaders how to facilitate shame resolution and cultivate acceptance, connection, belonging, worth and well being.

Caryn works face to face with people around the world on Skype, and in-person in the California Bay Area and New York City where she sees adult clients. She offers phone case consults to therapists, healers, and coaches as well as teaches neurobiological principles through webinars online. On a wider scale, she collaborates with UN affiliated NGOs and Governments to heal collective trauma and post conflict PTSD. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a member of the UN NGO Committee on Mental Health, Member of USABP, Curriculum Advisor to the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and has spoken at the United Nations on the issue of resolving second-hand trauma and conquering shame in women and girls around the world. She seeks to create a world of peace and environmental sustainability by making transformation possible one nervous system at a time.

The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy presents a conference on somatic psychology—a discipline that combines somatic, psychic, and interpersonal dimensions. Treating the body as a source of wisdom, this symposium presents four distinct body-mind therapies within the field of somatic psychology: Hakomi, Focusing, Embodied Couples Therapy, and Rubenfeld Synergy.

November 1 – 6, 2015 (Sunday through Friday)

Conference topics include

• Ways to become conscious of what’s being held in your body
• The implications of working in a somato-psychic model as a client or clinician
• Various styles of somatic psychotherapeutic practices
• How somatic psychology techniques are different from traditional counseling and talk therapy
• What this field and these practices can do for you and your clients.

Discover what your body is trying to teach you and experience the gifts of somatic psychology for your life and work.

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FallBioConferenceFall Bioenergetic Conference: 2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back: The Journey to Vitality.

Oct 22 – 25, 2015, Essex, MA at the beautiful Essex Conference Center and Retreat (www.eccr.com).

The conference includes: keynote talks and workshops on the theme, Bioenergetic exercise classes, process groups tailored to experience level with Bioenergetics. Gather with wonderful people and enjoy delicious food at the beautiful Essex Conference Center and Retreat nestled in the woods, near the ocean, approximately 1 hour north of Boston, accessible by public transportation.

Featuring Len Carlino, PhD, IIBA International Trainer

To register and get more information: www.massbioenergetics.org


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This conference, presented by the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, offers an abundance of insight on the latest tools in somatic psychology—a discipline that combines body, mind, and relational dimensions. Mental-health professionals get the rare opportunity to learn how somatic psychology can complement traditional talk therapy to enhance their skills and tune into their clients’ innate wisdom.

Find out more and view the program schedule.

Kripalu is the largest yoga-based retreat center in North America. While you are here, enjoy daily yoga classes, natural-foods cuisine, Healing Arts, hiking trails, sauna, like-minded people, and extraordinary views—all in the natural beauty of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.


October 24, 2015

ADTA 50th Anniversary Conference: Reflecting, Reaching, Moving Forward

San Diego, California

Saturday Morning Panel (seminar D-7). 10:30-12:30

ADTA Panel Presenters:

Joan Chodorow, PhD, BC-DMT

Linda Aaron-Cort, MA, BC-DMT

Cynthia Berrol, PhD, BC-DMT

Sandy Dibbell-Hope, PhD, BC-DMT

Nancy Gurian, LMFT, BC-DMT

Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, CST-T, BC-DMT

Tina Stromsted, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, BC-DMT

This panel presentation is based on the cross-cultural psychology of C. G. Jung, the analytic method of active imagination, and Authentic Movement as one of the branches of dance/movement therapy. Reflecting years of seminar study and discussion, we embrace shared teaching, presenting, and moving together.

ADTA Conferrence_DancersOur process illuminates transgenerational, multi-cultural and other dimensions of human development. We have studied and explored the ancestors, early memories, the multi-sensory nature of the psyche, the relationship between consciousness and the unconscious (including the cultural unconscious and cultural complexes), with special attention to moods and emotions contained by diverse perspectives on the mover-witness relationship. Experiential explorations of these and other topics, an important component of the seminars, includes various practices, encompassing elements of authentic movement, improvisation, sandplay, art, journaling, as well as elements of choreography that may emerge as repeatable choreographic themes.

This panel presentation will comprise two primary components: lecture/discussion, and brief experiential amplifications drawn from the contributions of Mary Whitehouse, Trudi Schoop and other DMT pioneers. Each of the seven panelists will present on one aspect of Dance/ Movement and Active Imagination.



Conference Registration: http://www.adta.org/2015-Conference

For more information: http://www.authenticmovement-bodysoul.com/workshops/dancemovement-active-imagination-personal-cultural-archetypal-dimensions/

Marion Woodman Conference Full SizeNovember 6, 2015 – November 8, 2015

Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California

Co-Sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Marion Woodman Foundation

C.G. Jung believed that psyche and body are one. Marion Woodman, with Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner, developed BodySoul Rhythms® from their common belief in our body’s wisdom and their many years exploring the relationship between psyche and soma. Based on the conviction that psyche and soma are inseparable, they believed they must be worked with simultaneously in order for us to become more conscious, more whole as a human being.

Marion Woodman’s years as a teacher, author, mentor, and friend greatly influenced the work of Pacifica Graduate Institute, the Marion Woodman Foundation, the Jungian community, and beyond. Through her work, we are graced with a knowledge gleaned from keen insight, an inspiration discovered from embodied experience, and a passion rooted in deep conviction.

Through discussion, dream, movement, voice, creative expression, and ritual—in the safety of the temenos and while honoring the uniqueness of each individual—participants will have an embodied experience with the possibility of healing old wounds and the emergence of new energies. We invite you to join us for this very special weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara to explore the tenets of BodySoul Rhythms® and to celebrate the legacy of Marion Woodman.

The program will be held November 6-8, 2015, Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 9am-5:45pm and Sunday 9am-1pm

Presentations by Tina Stromsted, Ph.D.:

Embodied Wisdom: An Introduction to BodySoul Rhythms® (Pre-Conference Workshop); Co-facilitated with Meg Wilbur & Dorothy Anderson ;November 6, 2015, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Stars Beneath the Sea: The Gifts of Marion Woodman (Plenary Talk); November 6, 2015, 7-9pm

BodySoul Theatre: Finding Your ‘Real Skin’; Co-facilitated with Meg Wilbur & Dorothy Anderson; November 7, 2015, 2:15-3:45pm


To Register: http://www.pacifica.edu/current-public/item/coming-home-to-the-body

For more information: http://www.authenticmovement-bodysoul.com/workshops/coming-home-to-the-body/

Website headshotWhat would it be like if EVERYONE took responsibility fulfilling their pleasures, wants and desires, on a continual basis? What if we didn’t put SO much energy into following RULES all the time? When we hold SO much in, simple physical pleasure sometimes turns dangerous—when all we’re use to, is holding back, holding back, holding back. Then, distortions occur—

Extreme behavior is only a result of cultural dictates, psychological wounding, trauma, beliefs, ego needs—all causing us to fall out of sync with the flow of life which is quite balanced—and always seeking equilibrium. Check out the natural world—see how life—when we’re in flow, is full of equanimity. Try to gift yourself with pleasure today.

Beth L. Haessig Psy.D.
President, United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
Getting Your Work into the World

See Article: At West Point, Annual Pillow Fight Becomes Weaponized by: By DAVE PHILIPPS SEPT. 4, 2015

A two-day Core Evolution workshop for singles and couples
at Sunrise Center, Core Madera, Marin, California
Whether you choose to be single or to be in relationship – you need to relate and communicate. 
Core Evolution is an integrative experiential body-oriented and mindfulness-centered approach to embodiment, relationship and personal expression, and strengthens emotional, somatic and psychological awareness and personal fulfillment.

This workshop offers you to experience and to learn about:
• Love as an energetic state
• Love, empathy and mirror neurons
• Attachment, personality and their influence in how we relate
• Heart communication, intimacy and authenticity
• the Body and your personal development
• Feelings — impulses, feelings and the unfolding of awareness
• Psyche — differentiation of needs and wants and how to establish healthy boundaries
• Relationship and how to make it last
• Mindfulness and the art of Relating.

Siegmar has over 40 years experience in working with people – with this competence, knowledge and intuition he chooses the approach that is needed in the moment to reach each person: Working body-oriented, using exercises, movement, dance, shifting of restricting breathing patterns and utilizing many other elements.

Siegmar’s integrative style meets the beginner on the conscious path as well as the professional therapist.

This workshop is also designed for participants who want to expand their approach in working with people and who are interested in joining our professional training in 2016. http://www.CoreEvolution.com

Cost: US $175.- if paid by September 7, 2015
US $225.- thereafter.
US $125.- for full-time students and anyone ages 18 – 24 years.

“Your blend of professional competence, powerful interventions, sensitive care, personal dynamic, humor and lightness has been the most influencing source for my own way of working with individuals and groups.”
– Joar Skjevdal,  MA Civil Engineer,  MA Psychologist,  Senior Consultant 

Please click the video to view an interview with Siegmar Gerken, Ph.D.

Aline LaPierre thumbThis month’s guest is Aline LaPierre. She talks about Integrating the intelligence of the body.

Aline LaPierre, PSYD, MFT, is the coauthor of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship, and she has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed somatic journals. She was on the faculty of the somatic doctoral program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute for 10 years. A graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, she also trained as a psychoanalyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.


See: http://somaticperspectives.com/2015/09/lapierre/

Changaris Touch coverTouch is the basis of our sensory world. Touch is our first way of relating with ourselves, others, and our environment. Providing physical and emotional communication at a level far deeper then words, touch is a vital aspect of experiencing meaning, purpose, and joy throughout our lives.

Touch has an important role in our capacity for self-regulation, impacting how effectively children learn to socialize, pay attention, and even engage in classroom activities. How do we experience healthy, supportive contact with others, recognize and avoid unhealthy contact?

The author provides outstanding documentation of research clearly indicating how vital touch is to human health and healing. Shared experiences, illustrative charts, tables for clinical interventions, and practical homework exercises offer compassionate guidance for implementing healthy, supportive touch into many personal and professional situations. This book is a vital addition to our understanding of health and what it means to be human.

This book belongs in the library of every practitioner, teacher, social worker, couple, parent, prospective parent, and family – anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the profound effects of touch on health and well-being.

Michael Changaris, Psy.D. is the founder of the International Institute of Touch Training and Research (ITTR). As a clinical psychologist he specializes in the biological basis of behavior stress physiology, psychobiology of neurodegenerative disorders and the neurobiology of post-traumatic stress.

Touch: The Neurobiology of Health, Healing, and Human Connection
by Michael Changaris, Psy.D.
ISBN 9780940795068
Price: US $29.99.

Available through LifeRhythm at www.LifeRhythm.com

Siegmar and Cornelia Gerken
International Institute of Core Evolution & CoreSoma
LifeRhythm Books

Core Evolution is an integrative experiential body-oriented and mindfulness-centered approach to embodiment, relationship and personal expression and strengthens emotional, somatic and psychological awareness and personal fulfillment.

This workshop offers you to experience and to learn about:
• Love as an energetic state
• Love, empathy and mirror neurons
• Love as the Resonance with the Flow of Life™
• Attachment, personality and their influence in how we relate
• Heart communication, intimacy and authenticity
• the Body and your personal development
• Feelings — impulses, emotions and the unfolding of awareness
• Psyche — differentiation of needs and wants and how to establish healthy boundaries
• Relationship and how to make it last

Siegmar has over 40 years experience in working with people, and with this competence, knowledge and intuition he chooses the approach that is needed in the moment to reach each person: Working body-oriented, using exercises, movement, dance, shifting of restricting breathing patterns and utilizing many other elements.

Siegmar’s integrative style meets the beginner on the conscious path as well as the professional therapist.

This workshop is also designed for participants who want to expand their approach in working with people and who are interested to join our professional training in 2016.www.CoreEvolution.com.

“Your blend of professional competence, powerful interventions, sensitive care, personal dynamic, humor and lightness has been the most influencing source for my own way of working with individuals and groups.”
— Joar Skjevdal, MA Civil Engineer, MA Psychologist, Senior Consultant

Ask for Siegmar’s eight-page interview on this topic: info@CoreEvolution.com

Siegmar Gerken, Ph.D., ECP, studied psychology, education and anthropology. He has pioneered body-oriented and mindfulness-centered therapy and Humanistic, Somatic and Transpersonal Psychology since 1971. He is on the faculty of JFK University Somatic Psychology, teaches at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California; Behavioral Therapy Training Institute in Hamburg and at universities and private institutes worldwide on the interconnectedness of psychosomatic processes as they manifest on the levels of body, feelings, mind, will and consciousness. His research in energy field documentation with Prof. F. Popp on psycho-emotional states opened new horizons to scientists and practitioners. He is co-founder of the Scientific Committee of the EABP. Dr. Gerken is a lecturer, therapist, trainer and supervisor.

Moving the Self Psychotherapy Center, a thriving insurance-based practice, is seeking Maryland clinically licensed mental health professionals to work as associates (independent contractors) in the centrally located Bowie (Maryland) office. Two part-time positions are currently open, with the opportunity to build to full-time. Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors are welcome to apply.

The ideal therapist would be well trained in psychodynamic theories and body oriented psychotherapy. Must be familiar with mindfulness, developmental psychology, trauma work, and family systems. Experience in the Creative Arts Therapies, Multicultural Counseling, and Psychodynamic Brief Therapy a plus. Ideally, the candidate would be able to work with clients across the age span, be available at least twelve clinical hours per week, on multiple afternoons and some evenings (weekend availability a plus). The most critical skills will be an interpersonal approach to therapy, warmth, and the ability to establish and maintain a therapeutic alliance, a sense of humor imbued with kindness and respect, the ability to maintain healthy and firm boundaries, as well as the effective use of self. The ideal candidate would also demonstrate strong organizational and professional skills, electronic health records management proficiency, and the ability to work independently within the context of a group practice.

Moving the Self Psychotherapy Center is a growing multi-disciplinary practice offering individual, couples, family, and group therapy working with children, adolescents, and adults.

See our website at www.movingtheself.org

Inquiries and applications are welcome.

Email resume with a statement of interest to:

Patrizia Pallaro at


Tina Head ShotDear Friends & Colleagues,

I’d like to share an upcoming workshop I will be teaching this August, sponsored by CMER (Center for Movement Education & Research).  This two-day immersion will explore the healing power of movement as active imagination.

This course is open to clinicians, and teachers and practitioners of body-orientated healing work. It is also designed as a Dance/Movement Therapy Approaches course for students who are preparing for Alternate Route certification.

I hope you’ll consider joining us and please feel free to share this information with others.

With best wishes as summer comes into full bloom.



August 22, 2015 – August 23, 2015
Wildcat Studio, Berkeley, California

Sponsored by the Center for Movement Education and Research’s (CMER) Alternative Route Training in Dance/Movement Therapy

Authentic Movement is a depth-oriented therapeutic approach, bridging body and psyche through natural movement, augmented by drawing and writing. Beginning with the contributions of Mary Whitehouse, we will engage Jungian concepts and their evolution into Authentic Movement, and explore more recent developments in the practice related to group and individual therapy.

This course is open to practicing professionals and is also designed as a Dance/Movement Therapy course for students who are preparing for Alternate Route certification, meeting 15 hours (one credit) of the Theories and Methods requirements for students in pursuit of Alternate Route Training with the goal of becoming a registered Dance/Movement therapist (R-DMT). This course has been approved by the American Dance Therapy Association to meet requirements for the Alternate Route R-DMT credential.

This course also meets the qualifications for 15 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs & LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Sessions will include structured warm ups and ‘starting points’ that engage embodied clinical themes, as well as questions such as:

  • What is active imagination, and how does it facilitate transformation?
  • How does moving & witnessing practice enhance healing and development?
  • How do we become more sensitive to the movement expression of the client’s body and of our own embodied response?
    What supports the integration of sensing, emotion, movement, images, words, and symbolic expression within the healing relationship, touching on brain function?
  • How might you integrate Authentic Movement and structured, creative movement explorations in your therapy practice?
  • In what ways can we develop leadership skills in creating a safe container, initiating structured warm ups, discerning effective “starting points”, and engaging in sensory-grounded reflection on the process?
  • What is the efficacy of Authentic Movement practice for different clinical populations, in multicultural settings, and in the larger global community?

This course will reflect on the history of Authentic Movement, including Jungian theory, elements from neuroscience, discussion of the readings, and clinical applications of Authentic Movement in dance/movement therapy. In the process we will address therapeutic elements such as providing a safe container, identifying projections, establishing appropriate interpersonal boundaries, listening and observational skills, empathy, and the somatic underpinnings of the transference-countertransference relationship.

Through the practice participants can continue to develop their ability to be present, with oneself and with another, in a more vital, increasingly conscious relationship, inviting a level of perception of self and other that can evoke deep respect and empathy.

To Register:

To register for this workshop visit CMER’s enrollment page

dreamWhere: Mendocino, California • August 8 + 9, 2015

Awaken your Body-Dream-Process and be guided by an innate higher intelligence.

Neurobiology shows us, that we access more of our neuronal network and brain capacity when we dream – narrowing our experience to the paradigm that we call our Self and our beliefs when we are awake. As we go back to engage with our dreams we can expand this identification and unlock our tremendous creative potential.

Dreams embrace different realities simultaneously, offering information about our health, our intra-psychic reality, our personality, as well as questions of relationships. Dreams address our souls journey, our collective consciousness and open us to transpersonal realms.

As a Core Evolution Somatic Therapist and trainer Cornelia Gerken is uniquely skilled to work with what lies below the surface of our awareness. Our bodies, like our dreams, are portals to our unconscious. Both speak a different language, one is symbolic, the other kinesthetic and felt. In this process we do not interpret dream symbols but come to understand the dream-messages through an embodied experience.

The Body-Dream-Process™ expands dream-work by exploring through our bodies and somatic awareness, personalized movement, gestures and mindfulness and light trance. It is a powerful and integrative approach and connected to our personal and collective evolution.

Cornelia offers tools that are easy to learn to apply, so you can unlock the gift a dream offers you for a lifetime.

Venue: Mendocino, California

Times: Saturday, August 8; 10 am – 1 pm and 3 – 6 pm
Sunday, August 9; 10 am – 4:30 pm

Price: US $220.

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theraputicimaginationHolmes, J. (2014). The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy.
Reviewed by: Michael Fiorini, New York University

If one were to summarize the perspective extolled within The Therapeutic Imagination, it would inarguably be that imagination is the key to effective psychotherapy. Imagination, here, is of the sort that is applied to empathetic definition, understanding, and potential conception of the thoughts and feelings of others. The book further explores the idea that those well versed in different forms of literature are resultantly gifted with a broad emotional and psychological framework they can use to understand the existential experiences of clients. Taking these principles into constant consideration, different forms of literature and select authors are looked at and explained as illustrative of certain central principles in therapy and psychological expression. Functioning as a sort of expansive thought experiment, the book attempts to define the necessary and essential aspects of therapy and explain them through literature. Concurrently, it argues that the ability to perceive fully the psychological and emotional ramifications of certain mental illnesses and therapy, one needs to be aware of outside conceptions. Throughout, the book points to understanding the thoughts and feelings of authors and poets as an avenue furthering more empathic clinical work.

Well-sourced and highly cognizant of the historical and contemporary foundations of psychiatry and psychotherapy, The Therapeutic Imagination is as much a theoretical work in its own right as it is a consolidation of what is already known about the therapeutic process. It can then be seen as a guide trying to reframe existing knowledge through relating necessary factors in therapy work with emotional and existential narratives derived from poetry and fiction. The process for explanation the book uses is broken into three parts. The first concerns the imagination of therapists, the ability for them to understand and express their own thoughts and feelings internally. The second is concerned with narrative style and how it plays a role in conveying the transformational and storytelling aspects of psychotherapy. The third part heavily draws upon literary accounts as illustrations of numerous psychiatric conditions. With the use of poetic examples, the final part shows the failure of psychiatry to serve its patients without the incorporation of psychodynamic creativity and imagination.

The Therapeutic Imagination, as a result of its focusing on multifaceted internal and intangible aspects of the psychotherapeutic process, might best serve as supplemental reading for individuals first learning how to conduct effective therapy. There is a definite slant towards student readers here, although the book by no means limits itself to that audience narratively or in attention to detail. Professional readership will also find the book useful for its captivation of the parts of therapy inexpressible outside of the artistic viewpoint. In exploring the imaginative capacity needed for the therapist to deepen their understanding and work with clients, those therapists experiencing difficulty in their work might find new meaning behind it. Because it sometimes reads like a textbook (speaking the author’s background in writing textbooks for psychotherapy), there is an intermittent dryness to some parts of this narrative, however this can be forgiven as these parts add greater theoretical and scientific background to the author’s discussion. While the certainty with which some of the concepts are discussed might be off-putting for those not already artistically inclined, the book nonetheless brings forth a wealth of interesting ideas that many will find highly intellectually stimulating.

Jeremy Holmes has worked for 35 years as a consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist in the National Health Service (NHS). Currently, he is a visiting professor at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, conducting lectures nationally and internationally. An avid writer, his most recent works include The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy, Storr’s The Art Of Psychotherapy, and Exploring In Insecurity: Towards an Attachment-Informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Holmes, J. (2014). The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy. New York, NY: Routledge.
ISBN: 978-0-415-81957-2.
Hardcover. 200 pages. Includes index and references.

Aylee Welch Here is a little taste of what I teach at Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy.   A great benefit of living in this time is that we have access to practices from so many different orientations.   I love being able to integrate my work and studies from many different areas of my life into the curriculum here.  These practices bring us into deeper contact with our real Self and the creative Life Force which can never die, always seeks expression, and awakens us to walk with awareness that everything is Alive!

Thank you for listening, SSBP is excited to be collecting registrations for our new class that begins in October.