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About the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy


Meet Our President

Join Shrink Wrap Host “Dr. Dave” also known as David Van Nuys, Ph.D.as he interviews Dr. Christopher Walling, the current President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy and they will be discussing his overview of our field.

Our Founding History

The United States Association of Body Psychotherapy was founded in 1976 out of the home of Wilhelm Rheich. The movement continued with Lowen and Pierrakos and now thrives from the work and leadership of past board member Peter Levine. Where are we now. 

Our Mission 

The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy believes that integration of the body and mind is essential to effective psychotherapeutic health. To that end, its mission is to develop and advance the art, science, and practice of body psychotherapy and somatic psychology in a professional, ethical, and caring manner in order to support our membership as they promote the health and welfare of their clients.

USABP Goals

1. Good Health: To establish the integration of the body, mind, and spirit as essential to health and well being.

2. Public Awareness: To increase public awareness of somatic psychology, body psychotherapy and body/mind practices.

3. Body of Knowledge: To develop and systematically evaluate the body of knowledge that guides the theory and practice of somatic psychology, body psychotherapy, and body/mind modalities.

4. Standards: To develop and promote standards for the application and use of somatic psychology, body psychotherapy and body/mind practices in the public sector.

5. Access for all persons: To promote access to quality somatic psychology, body psychotherapy, and body/mind practices for all persons.

6. The greater health care and education communities: To be an influential, equal, and collaborative member of the health care and education communities.

7. A source on issues and information: To be a source on issues and information related to the field of somatic psychology, body psychotherapy, and body/mind practices.

8. Professional and personal development of members: To enhance the professional development and personal growth of members.

9. Organizational excellence: To endeavor for organizational excellence.

10. Professional community: To encourage, develop, and provide a professional community that is based on enlightened, collaborative, and collegial relationships.

11. Greater community: To contribute to the creation of a world in which caring and appreciation of diversity are essential values.


Governance

Executive Committee:

President: Dr. Chris Walling

Vice President: Dr. Aline LaPierre

Secretary: Dr. Karen Roller

Marketing & Membership: Liam Blume


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