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  • 5 Sep 2022 4:24 PM | Edward Novak

    This groundbreaking book presents a new model for incorporating the human body, and specifically physical touch, into psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, particularly for patients who have experienced trauma.

    Novak’s model of informed and disciplined touch articulates five categories of touch and three phases of therapeutic body work, all of which can help move the patient and therapist directly into bodily experiences that enable trauma mem- ories to be processed, and then analyzed and transformed. This transformation leads to patients experiencing their bodies in fundamentally new ways, both relationally and intrapsychically. The book also grapples with the risks and ethics of working directly with patients’ bodies, outlining theoretical and clinical ele- ments that help create a safe and sacred therapeutic structure. Novak’s model offers a continuum of touch from everyday physical interactions, such as hand- shakes or hugs, to more complex and complete ways of working with the body that are safe and meaningful and that create an integrated experience of the patient’s mind and body.


    Ed Novak is one of the most exciting contributors to the field of transactional analysis in the world today. This latest offering – an integration of embodied therapy with psychoanalysis and transactional analysis is a wonderful, courageous, provocative invitation to extend the methodology of talking therapy into work that directly engages with embodied trauma. Novak describes the life-limiting embodied effects of trauma and introduces five categories of therapeutic touch, designed to help clients reclaim their ‘stolen body’. The book is written with enormous care and thought, including accounting for every type of professional or personal resistance to the idea of touch in therapy, and the style of writing mirrors the evident care, thought and generosity for clients that shine through in the many rich case studies.' 

    Professor Charlotte SillsIntegrative Psychotherapist; Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst

    'Ever since the mid-1950’s, when psychoanalysts began to discuss the "widening scope of psychoanalysis," the field has been beset by the challenges of doing deep and effective treatment with those whose core issues come out of unrepresented and unformulated experience, generally traumatic, with its dissociated or split-off content, often unavailable to memory, but inscribed into the body. Novak offers here a fresh and fearless contribution to the field with his clear, disciplined, and clinically focused approach to psychoanalytic work with the body-mind in which touch can be an essential component.'

    David V. OrbisonPh.D., Clinical Psychoanalyst in Pittsburgh; Founding Member, KOWA

    'Massage therapists interact with the powerful undeniable subject of transference and countertransference connections with our clients. Given trauma informed care is the new standard, we are instinctively aware of these connections, but have little information available on how to address them when they surface during a massage. In his book Novak shares his wisdom gathered over decades to expand our curiosity and give vital insight to a subject often viewed in a repressive, dismissive way in massage therapy education. Novak’s work opens a new horizon to engage the link between trauma and touch in massage therapy.'

    Dorothy Adams LMT, Akron, Ohio

    'I became aware of the healing power of touch for severely traumatized and dying patients during the AID’s crisis in New York. I learned that a hand resting on a shoulder or held for a few moments in parting or wrapping a young man in a blanket who is shivering with illness comforts but also evokes memories and feelings that are essential to good therapeutic work. Novak offers us, finally, a safe, systematic and developmentally grounded theory that integrates physical touch with psychoanalytic therapy. Rich with clinical process, the book is must reading for anyone in the mental health fields and everyone interested in how bodies that have been "stolen" can actually be recovered.'

    Sandra KierskyPh.D., Faculty and supervisor, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York

    About the Author:

    Edward T. Novak is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Akron, Ohio, who trained at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in their National Training Program in New York. He has presented at international conferences and published numerous articles, including a number on touch in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He is the book review editor for the Transactional Analysis Journal and a member of the editorial review board.

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  • 22 Mar 2022 7:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An introduction to a new science-based somatic psychology that effectively relieves emotional difficulties, regulates thinking and behavior, and improves well-being

    "This book is about emotion and about the body, in relation to emotion. Its aim is to scientifically establish that we can build a greater capacity for tolerating emotion—especially unpleasant emotion—by expanding the emotional experience to as much of the body as possible, and how that can improve not only emotional but also physical, energetic, cognitive, behavioral, relational, and even spiritual outcomes in all therapies. 

    I hope this book will be of great benefit to your professional practice and your personal life.

    With warm regards, Raja Selvam"

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    A body-based, science-backed method for regulating behavior, thoughts, and feelings and improving well-being--shown to shorten therapy time and improve emotional outcomes.

    In the first book on Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP), clinical psychologist Dr. Raja Selvam offers a new, complementary approach for building more capacity to tolerate emotions using the body—especially emotions that are difficult or unpleasant.

    The ISP model shows readers how to expand and regulate emotional experiences in the body to improve different therapeutic outcomes—cognitive, emotional, behavioral, physical, energetic, relational, and even spiritual—in life and in all types of therapies, including other body psychotherapy and somatic psychology approaches. You will learn the physiology of emotions in the brain and body and how to:

      •  Access different types of emotions quickly

      •  Facilitate embodiment and regulation of feelings

      •  Process and heal different traumas and attachment wounds

    A go-to guide for emotional integration, The Practice of Embodying Emotions is of value in the treatment of a wide range of clinical problems involving difficult emotions—from ordinary life events to psychosomatic or psychophysiological disorders, developmental trauma, prenatal and perinatal trauma, attachment disorders, borderline personality disorder, complex PTSD, collective trauma, and intergenerational trauma--and in improving outcomes and shortening treatment time in different therapies including psychoanalysis, Jungian psychology, and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). 

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    "A grand accomplishment."

    —Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., developer of Somatic Experiencing® and best-selling author of Waking the Tiger and In and Unspoken Voice 

    "A knowledgeable and skilled exploration of emotion and the body—and how to process and heal emotional wounds efficiently through the body."

    —JACK KORNFIELD, PhD, author of A Path with Heart

    "Ripe for our times! This brilliant book sheds light on the vital importance of fully embodying emotions, whether painful, pleasurable, or in-between. As a couples’ therapist and a child advocate for mental health, I experienced this book as a joyous godsend."

    —MAGGIE KLEIN, LMFT, Somatic Experiencing faculty member and author of Brain-Changing Strategies to Trauma-Proof Our Schools

    "This book ... is a must for all therapists who work with attachment and for those looking for a self-help approach to improve their relationships."

    —DIANE POOLE HELLER, PhD, author of The Power of Attachment and creator of DARe Training

    "I highly recommend [this book] to all therapists and those who are serious about their personal and spiritual growth."

    —LISBETH MARCHER, founder of the Bodynamic Somatic Developmental Psychology System, coauthor of The Body Encyclopedia, and former president of EABP 

    "Every page of this book conveys depth, clarity, and substance."

    —GLEN SLATER, PhD, cochair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute

    "... the perfect combination of science, historical and cultural context, client case examples, and presentation of a well-articulated, innovative model."

    —KATHY L.KAIN, PhD, coauthor of Nurturing Resilience

    "Don't miss this book! The concept of sensorimotor emotions is a unique and much-needed contribution to the field of human consciousness."

    —IAN MacNAUGHTON, MBA, PhD, psychotherapist and author of Body, Breath & Consciousness

    "... a timely and necessary refinement to the practice of somatic psychology."

    —MAUREEN GALLAGHER, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist, certified psychoanalyst, Somatic Experiencing® faculty member, Inner Relationship Focusing Trainer, and EFT Certified Supervisor

    "Rooted in science and the author’s depth of experience and capacity for integratingmultiple disciplines, [this book] contains practical, comprehensive information and illuminating case examples." 

    —TINA STROMSTED, PhD, LMFT, LPPC, RSME/T, Jungian psychoanalyst, somatics educator, and director of Soul’s Body® Center 

    "This brilliant book ought to become required reading for all psychoanalysts and therapists involved in trauma treatment."

    —MARGRET OVERDICK, psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, trauma therapist, and specialist in pre- and perinatal psychological trauma treatment

    "[This book] ... is a ‘game changer’ in the field of trauma therapy, and I personally rate it five out of five."

    — WILLIAM R. EMERSON, PhD, psychologist, winner of a US National Science Foundation Award, and author of Treatment of Birth Trauma in Infants and Children

    About the Author

    RAJA SELVAM, PhD, is the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology, an approach based on the paradigm of embodied cognition, emotion, and behavior in cognitive and affective neuroscience. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a senior trainer in Dr. Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing program. Dr. Selvam has taught for 25 years in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the far East. His work is influenced by psychoanalytic approaches, Jungian psychology, body psychotherapy systems, bodywork and energy-work schools, yoga, quantum physics, and Advaita Vedanta. Selvam's publications include the 2013 “Jung and Consciousness,” published in Spring; the 2008 study “Somatic Therapy Treatment Effects with Tsunami Survivors,” published in Traumatology, about working with survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. His approach is also inspired by the work he did in Sri Lanka from 2012 to 2014 for the survivors of the thiry-five year civil war. 

  • 1 Nov 2021 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    This volume contains : 

    • Forward: "Introduction", by Courtenay Young
    • "Overview: The Use of Touch in Psychotherapy", by Bernd Eiden
    • "Relating through Physical Touch in Contemporary Psychotherapy", by Gill Westland
    • "The Power of Touch in Psychotherapy", by Courtenay Young
    • "The Continuing Evolution of Touch in Psychotherapy", by Anastasia D. McRae
    • "A Study of Ethical and Clinical Implications for the Appropriate Use of Touch in Psychotherapy", by Kerstin E. White
    • "Somatic Tracking and the Ethical Use of Touch", by Jaffy Phillips
    • "Touch and the Therapeutic Relationship 1: Shifting a Paradigm", by Andrea Uphoff
    • "Reflections on 'Touch in the Psychotherapy Relationship' 2: The Haptic Hazard", by Andrea Uphoff
    • "Biodynamic Massage as a Therapeutic Tool: with special reference to the Biodynamic concept of equilibrium", by Clover Southwell
    • "Stirring the Depths: Transference, Counter-transference and Touch", by Tom Warnecke
    • "A Cup, Grasping My Fingers", by Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar
    • "Attuned Touch", by Susan McConnell
    • "About the Ethics of Professional Touch in Psychotherapy", by Courtenay Young
      Link here.
  • 1 Nov 2021 2:10 PM | Anonymous

    Case studies form a significant aspect of formal research methodology, as well as a fascinating insight in why people come into therapy and what happens behind the 'closed door' of tthe therapy room of both psychotherapy and - in this particular instance - Body Psychotherapy.
    After an introduction to the volume by the EABP Science & Research Committee (SRC); an introduction to Body Psychotherapy; and an introduction to Body Psychotherapy Case Studies by Courtenay Young; then there is an historic case study from Stanley Keleman - a well-known and very respected American Body Psychotherapist - followed by three case studies on the theme of Embodiment, that were presented at the 2016 EABP Congress' Scientific Symposium, from Sladjana Djordjevic, Christina Bader-Johansson and Courtenay Young.  These were followed by two more Case Studies from members of the EABP-SRC, Herbert Grassman and Zoe Schillat and then three short case studies from a German Body Psychotherapist, Bernhard Schlage.
     There are then six more case studies: one from an Israeli Body Psychotherapist, Galit Serebrenick-Hai, followed by two case studies froma UK Body Psychotherapist, Russell Rose.  There is a case study from Jacqueline Carleton, past-editor of the International Body Psychotherapy Journal; a fascinating case study about a client with Dissociative Identity Disorder from Laura Hope Steckler, with some pictures and inputs from the client.  Finally, we have a detailed account of the first session - a case study - from Ulrich Sollman with transcultural comments from Wentian Li. Link here

  • 1 Nov 2021 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    This edited volume contains a number of previously published articles all "About Relational Body Psychotherapy".  This is a generic aspect of Body Psychotherapy focussing on the relationship between client and therapist and what is happening in each of the bodies, and how this affects the other.
    After an introduction from the Editor, the volume contains substantive articles by Nancy Eichorn, Robert Hilton, Nick Totton & Alison Priestman, Michael Soth, Angela King, Julianne Appel-Opper and a series of 4 articles by Asaf Rolef Ben Shahar.
    There are then further articles on different articles on different aspects of Relational Body Psychotherapy from Julianne Appel-Opper, Angela King, and a case-history with a highly dissociative client by Asaf Rolef Ben Shahar and Kate Wood.
    The Nick Totton & Alison Priestman article is a new (written especially for this volume), and the other articles have all been revised, edited and updated. Link here.

  • 1 Nov 2021 1:40 PM | Anonymous

    This book, edited by Courtenay Young, contains a number of previously published articles about the Science of Body Psychotherapy.
    After an Introduction, there is an article by Roz Carroll, an eminent Body Psychotherapist with an active interest in Neuroscience.  Christine Caldwell and Rae Johnson follow with a 'Body Psychotherapy Research 101' article.
    Then comes a series of four full-length articles on the Science of Body Psychotherapy by Courtenay Young.  These take the reader on an extended journey, in depth and in detail, and with frank reservations about some of the mistakes made on the way, up to where we are now, and possibly what to look out for in the future.  Another article on the differentiation between Art, Craft and Science in Psychotherapy and Body Psychotherapy follows.
    This is followed by a research article from Christa Ventling, showing how efficacy research can be done.   She was awarded the USABP Prize for Outstanding Research in Body Psychotherapy.
    Finally, there is a seminal article on The State of the Art in Research by Frank Röhricht, a psychiatrist and academic with a number of research papers to his name, who is also a Body Psychotherapist.
    Altogether these give an excellent perspective on the Science of Body Psychotherapy: link here.

  • 1 Nov 2021 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    This edited book contains a number of previously published articles that go to form 'The Historical Basis of Body Psychotherapy'. 
    There are short extracts of longer articles from Barbara Goodrich-Dunn & Elliot Gould, Ulfried Geuter, Nick Totton and a synopsis of a longer seminar article by David Boadella.  Full articles on the history of Body Psychotherapy are published from Bernd Eiden, David Boadella (on the work of Pierre Janet); and then a series of seven full-length articles on the history and development of Body Psychotherapy by Courtenay Young.  There is another historical essay - a currently unpublished article on the relationship between Wilhelm Reich and Else Lindenberg - also by Courtenay Young. And a concluding article, summarising the present political situation with respect to psychotherapy (and Body Psychotherapy), especially with reference to Europe: link here.

  • 29 Sep 2021 6:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone:
    A guide for mental health professionals, yoga therapists and teachers

    by Joann LUTZ, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT

    In this book, Joann Lutz presents her original model of ‘Nervous-System Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga’ (NITYA). The model, which is a synthesis of polyvagal theory, classic yoga, somatic psychotherapy, and neuroscience research, is organized around the eight stages of classic yoga practice.

    The book is important for three reasons:  Mainstream psychotherapy has, until recently, ignored the body – a major element in the healing of trauma and other emotional and mental dysregulations. It has also omitted the wisdom to be found in the world’s great spiritual traditions, perpetuating an artificial separation between religion/spirituality and science. The field is also currently being enriched by empirical data from the field of neuropsychology that describes brain function. The mental health field is ready to embrace a holistic model, and this book can play a significant role in that transformation. 

    The book includes scripts of the major practices, for ease in introducing them into the therapy session, and an assessment form, to guide the practitioner in treatment planning. Joann offers professional trainings, based on the book, which help practitioners integrate this material into their work.

    Here are some reviews: 

    Stephen Porges: In Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone, Joann Lutz transforms yoga practices into a neurobiological-based therapeutic strategy that facilitates and optimizes health through enhanced autonomic regulation. This model, which she labels as Nervous System-Informed Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (NITYA), is the product of an insightful consilience of ancient traditions with contemporary neuroscience. Embracing the model will lead to deeper understanding of the wisdom embedded in yoga and the powerful neurophysiological impact it may have on rehabilitating mental and physical health.

    Stephen W. Porges, PhD
    Distinguished University Scientist
    Kinsey Institute
    Indiana University, Bloomington 
    Professor, Department of Psychiatry
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Shirley Telles: In Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone, Joann Lutz combines ancient wisdom from yoga with a scientifically informed therapeutic approach for safe and effective trauma resolution. Compulsory reading for anyone interested in healing trauma through neuroscience, blended with compassion! 

    Shirley Telles MBBS PhD, Director, Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India

    Joann has been studying and teaching yoga for more than 40 years, and is Certified in EMDR, psychosynthesis, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. She has been training mental health professionals internationally for 10 years, and offers a certification program in this approach. She has presented at the last two USABP conferences, and lists her trainings on the USABP website. Her website is


  • 23 Jun 2021 12:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Pat Ogden (Author, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute), Janina Fisher (Author)

    A book for clinicians and clients to use together that explains key concepts of body psychotherapy.

    The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy, yet the story told by the “somatic narrative”-- gesture, posture, prosody, facial expressions, eye gaze, and movement -- is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. The language of the body communicates implicit meanings and reveals the legacy of trauma and of early or forgotten dynamics with attachment figures. To omit the body as a target of therapeutic action is an unfortunate oversight that deprives clients of a vital avenue of self-knowledge and change.

    Written for therapists and clients to explore together in therapy, this book is a practical guide to the language of the body. It begins with a section that orients therapists and clients to the volume and how to use it, followed by an overview of the role of the brain and the use of mindfulness. The last three sections are organized according to a phase approach to therapy, focusing first on developing personal resources, particularly somatic ones; second on utilizing a bottom-up, somatic approach to memory; and third on exploring the impact of attachment on procedural learning, emotional biases, and cognitive distortions. Each chapter is accompanied by a guide to help therapists apply the chapter’s teachings in clinical practice and by worksheets to help clients integrate the material on a personal level.

    The concepts, interventions, and worksheets introduced in this book are designed as an adjunct to, and in support of, other methods of treatment rather than as a stand-alone treatment or manualized approach. By drawing on the therapeutic relationship and adjusting interventions to the particular needs of each client, thoughtful attention to what is being spoken beneath the words through the body can heighten the intimacy of the therapist/client journey and help change take place more easily in the hidden recesses of the self.

    Worksheets are included in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment and accompany many of the chapters. These same worksheets are available to you as a member and subscriber to the USABP.  A gift from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

    ACCESS & DOWNLOAD Worksheets


    Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a landmark book in the history of body psychotherapy and effectively provides the bridge between traditional psychotherapy and body-oriented therapies. In this discipline-changing volume, Pat Ogden brilliantly decodes the crucial role that the body plays in regulating physiological, behavioral, and mental states.
    – Stephen Porges, PhD

    Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a must-read for psychoanalysts interested in nonverbal communication, dissociation, and trauma. This sophisticated book provides a remarkable integration of theory and clinical practice, informed by research in trauma, attachment, infancy, and neurobiology, as well as by psychoanalysis.
    – Beatrice Beebe, PhD

    Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) actively incorporates awareness of the body into clinical practice, targeting the habits of physical action, autonomic dysregulation, and posture. By addressing the physical, as well as the psychological effects of adverse experience on mind and body, SP supports a deep and unified approach to healing. Go beyond theories and gain practical ways to open a new dimension for effective person or online! 

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  • 17 Mar 2021 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Mind-Body Stress Reset
    By Rebekkah LaDyne MS, SEP, and Author

    If you are like almost all the therapists I know, including myself, you are finding that your clients need more support now than nearly any time previously.  Most of my colleagues are in high demand, seeing their own personal maximum of clients, and feeling the pressures of client’s increased stress levels compounded by their own increased stress levels.  We could use some help! Our clients could use some additional help too.  And as we commonly only see our clients for one or possibly two hours each week, having some tools to offer them between sessions can be deeply helpful for client and practitioner alike.  


    I wrote The Mind-Body Stress Reset well before the pandemic began, but uncannily the first copies hit the shelves—and websites—the month many State’s shutdowns began.  I believe that any book is a labor of love, and I undertook this labor so our current and prospective clients would have an easy-to-read manual for building a toolkit to use between sessions, or after treatment concluded.  The Mind-Body Stress Reset, Somatic Practices to Reduce Overwhelm and Increase Well-Being, is full of self-help skills backed by solid scientific research, and it’s written in a way that keeps it lighthearted and even playful—even extreme stress can be aided by some humor.  I wrote it because I needed such a manual during my own period of crisis.  The book was born out of my very real experiences of very real anxiety and extreme stress, and the tools within it are still my go-tos today.


    I believed that others who found themselves suddenly struggling more than they ever had before (as I had) would find my book helpful, comforting even.   I knew it was needed, but I couldn’t have known how needed these self-help skills were going to be when all of our worlds shifted.  And here we are, living inside that shift.  If you could use some help supporting your clients during this extraordinary time, I hope you’ll consider reading The Mind-Body Stress Reset yourself and teaching some of the skills within it in your own voice, or recommending your clients read it themselves and incorporate its tools into their week when they are not able to be with you.  Either approach could significantly lessen their stress, and by extension, yours.


    I hope you are finding some ease during these challenging times, and most importantly, receiving support yourself.  I sincerely believe that we have to fill our own vessel if we want to help others fill theirs.


    **The Mind-Body Stress Reset, Somatic Practices to Reduce Overwhelm and Increase Well-Being is out in paperback now, and the audiobook is due to be released in April 2021.


    Available wherever books are sold:


    Barnes & Noble

    Indie Bound – independent bookstores




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