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Member Types

USABP has five general types of individual membership:  Clinical, Practitioner, Associate, Student, and Affiliate. Please read the following descriptions of each to determine which is the proper one for you.


Clinical & Somatic Practitioner Membership 

Subscription period: 1 year. No automatically recurring payments. $135 per year. Credential submittal required.

Open to anyone who has BOTH a license to practice psychotherapy AND one of the following: either a certification from a recognized somatic psychology training institute (minimum of three years in length) or a graduate-level degree from an accredited and recognized somatic psychology program. *Note: You will be asked to submit a photocopy of your license and certificate/degree when you sign up for this membership level. Once this is verified we can list you in our Clinician Directory where prospective clients will be able to find your practice. 

*Note: You will be asked to submit a photocopy of your license and certificate/degree when you sign up for this membership level. Once this is verified we can list you in our Clinician Directory where prospective clients will be able to find your practice.


Clinical Membership 

Subscription period: 1 year. No automatically recurring payments. $135 per year. Credential submittal required.

Open to those who have a license to practice psychotherapy, but do not have a certification from a recognized somatic psychology training institute or a graduate-level degree from an accredited and recognized somatic psychology program. They may or may not have training in body or touch-centered practices or from the body-movement field.

*Note: You will be asked to submit a photocopy of your license and certificate/degree when you sign up for this membership level. Once this is verified we can list you in our Clinician Directory where prospective clients will be able to find your practice.


Associate Membership

Subscription period: 1 year. No automatically recurring payments. $110 per year. Credential submittal required.

Open to those who have not completed a certificate program (minimum of three years in length) from a recognized somatic psychology training institute but who have either formal healthcare training, are drug and alcohol counselors or are on an associate level for therapists and social workers.


Somatic Practitioner Membership

Subscription period: 1 year. No automatically recurring payments. $135 per year. Credential submittal required.

Open to anyone who does not have a license but who has completed a formal certification program (minimum of three years in length) from a recognized somatic psychology training institute.

*Note: You will be asked to submit a photocopy of your certificate when you sign up for this membership level. Once this is verified we can list you in our Practitioner Directory where prospective clients will be able to find your practice.


Associate Select Membership 

Subscription period: 1 year. No automatically recurring payments. $110 per year. Credential submittal required.

Open to those who have not completed a certificate program (minimum of three years in length) from a recognized somatic psychology training institute but who have otherwise qualified in body or touch-centered practices or trained in the body-movement field. Those in the body-movement field are facilitators who have an interest in, and have an approach with clients similar to Body-Psychotherapists and Somatic Practitioners. Their approach to working with clients includes: 1. Present moment 2. Experiential, 3. Holistic, 4. propensity toward Health, and 5. Relationally. Body-movement methods may include: Drama Therapy (NADT - National Association of Drama Therapy by RDTs (Registered Drama Therapist), Martial Arts, Yoga Therapy/Yoga/Meditation, Buddhism, ISMETA/Dance Movement professionals, Creative Arts professionals, Music Therapy, Feldenkrais professionals, Rolfing/Structural Integration, Massage Therapy, Hypnosis and Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy.


Affiliate Membership

Subscription period: 1 year. No automatically recurring payments. $85 per year. 

Open to anyone who does not qualify for the other membership types but feel an affinity for somatic psychology and body psychotherapy techniques and wants to support the mission and goals of the USABP.


Student Membership 

Subscription period: 1 year. No automatically recurring payments. $135 per year. Student credential submittal required.

Open to anyone who is currently enrolled as a full-time student in any degree-granting university or certification training program.

Retiree Membership

Subscription period: 1 year. No automatically recurring payments. $135 per year. 

For those past members of the USABP who are now retired and would like to continue to participate.


membership benefits

Learn ~ Network ~ Grow Your Business

The Field of Body Psychotherapy continues to grow. Discovering new ways to bring healing and transformation to clients and society.

Our Award events honor the many positive contributing milestones in our history. And from time to time it is in special order that we take time to honor a few individuals in particular.

We are pleased each year to present Award Recipients to honor them and all that they represent in our industry. Join us at our next Award Ceremony.

Below is a list of just some of the benefits you will receive when you join USABP:

  • Exclusive access to monthly webinars featuring leaders in our field
  • Countless hours of streaming educational video and audio content produced by experienced somatic professionals
  • Discounts to our professional conference featuring headliner keynote speakers and diverse workshops
  • The option to list your practice in our locator service which is searchable by the general public (note: this benefit is available to Clinical and Practitioner membership levels only)
  • Regular updates about research relevant to the field of somatic psychology
  • An automatic subscription to the International Body Psychotherapy Journal, the leading peer-reviewed scientific journal covering somatic psychology co-published by USABP and EABP.
  • Access to research guidelines and the only body psychotherapy research awards competition in the US
  • A copy of our Code of Ethics, the first official guidelines for ethical standards of practice in somatic psychology.
  • International networking with body psychotherapists, organizations, conferences, academic programs, and professional training programs worldwide
  • National publicity to bring greater public awareness to the field of body psychotherapy – and to your practice


Learn About Our Awards Program

USABP Pioneer AWARD

Since its inception in 1998, the USABP has made it a priority to honor the people who have made somatic psychology, body psychotherapy, and body/mind practices what they are today: acknowledging our history is extremely important in our identity as an organization.

USABP lifetime achiement award

At each USABP conference a body psychotherapist has been recognized for their lifetime achievements specifically in the field of body psychotherapy by impacting the field, contributing to the body of knowledge, expanding the audience, mobilizing the community, and support of the field at large. 

Click here to view Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients 

Alice K. Ladas Reearch award 

For Outstanding Research Advancing the Profession of Body Psychotherapy and Outstanding Research Advancing the Profession of Body Psychotherapy by a Student the USABP offers two research awards at each conference. Click here to view the Alice K. Ladas Research Award

Click here to view recipients of the  Alice K. Lada Research Award.

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