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Individual Membership Types

USABP has five 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 is for those who have 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. Members at this membership level qualify to get listed in the Find a Therapy directory for client referral. $100.00 per year

*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 is for 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. Members at this membership level qualify to get listed in the Find a Therapy directory for client referral. $100.00 per year.

*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 is for 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. $75.00 per year.

Somatic Practitioner Membership is for those who do not have a therapy license but who have completed a formal certification program (minimum of three years in length) from a recognized somatic psychology training institute. Members at this membership level qualify to get listed in the Find a Therapy directory for client referral. $100.00 per year.

*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 is for those professionals who have training in the body/movement field. Related professionals who have interest in, and work similarly: 1. Present moment 2. Experiential, 3. Holistic, 4. propensity toward Health, 5. Relationally. Including: Drama Therapy (NADT) National Association of Drama Therapy. RDT (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. $75.00 per year.

Affiliate Membership is for those who do not qualify for the other membership types but feel an affinity for somatic psychology and want to support the profession and USABP’s mission and goals. $50.00 per year.

Student Membership is for those who are enrolled full-time in a degree-granting or certification program (minimum of three years in length) in somatic psychology or related to somatic psychology. Student membership is limited to no more than 4 years. After completing their program, or after 4 years have lapsed, Student members must “upgrade” to the appropriate membership level as described in this list. Student membership is not intended for practicing professionals. $35.00 per year.

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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