Education and Training
Check out all the ways to learn and grow in your profession.
The USABP is pleased to bring together many institution and training centers guided by one code of ethics and standard that benefits you and the industry. View our peer reviewed publication and other journals. Check out our resources that might help you along with our forums and blogs. Member research and dissertation are also available. Scroll now and get started.
find a therapist
Meet members in practice who are able to help you and others on your journey of self care and your work for health and well being.
Institutional membership classification is granted to institutions, such as schools, training centers, organizations, or clinics, that are related to the field of body psychotherapy and support the mission and goals of the USABP.
International Body Psychotherapy Journal
It is peer reviewed by members of both associations, with experts from related fields.
BODY PSYCHOTHERPY 101
Get your body psychotherapy and somatic psychology basics understood. We have laid out for you insights briefs about important topics related to this industry, the breadth of the work and how it is applied in practice. Enjoy these articles and build on them.
membership has its advantages
The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy was founded in 1996 as an umbrella organization for the emerging profession of body psychotherapy. Our dual mission is to advance the field of somatic psychology and to assist our members in getting their work out into the world. Thus we represent not just individual members like you but also various institutional organizations as we advocate for our field on a national stage. And we nurture promising students through their education, training and licensing .
USABP has five types of individual membership: Clinical, Practitioner, Associate, Student, andAffiliate.
Please click below to link to descriptions of each to determine which is the proper one for you. Contact Us for help with questions you might have.
Check out some of our benefits too.
Institutional membership classification is granted to institutions, such as schools, training centers, organizations, or clinics, that are related to the field of body psychotherapy and support the mission and goals of the USABP. We have two membership types.
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.
Contact Us for help with questions you might have. Check out some of our benefits too.
What is Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology?
Body-oriented or body-centered psychotherapy is an expansive, emerging, multi-faceted field that affirms the inseparability of mind, body, and spirit. It draws from somatic psychology which sees the mind revealed not only in relational styles, dreams, and cognitions, but in neurophysiology, posture, gestures, movement, bodily tensions and more. It explores the therapeutic possibilities of somatic roads to the unconscious and healing while honoring the wisdom of general psychology and psychotherapy through expanding and contributing to it.
Body psychotherapy and somatic psychology are currently taught in a number of modality training programs and academic settings. Some of the ones you might recognize are: Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine) California Institute of Integral Studies; Hakomi (Ron Kurtz) Pacifica Graduate Institute; Focusing (Eugene Gendlin) Naropa University; Bioenergetic Analysis (Alexander Lowen) Prescott College.
stay up to date
visit our site regulary. wE report the latest research findings from members, map members for networking and therapy services, host live webinar demos and presentations from industry leaders and more.
get notified of new research, our events and industry announcements