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Over the past eight years, SPT magazine has carved a literary “path” allowing writers to network with a global audience of “like minded” practitioners.

This issue brings our path into newly discovered realms including interviews honoring colleagues who are receiving prestigious awards and columns highlighting upcoming conferences for the USABP, the EABP, and APPPAH, as well as reviews of ‘hot-off-the-press’ publications and insightful author reflections.

Each article honors a path forged by persistence and perseverance, by creativity and ingenuity. The authors whose books we reviewed, the award winners we interviewed, the reflections writers shared about their process highlight pathways that were formed one step at a time.

We invite you to read our articles and to respond to our authors. We write from a place of experience and curiosity, and we write to engage others in conversations. Each author offers an email address at the end of the article, and we have a general email option: where you can share your thoughts and we’ll pass them on to the authors.

We’re grateful for your readership and look forward to providing quality articles and reviews, personal and poignant author reflections, and more on our website:

Nancy Eichhorn, PhD Founding Editor-in-Chief

Somatic Experiencing® Informed Therapeutic Group for the Care and Treatment of Biopsychosocial Effects upon a Gender Diverse Identity.

I present to you my very first peer reviewed journal article publication: Somatic Experiencing® Informed Therapeutic Group for the Care and Treatment of Biopsychosocial Effects upon a Gender Diverse Identity. This research article discusses the process and outcomes of a study of a group of Transgender folks. Individuals participated in a 10 week Somatic Experiencing® informed support and education group. The group was designed to assist participants with opportunities to learn ways to build resiliency, to decrease the negative symptoms of depression and anxiety, and to better cope with the effects of microaggressions and discrimination.


A high percentage of clients in outpatient treatment and a higher percentage of inpatients report histories of neglect, trauma, and/or attachment failure. In addition to being diagnosed with PTSD, this client population often presents as affectively dysregulated, chronically depressed, exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and borderline or other personality disorders. Level I of The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma equips therapists to better understand the symptoms and issues of these challenging client populations and to work with them in a more effective way. With a better understanding of the presenting problems of these clients and equipped with interventions that speak directly to how their issues are driven by the body and the nervous system, students will be able to directly impact the direction of treatment not only for these client populations but also in their practice settings.

The Level I Training presents simple, body-oriented interventions for tracking, naming, and safely exploring trauma-related, somatic activation, creating new competencies and restoring a somatic sense of self. Students will learn effective, accessible interventions for identifying and working with disruptive somatic patterns, disturbed cognitive and emotional processing, and the fragmented sense of self experienced by so many traumatized individuals. Techniques are taught within a phase-oriented treatment approach, focusing first on stabilization and symptom reduction. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can be easily and effectively integrated into psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and EMDR-focused treatments.

This Training consists of approximately 80 contact hours.

Level I Training 2/16/18-6/24/18 Calgary, AB

Level I Training 2/23/18-9/30/18 Denver, CO

Level I Training 6/1/18-10/14/18 Toronto, ON

Level I Training 9/21/18-4/13/19 Chicago, IL

Level I Training 10/12/18-4/14/19 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Level I Training 10/19/18-4/28/19 Washington, DC

Level I Training 10/19/18-3/24/19 Vancouver, BC

Level I Training 10/26/18-6/1/19 Berkeley, CA

Level I Training 11/2/18-6/8/19 New York, NY

Level I Training 11/9/18-3/17/19 Portland, OR


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy identifies two general kinds of interrelated psychological issues: developmental and traumatic. Developmental issues result from disturbed early attachment relationships that lead to limiting beliefs about oneself and the world. Post-traumatic stress disorder results from overwhelming experience that remains unintegrated. Early attachment disturbances can lead to a wide variety of adult relational problems, especially when combined with unresolved trauma.

Level II of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Program illustrates how traumatic, attachment, and developmental issues influence one another and how to provide effective treatment given their inevitable intertwining. In this training, research from the attachment and neuroscience fields provides the theoretical foundation for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions and practices that address the effects of suboptimal and/or traumatic early attachment.


Level II Training 2/16/18-4/14/19 Washington, DC

Level II Training 3/16/18-9/22/19 Portland, OR

Level II Training 6/29/18-7/28/19 Berkeley, CA



Research Assoc. Professor, University of Washington

Director, Center for Mindful Body Awareness

My research on Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT) is designed to teach interoceptive awareness (awareness of physical and emotional sensations in the body) and related skills for self-care and emotion regulation. This approach combines psychoeducation and emotional processing, touch, and mindfulness training. Almost all of my research on MABT has been with individuals with a history of interpersonal trauma including women in recovery from childhood sexual abuse, female veterans with PTSD and comorbid chronic pain, individuals living with HIV, and women in treatment for chemical dependency. Research findings highlight the safety and acceptability of MABT, the feasibility to implement MABT in community clinical settings, and improved health outcomes among those who receive MABT compared to those who do not. Primary health benefits include reduced symptoms of depression, dissociation, stress and pain; and increased emotion regulation, interoceptive awareness and mindfulness skills. Findings from research also show that MABT is experienced as an empowering approach that facilitates mind-body awareness and promotes use of new body awareness strategies that are incorporated into daily life for self-care.

I have been funded by NIH and I serve on the Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at NIH. The majority of my research and clinical publications can be accessed through the Center for Mindful Body Awareness website (see tab titled “Research” that has links to most publications): This Center was established to disseminate MABT through teaching and by program development in collaboration with clinics and treatment centers. The website lists MABT training opportunities – offered locally (in Seattle) and through an intensive to be held in April 2018 through the UCSD Mindfulness Professional Training Institute

Friday, November 10, 2017
8:45am: Registration
9am-4pm: Workshop

Center for Applied Psychology
41 Gordon Rd, Suite C, Piscataway, NJ

5.5 CE Credits
Instructional Level: Introductory

The bedrock of therapeutic healing from a neuroscience perspective occurs when therapists are able to offer their own regulated brain processing when relating to their clients. This is a foundational feature of brain-based psychotherapy and may appear as a wordless experience that occurs when the therapist is relaxed and grounded in the present moment. The therapists’ regulated state is “borrowed” by the client, thus promoting integrative neurogenesis between the limbic system and the “social brain”. Known as “the therapeutic alliance” this is one of the most important principles in psychotherapy. In addition, successful psychotherapeutic outcomes are similarly dependent upon the amount the client is in contact with their own present moment experience, as they attend to what is called a “bodily felt sense.” Body-centered mindfulness methods are shown to support right-brain integration and build the middle prefrontal cortex regions involved with self-awareness, emotional regulation, empathy, self-compassion and present moment awareness.

In this experiential workshop, you will learn to:

(1) Summarize the important brain regions and networks associated with trauma, anxiety, and


(2) Discuss the implications of attachment theory in relation to implicit memory, brain & body-

centered psychotherapy, and the therapeutic alliance.

(3) Demonstrate ways to introduce yogic practices into treatment.

(4) Practice body-based intervention strategies such as affect regulation, wordless awareness,

and presence techniques.

(5) Observe a demonstration of a body-centered psychotherapy session.





Beth L. Haessig, Psy. D., licensed psychologist, certified somatic psychotherapist, and IAYT-certified yoga therapist, is the former President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy ( After graduating from GSAPP, she studied 4 more years to become a certified somatic psychotherapist (Core Energetics) plus a 5th year post graduate year, and a 6th year with Radical Aliveness/Core Energetics in Mexico. She is a Kripalu-certified yoga teacher as well as a yoga therapist certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Dr. Haessig began her career as a school psychologist in 1990 working primarily with children and families, before moving into alternative technologies and integrative body-based modalities for the past ten years. Her work expanded to include veterans and other trauma survivors, as her specialization in PTSD, trauma, anxiety, and other body-based challenges (eating, conversion, psychosomatic, psychogenic movement, encopresis, etc.) are highly responsive to body-based, mindfulness-based, cognitive-behavioral interventions. As president of USABP, Dr. Haessig has provided training and leadership in the field of somatic psychology. At present, she works in an urban hospital with those suffering from morbid obesity, and has a private practice in Denville NJ.

In a review of the the book “The Awakening Body” by Reginald Ray

I came across the term “somatic spirituality.” What is somatic spirituality? According to Ray, it
“involves tuning in to the vast interior world of wakefulness, freedom, and joy that lies just beneath the
surface, in our body.” He explains that the body is capable of an awareness beyond what our conscious
mind can achieve, that our bodies are aware in ways that our minds are not. The consciousness of our
bodies transcends that of the mind. Perhaps it is ironic that the word “mindful” is most commonly
understood as meaning present and aware. It is our bodies that are “mindful” in a way our logical
minds cannot be. Our logical mind judges, rationalizes, and worries about the future, whereas our
bodies experience directly, unimpeded by conscious bias and prejudice. And direct experience,
especially to Buddhists, equals awareness, which facilitates enlightenment, or “spiritual” awakening.

How can tuning in to the body help us emotionally? Tuning in to the body helps us access sensations,
emotions, and information unavailable to the logical mind. The body is a warehouse of wisdom.
Somatic therapies such as body-centered psychotherapy help clients gain precious insight by listening
to our “body-talk.” In the words of Reginald Ray, “Until our emotional blockages from trauma of any
kind are known directly within our somatic awareness, no actual psychological transformation is
possible.” Trauma, in this sense, could mean an angry exchange, an unmet need, as well as violent
abuse. Overwhelming pain or even mild irritation often bypasses our mind and lodges in our bodies. A
liver can “own” anger to spare the conscience. A sacrum can hold pain to spare the heart. As a body-
centered psychotherapist I will often facilitate a dialogue with the liver or sacrum (or toe or throat or
inner child), and attend to its (their) needs. Many times just listening brings clarity and relief. The
client may gain healing insight, and/or benefit from physiological changes/energetic shifts. By attuning
to and listening to our bodies, we can viscerally know ourselves and begin the process of healing.
Some might call that somatic spirituality.

Nancy Paul, MA, LMT is available to listen and help you at Lotus Center in Chicago! She accepts
cash clients on a sliding scale and can accept clients with BCBS PPO or Blue Choice PPO insurance on an in-network basis. Other insurance plans will use out-of-network benefits. Please call your insurance company for out-of-network benefit details. Schedule your appointment with Nancy now by visiting or call Nancy at 708-289-3899.

An Evening of Breema
with Angela Porter, Carrie Gray, & Matthew Tousignant

Thursday, October 12 · 7:00-9:00 pm

Register online!

Interoceptive Movement for Self-Care & Transformation in the Therapeutic Relationship

Breema is a simple, natural form of touch and body movement supported by universal principles. The aim of Breema is to bring us to a tangible experience of presence that becomes our foundation for a new dimension of health, consciousness, and self-understanding. The practice of Breema is a direct approach to experiencing body-mind connection, and offers insight into the underlying unity of all life.

Breema self-care and partner movement exercises use nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to create physical, mental, and emotional balance. Based on nine principles of harmony—- No Judgment, No Force, Single Moment/Single Activity, Body Comfortable, No Extra, No Hurry/No Pause, Firmness & Gentleness, Full Participation, and Mutual Support—- Breema’s commonsense wisdom guides the practitioner to support the body’s instinctive healing energy, nurturing vitality instead of focusing on symptoms of illness or imbalance. Issues including compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, stress, and burnout are mitigated, while empathy, acceptance, nonjudgment, and an atmosphere of aliveness are nurtured.

The nonjudgmental atmosphere created by our use of the Principles is deeply nourishing and enables us to let go of conditioned patterns, so that we can connect to new and more natural ways of moving, thinking, and feeling—- this is translated directly into our atmosphere as we work with clients. Breema’s Principles can be integrated and applied in any profession and in all activities of daily life, helping us to revitalize ourselves and bring greater harmony to all our relationships.

Join us for this 2-hour introductory evening workshop at the Expressive Therapies Summit. No prior experience necessary. Everyone Welcome! Come prepared to relax and enjoy!

Thursday, October 12 7:00-9:00 pm


The Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Note: This workshop is separately ticketed from the Summit and is not included in the Summit fees. You may register just for this workshop whether or not you attend the Summit.

Register online here!

More information 510.859.8970

Saturday, September 23rd at 2pm PST or 5pm EST  – FREE WEBINAR

Please join me for a free Webinar this Saturday, September 23rd at 2pm PST or 5pm EST or wherever you are in the world!

G. Jung brought to light the ancient map of Alchemy, an astonishing guide through the transformational process of becoming one’s true self.

Authentic Movement provides a pathway for accessing the somatic unconscious, illuminated through Alchemy.

This leads to what Jung called ‘individuation’–  the soul’s journey toward a more realized life; the process of becoming your authentic self.

In this webinar we will:

  • Explore the different stages and operations of the Alchemical process and how they relate to healing and development
  • View alchemical images that depict the transformative process
  • Deepen our understanding and familiarity with Authentic Movement in healing
  • Discuss alchemy as a model for progressively holding the energy of the opposites and finding a new synthesis
  • Discover how to integrate words, embodied experience, & symbolic expression within clinical practice

To register click here. A replay will be available for 48 hours for those who register.

Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT and Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP, BCC are excited to announce the beginning of their first formal one-year training program, leading to Certification as a Healing Shame Practitioner!

There is a growing need for therapists and other practitioners who understand how to work with shame. This training provides vital skills that are not taught in most graduate schools or even post-graduate programs. Having these skills can help your clients to heal, since it is unhealed or toxic shame that is at the root of many lifelong issues.

The program consists of seven weekend workshops, taken over the course of a year, as well as five private consultations. The program can provide 91 CEUs to MFTs, LCSWs, LPCs and LEDs in California (CAMFT Approved Provider #134393). While it’s recommended that you begin with the Core workshop, the sequence can be started at any time.

Workshop Schedule in Berkeley, California

Healing Shame – The Core Workshop – October 7 & 8, 2017 or January 27 & 28, 2018
Using Imaginal Resources to Heal Shame – November 4 & 5, 2017
Melting the Shame Freeze: Using Somatic Techniques to Heal Shame – February 24 & 25, 2018
Sex and Shame – March 24 & 25, 2018
Healing Shame in Couples – April 21 & 22, 2018
Advanced 1: Giving Back the Shame – TBA in January or February 2018
Advanced 2: ShameShifting: Transforming Toxic Shame into Healthy Shame – TBA in May or June 2018

For details and information, please visit or contact Sheila at / 415-820-3974

Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT and Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP, BCC will be part of 31 world-renowned teachers, including Marianne Williamson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Martha Beck, Adyashanti, Tara Brach, Anne Lamott, Caroline Myss, and many more, who will give you tools for personal transformation on the SoundsTrue online Self-Acceptance Summit – “How to Overcome Self-Judgment and Live a Life of Bravery, Compassion, and Authenticity” September 11-20.

You can register now for FREE to get the details sent to you:

Polyvagal Theory: Basic Principles, Experiential Learning, and Clinical Applications
with Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

September 23 & 24, 2017
9AM – 4PM
Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Berkeley, CA

Stephen Porges, Ph.D., is a behavioral neuroscience researcher whose investigations of the evolution and expression of human autonomic psychophysiology has become a wellspring advancing the theories and practices of multiple disciplines and human service fields of practice.

In this exciting two-day conference, Dr. Porges will present a basic outline of his Polyvagal Theory, lead attendees in experiential learning, and dialogue with professionals presenting cases from diverse practice arenas. Since 1994, when Dr. Porges announced the basic concepts, Polyvagal Theory has been adopted and used productively in a wide array of psychological and somatic clinical practices. The theory is bringing alive the profound significance of our evolutionary neural organization in daily psychological and relational processes.

Participants will learn about the evolutionary emergence of a set of nerves in the brain that control the heart and face. This connection provided the structures for the Social Engagement System, which links our bodily feelings and thought processes with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gesture. Workshop participants will learn about the relationship between neural regulation of the Social Engagement system and emergent properties, including the development of many forms of mental and physical illness. Additionally, Dr. Porges will speak to developing clinical strategies to rehabilitate the Social Engagement System as an important part of any treatment.

Please join us in this exciting and informative professional education experience. Stephen is an engaging, open, and vital thinker grounded in daily living and with a wide range of experiences and interests beyond the laboratory.


Ticket Information:

General Admission: $350
Early Bird: $310 Before June 23, 2017
Registered Intern: $245
Student of co-sponsoring institutions $175 – Current student ID required 30% of tickets available First-come, first-served
Onsite $365

Event ticketing:

NOTE: No single day tickets will be offered


About Our Presenter: Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Initiative within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders including autism, anxiety, depression, ADD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. His research has led to the development of innovative interventions designed to stabilize behavioral and psychological states and to stimulate spontaneous social behavior that are being applied to autism and other clinical diagnoses.

For more information on Dr. Porges and his work, visit his website:


Continuing Education

Continuing education credit for this event is co-sponsored by Somatic Psychology Associates and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 6.00 contact hours per day, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $25.00 per person and is payable to The Institute for Continuing Education with completed CE paperwork. CE applications will be available on site. CE verification will be mailed to workshop participants following the training. To receive continuing education credit, participants must complete CE paperwork, sign in/out daily, and complete an evaluation of the training. If you have questions regarding this training, continuing education, learning objectives, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at: e-mail:

Social Work:
The Institute for Continuing Education, Provider 1007, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 04-13-2015 – 04-13-2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Counseling / Marriage-Family Therapy:
The California Board Behavioral Sciences accepts programs sponsored by approved providers of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching Methodology: May include: didactic, audio-visuals, demonstrations, role play, experiential exercises, large and small group discussions.

ADA: If you have special needs, please contact: or 510-387-5845

Conference Learning Objectives

Describe the primary features of the Polyvagal Theory.
Explain how the autonomic nervous system is related to social and defensive behaviors.
Describe the three autonomic circuits that support and disrupt social behavior.
Explain how the neural process “neuroception” evaluates risk in the environment and triggers adaptive neural circuits promoting either social interactions or defensive behaviors.
Describe the clinical conditions necessary to promote feelings of safety in the client.
Identify cues of physiological state in the client’s voice and facial expressions.
Explain why deficits in the Social Engagement System are core features of several psychiatric disorders.
Explain how trauma disrupts typical function of the autonomic nervous system.
Explain how maladaptive behaviors, including dissociation, may accompany several psychiatric disorders, and may reflect adaptive responses triggered by survival mechanisms.
Describe the mechanisms through which voice conveys physiological state and how listening to types of vocalizations and acoustic stimulation can aid in the regulation of biobehavioral states.
Describe a face-heart connection that defines a social engagement system that links our bodily feelings with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gesture.
Explain how trauma and chronic stresses can “retune” middle ear function and distort the ability to process human speech.

A Certificate of attendance will be available to all attendees.


Co-sponsoring Institutions & Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies, Somatic Psychology ProgramJohn F. Kennedy University, Somatic Psychology Program
Pacifica Graduate Institute, Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology
Northern California Somatic Experiencing Professional Association
The Wright Institute, Integrated Health Psychology Training Program


Directions, Transportation & Accommodations

The Hotel Shattuck Plaza is conveniently located in downtown Berkeley, CA. The Crystal Ballroom Conference Center has its own entrance on Allston Way, just down the street (west) from the main hotel entrance. Registration will take place at that door.

Public Transportation: The Downtown Berkeley BART station is in front of the hotel.

Parking is available at the City of Berkeley Allston St. Parking Garage across from the hotel. Current rates are $14 weekdays and $5 weekends all-day.

Our mailing address is:

Somatic Psychology Events

c/o Somatic Psychology Associates 614 Grand Avenue
Suite 200
Oakland, Ca 94610

How do you know if someone is right for you, or vice versa. Maybe he or she is a distancer, too needy, suppressing sarcasm, hostility, and anger, is not very sexual, or thinks about sex all the time.The workshop I am facilitating in Independence, near Cleveland, Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17 will teach you how to read bodies in order to understand if that person will be a help or a hindrance in your life. If you don’t live in Cleveland, fly or drive in and we will help you find a place to stay. If you have friends in Ohio tell them about this great opportunity to learn how to do Core Energetics body readings to improve their lives.

Please read about the workshop on my website under workshops, or

If you or your friends want to come and affordability is a problem talk to me so I can see if we can make some scholarships available.

Much warmth,

Karyne (karynew @

A Workshop for Therapists and Other Helping Professionals
With Sheila Rubin LMFT, RDT/BCT & Bret Lyon PhD, SEP, BCC

Saturday, October 7, 10am-6pm & Sunday, October 8, 10:30am-5:30pm

In Berkeley, just off the I-80

$350 full price / $325 with full payment by August 25
Special price for interns
13 CEUs for MFTs and LCSWs
CAMFT Approved CE Provider #134393

This workshop provides essential, basic knowledge of how to work with shame. You will learn what shame is and how it is created, and how to help your clients recognize shame, work through it and move on. We will discuss how to become more sensitive to the shaming often implicit in the therapy situation and how to counter shame in therapy. You will learn to help clients separate feelings of shame from other emotions. And you’ll learn how to take clients back to early shaming situations and reverse the outcome, helping clients move their energy powerfully outward rather than turn it against themselves.

TO REGISTER, please send full payment or a $100 deposit to:

Bret Lyon
830 Bancroft Way, Suite 102, Berkeley, CA 94710

Please include your email and phone number.
We accept PayPal. For details, email Bret at
Space is limited.
For details about our complete training program in Healing Shame, visit our website. Register and pay for the full program for greatly discounted workshop registration.

For more information, call Sheila at 415-820-3974 or email

You can also check out our articles and free Healing Shame webinars available on the Resources page of our website.

Healing Shame Workshops is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for therapists and other helping professionals. Healing Shame Workshops maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Dr. Karyne Wilner’s:   CORE ENERGETICS


The body is an authentic expression of your physical, emotional, and mental state. Your present personality, current stressors, as well as past trauma is reflected in your body. As a body reader and energy psychologist with classes around the world I will teach you how to tap into the body’s great knowing so you can flesh out your ability to attune to another.

At some point we have crossed paths. And, since the body is ever-changing and ever in need of new considerations the role of this work that I have been teaching for many years is definitely suited for you today, too!

The body is a powerhouse. It reveals information about:

● a person’s wounds
● prior history
● present day struggles
● higher-self qualities, potential and capabilities

I am offering a course in body reading this coming September. It is the one of the few I will be doing this year as I am busy with my 2-year professional program starting up again this coming fall of 2017! 
Body readings can help your goals to:
●      Enhance and grow business relationships
  •  Nurture therapeutic relationships
  • Increase the pleasure of social relationships.
In this interactive workshop, you will learn:
* The basics of how to conduct a body reading
* Interpreting what the body is revealing
* How to approach a body reading with sensitivity
* How to receive a person in their wholeness
* How to sensitively communicate or use this information
Saturday, September 1610:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday, September 179:30am to 5:00pm
Workshop Fee: Early Bird $249 before August 1 or Standard Fee $299 after August 1 ** Workshop fee applied to registration fee for anyone who applies and is admitted to the Cleveland Core Energetics Training Program.
Location: Cleveland Center for Conscious Living, 6611 Rockside Rd, Suite 210, Independence, OH
For Questions – contact David at 216-544-9472 or
Here is the Event Brite Registration Information
You can also register on David’s site at .  The Eventbrite page is embedded into
his site.
On either page people just click tickets to buy your tickets for the event.
If you have problems with registration contact karyne at 401-316-7041 or

Title: Embodied Research Methods
Editor: Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD
Routledge Press

Embodied phenomena have been explored in research in many fields of study such as psychology, expressive therapies, social sciences, anthropology, medicine, and education but to date there has not yet existed a collection of work that describes the specific ways in which embodied data collection and analysis can contribute to traditional styles of inquiry. Embodiment is an essential element of human experience, yet often missing in research data. This book will serve as an edited textbook that emphasizes embodied data in research methods. We are seeking chapter contributions that describe innovative research methods in both qualitative and quantitative approaches to embodied experience in research.

Please send the following short proposal to Jennifer Tantia –* by September 15, 2017:

Proposed chapter title:

Name, country and contact details: Submission content: (500 words; APA format):
• Introduction
• Theoretical background and description of methodology
• Description of method: data collection (interviews, observations, etc…) and data analysis (identifying patterns and establishing a relationship between data and unknowns)
• Summary that includes the relative usefulness of your proposed embodied method pertains to the extant literature in your particular field.
• Key Words (3-5)
• Key References (6-10)
• Brief biography of 75 words outlining professional qualifications, previous publishing experience, etc.
• A sample of material (draft acceptable) or previously published material to evidence writing competence.

*Please use: “Embodied Research Methods Proposal” in the subject line of your email.

DOWNLOAD PDF – CALL FOR PROPOSALS.Embodied Research Methods.7.4.17

Submitted by:
Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP
140 East 40th Street—Suite 12A
New York, New York 10016
“All the Rage (Saved by Sarno)” has been held over after a successful screening that began June 23. It was the highest grossing per screen indie film to open this weekend with a box office of 9700. It will run for at least 2 weeks.
There are 5 showings daily at 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 pm at Cinema Village.
For all who are interested in integrative treatment of somatic pain and other stress-related conditions, we recommend the documentary, “All the Rage (Saved by Sarno),” created and directed by Michael Galinsky in collaboration with Suki Hawley and David Bellinson. Galinsky is also known for his documentary “Battle for Brooklyn” in 2011, among others. ( In All the Rage, he tracks his history of back pain and his recovery, with the help of John E. Sarno, MD. The documentary, a work in progress for more than 10 years, features a wide range of integrative medicine practitioners as well as mental health professionals and appearances by celebrities who have publicly acknowledged Dr. Sarno’s help in healing pain.
The filmmakers have invited me to answer questions after the 5pm showing on Saturday July 1.
The theater is located at 22 East 12th Street.
You can pre-order tickets now by going to the Cinema Village website.

You can also pre-order tickets now by calling the theater at 212-924-3364 (box office) – or stop by the theater to purchase tickets.



Do you want to be able to practice emotional aikido with anything life throws at you? Wouldn’t it be great to navigate even your most potent emotional triggers with more ease? SHIFT can help! With SHIFT you can: Discover how to stop overwhelm in its tracks before it hijacks your day. Be empowered to go after what you want instead of feeling stuck. Experience internal freedom as you make peace with inner critics and becoming more self-accepting. All that and more: SHIFT is video-based training you can do anytime and anywhere you want.

Get started with SHIFT here:

The International Body Psychotherapy Journal is pleased to announce the publication of volume 16, number one, Spring 2017, available online and in print now. The issue is dedicated to hope, and the Journal’s Editorial team hopes the papers might inspire and ignite curiosity and hope in the readers. Papers include: a discussion about when the war ends—dialogues between reality and fantasy, healing and psychotherapy; ways to end therapy; embodied conflict resolution (combining body psychotherapy, Gestalt equine psychotherapy and Aikido); and the development of the LIFE Questionnaire, a body responsiveness questionnaire validated on a European sample looking at the mediation between body awareness and affect, and connection with mindfulness, body, and physical activity. There is a paper discussing the development of the Levang Inventory of Family Experience designed to operationalize and validate Pesso-Boyden System. And, you can also read about the two body psychotherapy conferences held in 2016 sponsored by the USABP in Providence, Rhode Island and the EABP in Athens, Greece.

You can access the Journal free online at and print issues are available to our subscribers.

Eugene T. Gendlin, the American philosopher and psychologist who developed the mind-body connection practice called “Focusing,” died on May 1 at the age of 90 in Spring Valley, New York. His death was announced by the International Focusing Institute (, which was founded in 1985 by Dr. Gendlin to promote the practice of Focusing and the philosophy behind it, which he called the “Philosophy of the Implicit.” Focusing is an experiential, body-oriented method for generating insights and emotional healing. Gendlin’s philosophy falls under the branch of philosophy called phenomenology. Significant influences on his philosophical work included Edmund Husserl, Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. A nearly exhaustive library of his work is maintained by the Institute in the Gendlin Online Library.

Eugene T. Gendlin Press Release and Obituary

National Conference June 30-July 2, 2017.
Misericordia University, Dallas, Pa. CEUs available.

This groundbreaking event is the first major conference in the U.S. focusing on the topic of yoga and mental health care. It is designed for mental health and rehabilitative health professionals as well as yoga teachers and therapists. Topics include using therapeutic yogic interventions to reduce or heal dissociation; subtle breathing pattern dysregulations; autonomic nervous system dysregulation; anxiety; substance use disorders. CEUs available.

Pre-Conference Workshops; Keynote speech by Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga and Depression; In-depth Saturday Workshops; Sunday panel discussion.

Conference early-bird price go $150 before May 1.

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Chester, CT – Live Video Stream – SE Case Consultation and Demonstration – October 30, 2017 – Therapeutic Presence, Therapeutic Rhythm: An SE™ Principles Workshop.

This Case Consult Day is a part of the three-day Therapeutic Presence, Therapeutic Rhythm: An SE Principles workshop with Dr. Peter A. Levine. If you are interested in the full workshop, please visit the Event Summary Page: Therapeutic Presence, Therapeutic Rhythm: An SE™ Principles Workshop

This registration is to stream the Group Case Consult. If you would like to attend this Group Case Consult Live you will need to register for the Full 3 day event.

We are now offering as an OPTIONAL ITEM, the ability to stream the 1st day of the training for an additional $200.00. Please see the Agenda Page for more details.


May 4 & 5, 2016
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
San Diego


Somatic Experiencing helps people find new, empowered body experiences to contradict the patterns established by trauma. Together, we will explore clinical insights from Body-oriented psychotherapy, and recent findings in the neurosciences, on how the brain and body deals with emotional information, providing a foundation for effective therapeutic action.

An Introductory Body-Psychotherapy Workshop for professionals and people interested in opening their capacity for joy in their life.

Saturday & Sunday June 24-25, 2017 Seattle, Washington

Saturday & Sunday July 15-16, 2017 Salt Lake City, Utah

Provides 13 1/2 CEU hours through NASW

Traditional psychotherapy works toward congruence in a person’s thinking, emotions, actions, and life choices. Body-oriented therapy understands that the body is also profoundly affected by our life experiences. Identifying and releasing attitudes and old images held in our physical structure adds an important component to therapy. This promotes lasting change, allowing for free flow of life energy from within us so we can more fully realize our life, our joy.

This experiential workshop will give participants the opportunity to experience the basic premises of Body-Psychotherapy that originated with Wilhelm Reich and now integrates Core Energetics and contemporary approaches including somatic approaches, current neurobiology and trauma therapy. The workshop combines lectures with movement and experiential opportunities. I also bring my understanding of many other approaches to employ creativity and spirituality to enhance the journey.

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Walking the Talk: Self-Care as the Heart of Psychotherapy

a collaborative and (r)evolutionary workshop for therapists, counselors, social workers, chaplains, professional listeners….

Carrie Gray MFT, Angela Porter IMF, & Matthew Tousignant MA,
and special guest Jon Schreiber

Saturday, April 29 · 1:00-4:00 pm
at The Breema Center 6076 Claremont Ave Oakland Ca. 94618

What if you could practice self-care while sitting in a room with clients? What if you had tools to nurture your own vitality as a therapist that could simultaneously support your client? Breema’s body-centered, holistic approach to being present is practiced in the midst of daily life. This workshop will offer an experiential introduction to self-care principles and tools that nurture aliveness, non-judgment, harmony and well-being.

Saturday, April 29 1:00-4:00 pm

The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland

$65 ($50 if you register with a friend)
$35 students/interns
**Register by 4/15 for an additional $10 discount**

If registering with a friend, enter promo code BRINGAFRIEND for reduced rate.

Workshop includes receiving a Breema session (before or after the workshop).

3 hours CE available. ($10 processing fee)
The Breema Center is approved to offer continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs by the CAMFT (#128568)

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We will focus on the body as the basis for connection and presence in psychotherapy. Breema, a dynamic, nurturing, interoceptive practice, will be used to experience coherence between body and mind as a catalyst for movement towards healing and transformation in the therapeutic relationship. Body-mind connection supports the therapist to be present. Presence invites both the client and therapist to contact and move from that within themselves which is inherently whole. Issues of compassion fatigue, counter-transference, vicarious trauma, stress, and burnout are mitigated, while a tangible atmosphere of empathy, acceptance, non-judgment, and aliveness is nurtured. Particular emphasis will be placed on the experience of the practitioner, as we learn individual and partner self-care exercises. We will also explore universal principles underlying Breema—-No Judgment, Body Comfortable, Mutual Support, No Force—-and discover how they can foster a vital, openhearted relationship to life.

About Breema
Breema Bodywork®, Self-Breema Exercises®, and The Nine Principles of Harmony are natural expressions of the unifying principle of Existence. They offer a practical means of becoming present, a commonsense approach to physical, mental, and emotional health, and a new way of learning that leads to increased understanding of ourselves and a deepening sense of fulfillment, meaning, and purpose.

No prior experience necessary, please come in comfortable clothing prepared to move around on a padded floor.

Workshop facilitators:

Carrie Gray, LMFT, MA, is a somatically-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in North Oakland. With degrees from the Wright Institute, California Institute for Integral Studies, and Wesleyan University, Carrie has approached the study of psychology, consciousness and the body from a variety of angles. Since 1999, Carrie has studied and practiced Breema’s body-based approach to “the art of being present” and is a former staff Instructor at the Breema Center.

Angela Porter, IMF, CATC, CMT, is an addiction treatment specialist, and Marriage and Family Therapist intern. Trained in Gestalt, Body-centered, and Somatic therapy at Esalen Institute, body-mind connection is primary in her work. Formerly a program director at the New Bridge Foundation’s residential substance abuse treatment program in Berkeley CA, Angela incorporated the principles and practice of Breema into the treatment curriculum. Currently she is a group facilitator at Bayside Marin and maintains a private practice where Breema is foundational to her work with clients as well as in her consultation practice with colleagues. A certified Breema Instructor since 1998, Angela travels internationally teaching Breema to therapists and other healing professionals.

Matthew Tousignant, MA, CMT, is a graduate of Harvard University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. For the last 17 years he has studied Breema with its founder, Dr. Jon Schreiber, in Oakland, California and is a certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor. Based out of Lambertville, New Jersey, the body-centered therapeutic work he practices combines the universal wisdom of Breema with a practical knowledge of psychology to connect others to their unique potential as human beings.

In this book, Deirdre introduces a unique exploration of attachment-based approaches, integrating yogic psychology to bring relief and ease in treating trauma.

From the Introduction:

“Every child should have had the gift of safety from birth onwards. In that state of grace, a child flourishes, steps beyond their comfort zone, makes mistakes, reaches for reassurance, learns and grows from mistakes without shame.

Returning to a safe haven after stretching out into the world, the child finds out from others that they’ll be okay despite anything untoward that happened.

In this cocoon of care, a child naturally develops psychological safety (Bowlby, 1988; Holmes, 2001) with a native impulse to explore themselves and the world.”

February 23rd @ 7:00 PM EST

Putting “The Mindful Witness” into Action – Keeping Clients in “The Window of Tolerance “

Two current frameworks in both trauma treatment and general stress reduction are “The Window of Tolerance ” (Dan Seigel) which describes the delicate balance of the brain-body response and the effects of overwhelming stress, and “Mindfulness” which has been shown to mitigate the effects of stress with regular practice . Helping clients understand the concepts that are included in “The Window of Tolerance ” helps them better understand that what they are feeling is a “normal” response to overwhelming stress. Teaching mindfulness in more traditional ways ( often with eyes closed) is challenging because traumatized clients may not be able to focus inwardly without being triggered .

However , teaching “The Mindful Witness Role” in action teaches experientially the development of that part of the self that is able to observe without judgment and with compassion one’s thoughts, feelings, and “act hungers” which empowers the client s ability to remain in “The Window of Tolerance” .

  • Explore “The Window of Tolerance” and the trauma responses which can occur that move the client “out of the window”
  • Describe “Mindfulness” and its ability to dampen the stress response
  • Explore how breath, body awareness, and attention promote grounding
  • Learn to teach the “Mindful Witness Role” in action – both in individual and group settings



Linda Ciotola is a Certified TEP: trainer-educator-practitioner of psychodrama, group psychotherapy, and sociometry; and an accredited Certified Trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model ™ of psychodrama used specifically for working with trauma survivors. She is Co-Leader and Developer of the Therapeutic Spiral Bodyworkshop specifically designed for healing body-based trauma issues and a Certified Health Education Specialist (Ret.) with 45 years experience in education, group facilitation, and lifestyle counseling. Linda holds ACE (American Council on Exercise) certifications as a Personal Trainer, Fitness and Yoga Instructor, Health Coach and MINDBODY Specialist. She was honored in 2008 with the Zerka Moreno Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Psychodrama. She is co-author with Karen Carnabucci of Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods – Beyond the Silence and the Fury. She presents widely at regional, national and international conferences.

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C.G. Jung believed that psyche and body are one. Marion Woodman, with Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner, developed BodySoul Rhythms® from their common belief in our body’s wisdom and their many years of exploring the relationship between psyche and soma. In this talk I will discuss their pioneering contributions to the field, conscious embodiment in clinical practice, and how neuroscience supports a body-oriented approach to healing trauma. Through lecture, embodied experience, and discussion, participants will have an opportunity to experience the process of “coming home to the body”.

Brain, Mind and Body: Trauma, Neurobiology and the Healing Relationship Conference

April 28 — 29, 2017 London, Ontario Presentation

Conference Information: The University of Western Ontario Department of Psychiatry sponsors this seminar that will celebrate the work of the Harris-Woodman Chair in Psyche-Soma and related areas of progress. This conference will focus on the affective neurosciences, progress made in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and link body and mind research from molecular biology and neuroimaging to clinical interventions in several psychiatric disorders.

Presenters: Paul Frewen, PhD, C.Psych Colonel Rakesh Jetly, OMM, CD, MD, FRCPC Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD Margaret McKinnon, PhD, C. Psych Allan Schore, PhD Tina Stromsted, PhD, MFT, BC-DMT Ed Tick, PhD Bessel van der Kolk, MD Margaret Wilkinson, BA, SAP *