In addition to body psychotherapy, the practice of yoga has the potential to inform us how to guide a client into greater intimacy with the present moment experience–right here right now. What does this look like? Join USABP President Beth Haessig, Psy.D., licensed psychologist, certified Core Energetic practitioner, and certified yoga therapist as she shows us how the yogic perspective plays an integral role in her body psychotherapy practice.

May 3, 2017 7:00 PM EST
Beth Haessig, Psy.D. (President USABP)

“Coming into Alignment with Life and Love”


BIO: Beth Haessig, Psy.D. is President of our Association. She is a licensed psychologist, certified Core Energetic practitioner, and a certified yoga therapist. She specializes in PTSD, anxiety, and eating issues, and has a private practice in Denville NJ. She also works in an urban hospital serving people who suffer from obesity. For more information, see

May 10, 2017 – 7:00 PM EST

Chris Walling, Psy.D (President-Elect USABP)

“The Role of Yogic Meditation in Restoring Brain Function”

Maintaining a sharp brain with age throughout the lifecycle is one of the number one fears of baby boomers (Sharp, 2015). As we age, we aim for healthy longevity, high quality of life and peace of mind, but staggering statistics indicate women’s lifetime risk for Alzheimer’s Disease is 1 in 6 now, and 1 in 11 for men. Join us for this experiential presentation where Dr. Chris Walling, Outreach Chairman of the Alzheimers Research Prevention Foundation & Presdient-Elect of USABP will outline an evidenced based yogic meditation protocol recently published in the Journal of Alzheimers Disease.
BIO: Chris Walling, PsyD, MBA, C-IAYT has been an active leader in healthcare for nearly two decades. His work integrates the developmental, biological, and somatic aspects of the lifespan. His work in academic medicine has included the administration of multidisciplinary leadership teams in hematology-oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Walling’s service in geriatric psychiatry began as the Executive Administrator for the UCLA Longevity Center and Division of Geriatric Psychiatry in 2010. It was there through his work with world class physician researchers he began to explore the applications of yoga therapy in mental health. He currently serves as Chairman of the Education Advisory Committee for the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. He is a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a Certified Yoga and Meditation instructor through Yoga Alliance.

Dr. Walling is the new President-Elect of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy. His clinical focus in the behavioral sciences has examined the intersections of neuropsychotherapy, affect regulation, and body psychology. His research on Proprioception and Interoception in Somatic Experiencing Praxis received the 2016 President’s Award for Research Excellence at California Southern University. Dr. Walling is the Clinical Director of Soma Psychological Services in Los Angeles, California where he specializes in stress related disorders, trauma, couples work, and addiction recovery. His passion and expertise in resilience, mindfulness, and psychological wellbeing. He is also on the faculty for the Prema Yoga Institute based in New York, NY.

May 24, 2017 – 7:00 PM EST
Dr. Barnaby Barratt, Ph.D

“Breath, Subtle Energy and Awareness”

Although yoga has become popular in North America, the public generally associates it with specialized sequences of physical positions and movements. Yet the ancient texts of yogic philosophy, the best known of which are the Yoga Sūtras written by Patañjali, emphasize the purpose of these practices as a route toward spiritual awareness. In this webinar, the significance of the way in which our breath connects us with subtle energy systems that flow within us and all around us will be discussed, as well as the conditions of awareness as a process qualitatively different from intellectual knowledge. Given the congruence of yogic practices and body psychotherapy, the role of awareness in healing will be explored.

What attendees can expect to learn:

● The history and philosophy of yogic practices in relation to the aims of contemporary body psychotherapy.
● The range of traditional and current ideas about subtle energy systems and their connection to our day-to-day patterns of breathing.
● The notion of awareness and its central role in healing processes.


BIO:  Barnaby B. Barratt is a psychoanalyst, specialist in human sexuality, somatic psychologist and practitioner of tantric meditation tantra. Having lived in England, India, USA and Thailand, he currently practices in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Barratt received his first doctorate in psychology and social relations from Harvard University and his second doctorate from the Institute of Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. His post-doctoral clinical training was at the University of Michigan’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and for many years he was a Professor of family medicine, psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Dr. Barratt is the author of nine books and more than seventy scientific and professional articles and reviews. He has served on the editorial boards of almost a dozen national and international scholarly and scientific journals. He currently lives and practices in Johannesburg, South Africa, and holds honorary appointments at several universities.