Relational Implicit & Somatic Psychotherapy
Somatic psychology, relational therapies, mindfulness and trauma therapies
info_outline Gregg Henriques: A framework to integrate objective view & personal view 07/22/2019
Gregg Henriques: A framework to integrate objective view & personal view In this conversation, Dr. Gregg Henriques explains the Tree of Knowledge System and describes how it provides a way to think about the universe from an objective scientific view and a personal lifeworld view. It achieves this by dividing the universe into four different planes of existence, Matter, Life, Mind and Culture, and the discussion shows how the Tree of Knowledge allows for seamlessly transitioning back and forth between these t
info_outline Deb Dana about the Polyvagal Theory in psychotherapy 07/01/2019
Deb Dana about the Polyvagal Theory in psychotherapy This conversation is about using the Polyvagal Theory in clinical practice. Deb Dana talks about how a focus on experientially understanding the role of the autonomic nervous system helps to creatively involve clients in their healing process.
info_outline Alaine Duncan & Kathy Kain: Restoring inner balance 05/01/2019
Alaine Duncan & Kathy Kain: Restoring inner balance Combining Eastern and Western trauma physiology, Alaine Duncan and Kathy Kain introduce a new map for body-oriented clinicians to help restore balance in their clients. Using concepts from Acupuncture and Asian Medicine (AAM) alongside descriptions of the threat response from Western bio-behavioral science, they describe common physical symptoms, emotional presentations, and paths for healing for five survivor “types”. This approach is further developed in their new book, The Tao of Trauma – A Practit
info_outline Andy Fisher: Ecopsychology 03/01/2019
Andy Fisher: Ecopsychology This conversation is a wide-ranging exploration of the new field of ecopsychology. It includes discussions of how the lived body and Buddhist psychology figure in this field, as well as the radical implications of reconnecting our minds to nature.
info_outline Terry Marks-Tarlow: Embodied creativity & the courage to face uncertainty 03/01/2019
Terry Marks-Tarlow: Embodied creativity & the courage to face uncertainty Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD, has been a practicing clinician since 1985 and a practicing yogini since 1979. She specializes in deep transformation and issues surrounding creative production and believes that all effective psychotherapy is inherently creative. In this conversation, she and Serge Prengel discuss how the embodied creativity and meditative aspects of everyday life dovetail with the courage to face uncertainty and search for novelty in a fully relational clinical practice.
info_outline Janina Fisher: Integrating somatic approaches to trauma with ‘parts’ language 02/01/2019
Janina Fisher: Integrating somatic approaches to trauma with ‘parts’ language Trauma often inculcates fears of body awareness and incapacitating shame that complicate the use of somatic approaches. As Janina Fisher explored how to help such clients with befriending their emotional and body responses to trauma, she began to develop a way of helping them to understand themselves as fragmented and to become more aware of their ‘parts’ or states. With a body perspective and parts language, she found that they could better observe their emotional and somatic experience without the fea
info_outline Steven Hayes: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) 01/01/2019
Steven Hayes: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) In this conversation, we talk about Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) within the broader context of the human condition.
info_outline Carmen Joanne Ablack talks about EABP 12/21/2018
Carmen Joanne Ablack talks about EABP This podcast would not exist if it weren’t for the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP) and the US Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). So we want you to know EABP & USABP. In this conversation, Carmen Joanne Ablack, President of EABP, talks about EABP.
info_outline Alice Ladas: Early coping strategies: another kind of addiction 11/30/2018
Alice Ladas: Early coping strategies: another kind of addiction In this conversation, Alice Ladas describes a workshop focused on identifying coping strategies in a way that respects people’s humanity instead of pathologizing them.
info_outline Eva Gold on Buddhist psychology & Gestalt psychotherapy 11/01/2018
Eva Gold on Buddhist psychology & Gestalt psychotherapy In this conversation we talk about the convergences of Buddhist psychology/mindfulness with Gestalt therapy as well as how they are different in their emphasis and ultimate aims. This creates the ground for discussing the benefits of an approach that integrates the two—a Buddhist psychology informed Gestalt therapy (BPGT). This conversation is also available in video as a PDF transcript.
info_outline Michael Soth on the therapeutic relationship 09/01/2018
Michael Soth on the therapeutic relationship In this conversation, we talk about the therapeutic relationship as a bodymind process between two people who are both wounded and whole. This conversation is available as a video, as well as audio only, and as a printable PDF transcript.
info_outline Stefan Deutsch: A theory of love as foundation for therapeutic intervention 08/01/2018
Stefan Deutsch: A theory of love as foundation for therapeutic intervention In this conversation, Stefan Deutsch talks about his theory of love as nourishment, the evidence for it, and how it applies to clinical practice.
info_outline Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt explore “the space between” 07/01/2018
Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt explore “the space between” In this conversation, we talk about the “space between”, i.e. the space of relationship, and how Imago therapy helps clients make sense of it and change their relationship. There is also a partial transcript as a printable PDF.
info_outline Kathrin Stauffer reflects on sex & power 02/01/2018
Kathrin Stauffer reflects on sex & power This discussion takes place in the context of the current (late 2017 and early 2018) sexual harassment scandals going around many professions. Kathrin Stauffer starts her reflections on these developments by some thoughts about the nature of power and her own relationship with it.
info_outline Rae Johnson on Embodied Activism 01/22/2018
Rae Johnson on Embodied Activism In this conversation, Rae Johnson talks about how the body is implicated in social justice work, and how to engage our bodies in the process of activism. Rae’s approach incorporates key ideas from many social justice theorists and somatic practitioners, and distills them into three key areas: (1) doing your own work, (2) working for others, and (3) working with others. This conversation is available as a video, as well as audio only. There is also a /episode/index/show/relationalimplicit/id/10699025
info_outline Hilary Bradbury & Bill Torbert: Eros/Power 01/15/2018
Hilary Bradbury & Bill Torbert: Eros/Power In this conversation, we explore how people deal with power, and the goal of mutuality in relationships. This conversation is available as a video, as well as audio only, and as a printable PDF transcript.
info_outline Susan Rudnick about sexual abuse, the need for connection & power 01/03/2018
Susan Rudnick about sexual abuse, the need for connection & power Susan Rudnick’s comments about the sexual abuse of women by powerful men derive from Karen Horney’s formulation of the Real Self, as she articulated it in Neurosis and Human Growth. Even if we are severely alienated from that Real Self, it is still there, and we do continue to have human need for authentic connection to ourselves and others. The abuse or assault becomes a severely distorted expression of that need. And because the need is never really fulfilled, it becomes an endless hunger th
info_outline Rae Johnson about sexual harassment as abuse of power 12/19/2017
Rae Johnson about sexual harassment as abuse of power This conversation with Rae Johnson was inspired by the recent spate of accusations of sexual harassment. We talk about it as not about sex and gender, but about power. The conversation is also available as a printable PDF transcript.
info_outline Barnaby Barratt about male sexuality 12/06/2017
Barnaby Barratt about male sexuality Is biology destiny? Freud asked this question in the context of discussing women’s abilities and roles. Now, in the wake of a seemingly endless streak of abuse scandals involving prominent men, it may be legitimate to ask whether male sexuality is inherently aggressive. This is the starting point for this conversation with Barnaby B. Barratt.
info_outline Jennifer Tantia on embodied research methodology 11/20/2017
Jennifer Tantia on embodied research methodology In therapy, we deal with embodied experience. Shouldn’t research also have an embodied approach? This conversation is available as a video, as well as audio only, and as a printable PDF transcript.
info_outline Marjorie Schuman: Inquiring deeply, finding wisdom in problems 10/21/2017
Marjorie Schuman: Inquiring deeply, finding wisdom in problems Marjorie Schuman is a psychoanalyst who has practiced Buddhist mindfulness meditation and relational psychotherapy for over three decades. She says: “Early on in my practice, I realized the profound truth that this very moment is the perfect teacher, as Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron famously said. I knew intuitively that there was wisdom in problems and opportunities for growth contained within them. My recent book, “Inquiring Deeply” grew out of my compelling personal desire to understand mor
info_outline Richard Schwartz: Dealing with our inner conflicts 01/03/2017
Richard Schwartz: Dealing with our inner conflicts Richard Schwartz describes how we can understand ourselves better if we think of our inner conflicts as arguments between parts of ourselves. He outlines the kind of mindful interaction through which we can assume effective leadership of these conflicting parts: We learn to compassionately listen to their deep needs underneath the bluster. There is a short demo of the process. This conversation is available as a printable
info_outline Peter Levine: Understanding memory 12/05/2016
Peter Levine: Understanding memory This conversation with Peter Levine is about different types of memory. We talk about trauma, but also about the fluid notion of self that goes together with this understanding of memory. This conversation is available as a video, as well as audio only, and as a printable PDF transcript.
info_outline Stephen Porges: Mindfulness & co-regulation 09/06/2016
Stephen Porges: Mindfulness & co-regulation In this conversation, we explore a paradigm shift and its implications. “The whole history of the study of mental and psychological processes has been so focused on the individual’s responses, yet the individual’s responses are being framed and interacting through a connectedness with others.” The Polyvagal theory developed by Stephen Porges “forces an attention away from the individual to the individual within context.” In this context, mindful self-regulation may be better de
info_outline John Christopher: About well-being 07/28/2016
John Christopher: About well-being In this conversation, we explore the notion of well-being and explore dimensions of well-being that have been neglected by mainstream psychology. In particular we consider the role of embodiment and spiritual surrender in well-being and try to link this to mindfulness, stress physiology, social inequalities in health. See also printable PDF transcript.
info_outline Kjell Rudestam: Constructivism, modern physics, & psychotherapy 05/14/2016
Kjell Rudestam: Constructivism, modern physics, & psychotherapy In this conversation, we explore constructivism, modern physics, and the conceptualization and process of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy can be viewed as a “destabilizing dance” between a therapy and patient who are part of an unstable interactional system. It seems to operate within a constructed world of “meaning making” and focuses on “stories” or “attributes” of “things” rather than “things” from a Newtonian or medical model perspective. Constructivism, as a meta-theory, as well