The forces that develop the self—somatic, emotional, mental, interpersonal, social, and spiritual—must all be considered by therapists in treating any patient. Each article in this important anthology deals in some way with these various elements. The writing is focused on the body-mind connection, exploring the practices and theories of this popular branch of psychology. Topics include the significance of family systems; dealing with trauma and shock in therapy; and the importance of breathing, offering valuable insights for the student and practitioner alike. Contributors include Marianne Bentzen, a trainer in Somatic Developmental Psychology; Peter Bernhardt, a professor of psychology; and Peter A. Levine, author of Waking the Tiger.
About Ian Macnaughton
Ian Macnaughton, Ph.D. (Human Science), is a registered clinical counselor in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He maintains a private practice working with individuals, families, and organizations. He is currently on the teaching faculty of the Bodynamics Institute Inc. (Canada) and the Pacific Coast Family Therapy Training Association. In addition, he has served as a consultant to a number of organizations in the area of design and organizational learning.
About Peter A. Levine
Dr. Peter A. Levine, author of the best-selling Waking the Tiger and of Healing Trauma, has a background in medical biophysics, stress, and psychology. He developed Somatic Experiencing®, and serves as a consultant to the Meadows, a leading residential addiction recovery center. He lives on the banks of the St. Vrain River in the Rocky Mountains.
"This collection of articles is uniquely useful as a teaching tool to students of somatic psychology. It offers access to cutting-edge applications of somatic psychotherapy in a broad range of clinical situations. Macnaughton’s original contributions, bringing together family systems theory with somatic psychology, fit well alongside articles such as Lisbeth Marcher’s developmental focus and Peter Levine’s work with shock trauma.”-Peter Bernhardt, M.F.T., Adjunct Professor of Psychology, John F. Kennedy University"A must for therapists of all kinds, this unique collection combines heartfelt compassion for the human condition with clear, innovative, and practical psychotherapeutic theory and technique."-Pat Ogden, originator of Hakomi Integrative Somatics