Somatic Techniques & Therapies

Somatic Psychotherapy Founder(s) Website Accredited Training program Clinical degree required
Bioenergetics Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen http://www.bioenergetic-therapy.com Y Y
Biodynamic Psychotherapy Gerda Boyesen



Biosynthesis David Boadella http://www.biosynthesis-institute.com/ Y Y
Bodymind Integration Jack Painter https://bodymindintegration.com/ https://postural-integration.net Y Y
Bodymind Psychotherapy Susan Aposhyan



Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Francine Shapiro



Formative Psychology Stanley Keleman http://centerpress.com/                   http://www.oip-zfw.com Y Y
Gestalt Therapy Fritz and Laura Perls http://www.gestalttherapy.org/ Y Y
Hakomi Ron Kurtz https://hakomiinstitute.com/ Y N
Integrative Body Psychotherapy Jack Lee Rosenberg and Marjorie Rand www.ibponline.org Y Y
Primal Therapy Arthur Janov http://www.primaltherapy.com Y N
Process Oriented Psychology Arnold and Amy Mindell http://www.aamindell.net http://www.iapop.com  www.processwork.edu Y Y?
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Pat Ogden www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org Y Y
Somatic Experiencing Peter Levine https://traumahealing.org/ Y Y
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Somatic Techinique


Founder(s) Website
Alexander Technique F.M. Alexander www.alexandertechnique.com
Aston Patterning Judith Aston https://www.astonkinetics.com
Authentic Movement Mary Whitehouse https://www.authenticmovementinstitute.com
Biodynamic Breathwork Giten Tonkov www.biodynamicbreath.com/
Body Mind Centering Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen www.bodymindcentering.com
Brainspotting David Grand https://brainspotting.com/international/
Breath Body Mind Richard Brown and Patrica Gerbarg www.breath-body-mind.com
Breema Jon Schreiber http://www.breema.com/
Continuum Emilie Conrad Da’Oud https://continuummovement.com/
Core Energetics John and Eva Pierrakos https://www.coreenergetics.org/
Emotional Freedom Technique Gary Craig based on Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy



Eutony Gerda Alexander www.eutonie.de
Feldenkrais Method Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna https://feldenkrais.com/
Focusing Eugene Gendlin https://focusing.org/
Grinberg Method Avi Grinburg http://www.grinbergmethod.com
Hanna Somatic Education Thomas Hanna http://www.somaticsed.com/education.html#training
Havening Ronald and Steven Ruden www.havening.org
Hellerwork Joseph Heller https://hellerwork.com
Holotropic Breathwork Stanislav and Christina Grof http://www.holotropic.com
Life/Art Process Anna and Daria Halprin



Middendorf Breath Work Ilse Middendorf http://breathexperience.com/
Radical Aliveness Ann Bradney www.radicalaliveness.org
Radix Charles Kelley http://radix.org/
Rolfing     and Structural Integration Ida Rolf https://rolf.org/
Rosen Method Marion Rosen https://rosenmethod.com/
Rubenfeld Synergy Method Ilana Rubenfeld http://www.rubenfeldfoundation.org/ www.rubenfeldsynergy.com/
Sensory Awareness Charlotte Selver https://sensoryawareness.org/
Trager Milton Trager http://www.tragerfordailylife.com/
Voice Movement Therapy Paul Newham based on Alfred Wolfsohn http://www.iavmt.org
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Seven kinds of love

The Greeks understood and celebrated the complexity of human relationships in all their forms. All of us hold feelings for others, but these feelings differ according to the people and the circumstance. In the English language there is only one word to describe all of them: LOVE.

However, the Ancient Greeks had around 30 words to describe Love in all its shades and nuances. Following are seven of the most powerful of these words to guide us towards a greater understanding of the emotion which makes the world go round.

These are:

Agape – the love of

The kind of love which makes us sorrowful when we hear of a crisis in another
nation (or our own); that makes us give our time or money to charity; and makes
us feel connected to people we don’t know simply on the basis of our shared
experience as human beings.

Storge – family love

The love a parent has for a child, or a child has for a favourite aunt or uncle. The love a foster parent feels for the children in her care and the love a grandparent feels for the child adopted by his son- and daughter-in-law. 

Pragma – love which endures
The love between a married couple which develops over a long period of time. The love which endures in sickness and in health. The love which makes a friend care for their former school friend who has become vulnerable in later life.

Philautia – self-respect
The love we give to ourselves. This is not vanity, like narcissism, but our joy in being true to our own values. The strength to care for ourselves so that we can in turn care for others.

Philia – shared experience
The love we feel for people we strive with to achieve a shared goal – our co-workers, the players in a football or netball team, the soldiers in an army.

Ludus – flirting, playful affection
The feelings we have when we test out what it might be like to be in love with someone. The fluttering heart and feelings of euphoria; the slightly dangerous sensation. 

Eros – romantic and erotic love
Based on sex and powerful magnetism. It’s the one which can get us into the most trouble. It can turn
into other kinds of love – like pragma – but it starts as romance and attraction.


Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Tapping The Basic Recipe

1.Choose an emotional issue (sadness, anger, fear…) or physical symptom (craving, headache, knee pain…) to focus on. For emotional issues, use specific events when you have felt that way. For example: ‘That argument with my friend at my 9th birthday party.’ For physical issues get as specific as possible. For example: ‘The constant, sharp pain in my lower back.’

2. Estimate the intensity level of your feelings on a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 is no distress at all and 10 is maximum distress.

3. The EFT setup statement is where we acknowledge the problem and we accept ourselves anyway! Repeat the setup statement three times while continuously tapping the side of the hand point on either hand saying: “Even though I have this _ (name the problem), I deeply and completely accept myself.” (Alternative statements are available if that is uncomfortable for you to say.)

The Tapping Sequence: Tap about 7 times on each of the tapping points shown (either or both sides), while repeating a brief phrase that reminds you of the problem. For example: “This low back pain.”
Estimate your intensity level again on a scale from 0 to 10. If it’s still above a 5, tap the side of the hand point and say: “Even though I still have some remaining _ (problem), I deeply and completely accept myself” and then repeat the tapping sequence.
Once your intensity level is as close to 0 as possible, or at least below a 3, you can do a round of positive tapping. For example: “I choose to let go of this pain now. I am safe.”




“Remember the sky that you were born under, know each of the star’s stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is. Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the strongest point of time.

Remember sundown and the giving away to night. Remember your birth, how your mother struggled to give you form and breath. You are evidence of her life, and her mother’s, and hers.

Remember your father. He is your life, also. Remember the earth whose skin you are: red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth, brown earth, we are earth.

Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.

Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people are you.
Remember you are this universe and this universe is you.

Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this. Remember the dance language is, that life is.

                                                                                                        -Joy Harjo (b.1951)