Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™) is a master professional training developed to improve diverse outcomes and shorten treatment times in all therapy modalities. Based on Western and Eastern psychologies, ISP offers ways to improve outcomes in all therapy modalities including all body-oriented therapies such as Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), through building a greater capacity for a larger range of emotions including the always-present and often-overlooked sensorimotor emotions and using the larger container of body, energy, and consciousness.
Developed by Raja Selvam, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist (CA PSY30233), ISP has as its scientific basis findings from state-of-the-art research in affect theory, cognitive psychology, the physiology of emotions, the neuroscience of embodied cognition, emotion, and behavior, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Bodynamic Somatic Developmental Psychology, energy psychology, and quantum physics. ISP is currently taught in over a dozen countries in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Having been interested in affect theory for many years, I found Raja’s approach spot on in terms of redirecting attention to affect (rather than sensation) and connecting it to the whole body. This helped me understand why I was sometimes frustrated with SE™. On a personal level I found the “hands-on” experience very valuable and meaningful, both as a patient and as a therapist.
I truly enjoyed and was greatful to be a participant to Raja’s ISP™ workshop. I feel this tool takes somatic modalities to the next level by shortcutting to the root of the issues, that being, zooming in on the underlying emotional pain of an issue, without regulating the client too fast, so they learn how to face it more. I was also impressed how it focused on bypassing defense mechanisms, something that other therapies can ignore.
ISP was a very helpful addition to my training in Somatic Experiencing. The emphasis on the bodily experience of emotions and how to work with them—recognize, experience deeply, and manage/regulate—was invaluable for my professional and personal growth.
As an SE Practitioner, I appreciate how Raja’s approach has given me a very concrete and easily accessible way to manage difficult or overwhelming emotional and physical states with my clients. I use ISP in every single session, with or without SE. My clients love the simple effectiveness of the tools both in the sessions and at home.
ISP has developed into a rich treasure. In helping clients with difficult emotions such as fear, grief and pain my work has gained much more containment and depth. And during a severe flu combined with heart symptoms I was able to regulate my anxiety through what I have learned at ISP. I highly recommend ISP to therapists.
The training offered me firsthand experience of a reorganizing, capacity-building impact on my own nervous system. Learning ISP from Raja has been life-changing.
ISP has been profoundly helpful in providing a theoretical framework for working with the subtle bodies in the psychotherapeutic context. Raja’s modality provides a language and tools that clients can engage with. Many of my clients find addressing the energetic component of their experiences essential to their healing.
ISP brings together a broad and expanded understanding of trauma, emotions and transformation. Through this training, I have become both professionally and personally more resilient, resonant. With deeper capacity, I am better able to move toward wholeness and coherence. I am able to take clients to greater depth and capacity in a way that is both moving and liberating.
Dr. Selvam is the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™), an advanced approach for improving outcomes in all therapy modalities through greater embodiment of emotions, based on scientific findings on the physiology of emotions as well as principles of energy psychology. ISP is a master training for experienced clinicians who wish to improve their effectiveness through greater embodiment of all experiences and all levels of the psyche in the physical body of the individual.