The findings from research on the physiology of emotions shows that an emotional response, especially a difficult one, potentially involves the entirety of the brain and body physiology. This is because an emotional response to a situation is an assessment of the impact of that situation on the wellbeing of the whole organism. Limiting the […]
How does the practice of embodying emotion improve diverse outcomes?
When one develops a greater capacity for tolerating emotions in the body, the body is not as stressed or dysregulated or shut down in the face of difficult or unacceptable emotions. This can confer diverse benefits: Improvement in physical and energetic conditions including resolution of psychosomatic or psychophysiological symptoms. Healthy changes in cognition and behavior […]
What tools can be used in the practice of embodying emotion?
Awareness, intention, imagination, verbal and non-verbal expression, movement, client’s self-touch, and therapist’s touch are possible options as tools for working with the body during the practice of embodying emotions. A model of physiological regulation and a model of energetic regulation are used to guide the directions of emotional expansion in the body so as to […]
Is there a detailed book on Integral Somatic Psychology?
Yes. The practice of embodying emotions: A guide for improving cognitive, emotional, and behavioral outcomes by Raja Selvam, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and developer of Integral Somatic Psychology, is a comprehensive theoretical and practical guide for the practice of embodying emotions in Integral Somatic Psychology. Click here to learn more about the book The […]
Who can benefit from Integral Somatic Psychology?
All mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, marriage, family, and child therapists, social workers, and counselors). Practitioners of all therapeutic approaches including Psychoanalysis, Jungian and Archetypal psychologies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, body or somatic psychotherapy approaches such as Focusing, Somatic Experiencing, Bioenergetic Analysis, Bodynamic Analysis, and Sensorimotor psychotherapy, approaches based on mindfulness such […]
What are its possible clinical applications?
The practice of embodying emotions from Integral Somatic Psychology has been found to be of value in the treatment of a wide range of clinical problems involving difficult emotions—from ordinary life events to extra-ordinarily difficult traumas, psychosomatic or psychophysiological disorders, developmental traumas, relational traumas, adverse childhood experiences (ACE), prenatal and perinatal traumas, attachment disorders, borderline […]
Where and how can one learn Integral Somatic Psychology?
The ISP Professional Training has been offered in as many as twenty countries on all five continents. Integral Somatic Psychology is typically taught in three four-day modules, in-person and online. Click here to learn more about the ISP Professional Training. The format of lecture, discussion, guided experiential exercises, demonstrations with participants, and daily practice sessions […]