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 the Author
Ian Macnaughton is a registered clinical counselor with a private practice in Vancouver.
Peter A. Levine received his Ph.D. in medical and biological physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. During his 35-year study of stress and trauma, he has contributed to scientific and medical publications and served as consultant for NASAs space shuttle program. He has taught at the Hopi Guidance Center and at hospitals and pain clinics throughout the world. Dr. Levine is currently a consultant for the Pain Rehabilitation Center in Boulder, Colorado. He is the coauthor, with Ann Frederick, of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma.
"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