For many years, this podcast was known as Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy. Its focus is on somatic psychology, integrative relational psychotherapies, mindfulness-based therapies and trauma therapies.
It is possible to summarize our editorial orientation in a short paragraph:
Much of our experience is implicit rather than explicit, and somatic mindfulness allows us to access and process the implicit as embodied experience.
Neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and embodied cognition have been contributing to an emerging model of the human mind that is profoundly different from previous conceptions. This emerging model is not just ‘top down’, focusing on the exceptionality of the human mind. Its attention to ‘bottom up’ processes stresses the continuity with other animals and other life forms.
Much of psychotherapy has moved from a medical model, in which a patient receives ‘treatment’, to an emphasis on relationality and the role of intersubjective experience. We see this as a convergence with somatic and experiential approaches that track relationality through embodied experience.
This podcast features a series of half-hour conversations, mostly with clinicians, occasionally with researchers. Stimulating ideas are discussed, as well as clinical examples. The style of the conversations is reflective, to slow down and deepen the process.
The conversations are recorded as MP3 files. You can listen to them on the site, or download them to play on any MP3 player. You can also read most of them as printable PDF transcripts (see link to the transcript on the same page as the conversation, below the bio). See:
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This is a collaborative process, nourished by many conversations, such as the ones on this site, as well as other venues. This project’s editor, Serge Prengel, LMHC, is in private practice in New York City. See his perspective on embodied relationality.