For many years, the website that is now Relational Implicit was known as Somatic Perspectives.
This change reflects a sense that our context has changed dramatically over the past decade or two. From being a relatively isolated current within the broader field of psychotherapy, experiential and somatic approaches are now widely perceived to be at the cutting edge of the profession.
What has changed? There has been a convergence of perspectives toward a more experiential, embodied, mindful approach to psychotherapy:
– Under the influence of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, there is now much more of an awareness of “bottom up” vs “top down” processes.
– Many traditionally-trained therapists have been exposed to mindful practices such as meditation and yoga, and have been seeking ways to integrate their embodied meditative experience with their clinical work.
– As more traditionally-trained therapists have sought additional training in trauma healing, they have gained first-hand experience in how effective somatic approaches are in working with the pre-verbal and the implicit.
– This has been a very stimulating environment for the various modalities of somatic psychotherapy, with a deepening of theoretical underpinnings and practical techniques.
So the new name of this group reflects these stimulating developments. See home page: Relational Implicit: Somatic Mindfulness in Psychotherapy. See also:
– chronological list of conversations
– alphabetical list of conversations.