What is somatic psychotherapy? A simple way to answer might be to say that it is psychotherapy in the age of neuroscience. It no longer makes sense to treat what happens in the mind as separate from embodied experience.
For instance: It has forever been a cliche that “experience changes us”. Now, we know that this is not just a metaphor. Experience actually changes our brain, as Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel states:
“The growth and maintenance of new synaptic terminals makes memory persist. Thus, if you remember anything of this book, it will be because your brain is slightly different after you have finished reading it.”
— Eric Kandel: In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind.
Somatic psychotherapy is a rich and vibrant field. The Relational Implicit podcast provides conversations with a wide range of practitioners, encompassing a wide range of perspectives. We focus on somatic psychology, relational therapies, mindfulness and trauma therapies.
This website 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:
– chronological list of conversations
– alphabetical list of conversations.