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.
In the past few decades, new perspectives opened up by neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and embodied cognition have influenced the practice of psychotherapy. Somatic psychology has a unique vantage point, in that it focuses on embodied experience.
One possible way to define somatic psychology is to state that:
It no longer makes sense to treat what happens in the mind as separate from embodied experience. Much of our experience is implicit rather than explicit, and somatic mindfulness allows us to access and process the implicit as embodied experience.
This podcast explores the many currents in somatic psychology, integrative relational psychotherapies, mindfulness-based therapies and trauma therapies. It features a series of half-hour conversations, mostly with clinicians, occasionally with researchers.
– chronological list of conversations
– alphabetical list of conversations.