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Integral Somatic Psychology™ Professional Training - Austin, Texas

  • 2 Oct 2020
  • 9:30 AM
  • 5 Oct 2020
  • 6:00 PM
  • Austin, Texas

Integral Somatic Psychology™ Professional Training - Austin, Texas
Module 1: The Physiology of Emotions

Integral Somatic Psychology™ is a new paradigm in body psychotherapy based on the emerging neuroscience of embodied cognition, emotion, and behavior. It offers all therapies including all body psychotherapies a complementary modality for reducing treatment times and improving cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, and spiritual outcomes; through developing a greater capacity for a comprehensive range of emotions including the often overlooked but always present sensorimotor emotions.

Presented by: Dr. Raja Selvam

EVENT DESCRIPTION: MODULE 1 • The Physiology of Emotions

Working with Emotions with Greater Efficiency through the Science of the Physiology of Emotions and Principles of Energy Psychology.

This course has been designed to help improve cognitive, emotional, and behavioral outcomes in all therapies on the basis of emerging evidence-based theories of embodied cognition, emotion, and behavior in neuroscience. We will study the findings on how cognition, emotion, and behavior depend not only on the brain but also on the body and the environment; how the three are inter-related in the physiology of the brain as well as the body and its relationship to the environment; and how emotion and the body’s involvement and capacity for emotion are important for improving cognition, emotion, and behavior. We will also study the older and newer findings on the physiology of emotions in depth in relation to the physiology of self-regulation. We will study and practice clinical strategies that can potentially help all therapies to improve cognitive, emotional, and behavioral outcomes in their work by involving the body more in a broader range of emotional experiences (primary, secondary, and always-present and often-overlooked sensorimotor emotions). In addition, we will also study how energy psychology can be used to further improve cognitive, emotional, and behavioral outcomes through emotional embodiment.

In the first module of the course, the focus will be on how we can facilitate greater emotional embodiment through the musculature of the legs, the arms, and the head and neck areas in the body. In addition, as an optional topic for the consideration of participants for the purpose of further improving emotional embodiment, introductory work with two layers of the quantum level subtle body, metaphorically named ether and air, will be presented.

Module 1 Course Content:

1. Basic principles of Integral Somatic Psychology: Increase in capacity for emotion through its embodiment as the core clinical strategy in ISP. Working with psychological, physiological, and energetic defenses against emotion to expand and deepen the emotional experience in the body and to build a greater capacity for tolerating it. Scientific evidence for the effectiveness of emotional embodiment in improving cognitive, emotional, and behavioral outcomes.

2. Working to improve self-regulation as well as emotional regulation across the three layers of the physical body:

  • The muscular system governed by the somatic nervous system
  • The viscera governed by the autonomic nervous system
  • The central nervous system and structures that surround it.

Presentation of a model of regulation with seven easy-to-learn flow patterns to regulate the physiology during cognitive, emotional, and behavioral work without compromising or eliminating the very psychological experience one is working with, a common problem in some body-oriented and energy-oriented approaches in psychology.

3. The role of the body in psychological experiences: The seven basic dynamics such as constriction/flaccidity and hyper/hypo arousal through which the three layers of the individual physical body are used to generate as well as defend against different psychological experiences such cognition, emotion, and behavior. Theoretical and empirical evidence for these common dynamics from scientific research in academia and clinical research in body psychotherapy traditions.

4. Affect theory: Theories of affect and affect development. Levels or types of affect. Affect and psychophysiological disorders. Relevant research.

5. Choice of tools: Awareness, intention, imagination, breath, sound, movement, self-touch, touch of another, bodywork, and energy work as clinical tools that can be used appropriate to the therapist’s training, preference, and licensure context. Understanding of the relative advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of each tool.

6. The role played by the muscular system in generating as well as defending against psychological experiences: The psychological functions of the muscles of the legs, arms, head, face, and neck areas. Relevant research and techniques for working with muscles during psychological work.

7. Introduction to the role of the energy body in psychological experiences. The heart center, the air element, and their physiological and psychological functions. Working with the zones of the air element in the physical body to bring about greater balance between cognition and emotion in psychological work using the basics of Polarity therapy.

ISP Professional training is a 12 day professional training in three 4-day modules, with the option of trying Module 1 before committing to Modules 2 and 3.

FOR THE FULL CURRICULUM (Modules 1, 2, and 3):


Presenter Bio: Dr. Raja Selvam, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist (California license number PSY30233), is the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™) taught in nearly twenty countries in North and South Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia. He is also a senior trainer in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE) professional trauma trainings. Dr. Selvam’s eclectic approach draws from bodywork systems of Postural Integration, Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, body psychotherapy systems of Reichian Therapy, Bioenergetics, Bodynamic Analysis, Jungian and Archetypal psychologies, psychoanalytic schools of Object Relations and Inter-Subjectivity, Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), Affective Neuroscience, Quantum Physics, Yoga, and Advaita Vedanta.

Module 1: Merryvale Weddings & Events in Manchaca, TX

Early registration $795. Full tuition $845 per module.


Early registration ends March 3, 2020. Coordinators: Lynne Silver -, Kamal Kelly -


CEU INFORMATION: 24 CE credits are available for each 4-day module for a total of 72 CE credits for the complete ISP Professional Training. Cost is $45 per module (24 CE credits). For more details please go to:

Integral Somatic Psychology, LLC


Phone Number: (424) 256-9477

Organization Website:

1321 Antoine Dr.
Houston, TX 77055


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