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USABP Presents - The Practice of Embodying Emotion

  • 7 Apr 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom


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A Method for Improving Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes in All Therapies

Presented by Raja Selvam, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
Developer of Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) 
Senior Faculty Member in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE) Training Program

This 2-hour event will be recorded and available for members and non-members who register for this event. This course will not include CEs.

Workshop Description

Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP)’s core clinical strategy is taught in over twenty countries around the world. ISP is based on the latest findings from affective neuroscience and cognitive psychology on the physiology of emotion and on the embodied nature of cognition, emotion, and behavior. This webinar offers therapists from all modalities a complementary approach to work with emotions in general and emotions from traumas in particular to improve cognitive, emotional, behavioral, physical, energetic, relational, and spiritual outcomes in all therapies.

In addition, the presenter will also review the contents of his new book ‘The Practice of Embodying Emotions: A Guide for Improving Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes.'

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the practice of embodying emotions
2. Describe the goals of embodying emotions
3. Describe the basics of the new science of embodied cognition, emotion, and behavior.
4. Describe how the practice of embodying emotions can improve cognitive, emotional, behavioral, physical, energetic, relational, and spiritual outcomes in all therapies including those that are already body-oriented.
5. Describe the four steps of the practice of embodying emotions


10:00am: Welcome & USABP Announcements

10:10am: Introduce Topic and Speaker

10:20am: Interview with Presenter

10:30am: Presentation

11:45am: Q & A

11:55am: USABP Closing

Presenter Information

Raja Selvam, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP), a therapeutic approach based on emerging scientific paradigms of embodied cognition, emotion, and behavior in cognitive psychology and affective neuroscience as well as on multiple Western and Eastern psychological, somatic, energetic, and spiritual approaches. Dr. Selvam is also a senior trainer in Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE) Professional Trauma Training Program. He has taught for twenty-five years in over twenty countries in North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Far East. His work is informed by the older body psychotherapy systems of Reichian Therapy and Bioenergetic Analysis, the newer body psychotherapy systems of Bodynamic Analysis and Somatic Experiencing, and the bodywork systems of Postural Integration and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. His work is also inspired by Jungian and archetypal psychologies, the Kleinian and intersubjective schools of psychoanalysis, affective neuroscience, quantum physics, yoga, Polarity Therapy, and Advaita Vedanta (a spiritual psychology from India).

Dr. Selvam’s work also draws upon his clinical psychology PhD dissertation work on Advaita Vedanta and Jungian psychology. He has published an article based on his dissertation titled “Jung and Consciousness” in the international analytical psychology journal Spring in 2013. He did outreach work in India in 2005–2006 with survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and an outcome study from this project titled “Somatic Therapy Treatment Effects with Tsunami Survivors” was published in the journal Traumatology in 2008. Dr. Selvam’s current work is also inspired by the work he did in Sri Lanka in 2011–2013 with survivors of war, violence, loss, and displacement, and the mental health professionals serving them, after that country’s thirty-year civil war ended in 2009.


Barrett, L. F. (2018). How emotions are made: The secret life of the brain. Boston: Mariner Books.

Colombetti, G. (2014). The feeling body: Affective science meets the enactive mind. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Hufendiek, R. (2016). Embodied emotions: A naturalistic approach to a normative phenomenon. London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Maiese, M. (2011). Embodiment, emotion, and cognition. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMilllan.

Selvam, R. (2022). The practice of embodying emotions: A guide for improving cognitive, emotional, and behavioral outcomes. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

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