Embodied experience & psychotherapy in the age of neuroscience

CellsIt has forever been a cliche that “experience changes us”. But how? 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 Perspectives on Psychotherapy is about psychotherapy with a focus on embodied experience. Our primary emphasis is on clinical approaches, with an experiential feel for each clinician’s perspective. An underlying goal is to explore the convergence between clinical practice and the emerging models of the human mind from the fields of neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and embodied cognition.

Conversations hosted on this site:

This website features a series of half-hour conversations, mostly with clinicians, occasionally featuring leading thinkers in related fields. Stimulating ideas are discussed, as well as clinical examples. The style of the conversations is reflective, slowing down and deepening 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 them as printable PDF transcripts (see link to the transcript on the same page as the conversation, below the bio). There are also, occasionally, videos.

For a list of all conversations, see “All Posts” on top & bottom menu bars. The most recent conversations are listed below (most recent on top), as well as in the Recent Posts page on top and bottom menu bars.

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Somatic Perspectives is edited by Serge Prengel, LMHC. He is in private practice in New York City and leads experiential workshops on Relational Mindfulness.