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.
It no longer makes sense to treat what happens in the mind as separate from embodied experience, even if much of it is implicit rather than explicit. The Somatic Perspectives project explores how this has influenced the practice of psychotherapy. We focus especially on somatic psychology, integrative relational psychotherapy, mindfulness-based therapy and trauma therapy.
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.
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.
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.
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This is a collaborative process, nourished by many conversations, such as the ones on this site, as well as other venues. This project’s editor, Serge Prengel, LMHC, is in private practice in New York City.