In conversation with Raja Selvam, we explore the practice of developing the capacity for emotions by making more room for them in the body.
Dr. Raja Selvam, PhD, who has taught in over twenty five countries on six continents, is a licensed clinical psychologist from California, a senior trainer in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE) professional trauma training programs, and the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP), a science-backed, body-based, and emotion-focused complementary approach designed to reduce treatment times and improve diverse outcomes in all therapy modalities including existing body psychotherapy approaches. He is the author of the best-selling book The Practice of embodying emotions: A Guide for improving cognitive, emotional, and behavioral outcomes.
His work is informed by older body psychotherapy systems (Reichian Therapy, Bioenergetic Analysis), newer body psychotherapy systems (Bodynamic Analysis, Somatic Experiencing), and bodywork systems (Postural Integration, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy). It is also inspired by Jungian and archetypal psychologies, Kleinian and intersubjective schools of psychoanalysis, affective neuroscience, quantum physics, yoga, Polarity Therapy, and Advaita Vedanta (spiritual psychology from India). See: www.integralsomaticpsychology.com.