Analytic Somatic Therapy Training Institute
Analytic Somatic Therapy Training Institute

Two Year Advanced Certification in Analytic Somatic Psychotherapy

This training is co-sponsored by ASTTI and Dominican University.


We are pleased to be offering a two year advanced certification in Analytic Somatic Psychotherapy in cooperation with Dominican University.  Continuing Education Units will be available to those licensed professionals requesting them.


Dates:  September 2017 through July, 2018 and  Sept. 2018 through July 2019. One weekend per month except August and December. Weekend schedule to be announced.


Cost:  The first year (10 weekends) is $3600. Payment plans are available. Please go to the Registration site to arrange payment and register for the training.


Online Registration will be opening soon.


The certification program is open to mental health practitioners including licensed therapists, social workers, psychologists, registered interns, Associates, Counseling Psychology MS students and Trainees, and other licensed mental health providers. Participants will gain the competency needed to incorporate somatic concepts and techniques into their work with clients.


The training will be conducted in two (2) one year segments. The first year will provide participants with a Basic Certification in Analytic/Somatic Therapy. The second year will provide an Advanced Certification. Certification will be provided by the Institute with CE credits provided by the University. The first year training will include 160 hours of training conducted over ten (10) weekends spread out over the calendar year. One weekend training will be conducted each month except for December and August.


Year One:



       INSTRUCTORS: John Conger and Drew Hutchinson


Class One: How to be here now: Grounding, Boundaries, Breath, Range of Emotions, Intention to be here; Energetic presence.

Lecture: Freud, Reich, and Lowen: the foundations for an Analytic, Somatic Therapy.


Class Two: The Formation of a Grounded Self.

Exercises: (working in diads) Standing, observing movement and feeling shifts: How we walk with ease: Observing upper and lower body energy consonance: Breathe and Bend:

Lecture: The Radical Body Awareness of Melanie Klein


Class Three: The Self and the Function of Boundary

.Exercises: the Boundary exercise, breathe and bend, pushing away, etc.

  Lecture: D.W Winnicott: the Body.and the True/false Self.


Class Four: The Self and the Function of Breath.

Exercises:  Breathe and bend: Breath upper, middle, lower; Reich’s pelvic breath.

Lecture: Breath in spiritual practice and the movement of energy


Class Five; The Self and the Body of Emotions.

Exercises: expressing emotion. Observing held emotion, observing energetic traps.

Lecture: Emotions and the Body


Class Six: The Body Self in Couple’s Work

Exercises: Standing work, Approach, Resistance, support

Lecture:  Body communications and the intimacy split


Class Seven: The Body Self in Couples work (2)

Exercises:  Seeing trauma in the body, Active Relaxation, Sensitization

Lecture:  Trauma and working with trauma through the relationship.


Class Eight: the Body Self and Observing Energy Blocks.

Exercises: Seeing energy and absence of energy; touching the gaps.

Lecture: How to observe energy in the Body


Class Nine: Working with the Body lying down.

Exercise: seven ways to touch. (Also how to not touch)

Lecture: Appropriate behavior and California Psychological guidelines


Class Ten: Reflections on the Training, Review, observation.

Introduction to Foundations of Somatic Psychotherapy and Trauma in the Body.

Currently no training is scheduled. Contact us to arrange for this two day training at your location.



This two day weekend training will introduce participants to the foundations of Somatic Psychotherapy. Through lecture and experiential practice, participants will learn how to integrate the body (therapist’s and client’s) in the process of psychotherapy. The first day will focus on the five foundations of Somatic Psychotherapy: Grounding, Boundaries, Breath, Range of Emotions and Intention to be here (presence). The second day will focus on the impact of trauma on the body and how trauma is expressed somatically. 


Source Material:

The training material offered has been developed by the instructor Drew Hutchinson and Dr. John Conger, a Psychoanalyst and Bioenergetic Analyst in the San Francisco Bay Area. The material is drawn from the works of Dr. Conger, Dr. Alexander Lowen, as well as major theorists in the psychoanalytic field including Dr. D.W. Winnicott, Wilhelm Reich, and others.  The material on trauma is drawn from works by Judith Herman, Bessel Van Der Kolk, and Philip Levine and incorporated into somatic techniques developed by the instructor.


Suggested Readings;

Conger, J.  (1994), The Body in Recovery, Berkeley, N. Atlantic Books.

Levine, P. (1997), Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma, Berkeley, N. Atlantic Books.

Lowen, A. (1975) Bioenergetics, The Revolutionary Therapy That Uses the Language of the Body to Heal the Problems of the Mind, NY, Penguin Books

Reich, Wilhelm, (1945), Character Analysis, NY, Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Learning Objectives:

This workshop will help you:

  1. understand and experience the foundations of Somatic Psychotherapy: Grounding, Boundaries, Breath, Emotion and Presence.
  2. utilize somatic countertransference to inform psychotherapeutic interventions.
  3. utilize grounding and presence in the practice of psychotherapy.
  4. evaluate the client’s body to inform interventions.
  5. understand the role of trauma in the body.
  6. evaluate the somatic expression of trauma in the therapy setting.


General Course Outline:

Day 1-

9:00 – 10:50 – Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy

                             Exercises:  Walking, Breathing, Space and Boundaries.

10:50- 11:00  Break

11:00 – 12:00 – Lecture:  History and origins of Somatic Psychotherapy, Eroticism/Sex

12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch

1:00 – 2:50 -  The body in therapy

                             Exercises:  Hinges/Stacking, Somatic Countertransference,

2:50 – 3:00         Break

3:00 – 4:00         Learning to see the body, Presence


Day 2 -                Trauma –

9:00 – 10:50    Lecture - Physiology of Trauma and the nervous system

                             Exercise:  deep relaxation.

10:50 – 11:00    Break

11:-00 – 11:00 - Seeing trauma in the body

                             Exercises – Boundary exercise, shaking, stay back (autonomy)

12:00 – 1:00       lunch

1:00 – 2:00       Lecture – working at the edges, working with dissociation

2:00 – 3:30         Exercises – Dyad countertransference, presence (listening with the body)

3:30 – 4:00         Questions and discussion, Closing.



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Phone:  510-868-2878


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