Author: Dr. Maryanna Eckberg

Information:

Dr. Eckberg has written a remarkable book about the treatment of trauma, emphasizing the value of a somatic psychotherapeutic approach. Written with great clarity, her book is useful to intelligent laymen and experienced clinicians alike. Her case studies include a range of injuries including victims of political torture as well as a client suffering from a bicycle accident. Dr. Eckberg details the history and psychobiology of the treatment of shock trauma, and, as a master clinician, she shares her extensive knowledge and skill, including step-by-step descriptions of the treatment process. Included is the astonishing story of her own extreme trauma and the process of her healing.

Dr. Maryanna Eckberg completed this book shortly before her death in October of 1999. Now it has been published by North Atlantic Books, with a foreword by Peter Levine, whose approach to Somatic Experiencing influenced her work.

Author: Candi Dabney, M.S. , MFCC and Cindy Paxton, Ph.D.

Introduction:

Somewhere deep in our physical and psychological being are stored the early experiences that shaped the essence of the way we relate to ourself and others. For those whose early experiences did not include an adequate amount of "good enough mothering" (Winnicott, 1988) or who were the targets of overt trauma, the child’s spontaneous impulses and drives to reach out and contact his/her world were threatened. In this experience of threat the child adapted, cutting off from or "blocking spontaneous expression of his/her needs and impulses in order to ensure connection to the caregivers upon whom s/he depended for survival (Reich, 1945). While these compromises served the developing child well in his/her early environments, they were often made at great cost; they required that the very young child deny his/her deepest needs, longings, hurts and joys. In this process the child learned that s/he would be loved as long as s/he didn’t need too much and/or express feelings, or present parts of him/her self that his/her parent(s) couldn’t tolerate (Winnicott, 1971, 1988; Hilton, 1989). This early compromise of the child’s true self forms the foundation of the somatic and psychic adaptive styles that the bioenergetic therapist will later come to see as his/her "character" (Mitchell, 1988; Reich, 1945).

Author: Dr. Ulla Sebastian

Healing the Split between Body, Mind and Soul Evolution in Identity
A Clinical Presentation for the First Clinical Congress of the European Federation for Bioenergetic AnalysisPsychotherapy about Body and Identity, May 1995, Rome

1. INTRODUCTION

2. THE SPLIT BETWEEN BODY MIND AND SOUL
   2.1 The Centaur
   2.2 The bodymind split as a result of sexual abuse

3. PROCEDURES AND TECHNIQUES OF INTEGRATION
   3.1 Maturing body functions and establishing boundaries
   3.1.1 Separation and individuation as a frame for infant development
   3.1.2 Space, time and movement as frame of building up a body identity

3.2 Cooperation between Body, Mind and Soul
  3.2.1 Negotiating among the parts
  3.2.2 Purifying the body and the energy system
  3.2.3 Uniting body and soul
  3.3 The use of symbols and body images as a tool in the therapeutic process o3+4 Making peace with one's life
story
4. Cultural Implications

Lecture given by Rainer Mahr at "International Conference for Bioenergetic Analysis" - Arles, France, May 1998.

Abstract:

I show that there are a lot of sources in Bioenergetic Analysis which can be developed if your describe bioenergetic processes from the view point of biology, physiology, neurobiology, psychiommunology, biophoton research. Bioenergetic Analysis has to
distinguish very strictly between the psychic and the bodily level and to define the meaning of energy. Doing that you can get a new theory of psychotherapeutic science, a better understanding of the unity of body and soul, more knowledge of what is going on in psychotherapy and you can develop new techniques of body work.

About the 'BLACK BUTTE' Conference

The Black Butte Conference is a small conference held at the Black Butte Ranch in central Oregon. It is not officially sanctioned by the IIBA, but is a four-day gathering of bioenergetic therapists and a few psychoanalytic therapists with an interest in the body.

The purpose of the conference is to synthesize contemporary psychoanalytic concepts into the realm of the body and the application of somatic techniques.

Five to six presentations are made over the four days, and the conference papers are published for the year they were presented.

These conference papers are now available at cost for bioenergetic therapists.

1994 Black Butte Conference Papers

About the 'BLACK BUTTE' Conference

The Black Butte Conference is a small conference held at the Black Butte Ranch in central Oregon. It is not officially sanctioned by the IIBA, but is a four-day gathering of bioenergetic therapists and a few psychoanalytic therapists with an interest in the body.

The purpose of the conference is to synthesize contemporary psychoanalytic concepts into the realm of the body and the application of somatic techniques.

Five to six presentations are made over the four days, and the conference papers are published for the year they were presented.

These conference papers are now available at cost for bioenergetic therapists.

1995 Black Butte Conference Papers

About the 'BLACK BUTTE' Conference

The Black Butte Conference is a small conference held at the Black Butte Ranch in central Oregon. It is not officially sanctioned by the IIBA, but is a four-day gathering of bioenergetic therapists and a few psychoanalytic therapists with an interest in the body.

The purpose of the conference is to synthesize contemporary psychoanalytic concepts into the realm of the body and the application of somatic techniques.

Five to six presentations are made over the four days, and the conference papers are published for the year they were presented.

These conference papers are now available at cost for bioenergetic therapists.

1997 Black Butte Conference Papers

The socializing service, has as its main objective to make possible to the most destituted people from the society have access to psychotherapy in its several applications: children, adolescent and adults
in groups as well as individually.

Nowadays, this kind of service, basically, well-founded in the Bioenergetic Analysis, enlarges itself into a focus upon the prevention and manteinance of the biopsychosocial health.

The work is related to pregnant women, companies, and schools, by means of the use of Bioenergetics exercises that help people to deal in a healthier way with the stresses of today’s world and to keep themselves groundings, centered and alive.

In the groups, we give focus to the integration, and, through Bioenergetics we work with the competitions, fights to get the power and other phenomena that occur during the process of living together, having in mind a fluent working group, coherent and using not much energy.

Today, we have about 10 psychotherapists tending from 60 to 80 people.

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In German: (translation) "Energie und Identiät"

Author: Rainer Mahr

In (English version): Rome, May 95, Body and Identity, First Clinical Congress of the European Federation for Bioenergetic Analysis-Psychotherapy, p.121-134
Also published by: Societa Italiana di Analisi Bioenergetica (SIAB)
Via di Pietralata 147/B
Roma, Italy
Tel. 0039/6/4510309

In (German version): Forum der Bioenergetischen Analyse, Nummber 1 1995, S: 39-52 ISSN 0946-8846

Abstract:
This is my first effort to describe the concept of Bioenergetic Analysis with ideas and concepts of modern physics, biology and physiology.  This seems being necessary for Bioenergetic Analysis uses terms of these sciences to describe bodily processes and shows how to modify them.  But how they are used is not corresponding to their scientific definition.  It is not described what is really going on in the body itself.  I focused on the term of 'energy'.  I try to show how this point of view is able to develop further the bioenergetic concept.  With some ideas of energy from subatomatic level perhaps you can explain with physical and bodily categories the meaing of 'relationship', 'intuition', 'nonverbal communication'.   Processes of transference and countertransference will get a 'physical' body.   The unity of body, soul and mind will find a new base by the term of 'energy'.   The energetic processes on the subatomatic level shows structures similar to those of the mental and psychic ones.

Original title: Körperpsychotherapie zwischen Psychoanalyse und Physik

Author: Rainer Mahr

In: Energie und Charakter, Nummer 14, 1996

Publisher: David Boadella, Benhard Maul
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Abstract:
Body psychotherapy shows that psychotherapy altogether is involved with the human organism and its processes.  We only know about psychic phenomenas by its expression of the human body either by talking or by the body itself.   Even comunication with the soul is only possible by processing of the body.

Psychotherapeutic processes are always energetic processes for moder physics says that there is nothing in our universe but energy.  Besides you can show that the human processes of life are energetic processes of regulation.  So, mental and psychic phenomenas would be energetic processes too.

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