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Publications in English (54)

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journal 15 2005The Anatomy of Empathy
Robert Lewis

Bioenergetics: Past, Present and Future
Helen Resneck-Sannes

Emotional Inhibition and Disease
Harald C. Traue, Russel M. Deighton & Petra Ritschi

The Space of Silence
Maê Nascimento

Catharsis and Self-Regulation revisited: Scientific and Clinical Considerations
Angela Klopstech

Review of “Honoring the Body – the Autobiography of Alexander Lowen”
Philip M. Helfaer  

journal 14 2004Physical Contact and Construction of a Therapeutic Intersubjective Bond
Maryse Doess

Seeing the Truth: Removing Denial from the Eyes
David Kuniansky, Ed.S.

Projective Identification Revisited – Listening with the Limbic System
Robert Lewis, M.D.

Interview with Alexander Lowen
Patrizia Moselli

O Corpo Vibrante
Patients with Eating Disorders: Bodies without Vibrance
Christa D. Ventling

Different Worlds: The Patient, Psychanalysis, and the Psychtherapist
José Luís Gomes

False Pride and the Overpowering Love of Friends
Susan Downe

Recovering from “Recovered Memory”
Pye Bowden M. Guid.& Couns.

Integrations for a Psychology without Body and a Neurology without Soul
Edith Liberman

The Group in Bioenergetic Anaysis
Gabriella Buti Zaccagnini (translated by Alberto Zaccagnini)

Bioenergetic Analysis Made Simple
Peter S. Fernald

“Grasping the Body” Some Hypotheses on the Processes of Somatization
Daniel Bouko-Levy   

journal 13 2002The Significance of Scientific Research for Bioenergetics
Christa D. Ventling

The Efficacy of Bioenergetic Analysis as a Method of Psychotherapy
Dr. Ulrich Gudat

Efficacy of Bioenergetic Therapies and Stability of the Therapeutic Result: A Retrospective Investigation
Christa D. Ventling

What do human bodies tell us? In Search of statistically significant empirical confirmation for the “Language of the Body” A study in bioenergetic body-diagnostics
Margit Koemeda-Lutz, Ph.D. & Hans Peter, M.D.

The Role of Sensory Styles in Psychotherapy: Synopsis of research
Vincentia S. Schroeter

Psychobiology of Affects: Implications for a Somatic Psychotherapy
Helen Resnick-Sannes

Looking at Physical and Relational Development from the Point of View of What is Natural: Grounding – From Father and from Mother, Centering, Facing
Beatriz de Almeida Rego Saboya  

Authors : Benjamin Mandelbaum and Renata Philadelpho Azevedo


The Rheichian model of psychosoma unity linked with the association between love, knowledge and work has had a natural evolution in the creation of Bioenergetic Analysis of Alexander Lowen. This symbolizes the integration that the heart makes, as an intermediate point between the mind and sexuality. It is from this point that we often speak, here in Brazil. It is in this point that our Social Clinic of Saberj has rooted itself as the meeting place of our love with our pleasurable work. It is from this place that we hope we can communicate here and now.

Once the study is made of Bioenergetic Analysis, the creation of a clinical treatment space within the study institute is the natural path. The purpose of the study, in the formative process, is to give form and our form of treatment is shown in our social clinic. With our Social Clinic we are able to have a clinic practice, complementing the study cycle.

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Author: Dr. Carlos Martinez-Bouquet, CBT

What needs is the expressive organ serving?

If to understand institutions we take as model what goes on among individuals, we will have to  agree there is in them, as in every person, expressive needs and functions beside the practical ones.
If expressive needs, either individua1 or in institutions, are overlooked there is always the risk of proceeding in an inadequate manner, as if dealing with mechanical systems and not with organisms.
As individuals have energetic processes that need to be expressed so have institutions.

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The Sociedade Brasileira de Análise Bioenergetica (SOBAB), founded in 1981, in São Paulo, has been graduating bioenergetic analysts throughout these years, following the IIBA's orientation and curriculum. Three groups have accomplished the training program and three other groups are taking the course. We are 60 members, among us there are 21 CBTs and one international trainer.
The development and growth of our Society has propitiated the creation of other instances besides the training itself, allowing its members to be more involved and integrated.
One of the movements started in 1994, when some trainees and CBTs got organized in order to assist the community, offering psycho-theraputic sessions, exercises classes and lectures at a low fee, making
Bioenergetic Analysis affordable to a share of the population that might not have access to it in a private clinic.
We may not forget about the huge economic and cultural opposites which dominate in our country, where the welfare work has been neglected and most of the population doesn't have private health insurance.
The "Life and Movement Clinic" (Clinica Vida e Movimento) was born with the great support of SOBAB's staff, aiming to integrate its members (trainees, CBTs, supervisors and trainers). The Clinic is based on the commitment with service production and continuous reflection of practices that can lead to change the reality we live in.

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The objective of Movement Groups is to lead the participant to a sensibilizing and awareness process of the body in order to improve self - perception, augment the energetic balance and recover self-expression.
The background of Movement Groups is life as an energy flow. Those movements allow us to recover our vitality and well-being.
This work has been done by different Neo-Reichian Therapists since the late seventies.
Such kind of work is available to all the community at the Social Clinic of Sedes Sapientiae Institute in São Paulo, where it has been successfully done since 1990.

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Our initiative and challenge was to integrate Group Dynamics with Bioenergetics. With this approach, we feel that we have made an effective contribution to the human beings who occupy the sphere of Organizations.

Firstly, through the possibility of developing more harmonious and cohesive relationships in the different hierarchical levels that make up the Organization.

Secondly, by enabling expression of the dissatisfaction which tends to build up over people’s day-to-day lives. These two aspects have in practice had a transformational effect on the energy of the groups involved.

Author: Marta Lépori

From the bioenergetic point of view, pain means a stagnation of energy, which at a psychological level stands for conflict.
When pain is addressed through bioenergetic techniques and visualizations, the blocks released open channels that connect with different emotions.
Exploring the painful areas and discovering the various aspects linked to them enables an active connection with pain which, in general, is passively endured.
The expression of suffering is lived as a liberation and a relief.
This requires that the suffering person feel supported within a frame of warmth and affection.

This frame may be provided by either individual or group weekly meetings.
Sharing with other people partially relieves the anxieties and fears that usually go along with pain.
Individual meetings last fifty minutes while groups take one and a half hours

Author: Alice Kahn Ladas, Ed.D., CBT Bioenergetic Analyst,
Co-author The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality


Bioenergetic Analysis is a body psychotherapy which treats body, mind and spirit as inseperable. Therefore it integrates work directly with the body together with the verbal analytic work that characterizes more traditional psychotherapies. All psychotherapies inevitably involve both the relationship between the therapist and client and the bodies of both.

How conscious practitioners are about both aspects of their work depends on their training. Most psychotherapists are well trained in relational, cognitive, or analytic psychotherapy but have little training in working directly with the body. Bioenergetic Analysts are thoroughly trained in all areas.

Author: Dr. Maryanna Eckberg


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.


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).

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