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We are a non‑profit professional organization created in 1956 (by Alexander Lowen) dedicated to the spread of modern Bioenergetic Analysis in the world and to the support and encouragement of our members in their activity as bioenergetic therapists. Through our mission, modern Bioenergetic Analysis develops and grows.

We focus on:

✔ Enhancing the expansion of the method of modern Bioenergetic Analysis with the aim of alleviating human suffering.
✔ Providing support to our members and to our various groups within our community (local societies, institutes and regional federations).
✔ Working closely with our local societies, institutes and regional federations in order to develop our members’ capacities as bioenergetic therapists, while being aware about cultural differences.
✔ Embodying in the highly competent ethical practice of Bioenergetic Analysis by offering workshops and trainings by our most experienced bioenergetic therapists.

Paramount importance has:

❤ Being recognized as an open-minded global community committed to continuous improvements through research and sharing knowledge between our members and with other professional groups.
❤ Appreciating the work done by our members and by our local societies, institutes and federations around the world as they are our most valuable asset!

Join our vibrant community to share the passion for Bioenergetic Analysis!




We support you through some useful benefits:

✔ Awareness: Learn about bioenergetis, new ideas and professional development workshops.
✔ Credibility: It shows clients that you are engaged and taking initiative, staying current with changes in the field of Bioenergetic Analysis.
✔ Contacts: You have access to member database; other resources and you are listed in the Therapist Directory.
✔ Advertising: Your practise can be featured in directories and through our social media channels.
✔ Savings: Take advantage of discounted registration fees.
✔ Networking: Find opportunities to attend events and get in contact with like-minded people from around the world.
✔ Lobbying: There is strength in numbers.
✔ Volunteering: Get involved in committees, conferences and workshops.
✔ Awards: Access to the IIBA (Young) Awards.
✔ Publications: Subscription to the International Newsletter and Clinical Journal.




“… I just want to say how good it feels to belong to our wonderful community! …”
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Anat Gihon
Faculty Member, Local Trainer,
CBT since 1993
Mevasseret-Zion, Israel
format_quote “… The IIBA Bioenergetic community is a living organism; its movement is temporal and subject to change over time in response to different social and cultural contexts; it does not have a fixed core, but rather a moving center; and, like pulsation itself, its growing edge is a work-in-process. …”
Jim Elniski 2
Jim Elniski
CBT and Local Trainer
Chicago, IL, USA
format_quote “… Every two years a wellspring of vitalizing energy, manifested in many ways, is created in the form of the IIBA International Conference. Each time I have attended and participated, I have felt deeply grateful for having made the journey. …”
Michael Brennan
Michael Brennan
San Diego, CA, USA
CBT since 1993
“… It is wonderful to reconnect with the members of the IIBA and with all the friends and colleagues during the biannual conferences and Professional Development Workshops. Every time, another page of good IIBA memories is added to my already very full Memories Album. …”
Louise Frechette
Louise Fréchette
Faculty Member
CBT since 1982
Montréal, QC, Canada
format_quote “… The IIBA offered me the opportunity to present the theme of racism. It felt like a recognition of my experience in this field and an opportunity to give voice to an unspoken issue, especially in the fields of mental health. It gave me a chance to bring to an international body-psychotherapy community information that could make them aware of the pain and misery caused by the perverse effects of racism to the body and psyche of a black individual. …“
Maria Christina Francisco
Maria Cristina Francisco
CBT since 2009
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
format_quote “… I have been uplifted and grounded in the good-will of my fellow Board members, Faculty members, and Directors and members of Societies all around the world. In my role as President I have been challenged to be more open-hearted, more administratively astute and more culturally aware. As I reflect on these things, it is clear this has been a deeply personal and professionally enriching experience. It has also made me proud to belong to such a vibrant organization as the IIBA. …”
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Garry Cockburn
Local Trainer
CBT since 2007
Roseneath, Wellington, New Zealand




An IIBA membership is one year in duration and renewed annually. Most of our members belong to a local society or institute. In this case our members pay their IIBA dues to their local society or institute, who will send them in one sum, and in due time, to the IIBA. For some reasons, we also have member at large (MAL) who are not being part of an local society. In this case, these members pay the IIBA dues individually to the IIBA.

We invite you to join one of our local societies or institutes. Find your society here ... (If there isn't any society or institute in your area, you might want to consider setting one up. We provide support to new societies as they get themselves off the ground.) 

(Membership dues for the coming year have to be paid from August 1 until December 15. Further conditions for paying dues are given by our societies and institutes. Please contact your society administration for more details. For our members at large, payments can be done by bank wire (please contact our Back-Office for more information.) or by online payment via PayPal.

If you have lost contact with us for a time, please contact our Back-Office. It's simple to re-join our global community of bioenergetic therapists!

Our Back-Office contact:

Please read our membership dues refund policy.

Membership Categories

Stamp Trainee green sTrainee

Student membership is open to students who are undertaking a training in the theory and practice of Bioenergetic Analysis following the guidelines and curriculum of the IIBA.

Stamp CBT blue sCertified Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT)

Any individual who is a certified bioenergetic therapist by the IIBA.

Stamp Retired CBT blue sRetired Certified Bioenergetic Therapist

Retired CBT membership is open to individuals who have retired as a certified bioenergetic therapist and who wish to maintain the IIBA membership in retirement.

Stamp Local Trainer orange sLocal Faculty Member

Any individual who becomes appointed as a local faculty member by the local teaching committee and works as a local trainer in an affiliated society or institute. (Members at large can't be appointed as a local faculty member.)

Stamp Int Trainer red sInternational Faculty Member

Any individual who belongs to the IIBA International Faculty taking care of certified bioenergetic training programs.

Stamp Emeritus Fac purple sEmeritus Faculty Member

Emeritus membership is open to retired international faculty members, who have been a member in good standing for at least 15 years and are 65 years or older. Emeritus membership is a high honor that is only granted to retirees who have made a significant contribution to the IIBA. Emeritus membership has been designed to recognize and express appreciation to distinguished retired members for their contribution and commitment to Bioenergetic Analysis.

Stamp Associate yellow sAssociate Member

Associate membership is open to people interested in the field of Bioenergetic Analysis.





There are many ways that you can contribute to our activities. Our volunteer opportunities encompass a wide range of interests, skills and goals, so find the opportunity that’s right for you. Ready to volunteer? If you want to know more about our volunteer opportunities, please contact our Back-Office. .

Board of Trustees

The IIBA is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees (BoT), comprised of 11 elected members who serve three-year terms. The collective wisdom, experience, diversity and passion of the BoT ultimately sets and executes IIBA’s core ideology: Our core purpose - IIBA’s reasons for being, and our core values - the essential and enduring principles that guide IIBA. Our vitality and relevance is driven by the BoT.


The IIBA has special committees, like the Teaching Committee, Faculty Committee, Social Media Committee, Awards Committee etc. Sometimes special working groups are created for specific tasks.

Presenters and workshop leaders

Attendees at IIBA events hone their skills by learning from and sharing with experts. We recruit volunteers regularly to present information, new researches, or share their experience at our international conferences, professional development workshops and webinars.





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