Ruella Frank

Ruella Frank

Ruella Frank, Ph.D., is founder and director of the Center for Somatic Studies, NYC, and faculty at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and adjunct faculty Gestalt Institute of Toronto. Ruella also teaches workshops and training programs throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.

She is author of articles and chapters in various publications, as well as the book Body of Awareness: A Somatic and Developmental Approach to Psychotherapy, (2001, GestaltPress, available in five languages) and co-authored The First Year and the Rest of Your Life: Movement, Development and Psychotherapeutic Change (2010, Routledge Press, available in three languages. Her training video Introduction to Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, now subtitled in French and Russian, is available at


Past and Current Confer Events


Embodied intersubjectivity: A developmental and movement oriented approach to psychotherapy
Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2017




Conversion Hysteria – Adam Phillips

On Loneliness