‘Embodied Psychotherapy’: A Reading List

The alphabetically-oriented list immediately below can includes a number of books already mentioned in the references to each of the seven preceding papers, together with some other significant works. Some of these books are now out-of-print.

Books relevant to Embodied Psychotherapy / Body Psychotherapy / Somatic Psychology

Aron, L. & Anderson, F.S. (Ed.) (1998). Relational Perspectives on the Body. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press.

Anderson, F.A. (2010). Bodies in Treatment: The unspoken dimension. London: The Analytic Press.

Aposhyan, S. (2004). Body-Mind Psychotherapy: Principles, Techniques and Practical Applications. New York: Norton & Co.

Aron, L. & Anderson, F.S. (1998). Relational Perspectives on the Body. New York: Routledge

Bakal, D. (1999). Minding the Body: Clinical uses of somatic awareness. New York: Guilford Press.

Baker, E.F. (1967). The Man in the Trap. New York: Macmillan.

Barratt, B.B. (2010). The Emergence of Somatic Psychology and Bodymind Therapy. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bermudez, J.L., Marcel, A. & Eilan, N. (Eds.) (1995). The Body and the Self. Cambridge, MA: Bradford, MIT Press.

Boadella, D. (1973, 1985). Wilhelm Reich: The evolution of his work. London: Vision & Routledge.

Boadella, D. (1986). Lifestreams: An introduction to Biosynthesis. London: Routledge.

Boyesen, G. & Boyesen, M-L. (1980). The Collected Papers of Biodynamic Psychology: Vol. 1 & 2. London: Biodynamic Psychology Publications.

Brown, M. (1990). The Healing Touch: An introduction to Organismic Psychotherapy. Mendocino, CA: LifeRhythm.

Caldwell, C. (1996). Getting Our Bodies Back. Boulder, CO: Shambala.

Changaris, M. (2015). Touch: The neurobiology of health, healing and human connection. Mendocino, CA: LifeRhythm.

Conger, J.P. (1994). The Body in Recovery: Somatic Psychotherapy and the Self. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Cornell, W.F. (2015). Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: In the expressive language of the living. London: Routledge.

Corrigal, J., Payne, H. & Wilkinson, H. (Eds.) (2006). About a Body: Working with the embodied mind in psychotherapy. Hove, UK: Routledge.

Damasio, A. (2000). The Feeling of What Happens: Body, Emotion and the making of Consciousness. London: Vintage.

Damasio, A. (2006). Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain. London: Vintage.

Dychtwald, K. (1984). BodyMind. New York: Penguin Group.

Frank, R. (2001). Body of Awareness: A somatic and development approach to psychotherapy. Cambridge, MA: Gestalt Press.

Gendlin, E. (1981). Focusing. London: Bantam.

Guimón, J. (Ed.) (1997). The Body in Psychotherapy. Basel: Karger.

Hartley, L. (Ed.), Contemporary Body Psychotherapy: The Chiron Approach. Hove, UK: Routledge.

Heller, M.C. (2012). Body Psychotherapy: History, Concepts, Methods. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Johnson, D.H. & Grand, I.J. (Eds.) (1997). The Body in Psychotherapy: Inquiries in Somatic Psychology.

Juhan, D. (1987). Job’s Body: A handbook for bodywork. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press.

Keleman, S. (1975). Your Body Speaks Its Mind. Berkeley, CA: Center Press.

Keleman, S. (1985). Emotional Anatomy. Berkeley, CA: Center Press.

Kepner, J. (1993). Body Process: Working with the Body in Psychotherapy. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Kreuger, D.W. (2002). Integrating Body Self and Psychological Self: Creating a new story in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Kurtz, R. (1990). Body-Centered Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method. Mendocino, CA: Life Rhythm.

Lakoff, G. & Johnson, M. (1999). Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought. New York: Basic Books.

Levine, P. (1997). Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma – The Innate Capacity to transform overwhelming experiences. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Lowen, A. (1976). Bioenergetics: The revolutionary therapy that uses the language of the body to heal the problems of the mind. New York: Macmillan.

Marcher, L. & Fich, S. (2010). Body Encyclopedia: A guide of the psychological functions of the muscular system. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Marlock, G., Weiss, H., Young, C. & Soth, M. (Eds.), The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy & Somatic Psychology. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Mindell, A. (1982). Dreambody: The body’s role in revealing the self. Boston, MA: Sigo Press.

Ogden, P., Minton, K. & Pain, C. (2006). Trauma and the Body: A sensorimotor approach to psychotherapy. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Pierrakos, J. (1990). Core Energetics: Developing the capacity to love and heal. Mendocino, CA: LifeRhythm.

Reich, W. (1933, 1980). Character Analysis (3rd Ed.) New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Reich, W. (1942/1973). The Function of the Orgasm. New York: Farrer Straus Giroux.

Rispoli, L. (2004). The Basic Experience and the Development of the Self. Berne, Switzerland: Peter Lang.

Rolef Ben-Shahar, A. (2014). Touching the Relational Edge: Body Psychotherapy. London: Karnac Books.

Rubenfeld, I. (2000). The Listening Hand: How to combine bodywork and psychotherapy to heal emotional pain. London: Piatkus.

Russell, J. & Cohn, R. (2012). Integrative Body Psychotherapy.

Schore, A. (1994). Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self: The neurobiology of emotional development. New York: Psychology Press.

Stattman, J. Jansen, E.M., Marlock, G., Aalberse, M. & Stubenrauch, H. (1989). Unitive Body-Psychotherapy: Collected Papers: Vols 1 & 2. Frankfurt: AFRA Verlag.

Staunton, T. (2002). Body Psychotherapy. Hove, UK: Brunner-Routledge.

Totton, N. & Edmondson, E. (1988). Reichian Growth Work. Melting the blocks to life and love. Bridport, Dorset, UK: Prism Press.

Totton, N. (2003). Body Psychotherapy: An introduction. Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.

Totton, N. (2015). Embodied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy. London: Karnac Books.

van der Kolk, B.A. (2015). The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. New York: Viking Press.

Westland, G. (2015). Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication in Psychotherapy. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

White, K. (2014). Talking Bodies: How do we integrate working with the body in psychotherapy from an attachment and relational perspective. London: Karnac Books.

Young, C. (Ed.) (2011). The Historical Basis of Body Psychotherapy. Galashiels, UK: Body Psychotherapy Publications.

Young, C. (Ed.) (2012). About the Science of Body Psychotherapy. Galashiels, UK: Body Psychotherapy Publications.

Young, C. (Ed.) (2012). About Relational Body Psychotherapy. Galashiels, UK: Body Psychotherapy Publications.

Young, C. (Ed.) (2014). The Body in Relationship: Self – Other – Society. Galashiels, UK: Body Psychotherapy Publications.

Body-Oriented Psychotherapy Journals

Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International for theory, research & practice. ISSN: 1743-2979.

Energy & Character: The Journal of Biosynthesis.
International Body Psychotherapy Journal: The art and science of somatic praxis
. ISSN: 2169-4745

Somatic Psychology Today:
The Journal of Orgonomy
. ISSN: 0022-3298