The Parkmore Institute asked Professor Greg Johanson to provide a bibliography of what he considers a useful approach to studying the literature in bodymind healing.  

Professor Johanson notes that his list includes items from the early days of somatic psychotherapy, and that he has tried to select from their various schools, modalities, and influences, as well as include more current material.  The student will appreciate how the bibliography includes a few specific presenting issues, a number of items relating to the body’s neurochemistry (and the organization of living systems), as well as some philosophical integrations.  Please understand that the first list is introductory and that the second list is a fuller guide for more indepth study. For a student to whom this field is entirely new, Professor Johanson recommends starting with the impressive anthology by Gustl Marlock and Halko Weiss, or with Michael Heller’s comprehensive and very accessible review. 

Barratt, B. B. (2010).  The emergence of somatic psychology and bodymind therapy.  Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

[A brilliant, scholarly, highly contextualized postmodern look at the implications of cultivating somatic ways of cultivating awareness.]

Fisher, Rob (2002).  Experiential psychotherapy with couples:  A guide for the creative pragmatist.  Phoenix:  Zeig, Tucker, & Theisen.

[A highly pragmatic/teachable way of working with couples in a mindful, somatic, experiential modality.]

Heller, M. C. (2012).  Body psychotherapy:  History, concepts, and methods.  New York:  W. W. Norton.

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

[An excellent discussion of trauma and ways to work with it.]

Johanson, G. and Kurtz, R. (1991).  Grace unfolding:  Psychotherapy in the spirit of the Tao-TeChing.”  New York:  Bell Tower.

[A beautifully simple, non-technical book written from the viewpoint of the client that uses many examples to give the style and feel of mindful-somatic psychotherapy.]

Caldwell, C. (ed., 1997).  Getting in touch: The guide to the new body-centered therapies.  Wheaton: Quest Books.

[An introductory overview of some basic modalities of body-centered psychotherapies.]

Cozolino, L. (2010). The neuroscience of psychotherapy:  Building and rebuilding the human brain.  New York: W. W. Norton.

[A classic on the subject.]

Gendlin, E. T. (1996).  Focusing-oriented psychotherapy:  A manual of the experiential method.  New York:  Guildford Press.

[Gendlin’s teaching of the “felt sense” was a basic building block for numerous therapies that followed.]

Griffith, J. L. & Griffith, M. E. (1994). The body speaks: Therapeutic dialogues for mind-body problems.  New York:  Basic Books.

[A classic for mind-body issues.]

Johanson, G. J. (2006) The organization of experience: A systems perspective on the relation of body-psychotherapies to the wider field of psychotherapy.

In:  G. Marlock, and H. Weiss  Reference below.

[A helpful article for communicating Somatic Psychotherapy to traditional therapists.]

LeShan, L. (1989).  Cancer as a turning point.  New York: E. P. Dutton.

[Incorporates the dimension of the future into psychotherapy. A helpful book for any therapist in how to affect the immune system by bringing in the dimension of the future in psychotherapy, as opposed to endless exploration of the past.]

Marlock, G. and H. Weiss (eds., 2015).  The handbook of body psychotherapy and somatic psychology. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Maslow, A. (1962/2011).  Towards a psychology of being.  Floyd, VA: Sublime Books.

[A classic in raising philosophical issues of meaning in psychotherapy.]

Siegal, D. J. (2007). The mindful brain:  Reflection and attunement in the cultivation of wellbeing.  New York: W. W. Norton.

[The integration of mindfulness and interpersonal neurobiology.]

Smith, E., Clance, P. & Imes, S. (1998).  Touch in psychotherapy:  Theory, research, and practice.  New York:  Guilford Press.

[A good introduction to issue of touch.]

Van der Kolk, B. (2015).  The body keeps the score:  Brain, mind, and body in the

healing of trauma. London: Penguin.

[A key article that bridged psychiatry into somatic psychotherapy with an emphasis on trauma.]

Waldrop, M. M. (1992).  Complexity:  The emerging science at the edge of order and chaos.  New York:  Simon & Schuster.

[On the science of living organic systems.]

Weiss, H., Johanson, G., and Monda, L. (2015).  Hakomi mindfulness-centered somatic psychotherapy. New York: W. W. Norton.

[A comprehensive overview of one of the leading forms of body psychotherapy that also serves as a general guide to many others including non-somatic ones.)

 

The more comprehensive bibliography:

[For the convenience of doctoral Candidates, the following references are given in correct APA style.]

 

Almaas, A. H. (1998).  Essence with the elixir of enlightenment:  The ‘Diamond Approach’ to inner realization.  New York:  Weiser Books.

Aposhyan, S. (2004).  Body-mind psychotherapy:  Principles, techniques, and practical applications.  New York: W. W. Norton.

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

Barratt, B. B. (2010).  The emergence of somatic psychology and bodymind therapy.  Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

—– (2015).  Research in body psychotherapy. In: G. Marlock, and H. Weiss, (eds.) Handbook of body psychotherapy and somatic psychology. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Press.

Bloom, K. (2006).  The embodied self:  Movement and psychoanalysis.  London:  Karnac.

Boadella, D. (1990).  Somatic psychotherapy:  Its roots and traditions.  Energy & Character, 21(1), 2-26.

—– (1987).  Lifestreams:  An introduction to biosynthesis.  New York:  Routledge & Sons.

—– (1982).  Transference, resonance and interference.  Journal of Biodynamic Psychology 3, 73-94.

Brazelton, T., (ed., 1990).  Touch:  The foundation of experience.  Madison, CT:  International Universities Press.

Brennan, B. A. (1998).  Hands of light:  A guide to healing through the human energy field.  Toronto:  Bantam Books.

Briggs, J. and F. D. Peat (1989).  Turbulent mirror:  An illustrated guide to chaos theory and the science of wholeness.  New York:  Harper & Row.

Brown, M. (1990).  The healing touch.  Mendocino:  LifeRhythm.

Caldwell, C. (1996).  Getting our bodies back.  Boston:  Shambhala.

Caldwell, C.(Ed.) (1997).  Getting in touch: The guide to new body-centered therapies.  Wheaton:  Quest Books.

Chodorow, J. (1991).  Dance therapy and depth psychology:  The moving imagination.  New York:  Routledge.

Conger, J. P. (1994).  The body in recovery:  Somatic psychotherapy and the self.

New York: Harper Row.

Cozolino, L. (2010). The neuroscience of psychotherapy:  Building and rebuilding the human brain.  New York: W. W. Norton.

Damasio, A. (1999).  The feeling of what happens:  Body and emotion in the making of consciousness. (San Diego: A Harvest/Harcourt Book.

Downing, G. (2004).  Emotion, body, and parent-infant interaction. In J. Nadel & D. Muir (Eds.). Emotional development:  Recent research advances.  Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press.

Dychtwalk, Ken (1977).  Bodymind.  New York:  Pantheon Books.

Feldenkrais, M. (1991).  Awareness through movement. New York:  HarperCollins.

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Field, T. (2001).  Touch.  Cambridge, MA: MIT/Bradford Press.

Fisher, Rob (2002).  Experiential psychotherapy with couples:  A guide for the creative pragmatist.  Phoenix:  Zeig, Tucker, & Theisen.

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

Frankl, V. (1987).  The unconscious God.  Munich: DTV

Frey, S. (2001).  New directions in communications research.  The impact of the human body on the cognitive and affective system of the perceiver.  In M. Heller (Ed.). The flesh of the soul.  Bern:  Peter Lang.

Fromm, E., Suzuki, C. T. &DeMartino, R. (1970). Zen Buddhism and psychoanalysis.  London:  HarperCollins.

Gallo, F. P. (Ed.). (2002).  Energy psychology in psychotherapy:  A comprehensive sourcebook.  New York:  W. W. Norton.

Gendlin, E. T. (1996).  Focusing-oriented psychotherapy:  A manual of the experiential method.  New York:  Guildford Press.

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Goodrich-Dunn, Barbara, and Elliot Greene (2002).  Voices:  A history of body psychotherapy. The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal, 1(1), 53-117.

Greene, E. & Goodrich–Dunn, B. (2004).  The psychology of the body.  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Griffith, J. L. & Griffith, M. E. (1994). The body speaks: Therapeutic dialogues for mind-body problems.  New York:  Basic Books.

Hanna, Thomas (1980).  The body of life.  New York:  Knopf.

Hartley, L. (ed., 2009).  Contemporary body psychotherapy:  The Chiron approach.  Hove:  Routledge.

Hanson, R. (2009).  Buddha’s brain:  The practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom.  Oakland, CA:  New Harbinger Publications.

Heller, J. & Henkin, W. (2004). Bodywise:  An introduction to Hellerwork for regaining flexibility and well-being.  Berkeley, CA:  North Atlantic Books.

Heller, M. C. (2012).  Body Psychotherapy:  History, concepts, and methods.  New York:  W. W. Norton.

—– (2001). The flesh of the soul.  Bern:  Peter Lang

Hendricks, G & Hendricks, K. (1993).  At the speed of life:  A new approach to personal change through Body-Centered Therapy.   New York:  Bantam.

Hilton, R. & Sieck, M. (eds., 2008).  Relational somatic psychotherapy:  Collected essays of Robert Hilton.  Alachua, FL:  Bioenergetic Press.

Hunter, M. & Struve, J. (1998). The ethical use of touch in psychotherapy.  Thousand Oaks:  SAGE Publications.

Johanson, G. & Kurtz, R. (1991).  Grace unfolding:  Psychotherapy in the spirit of the ”Tao-TeChing.”  New York:  Bell Tower.

Johanson, G. J. & Taylor, C. (1988).  Hakomi Therapy with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents. In: C. E. Schaefer, (Ed.)Innovative interventions in child and adolescent therapy,  pp. 232-265.  New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Johanson, G. J. (2006) The organization of experience: A systems perspective on the relation of body-psychotherapies to the wider field of psychotherapy. In: G. Marlock, and H. Weiss, (Eds.) Handbook of body psychotherapy and somatic psychology.  Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Press.

Johnson, D. H. (1983).  Body:  Recovering our sensual wisdom.  Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

—– (ed., 1995).  Bone, breath, and gesture:  Practices of embodiment.  Berkeley:  North Atlantic Books.

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Johnson, M. (1987).  The body in the mind:  The bodily basis of meaning, imagination and reason.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press.

—– (2007).  The meaning of the body: Aesthetics of human understanding.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press.

Kaparo, R. F. (2012).  Awakening somatic intelligence: The art and practice of embodied mindfulness:  Transform pain, stress, trauma, and aging.  Berkeley, CA:  North Atlantic Books.

Kaplan, A. H., & Schwartz, L. F. (2005). Listening to the body: Pragmatic case studies of body-centered psychotherapy. USA Body Psychotherapy Journal, 4(2), 33-67.

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Kepner, James (1987).  Body Process:  A Gestalt Approach to working with the body in psychotherapy.  New York:  Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Press.

Koch, S. C., Fuchs, T., Summa, M., & Mueller, C. (2012). Body memory, metaphor and movement.  Philadelphia:  John Benjamins.

Kurtz, R. (1990).  Body-centered psychotherapy: The Hakomi method.  Mendocino:  LifeRhythm.

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Levine, P. (1997).  Waking the tiger:  Healing trauma through the body.  Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.

Levy, S. & Lehr, C. (1996).  Your body can talk:  How to listen to what your body knows and needs.  The art and clinical application of Clinical Kinesiology.  Prescott, AZ:  Holm Press.

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MacNaughton, I., (1997).  Embodying the mind & minding the body.  North Vancouver, BC:  Integral Press.

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Marlock, G. (ed., 1989/1991).  Unitive body psychotherapy:  Collected papers (2 volumes). Frankfurt: Afra Verlag.

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Marrone, Robert (1990).  Body of knowledge:  An introduction to body/mind psychology.  Albany:  State University of New York Press.

Maslow, A. (1962/2011).  Towards a psychology of being.  Floyd, VA: Sublime Books.

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

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Rothschild, B. (2000).  The body remembers:  The psychophysiology of trauma and trauma treatment.  New York:  W. W. Norton.

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—– (2012).  The science of the art of psychotherapy.  New York: W. W. Norton

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—– (2007). The mindful brain:  Reflection and attunement in the cultivation of wellbeing.  New York: W. W. Norton.

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—– (ed., 2011).  The historical basis of body psychotherapy.  Galashiels, Scotland:  Body Psychotherapy Publications.