Introductory Workshop--Columbus, OH
Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (DSP)--Ruella Frank, PhD
MAY 19-21, 2017

Ruella Frank, PhD. is coming to Columbus

May 19-21of 2017!

 Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy:

Integrating Movement as Diagnosis and Treatment within Therapy


Lecture, Movement Exploration, Therapy Demonstration



The movement repertoire that develops in the first year of life is a language in itself that conveys desires, intentions and emotions. This early life in motion serves as the root of ongoing nonverbal interaction and later verbal expression. These expressive movements acquired in the company of significant others, become the tacit core of adult behavior in everyday experience.


Ruella Frank will explore the intricate relational moves of embodied intersubjectivity between parent and baby and it’s functional similarity to experiences unfolding within the patient-therapist relationship -- with children, couples and individual adults. Put into practice, her work can expand and reorient the practitioner’s perception of human movement, enabling patient and psychotherapist together to make surprising discoveries about their interactions.



Ruella Frank, Ph.D., has been exploring infant movements and their relationship to the adult since the mid-1970s. She brings many years of experience to her psychotherapy work— as a professional dancer, yoga practitioner/teacher, student of various movement theories, and student of Laura Perls, co-founder of Gestalt therapy.


Ruella is founder and director of the Center for Somatic Studies, faculty at the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, faculty at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, and also teaches throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Eurasia.


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, is now subtitled in French and Russian.



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