Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy

A Somatic Psychotherapy Training Program

Incorporating the work of Wilhelm Reich and Core Energetics with contemporary therapies and indigenous practices, students of SSBP's integrative certification program gain a strong foundation from which to organize their approach to clients. The result is as spiritual as it is psychological, opening the client's perception to the greater world around them as well as to their own unique offering which I call "Referencing From the Self".


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~FIND YOUR JOY~ summer workshops
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Upcoming Webinar July 18, 2019

Please join me live online at this new webinar through USABP!

The Body’s Cycle of Learning and the Use of Expression in Psychotherapy

A Clinical Approach To Addressing the Split in the Somatic Community

With Aylee Welch, LICSW

Since the birth of the field of psychology in the west practitioners have investigated the role of the body in creating and maintaining psychological difficulties and the patterns manifested in people’s lives.  For the last 90 years body-inclusive approaches to psychology have been fringe and controversial, but through persistence we are now seeing somatic psychotherapy become "cutting edge".  Yet many in the field today, even those without experience with what they are addressing, are disparaging of the history and practices of cathartic expression and the work that that brought us here.  

Outlining clinical details you can apply to each therapy session, this webinar explores the role of energy in the body and in the patterns of people’s lives and addresses important questions of the what, when, where, how and why regarding the use of expression in somatic work. This workshop will bring together essential understandings from both the provocative ways of working and the contemporary sciences of neurobiology and trauma theory.

$35. or free for USABP members. Register at:

Reichian Segments and Health!

Be sure to get the upcoming print edition of the journal Somatic Psychotherapy Today to read my new article: Moving Toward Freedom: Effecting Optimal Health through Reichian Inspired Exercises.  The article outlines a simple set of exercises based on Wilhelm Reich's "Segments" which are muscle groupings with accompanying plasmatic currents that work together to allow us to fully experience life.  These exercises are pleasurable and can be done before we even get out of bed in the morning! 

Release date June 15.  Order your copy now from:
Shared with permission from Somatic Psychotherapy Today Summer 2019, volume 9, number 2

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I just got this great letter from the folks at Somatic Psychotherapy Today!

We’re pleased to introduce you to our newest columnist, Aylee Welch, LICW, the founder and director of the Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy. She will be writing monthly about cultural and psychological trends from a Core Energetics perspective.

Her first column, Toward a Healing Society: A Core Energetics Perspective, is now available on our website. Aylee starts strong: “America must awaken to sexism, classism, heterosexualism, and unsustainable ecological practices. Beyond obvious prejudice, behind superficial masks of equality, beside our continued denial of rights to the vulnerable and the disenfranchised, we must openly acknowledge insidious issues that have been both denied and accepted as long as human beings have been alive. Exposing what has been obscured is essential to facilitate change.” 

She explains that trapped energy from unexpressed emotions and childhood wounds creates a mask known as the lower self. “In Core Energetics,” she writes, “we work to develop the capacity to perceive and to penetrate the superficial mask-self to reveal the lower self. Through movement, expression, acceptance, and compassion for the original situation and our responses, we make room for new and more authentic experiences. We begin to free ourselves from reacting to past situations that are no longer present.”

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A Challenging Solstice Thought

I was going to say something about welcoming summer this morning but I found myself conflicted. It is such a difficult time and yet most of us watch it from our familiar perch of comfort. As the warmth and light invites us to relax and take in our surroundings, beckons us into nature; as some of the basic survival needs are less pressing this season, perhaps we can contemplate how we might each dig a little deeper and risk a little more, step out and do something on behalf of the oppressed and marginalized people outside of our sphere.

We can do it with our thoughts and prayers, with our outrage, or with our money. But what about our time and presence, actually showing up somewhere and doing something new and different that will make a direct impact on someone's life? I must admit this will be a challenge for me in the midst of my busy-ness that I call busi-ness.

But I think, as this post unfolds, so does a challenge to myself...

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