Raja Selvam, Ph.D., is a senior faculty member of
Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing professional training programs and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
He lectures and teaches internationally.
After obtaining graduate degrees in business and statistics, and a doctoral degree in marketing, he is at present writing a dissertation towards a Ph.D. in clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Raja’s increasingly eclectic approach draws from bodywork systems of Postural Integration and Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy, body-psychotherapy systems of Somatic Experiencing and Bodynamic Analysis, Jungian and Archetypal psychologies, psychoanalytic schools of Object Relations and Inter-Subjectivity, affective neuroscience, and Advaita Vadanta, a spiritual tradition from India. His current interests are trauma and attachment on one and hand trauma and spirituality on the other. Raja co-led the first Trauma Vidya team that went to Tamil Nadu, India, in June 2005 to treat tsunami survivors for trauma symptoms.
Of late, there have been several successful attempts in psychology to increase treatment efficiency by incorporating the long-overlooked dimensions of the body, energy, and awareness. Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP) offers an integrated and advanced approach to utilizing all three dimensions simultaneously in any therapeutic work that involves psychological experience.
ISP provides understanding of the role of body (defined here as nervous system as well as non nervous system physiology), energy, and awareness in generating as well as defending against psychological experience; and interventions to work directly with these three dimensions in diverse clinical settings. ISP is presented in terms of general principles derived from a variety of disciplines and validated over time in a number of clinical settings. It offers considerable flexibility in the tools that can be used to work with the body, energy, and awareness; tools such as awareness, movement, breath, sound, inter-personal resonance, self touch, and touch from another, as appropriate to the clinical setting.
ISP offers psychotherapists a sophisticated body of knowledge to increase the embodiment of the body, energy, and awareness dimensions in their practice without having to change their prior clinical orientations or having to adopt interventions that are outside the norms of their professional practice. The role of the body, energy, and awareness in generating as well as disrupting psychological experiences on the one hand and facilitating or hampering self and interactive regulation on the other will be demonstrated live in the introduction in areas of widespread current clinical interest such as affect disregulation, attachment, stress, and trauma.
All professionals (both those who have had prior training in body, energy, or awareness dimensions and clinicians with limited training in these areas) have found ISP to significantly increase their treatment efficiency, and to support embodiment of these dimensions in themselves and their clients. ISP will prove to be of considerable value to you, as a clinician, whether you are trained in a mainstream psychoanalytic or psychotherapy approach, a body-oriented psychotherapy approach (such as Bioenergetics or Somatic Experiencing), or an energy school that also deals with psychological experience.