Insight Conference
Dr. Regina Hess
Keren Tzarfaty, Ph.D., MFT
10:00am - 1:00pm
Robert Koch room (5th floor)


Psychedelic-Assisted Somatic Therapy – Practice-Oriented Workshop

This workshop will outline the intertwining of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and somatic therapy with a focus on the impact and potential of integrating somatics into the classical talk-oriented psychedelic psychotherapy approaches. The term somatic of ancient Greek origin means “affecting the body.” Such approaches focus on the connection between the mind and body. Somatic psychotherapies combine traditional approaches to psychotherapy, including talk, dream work, interpretation, and reflection, with experiential bodily explorations and creative expression. As a result, there are fundamental distinctions in the notion of therapeutic action; the understanding of the role of feelings, words, and thoughts in the treatment; and the therapeutic relationship. 

In psychedelic-assisted somatic psychotherapy, the  focus on the body and movement can help clients find alternative ways of expressing the multiple layers of experiences in the process of a psychedelic session. Altered states of consciousness include non-rational, non-linear experiences which need to find expression in non-linear ways such as through the body, movement, metaphorical and symbolic expression, or sound, voice, music, and dance. Somatic interventions can play an important complementary role in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy as well as in the aftermath during the integration process. This requires a safe setting with ethical clear boundaries in the therapist-client relationship including touch. 

In this practice-oriented workshop, the learning objectives consist of presentations on the integration of somatic approaches into psychedelic psychotherapy including examples from Hakomi, Trauma-informed Body-Centered Gestalt Therapy and Creative Expression, Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy, and beyond. This will be followed by an experiential part with hands-on relevant somatic practices in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and the sharing and integration of experiences in different creative formats, and a Q & A period with closing remarks. This workshop is open for all individuals interested in learning about the integration of somatic approaches into psychedelic psychotherapy and can be relevant for professionals from interdisciplinary fields. 

To bring: Notebook, pen, paper, color crayons, water for hydration, comfortable clothing, yoga mat, shawl or blanket. 

Requirements: Psychological and medical stability to participate in this experiential somatic workshop. Self-responsive participation. 



Dr. Regina Hess

MIND Foundation
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Co-founder and executive director

Keren Tzarfaty, Ph.D., MFT

MAPS Israel
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