ISP Integral Somatic Psychology


Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™) Professional Training

A complementary modality that, through the greater embodiment of emotions, aims to support the improvement of cognitive, emotional, behavioural, physical, energetic, relational and spiritual outcomes, regardless of a practitioner’s primary therapeutic modality.

Modern neuroscience has accumulated much evidence that shows cognition, emotion and behaviour are not only a function of the brain but also involve the body. When the body shuts down through its physical and energy defences against overwhelming emotions, all three are compromised. Research shows that emotions, when more fully embodied, can improve not only emotional but also cognitive and behavioral outcomes in therapy.

Working with all types of emotions
Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) supports the improvement of cognitive, emotional, behavioural as well as physical, energetic, relational and spiritual outcomes by expanding, embodying and developing a greater capacity for a comprehensive range of emotional experiences. ISP works not only with primary emotions such as happiness and sadness and their combinations (secondary emotions) but also with the often overlooked but always present sensorimotor emotions such as attraction and aversion. ISP shows how to:

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  • Facilitate the experience of a greater range of emotional experiences so that one can always find an emotion to work with in any session within any therapeutic modality.
  • Identify and work with psychological, physical and energetic defences against emotional experiences.
  • Expand the experience of emotion in the body in such a way that the emotion, the body and the energy remain regulated whilst a greater capacity for affect tolerance is developed.

The balance between emotional and physiological regulation
In order to work more effectively with emotions, along with theories of affect development and strategies for supporting all levels of an emotional experience, ISP uses detailed knowledge of how emotions are generated as well as defended against in each layer of the physical body (muscle, organ, and nervous system). ISP covers how to work with such somatic defences to access, embody and develop a greater capacity for emotions with simple tools such as awareness, intent, breath, movement and self-touch; tools that are easy to incorporate into diverse therapeutic settings.

Integral Somatic Psychology uses the science of the physiology of emotions, attachment, resonance, relationship, cognition, behavior, stress and trauma, plus a simple model of physiology regulation, for both deepening emotions in the body and for regulating the body at the same time.

ISP draws from Western and Eastern psychology, scientific research on the neurology and physiology of psychological experiences, empirical research from body psychotherapy schools plus bodywork, movement, energy psychology and quantum physics.

Integral Somatic Psychology was developed by Raja Selvam, PhD.

What Is Integral Somatic Psychology?

ISP offers a means to increase clinical effectiveness through helping clients to embody more levels of their psyche and aspects of experience (cognitive, emotional and behavioural) by fully integrating body, energy and consciousness into any psychological process.

For more information about the many aspects of Integral Somatic Psychology, including the science behind ISP, the evidence supporting its effectiveness in therapy and other resources, please go to What is ISP?

Integral Somatic Psychology Professional Training Format


The full ISP Professional Training comprises twelve days taught over two six-day modules within a one-year period.

With a mix of theory and practice, the training format consists of lectures, guided group exercises, live demonstrations with participants, daily practice with fellow participants, questions & answers and directed readings.

A comprehensive manual is provided, plus a reading list and links to associated topics.

After attending a module, participants will have the opportunity to review the live training by secure online video.

The value of the complementary ISP approach will be demonstrated especially through topics of current clinical interest: attachment, affect regulation, stress, and trauma.

Those interested have the option of taking the first six-day module only or attending both ISP modules. Completion of both ISP modules is required to receive a Certificate of Completion in Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™).

Integral Somatic Psychology Certificate Program


An optional ISP certificate program is available in order to recognise the accomplishments of trained practitioners.

The ISP certificate program offers a listing on the Australian online ISP practitioner directory.

Dates, Location & Cost

ISP Professional Training

A Special Discount applies when enrolling in the full ISP program.

Super Early Bird – enrol by 30 December, 2018
Early Bird – enrol by 18 January, 2018
Standard – enrol by 6 February, 2019
Enrol in Full Program
Module 1: The Embodiment of Emotion, Cognition & Behaviour Part 1
February 8 – 13, 2019
Super Early Bird – enrol by 30 December, 2018
Early Bird – enrol by 18 January, 2018
Standard – enrol by 6 February, 2019
More InfoEnrol in Module 1
Module 2: The Embodiment of Emotion, Cognition & Behaviour Part 2
(Pre-requisite: Module 1)
February 13 – 18, 2020
Super Early Bird – enrol by 30 September, 2019
Early Bird – enrol by 30 November, 2019
Standard – enrol by 6 February, 2020
More InfoEnrol in Module 2

PAYMENT PLANS: A variety of payment plan options are available for anyone who registers for either an individual module or the full program. The Super or Early Bird Payment Plans are ideal if you would like to receive the offered discount of the Early Bird but prefer to pay the tuition fee in regular monthly or fortnightly instalments. You may start a payment plan as early as you wish and nominate how many instalments you would like to have. A $77 administration fee applies to any payment plan option. Conditions apply.

Who May Benefit?

ISP will prove to be of considerable value to you whether you are trained in a mainstream psychoanalytic or psychotherapy approach, a body-oriented psychotherapy approach (such as Somatic Experiencing, Bioenergetics or Sensori-Motor Psychotherapy), or a bodywork modality such as Polarity Therapy or Cranio-Sacral Therapy, or an energywork school.

It offers therapists a knowledge base to further increase the embodiment of body, energy, and consciousness dimensions in their work without having to change prior clinical orientations or adopt interventions outside the norms of their professional practice.

For the SE Community

ISP offers possibilities to improve your practice in general through a greater understanding of, and working with, the many ways in which the body can generate psychological experiences or defend against them – over and above what the orienting, fight, flight, freeze, dissociation model, the coupling dynamics model, and the SIBAM model can inform us.

Who May Apply

Janie Scholom Integral Somatic Psychology

ISP brings together a broad and expanded understanding of trauma, emotions and transformation. Through this training, I have become both professionally and personally more resilient, resonant. With deeper capacity, I am better able to move toward wholeness and coherence. I am able to take clients to greater depth and capacity in a way that is both moving and liberating.

Janie Scholom, RN, LCSW-C, SEP, EMDR Consultant

The Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™) Professional Training is for experienced clinicians and therapists, who are engaged in psychological work with individuals or groups in either an active therapeutic practice, work or teaching environment.

The training is open to professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds including those who are a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist, social worker, marriage and family therapist, counsellor, art, movement or breath therapist, coach, bodyworker, energy worker, psychology trainer or educator, clergy, meditation or spiritual teacher, or other similar professions.

All applications are determined on an individual basis. Upon registering, please use the application form to describe your professional background. If you are unsure whether your present work involves adequate psychological processing or body awareness to benefit most from ISP, please contact the Organiser to discuss your application.

What if I have missed the first module?
If you missed the first live training module you can join the Integral Somatic Psychology Professional Training live from module two after viewing module one by video and completing a self-review.

Is Integral Somatic Psychology the right course for me?
ISP is the right course for you if you engage others in some form of psychological work in any modality and are already working with the physical body to some extent, in either you own personal practice or within your therapeutic individual or group practice or teaching.

IMPORTANT: Scope of Practice

Integral Somatic Psychology is a scientific approach to embodiment. It is not a stand alone approach or system for doing psychotherapy, bodywork, or energy work. Where applicable, you are responsible for ensuring that you have the necessary certification or license to do psychotherapy, bodywork, or energy work in conjunction with Integral Somatic Psychology in your professional practice or teaching.*

* Integral Somatic Psychology is neither a regulatory nor licensing organisation and therefore is not sanctioned to certify, licence, or otherwise bestow the legal authorisation to practice as a mental health professional.

Continuing Professional Development

For each 6-day module an Attendance Confirmation is provided for 36 hours of professional development. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements vary across Professional Associations. Please contact your Association for specific requirements.

To earn CPD hours for a training module completed by video, you are required to complete an evaluation and pass an online self-review, with a score of 75% or higher, that is related to the video content and reading materials.

Those completing both ISP modules will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Integral Somatic Psychology Professional Training.

Support & FAQ

If you have a question that requires immediate assistance, first check our FAQs. All Frequently Asked Questions are listed with a detailed answer.

If your question has not been answered please email and we’ll respond within seven business days.

Raja SelvamRaja Selvam PhD, SEP
Educator, Developer of Integral Somatic Psychology
Dr. Raja Selvam is the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP), an advanced approach for integrating body, energy and consciousness into any psychological process. He is also a senior trainer in Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE) Professional Training for the resolution of trauma.

Raja’s eclectic approach draws from bodywork systems of Postural Integration, Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Polarity Therapy, body psychotherapy systems of Reichian Therapy, Bio-energetics, and Bodynamic Analysis, Jungian and Archetypal psychologies, psychoanalytic schools of Object Relations and Inter-Subjectivity, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Affective Neuroscience, Quantum Physics, Yoga, and Advaita Vedanta.

Raja’s article on treating trauma symptoms among Indian tsunami survivors was published in Traumatology (September 2008). ‘Jung and Consciousness’, based on his clinical psychology doctoral dissertation on Advaita Vedanta and Jungian Psychology, was published in the analytical psychology journal Spring (Fall 2013).

Raja teaches in the United States, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Russia, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, mainland China, South Africa, and Brazil.

Raja lead teams to India in 2015 and 2016 to treat tsunami victims and to train counsellors to increase the local capacity for treating trauma. He led teams to Sri Lanka after the civil war in 2011, 2012, and 2013 to train local counsellors to treat traumas of war, violence, loss, and displacement, in collaboration with Kindermissionwerk, Germany, and Don Bosco, Sri Lanka.

He is currently involved in increasing trauma treatment capacity among mental health professionals working with underprivileged communities in India, in collaboration with Prafulta, a Don Bosco organisation based in Mumbai, India.

* Selvam, R. (2004). Trauma, Body, Energy, and Spirituality. Positive Health, May, pp. 15-18.
* Selvam, R. (2005). Treating tsunami survivors for trauma: The effectiveness of a short-term psycho-physiological trauma treatment approach among South Asian tsunami survivors. Journal of Holistic Healthcare, Vol. 2, Issue 4, November.
* Parker, C., Doctor, R. M., and Selvam, R. (2008). Somatic Therapy Treatment Effects with Tsunami Survivors. Traumatology, Vol. 14, No. 3,
* Selvam, R. (2008). Advaita Vedanta and Jungian Psychology: Explorations Towards Further Reconciliation in East-West Dialogues on the Psyche (Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California). Unpublished doctoral dissertation.
* Selvam, R. (2008). Embodiment Exercises: How to Sense the Body to Increase Its Powers of Self Regulation, Audio CD set, 5 CDs.
*Selvam, R. (2013). Jung and Consciousness. Spring, Vol. 90, Fall 2013, pp. 155-177.