Bodymind Healing in Psychotherapy- Alameda County Psychological Association, September 24, 2016

Bodymind Healing in Psychotherapy- Ancient Pathways to Modern Health

with Michael Mayer, Ph.D.

When: September 24, 2016, 9 am-5:00 pm

Where: Argosy University
1005 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda 94501

CEUs: 6.5 Continuing Eduction Units available

Sponsored by:The California State Psychological Association and the Alameda County Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Click here for the ACPA announcement and registration information.

Description: In this workshop therapists will learn how to expand their psychotherapeutic healing repertoires by being introduced to self-healing methods that can aid patients’ physical and mental health. Participants will be introduced to an integration of Qigong and psychotherapy that Dr. Mayer developed from thirty years of training with some of the most respected TaiChi/Qigong masters, and which he applied in an multidisciplinary medical clinic which he co-founded.

In this workshop, in addition to learning Qigong movements for behavioral healthcare, participants will learn how to integrate the essence of Qigong into psychotherapy without using a Qigong movement, and without mentioning a word about Qigong. For example, with no reference to Qigong, in a psychotherapy session a practitioner can introduce breathing methods (such as Qigong’s microcosmic orbit breathing) which simultaneously relax and energize, teach acu-point self touch, and increase somatic awareness of the movements/postures that a person expresses at the moment of “felt shift” which then serve as “post-hypnotic anchors” – these movements and postures are oftentimes the same as practiced by Tai Chi/Qigong practitioners. Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy presents an integral  paradigm, combining ancient wisdom traditions (from traditions of postural initiation and symbolic process traditions), for bodymind healing, which can be integrated into brief or depth psychotherapy. Theory, case illustrations, and practices will be combined to show how this bodymind healing approach can help alleviate anxiety, hypertension, chronic pain, insomnia, trauma,  and help patients change their life stance.

Cost: This workshop is open to non-members of the Alameda County Psychological Association for a fee of $100 (If you joint the ACPA your fee can be applied towards the $120 membership fee. Free to members of ACPA. $10 for CEU certificate.

Click here for the workshop’s Schedule and Learning Objectives...


Questions: Sarah Sloan,, 510-433-9580

Michael Mayer, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, hypnotherapist, and Qigong/Tai Chi teacher who specializes in giving his patients self-healing methods for health problems, and in integrating ancient wisdom traditions into psychotherapy. Dr. Mayer presents his approach to bodymind healing at professional conferences, national/international workshops, universities, and hospitals. He was a co-founder of, and is a practitioner at, The Health Medicine Center, a multi-disciplinary medical clinic practicing integrative health-care. He served as a Focusing Training coordinator for Dr. Eugene Gendlin for ten years. Dr. Mayer pioneered the integration of Qigong and psychotherapy, and was the first person in the United States to train doctoral psychology students in these methods at an accredited university. Dr. Mayer is a Fellow of the American Association for Integrative Medicine; and the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association has certified Michael as a Tai Chi Chuan Master Instructor. He is the author of twenty publications on bodymind healing including six books. His Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD is being used in training of trauma therapists by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Medical Director, The Trauma Center, Boston University School of Medicine. His book on his integrative healing approach for health professionals is Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy: Ancient Pathways to Modern Health (2007) received endorsements from top leaders in mind-body healthcare.

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