Movement Development, Embodiment & Embodied Relating: Reflections from A Study Group with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Founder of Body-Mind Centering®

Moderator: Chris Walling; Panelists: Theresa Silow, Shirley Dvir, Morgan Shepherd

Chris Walling, PsyD, MBA, SEP

Theresa Silow, PhD, LPCC, SEP
Shirley Dvir, LMFT
Morgan Shepherd, MA, MFT, SEP

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Dr. Chris Walling, PsyD, MBA, C-IAYT is Associate Professor in the School of Professional Psychology & Health at the California Institute of Integral Studies where he serves as Core Faculty in the Somatic Psychology program. He is the Research Chair & Past-President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. Dr. Walling has previously served as Executive Administrator in the Department of Psychiatry and the Aging and Memory Research Center at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and as Executive Administrator in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Dr. Walling is a Clinical Research Fellow at the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium at Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender and Reproduction located at Indiana University,Bloomington and serves on their International Advisory Council. He also serves on the Research Committee of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and has assisted trauma therapy trainings in the United States, Canada, and Australia for many years. Dr. Walling has lectured throughout the world on the intersections of the psychophysiology, psychological well-being, and the mind-body connection.

Dr. Walling has presented at multiple conferences both nationally and internationally, including chairing the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation’s Brain Health Symposium, and the Biennale Congress of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. His peer-reviewed works are published in the American Psychological Association‘s Journal of Psychotherapy and the International Body Psychotherapy Journal. He is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Psychological Association, and the New Center for Psychoanalysis, where he also serves on both the Faculty Committee and Diversities Committee. Dr. Walling also serves on the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Gender & Sexuality. His clinical interests survey the fields of relational psychoanalysis, somatic psychotherapies, human sexuality, and trauma psychology. Dr. Walling maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, California.

Theresa Silow, PhD, LPCC, SEP- Professor and Core Faculty in the Somatic Psychology Concentration PhD Program at The California Institute of Integral Studies. She has taught in academic and private settings in Europe and the US for several decades. Her private somatic psychotherapy practice in Santa Rosa is informed by somatic, developmental, attachment, psychoanalytic, and trauma theories and practices. Theresa holds a PhD in Somatic Studies from The Ohio State University. She has explored Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s work through various trainings and an ongoing study group for many years. Her study of embodiment informs her teaching, her psychotherapy practice, and her research.

Shirley Dvir is the founder of Relational Somatic Healing and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a PhD student at CIIS in somatic psychology, working on her dissertation on touch and psychotherapy. For over 10 years she taught as a Certified Hakomi Teacher at the Hakomi Institute of California, John F. Kennedy University, California Institute for Integral Studies, and Shiluv Center in Tivon, Israel. She supervised associates pursuing MFT licensure and currently mentors licensed practitioners. Her main work today focuses on healing relational wounds with safe embodied touch. Her spiritual practice and meditation support how she holds her work and her teaching.

Morgan Shepherd, MA, MFT, SEP, Somatic Psychotherapist, and Tennis Coach. Morgan holds master's degrees in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Somatic Psychology and in Exercise and Sport Studies. His work focuses on the underlying principles that support health, development, and performance. Over the last ten years, he has studied and worked with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, integrating, and applying embodied anatomy and embryology principles into somatic psychotherapy and tennis. Other significant influences include Somatic Experiencing, Psycho-Physical Therapy, and Integrated Body Psychotherapy.

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