USABP Spotlight - Relational Somatics: Building Robust Therapeutic Alliances

Boaz B. Feldman MSc, SEP, FSP, PgD

Presented by:
Boaz B. Feldman MSc, SEP, FSP, PgD
Founder, CEO & Faculty of Neuro Systemics

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There is significant clinical evidence showing that the most potent element of therapy is the quality of the relationship with our client(s). This relational dynamic is significantly more important that any therapeutic technique! Therefore, it is essential for us to expand the ways in which we are present with our clients. The agile therapist is able to dance with the flow of nervous system states in their clients that are (i) present and (ii) potentially accessible. This can be achieved with a range of attitudinal postures, which we can train ourselves to embody. “Relational somatics” techniques help our clients access and embody these postures durably.

In this workshop we’ll review basic nervous system dynamics and provide a comprehensive mapping of all the essential attitudinal postures. We’ll get to see the embodied live in a demonstration, and have time for practice.

The Main Points of This Workshop:

  • The quality of the alliance between the therapist and the client is the most potent therapeutic factor, science tells us
  • Our therapeutic presence is our most important tool to attune to our clients’ moment-to-moment nervous system shifts
  • The agile therapist has an embodied a range of attitudinal postures, 9 in total
  • Combined with “Relational Somatics Techniques”, this high-level of attunement with clients enables them to embody these attitudinal postures
  • “Agile Presencing” potentiates clients’ healing, resilience and daily life functioning

Participants will learn:

  • Agile presencing techniques of “revealing” and “resonating” to build an effective therapeutic alliance with your clients
  • A systems’ technique to bring presence to the relational space between the therapist and client
  • How to practice with the full range of attitudinal postures
  • To Skillfully bring your clients to the present moment in an attuned and regulating way


  • Opening Announcements
  • Presentation, experientials and/or demonstrations
  • Q&A
  • Overtime


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Your Instructor

Boaz B. Feldman MSc, SEP
Boaz B. Feldman MSc, SEP

Boaz is a practical visionary, an experienced psychologist, keynote speaker and therapist trainer acting for worldwide positive change. He trained as a Somatic Experience Practitioner and taught Organic Intelligence as the core faculty for Europe for 5 years. Boaz has worked in numerous humanitarian contexts of conflict-affected regions (Afghanistan, Myanmar) with numerous international NGO’s, trained in Mindfulness as a monk and at university, and conducts Mindfulness and compassion research at the National Research Center for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva. Boaz is the co-founder of NeuroSystemics and feels passionate about his activist engagement in the Extinction Rebellion movement.

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