Body-Psychotherapy of Seattle & Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy

at , Seattle, 98125 United States

Working towards a free flow of life energy from within so we can more fully realize our life, our joy.

Body-Psychotherapy of Seattle & Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy

Seattle , WA 98125
United States
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Several bus lines including express from downtown Seattle

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Body-Psychotherapy of Seattle is the practice of Aylee Welch, LICSW. The Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy opens October 2014 and prepares therapists and people working with others to deepen their work and their personal presence. Be sure to check out the brand new website at

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Happy New Year and Love and Blessings to All!

Published on 2015-01-01 17:32:23 GMT

What fun, the students' homework is coming in for the first time!

Published on 2014-12-28 18:51:05 GMT

May all of your days and all of your nights and all of the in-betweens be filled with Love and Magic. Lots of Magic. Lots and lots of Love and Magic.

Published on 2014-12-26 01:05:49 GMT

Listen to This American Life this weekend to hear a woman talk about listening to tapes of her father's psychotherapy with Albert Ellis. You might be shocked, I was and wasn't at the same time!

Published on 2014-11-22 21:15:44 GMT

I know the way you can get When you have not had a drink of Love: Your face hardens, Your sweet muscles cramp. Children become concerned About a strange look that appears in your eyes Which even begins to worry your own mirror And nose. Squirrels and birds sense your sadness And call an important conference in a tall tree. They decide which secret code to chant To help your mind and soul. Even angels fear that brand of madness That arrays itself against the world And throws sharp stones and spears into The innocent And into one's self. O I know the way you can get If you have not been drinking Love: You might rip apart Every sentence your friends and teachers say, Looking for hidden clauses. You might weigh every word on a scale Like a dead fish. You might pull out a ruler to measure From every angle in your darkness The beautiful dimensions of a heart you once Trusted. I know the way you can get If you have not had a drink from Love's Hands. That is why all the Great Ones speak of The vital need To keep remembering God, So you will come to know and see Him As being so Playful And Wanting, Just Wanting to help. That is why Hafiz says: Bring your cup near me. For all I care about Is quenching your thirst for freedom! All a Sane man can ever care about Is giving Love! ~ Hafiz

Published on 2014-10-30 15:31:33 GMT

Day One was awesome, I Love the group that has formed to be Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy's first class. I truly look forward to the journey before us.

Published on 2014-10-28 03:54:36 GMT

Great News! SSBP just got approved as a certification program by NASW. Licensed practitioners will all of their CEU needs met by enrolling in the program. One more week and we rock and roll!

Published on 2014-10-20 17:20:57 GMT

This is what I got on one of those funny FB tests: What career were you actually meant for? Designer You're extremely creative, profoundly imaginative, and an original thinker. You see something in your head, and your brain has a way of figuring out how it should come into existence. You see something in the world, and you already know how to improve it tenfold. You have the power to affect people's emotions and the ability to truly change how people perceive things. Hopefully that will encourage you to sign up for the Seattle School of Body-PSychotherapy before the cut-off date on September 10 (LOL)!

Published on 2014-08-25 14:24:41 GMT

I got three calls just yesterday afternoon from people seeking Core energetic therapy. If you come to my school I would be able to refer these good folk to YOU!

Published on 2014-08-22 15:05:29 GMT

Feeling super excited as I see the quality and intention of people that are showing up for the school. This is going to be fun!

Published on 2014-08-28 17:25:22 GMT

Re-posting: There is no such thing as the mind-body connection. Everything happens in the body. The mind is everywhere. What happens in the brain does not stay in the brain.

Published on 2014-08-17 15:09:24 GMT

A Poem By Dale Pendell although the gods have the power of speech sometimes they prefer a flower or a plant elder leaves pressed on a blotter or spring buds emerging from a winter stem these messages they send so ordinary we often them an easy laughter and lightness or legs casually crossed and touching the way a serpentine dike blends seamlessly into bedrock or the way two lovers move starting and stopping, passing and pausing on an April trail the subtlest oracles are always the most obvious seeing what is right in front of us the most difficult a butterfly hatching from a ruptured dream or splintered tree rooting in the soil where it fell like that swampy Cree girl they called "Dry's Things Out" when they found her sitting by the stream a dragonfly on each palm all three drying together in the sun the gods' whispers are never commands more like the place a steep trail has collapsed and sunlight offers the understory a second chance

Published on 2014-08-15 14:29:01 GMT

"You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you'll win, no matter what the outcome." Hunter Patch Adams

Published on 2014-08-12 21:45:52 GMT

From Face Reader Jean Haner's wall this morning: We are all so interconnected! I love this quote by Einstein: "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Published on 2014-07-21 14:38:50 GMT

Read it on my dear friend and colleague Joanne Lovacio's wall ... it's what we do here... and so well said Robert Augustus Masters Our original woundedness, however phantom-like or concealed, remains present until we bring our compassion and wakeful presence into it, both embracing and protecting the young child in us, enlivening and liberating and giving fully embodied voice to what was previously frozen and mute. Through such psychoemotional ghostbusting, the knots and immobilizations of yesterday become but fluidly alive now, leaving us anchored in our heartland, more and more at home with all that we are.

Published on 2014-07-19 06:56:25 GMT

Published on 2014-07-14 15:30:14 GMT

Sage advice from Susan Weed: Become your holy self. Spend time alone in nature. Human spirituality arises from time spent alone in nature. Spend time alone in nature. You don’t have to go far away to spend time in nature. (But you can.) You just have to do it all by yourself, alone, in nature. Maybe it will be your retreat. Maybe you will call it a vision quest. Maybe you will consider it your menopausal time out. Maybe it is a sabbatical. Maybe you won’t speak of it at all; maybe you will. Spend time alone in nature. Maybe you will only do it once in this lifetime. Maybe you will make it a regular part of your life. Maybe some small part of you will always be alone in nature. Maybe you will be alone in nature for only a few hours. Maybe you will crave days of being alone in nature. Maybe you will go barehanded. Just you and nature. Alone. No music. No books. Alone. No art supplies, no pens for writing, no electronic devices. Alone. No distractions from nature, or yourself. Alone. Doze. Daydream. Babble. Run naked. Eat berries. Watch birds. Paint yourself with colored mud. Spend time alone in nature. Soon.

Published on 2014-06-27 14:27:41 GMT

From my friend Jill Thompson's wall this morning, "Your children will learn to love themselves by the way you love them." It's so true, when we are small we introject the voices around us... Sometimes it is very important to become aware of and separate ourselves from these messages.

Published on 2014-06-06 14:01:23 GMT

A Brief History of Body-Psychotherapy In the world of western psychotherapy "Body Oriented Psychotherapy" appears to be a new trend. But in reality Body-Psychotherapy dates back to the days of Sigmund Freud! Body-Psychotherapy was pioneered by Wilhelm Reich, who lived from 1897-1957. Reich grew up on a farm in what is now the Ukraine. He was tutored at home and spent most of his time outside. I have read that he was a natural scientist, known to experiment with breeding insects and animals as a child. He fled his home in 1914 because of WWI. After the war he went to medical school and by 1920 he was active in Freud’s inner circle and considered one of Freud’s most promising students. By 1922 he had his own “bio-psychiatry” practice and was an astute researcher and lecturer. At this time Freud was hypothesizing that “neurosis” was caused by denial of our natural sexual instincts which leads to frustration. He called this sexual energy “libido”. It is well known that Freud later diluted this idea, in part because of his reaction to patients telling him about sexual abuse, and because of the complicated social implications of the discovery. Meanwhile, Reich was conducting experiments that led him to conclude that life energy can be qualitatively measured in the body and that the natural build-up and discharge of this energy heightens one’s sense of well-being. Or, if it is frustrated, it can lead to the development of physical armoring and psychological problems. Reich was able to confirm the existence of this biological energy (which is more than sexual excitation) that he called “orgone energy” in the human body. He also verified its presence in the earth’s atmosphere; he developed instrumentation to observe and collect it in plants, and he harnessed it for a variety of purposes. It is because of Reich’s work that science made progress in areas such as cancer treatment, motor power and weather experimentation. But Reich’s passion and his life study was human behavior. Reich finally split from Freud when Freud, having recanted the libido theory, developed the notion of the “death instinct”, the idea that human suffering is inevitable and therefore there is a natural tendency for self-destruction. Reich felt instead that there is a natural tendency for healing and growth. He believed that the system turns against itself only when it becomes frustrated through inability to express or to get what it needs for survival. People develop patterns of blockages in the body based in part on genetics but also because of the developmental stage he is in when major holding patterns, or frustrations, first occur. Two psychiatrists, Alexander Lowen and John Pierrakos, continued the development of Reich’s work creating Bio-energetics. Pierrakos eventually added a Spiritual component to the work and called it Core Energetics. I practiced Core Energetics for several but now my work is changing to incorporate what we understand through the fields of Epigenetics and from Interpersonal Neurobiology and Trauma Therapies. My work is much gentler and easier on the system than the way I was taught. I also find that Indigenous practices and work on the Imaginal Realm inform how I work with clients. However, this particular article describes the work that has grown directly out of Reich’s discoveries. The principle is that our early experiences leave us with images that are generalized into our world view when we are children. These dictate what we believe about the world and how we fit into it. Energy that is held back, not expressed, from these early experiences remains trapped in the biological system so that we are bumping up against it again and again throughout our life. Core Energetic treatment is based on accessing this energy and allowing it to flow again while simultaneously dissolving the old image and freeing the person to live in and react to the present rather than to old expectations and beliefs. As an example, imagine a baby who is repeatedly left to cry. As long as he can cry for what he needs his energy flows strongly through his body. His growing bones are still soft and when he is left to cry for too long his ribs may spread at the sternum from the exertion. After some time the baby becomes frustrated and the crying takes a different tone, “wah, WAH, WAH”, he demands. But eventually he becomes exhausted, his voice is hoarse and the crying wanes. Still not getting a response, the infant falls into a state of despair about getting his needs met. He gives up. If this happens regularly the tendency to give up can become hardwired into the body. In some people we can see a caved in place in the middle of the chest. A result for many people is that they are hesitant to ask for what they need. Being quiet can be a compensation to avoid the despair that may be built into the system. This experience becomes an attitude, part of our character or personality structure. It is maintained as muscle and body structure develops around the physical posture that portrays the attitude. For many reasons these early patterns are perpetuated in a person’s life and this is usually when they seek help from a therapist. For therapy to work it is important for healing to occur on all levels of the person at once. This means the issue is treated in the body, the mind, the emotions, the behaviors (will) and the spiritual aspect so there is congruence on every level with regards to the issue. It is not enough to just talk and understand your behavior around a certain issues. It may not be enough to understand it and feel your feelings about the patterns; when you really get to the core issue you will also have a physiological change along with an emotional reaction and a new understanding of your choices and reactions. Along with this we do physical exercise to impact the body structure and support the change process. Many modalities open the energy in the body, or work with the body and the emotions, or work with emotion, thoughts and behavior. They can help for awhile but it is crucial that all 5 levels be addressed for lasting change, otherwise any one of the levels can pull the system back to status quo. In Core Energetic/ Evolution we also use physical exercise to explore the attitudes that we hide from ourselves and from others. When we hide it, it can control us. A part of the therapy is to embrace our deep dark truths and allow them to transform. Exercises are also used to change the body-structure. The really fun part of this kind of therapy is that there is movement and energy, the client and practitioner don’t just sit and talk and this tends to be energizing and exciting. People often report feeling more alive, more like themselves than they have ever felt before. It inevitably leads to the spiritual aspect, a deepening respect for all of life that impacts how we go about in the world . While many practitioners are body-oriented because they bring attention to certain aspects of the body along with other traditional elements of therapy, body-psychotherapy in its deepest form can fully restore the organism to its natural state of aliveness. When we bring our awareness to how we block our life energy and release these holding patterns, we are better able to maintain this healthy state for the long term. Allowing our life to open and unfold in new ways every day is a truly joyful practice! Aylee Welch, LICSW

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