Training for practioners looking to incorporate  ‘Somatic’ aspects of Psychotherapy

NOW OPEN FOR 2023 Enrolments

Gain foundational knowledge and experience of Somatic Psychotherapy with IOSP.

The Institute of Somatic Psychotherapy (IOSP) offers training and professional development for qualified practitioners looking to incorporate Somatic aspects of psychotherapy practice. IOSP training began in 2021 with a Somatic Psychotherapy Training Program endorsed by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) for 40 annual CPD points. The 2 year specialist training course aims to meet the PACFA specialist training course standards – application for accreditation in progress. 

Our training and professional development courses are focused on:

  • Relational Embodied Psychotherapy (theory and practice) that facilitates shifts at a deeply felt embodied level.
  • Experiential learning that promotes embodied learning of course participants through interactive seminars, small syndicate groups activities and readings, project work and reflective journaling.
  • Skill development within a contemporary psychotherapeutic framework.


What is Somatic Psychotherapy?

Changes occur for individuals in psychotherapy because they are having new experiences. Psychotherapy promotes these new experiences as it explores cognitive, imaginative, emotional and interactive processes within the safety of the therapeutic relationship.

Somatic Psychotherapy extends this exploration to physical sensations, motor impulses and movement. It pays attention and attends to the non-verbal and embodied dimensions of a human being. It is this scope, attention and attentiveness that makes Somatic Psychotherapy holistic. Read more.

“Our bodies are our true homes: that within which we live, the source of joy and pain, and the expression of our inner selves. They can be our sanctuaries, or our prisons.  Ultimately, we can, through our bodies, seek to find and follow the deeper purpose and direction of our lives.”

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Find out more about the Full Somatic Psychotherapy Training Program.


About Us

The Institute of Somatic Psychotherapy (IOSP) aims to bring a new approach to Somatic Psychotherapy training to Australia.



Psychotherapist don’t ‘treat’ symptoms, they attend to people. Psychotherapists are asked to engage with the subjectivity of other people.



The following books are highly recommended reading for anyone interested in Somatic Psychotherapy.