Moving into Meaning: Introducing a somatic & developmental approach to psychotherapy

Moving into Meaning: Introducing a somatic & developmental approach to psychotherapy with Ruella Frank

In this webinar, we will explore the intricate relational moves of embodied trans-subjectivity that form a basis of communication, initially between parent and baby, but then throughout life.
The movement repertoire that develops in the first year of life is a language that conveys our most pressing desires, intentions and emotions. Expressive movements, acquired in the company of significant others, go on to become the tacit core of adult behaviour in everyday experience and, of course, in the psychotherapy relationship.
This webinar focuses on the details of this somatic expression of affect and relational intent. Participants will be supported in developing an understanding of the meaning and emotional significance of these somatic communications and skills in applying those insights to their therapy work.



Presented by


Ruella is founder and director of the Center for Somatic Studies, NYC, and faculty at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy and the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. Ruella also teaches workshops and training programs throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, Canada and Europe. She is author of articles and chapters in various publications, as well as the book Body of Awareness: A Somatic and Developmental Approach to Psychotherapy, (2001, Gestalt Press, available in five languages) and co-authored The First Year and the Rest of Your Life: Movement, Development and Psychotherapeutic Change (2010, Routledge Press, available in three languages. Her training video Introduction to Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, now subtitled in French and Russian, is available at

Who is the workshop for?

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Infant educators, as well as movement therapists/educators

Participant Outcomes

  • Gain a better understand the relationship between psychological experience and physical expression

Event Details

Start date: 15 September 2020

Start time: 10:00 a.m. AEST

End time: 11:30 a.m. AEST

Venue: Online

Directions: Join details will be sent to registered participants closer to the date.