Dr. Neil Schierholz

Neil Schierholz PsyD is a licensed psychologist who provides character analytic orgone therapy in private practice in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.  He trained with Drs Richard Blasband and Patricia Frisch for over four years and has received an additional two and a half years of continuous clinical consultation from Dr Richard Blasband.  Dr Schierholz’s previous experience includes a long career in providing organizational psychology consulting services to more than 45 organizations worldwide.

Dr Schierholz has PsyD an d MA degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies as well as an MS in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. His BS degree is in Chemical Engineering (with minors in Russian Literature and Physical Chemistry) from the University of California, San Diego.  Dr Schierholz is a full member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the California Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Marin County Psychological Association.  He became a guest of the Institute for Orgonomic Science (IOS) in 2011.

Dr Schierholz may be reached at (310) 866-0440 in Los Angeles, at (415) 821-2345 in San Francisco, at DrSchierholz@DrSchierholz.com, or by visiting www.DrSchierholz.com

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The Living Body: Wilhelm Reich’s Influence on Contemporary Psychotherapies


In pursuing the development of psychosomatic medicine and an energetic model of health which respected the importance of psyche and soma equally, Wilhelm Reich created the foundation for what ultimately came to be known as the fields of Body Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychology and others.

Building upon the conference we presented in the summer of 2021, Wilhelm Reich and Psychoanalysis, the goal of this conference is to map the field of body-centered therapy today. Speakers from the Americas, Europe and Australia, representing Reich’s Orgone Therapy as well as a variety of schools which are heirs to Reich such as Radix, Bioenergetics, Biodynamic Therapy, Biosynthesis, Gestalt, Navarro, Core Energetics and other modalities based in important ways on his approach, will present and describe their respective theories, training processes and therapeutic methods.

Historians will present an overview of Reich’s evolution from psychoanalysis to character analysis, to the more body-centered character analytic vegetotherapy, and beyond.

By exploring this field through the common denominator, the theories and techniques developed by Wilhelm Reich, we hope to generate interaction and exchanges and highlight the similarities, differences and relationships between traditions.

With so many schools of therapy represented, there are bound to be some differences of opinion about theory and practice. By bringing them together, we hope to give participants a comprehensive overview of the field and build bridges between individuals and groups who have much in common and might benefit from direct, respectful interaction with one another.

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