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Toward A Patient-Centered Understanding Of Orgonomic (Reichian) Therapy

Article by Dr Neil Schierholz

Toward A Patient-Centered Understanding Of Orgonomic (Reichian) Therapy

This study explores the experience of patients who have been treated with orgonomic (Reichian) therapy.  The purpose of this study is to shed light on the experience of undergoing this therapy from the perspective of patients who benefited from it.  A brief history of Reich and his theory and practice of orgonomic therapy is chronicled along with clinical and autobiographical accounts of treatment cases.  Seven current or former patients who have been treated with and benefited from orgonomic therapy were interviewed using a qualitative, heuristic method yielding rich experience-near descriptions of the subjective experience, conscious and unconscious meanings, and functions/experience of orgonomic therapy. Interview data were inductively coded producing individual depictions for each research participant, a composite depiction, and six core themes of the experience: (a) entry into orgonomic therapy, (b) orgonomic therapist attributes, (c) orgonomic biopsychotherapy, (d) experience of the therapeutic process, (e) therapeutic results, (f) thoughts and feelings about orgonomic therapy.  The results are consistent with Reich’s theory and practice of orgonomic therapy and provide a broader, deeper, and richer understanding of the patient experience directly from the aggregate voices of those who have experienced and benefited from it first-hand.  The results also indicate that patients who are treated with and benefit from orgonomic therapy feel innately and intuitively drawn to it.  Clinical implications are offered along with recommendations for future study.

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Neil Schierholz PsyD provides character analytic orgone therapy in private practice in San Francisco, California and will soon be expanding to provide these services in San Diego, California as well. He trained with Drs Richard Blasband and Patricia Frisch for over four years and has received an additional two years of continuous clinical consultation from Dr Richard Blasband. Dr Schierholz’s previous experience includes a long career in providing organization development consulting services to more than 45 organizations worldwide. Dr Schierholz has PsyD and 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 member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Marin County Psychological Association. Dr Schierholz may be reached at (415) 821-2345 or at DrSchierholz@aol.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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