Bodymind Healing in Psychotherapy: A Training Video for Mental Health Professionals, Qigong Practitioners, & the General Public

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DISCOUNTED FOR A LIMITED TIME This online workshop, Bodymind Healing in Psychotherapy, is the culmination of over forty years of my life’s work integrating ancient wisdom traditions, such as Qigong, with Western psychotherapy. I’ve presented this course in a variety of formats: 5 days at Esalen Institute for the public and health professionals, and at many workshop locations including the Wright Institute, The Psychotherapy Institute, and Alliant University. Most recently it was presented online in a three hour course for The Alameda County Psychological Association (co-sponsored by the California State Psychological Association). After many of my students strongly encouraged me to introduce more people to this approach, I decided to take that recorded three-hour course, and get it professionally edited and updated to share this pathway with more people— “you?” Click “Add to Cart button below.”WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR PURCHASE, YOU WILL RECIEVE A LINK TO A STREAMING  VIDEO AND A PASSWORD FOR ACCESS. Please see your invoice for these access elements.

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My origin story: One could say this course originated from a panic attack I had on the way to my first teaching job, when I forgot my notes and didn’t think I could teach without them. As I tried various methods I had learned in my psychotherapy training they didn’t do the trick to reduce my panic; but then I remembered that I had just bought a book called The Secret of the Golden Flower by Richard Wilhelm which contained a Qigong method called microcosmic orbit breathing. When I tried this method during my panic attack it gave me relief. Afterwards I vowed to find out more about this “Qigong thing,” and embarked on a quest to the West. There while in my doctoral psychology program, I was able to meet and work with various Qigong masters (such as my sifu, Master Fong Ha). Later, my life path became sharing the integration of  the streams of ancient wisdom traditions and modern mind-body healing methods — which I hope to transmit to you so they will enhance your life as they have for mine.

Who is this course for:

  • Psychotherapists: In this course psychotherapists will learn how to expand their repertoires through introducing self-healing methods that can aid patients’ physical and mental health. Participants will be introduced to an integral approach to bodymind healing in psychotherapy which combines traditional forms of psychotherapy, wisdom traditions, and symbolic process approaches to psychotherapy. In this course, participants will discover how to apply these methods to the treatment of anxiety, chronic pain, hypertension, anxiety, and trauma. Psychotherapists will learn how to integrate qigong into psychotherapy without using a word about qigong, to be palatable to those who want “just psychotherapy.”
  • Anyone interested in learning self-healing methods for physical and mental health.
  • Qigong/Tai Chi practitioners and teachers who want an integral approach, which combines western mind-body healthcare with the essence of Qigong. 

What health professionals and the general public will learn from this workshop:

  • Learn an integral approach how to reverse sympathetic nervous system reactivity when afraid, or enraged to modulate your reactivity and be responsive. For example, you’ll discover how Tai Chi movements such as “commencement” and Tai Chi ruler” can be a useful adjunct to reverse the fight flight response and restore your central equilibrium.
  • Case illustrations which how the bodymind healing approach can be applied to a variety of issues such as stress, trauma, hypertension, chronic pain. From these case illustrations you’ll be introduced to how to incorporate these methods into your self-care.
  • Learn how cross-cultural healing traditions can be a useful adjunct to psychotherapy methods and your own self healing. You’ll discover how to differentiate transcending from transmuting psycho-spiritual traditions and what healing differences occur when using each.
  • Discover how to apply a variety of meditative practices which may stay with you for a lifetime, for example:
  1. “The river of life self-hypnosis” method for healing trauma, anxiety, hypertension, etc.
  2. Standing Meditation Qigong to change your life stance,
  3. Chi nei tsang a type of belly massage useful for anxiety, and stress
  4. Acu-points useful for chronic pain, stress, self-soothing, etc.
  5. Discover how various breathing methods are state-specific, i.e. each has its own uses. You’ll experience how Qigong microcosmic orbit breathing can help to reverse the fight flight response. (After all, it was used in life endangering situations by martial artists to center themselves — so could it be useful for you when you are verbally attacked or dysregulated?)
  • Be introduced to the thesis that psychotherapy in its deepest essence is “changing your life stance.” Learn how to anchor the body posture that emerges at a moment of “felt shift” as you’re working on an issue to create more lasting change. You’ll see how knowledge of Qigong/ Tai Chi postures enhances (but is not necessary to) cultivating this awareness. Learn how Standing Meditation Qigong can aid in embodying your chosen life stance. You’ll get a link to the article, “Standing Meditation Qigong: What do you Stand for?” ( Mayer, 2004, NQA Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 1). Qigong masters say Standing Meditation Qigong is the most important Qigong method— here you’ll learn how to integrate this practice with invoking meaning and intention, i.e. as a tool to change your life stance through the cross cultural, psycho-mythological shamanic tradition of “shape-shifting.”

Bonus’s you get from and in addition to the course, for a limited time:

  • A link to an article, which is a good summary of the workshop. Mayer, M. (2020),  Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy, in ED: Krippner, S., Fracasso, C., & Friedman, H. , Holistic Treatment in Mental Health: A Handbook of Practitioners’ Perspectives, McFarland & Company, pp. 164-181. {Peer reviewed}. (This article may be used for extra CEU credits under the new APA CEU guidelines for Self Directed Learning.). Just email me and ask for it at
  • The Power point slides that I’ve used in my presentations on bodymind healing over four decades of teaching at universities, hospitals, workshops for the general public.
  • Slides on the research on Qigong which I’ve used at hospitals, workshops, and in my keynote presentation for the National Qigong Association.

What Others are saying about the Workshop and Accompanying Book, “Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy.”

9 reviews for Bodymind Healing in Psychotherapy: A Training Video for Mental Health Professionals, Qigong Practitioners, & the General Public

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    Michael Mayer’s presentation was really transformational for me. It deepened and enriched my somatic doctoral training. I have always wanted to explore Qigong and Tai Chi, but have used the excuse of limited time. His presentation is the motivation I need to get started in this arena.
    Dr. Cindi R.

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    Dr. Mayer’s ability to relate a lot of information from divergent healing traditions across cultures and time was fascinating. It helped me have a better understanding of how “alternative” practices are similar to or different from traditional psychotherapy, and how they can be incorporated into traditional approaches… overall a very valuable presentation!
    Dr Joanna S.

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    I really enjoyed it when we were able to practice the River of Life. It changes the way I think about breathing …. Thank you very much!
    Dr Marcia Q.

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    BMHP provides embodied insight that talk therapy alone cannot…He situates the presentation within a paradigmatic shift that is transforming healthcare… I expect that when the history of this shift is written, Mayer will figure prominently.” And, I field tested parts of BMHP in my year-long psychotherapy class at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology…His books serve as resources that I reference when teaching and supervising students on how to integrate mind-body practices into their clinical work.

    Review by David Lukoff, PH.D., The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology,
    Vol 44, No. 1, 2012, Review of Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy…

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    Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy: Ancient Pathways to Modern Health offers valuable and practical demonstrations of the principles behind psychological contributions to healing and medicine… A refreshing alternative to necessary treatment manuals, psychological handbooks, and journal articles. Rather than only expanding one’s knowledge or skill, one embarks on a journey with this book to expand one’s larger sense of self, one’s experience, one’s appreciation for the world and people, and one’s knowledge and skill as well… There are numerous persons with illnesses who can benefit from such approaches.

    Review by Michael Gilewski, PsychCritiques,
    produced by PsychInfo, a division of the American Psychological Association, (January, 2008).

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    a seminal contribution to the field of mind-body interventions for a wide range of common disorders. His book is profound in its scope, evidence based, bridges Eastern and Western traditions, and provides practical insights and skills…

    Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF
    and University of Arizona School of Medicine
    Author of The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not? –

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    This scholarly and eminently readable book integrates eastern and western forms of self-healing techniques and examines the capacity of various approaches that put human beings at the center of their own self-care. I applaud Dr Michael Mayer for his monumental work, which hopefully foreshadows the shape of body-mind approaches for years to come.

    Bessel van der Kolk, MD Medical Director, The Trauma Center,
    Boston University School of Medicine Past Professor of Psychiatry,
    Harvard University Professor of Medicine,
    Boston University School of Medicine Past President

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    Michael Mayer’s conviction that energy is what joins body to mind informs his determination as a psychotherapist to redeem that junction, and he offers tools that really work to enhance and enliven it.

    John Beebe, M.D. Jungian analyst,
    author of Integrity in Depth.
    Past President of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

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    In the nineteen seventies Dr. Michael Mayer began his study of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with me in Berkeley, California. With continuous diligence, devotion and skill he grows and ages with me as faithful student and friend. It delights my eyes and warms my heart to witness the masterful way Dr. Mayer integrates the ancient wisdom of East with the psychotherapy of the West.

    Fong Ha, Internationally-Renowned Master of Tai Chi Chuan and Yi Chuan Qigong
    (Please Note: Master Ha doesn’t describe himself this way
    but rather as, “One who practices Tai Chi and Qigong.”)

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