Functional Analysis-body psychotherapy

The Australian Institute of Functional Analysis Body Psychotherapy

Functional Analysis-body psychotherapy: 2 webinars with the founders

Presenter: Will & Lilly Davis

Webinar 1: Oct 20th 2021 from 7.00 to 9.00 pm

How to Evaluate a therapeutic process using a Functional Model

Generally, psychotherapy looks to work with the patient through his or her history, the stories that formed their life. Reich's functional model offers another approach that is both simpler and deeper yet harder to teach. It is a way to describe the simultaneously identical activity of physical, psychic and emotional phenomena.

Orgone therapeutic medicine does not attack memories but the present day anchorings of the historical experiences; thus it works with high-pitched realities, and not with shadows of memories from the past. A memory may or may not develop ... It is of no therapeutic value if it does or not.” (J.O., 1986)

The underlying principle is that no matter how many different physical structures or behaviours life may manifest, the underlying functional laws remain the same. The simple analogy is that water can transform into a liquid, a gas (steam) or a solid

(ice) and back again because its underlying nature remains the same. Nothing has changed except its energy state. These three different physical forms and their resultant behaviours – and structure is behaviour – are merely transformations of the same thing. When you understand functioning you understand that behaviours on the physical, emotional and mental realms are three manifestations of the same process/functioning.

This simplifies the therapeutic process. We do not have to listen to, understand, discuss and interpret all the different emotional, psychic and physical problems a patient has, once we see that most of these problems have one functional source. In Functional Analysis, we do not diagnosis, interpret. We are not looking for what it means, we are interested in what it is! We analyse the patient's functioning, especially the quality of the life force's pulsation and the patient's present moment experience of it.

In this webinar case study material will be used to illustrate how we help the patient to organise their lived experiences by offering functional models about what might be happening: how they are functioning. The first benefit of this is that they get a clearer insight into how they are behaving and how they are participating in, even creating their life situations. The second benefit is that with this clarification comes better bordering, giving them another perspective on how to reorganise themselves in a more satisfying manner.

Presenter Will Davis

Will Davis is an American body-psychotherapist with more that 45 yearsexperience in the field. He is a psychologist and was trained by Charles Kelley in neo-reichian Radix work. He trained in Encounter groups, Gestalt Therapy and in various healing methods. In the past 35 years, he has been offering trainings in America Japan and all over Europe.

Will developed Functional Analysis based on understanding the functioning of the life force. His interest is in the functional approach to therapy, which he interprets as the meeting place between Reich's energy concepts and recent research in biology and physics, with a focus on the energetic qualities of connective tissue. He is considered one of the major researchers in the fields of the functioning of the instroke” and of the plasmatic origins of early disturbances. He developed the gentle release technique of Points & Positions and combines that with a unique synthesis of verbal therapy. He published in-numerous articles in book form as well as in various professional journals, most notably in Energy and Character”. He is a member of: the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Energy and Character, the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Body Psychotherapy, the Scientific Committee of the Italian Society of Psychologists and Psychiatrists, the European Association of Body Psychotherapy.

“Functional Analysis Body Psychotherapy, challenges many assumptions within the Neo- Reichian movement, in particular the over-emphasis on too much cathartic discharge and induced emotional release. Will Davis described the polarities within the natural energetic pulsation within the organism and has developed the deeply sensitive concept and practice of working with the instroke”. This leads to a healing contact with quiet inner rhythms of the embodied self and to organic processes of self-recognition and self-valuation. Together with his wife, Lilly, Will has developed an important understanding of the flow of energy through the connective tissues of the body. This is a significant contribution to psychotherapy in general and forms a bridge between subjective experience and objective anatomy” (David Boadella)

Webinar 2: Oct 27th 2021 from 7.00 to 9.00 pm

Working Energetically in Verbal Therapy

Reich postulated that psyche and soma are not just in relationship with each other, but related to an underlying energetic process. This energetic matrix allows in the somatic realm the construction of a body and in the psychic realm the constitution of a mind.

They are functionally identical. Together they form the self.

In verbal work it is important to listen to the narrative the patient tells, but in order to achieve real change we need to work with the dynamic - the energetic matrix - within the living process.

Verbal work is not just a mere logic assembly of symbols of reason and rational, it is much more a creative process. By mobilising the instroke, which brings us into being in the present moment state, we engage into a process of centring and reflection which allows deep awareness of ourselves.The therapist, himself engaged in this process, will be open and accepting and thus enabling the patient in a safe environment an in stroke field. Within this dynamic the “self comes to mind“. Former known, but unthought truth may be understood, integrated and assumed.

I will show how an energetic understanding of the human organism may overcome the body/mind split and how a different approach to listening to our patients may create states of coherence, well-being, responsibility and the power to act.

Presenter Lilly A Davis

Lilly Davis is a body-oriented psychotherapist. Since 1984 she works in her private practice in different European countries. She worked as a trainer and supervisor for Charles Kelley at The Radix Institute in Ojai California and now for the Institute of Functional Analysis. Since 2000 she works in the South of France in her private practice and teaches a DU at the University of Montpellier, where she lives with her husband and brought up their two children. Member of the EABP and of La Federation Francaise des Psychothérapeutes et Psychanalystes”.


2 Webinars $80

Booking and Payment go to Functional Analysis Australia

Or Contact Maria Sangiorgi 0419 523 710

The interactive Webinars will be held on Zoom

You will receive a Certificate of attendance towards 4 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Category A.


20/10/2021 7:00 PM - 27/10/2021 9:00 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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