IBP is a practical and accessible guide that teaches how to come from the wisdom of our core being in every aspect of our lives.
What is IBP?
Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) is a therapeutic modality that addresses the physical-energetic, psychological-emotional, and existential-spiritual nature of being human.
IBP is a way of being, a way of living in an awakened, embodied state of presence, inner aliveness, clarity and connection. When we’re in this state, we can feel an authentic, calm aliveness, a clear and fulfilling grounded sense of self, mental clarity, constancy and wellbeing. Most of us have experienced this state. IBP provides the body-mind tools and practices to live in this incorporated state most of the time, especially when facing life challenges.
There are many states that can’t be experienced through the mind alone: love, trust, hope, erotic sexuality, our sense of self, others and humanity. These are body experiences. A vital body experience for mental and emotional clarity, well-being and life fulfillment—is an awakened, authentic and reality-tested inner voice of self-guidance. Thoughts are in the mind; feelings, senses and emotions can only be known in the body.
IBP integrates psychological practices with energetic breath and movement work to heighten aliveness, to break through the false-self façade, and to recover your authenticity. When you shift your state of consciousness, the lens through which you see the world changes; as well as how you experience yourself and others…especially your most intimate relationships.
Dr. Jack Lee Rosenberg, the founder of Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP), began his professional career as a dentist in 1958. He was teaching, doing research, and studying at the University of California Dental School, when he became the Director of Counseling at the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry. In 1971, Dr. Rosenberg received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and began practicing psychotherapy.
In 1963, Dr. Rosenberg began traveling to the Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California, where he studied with the great leaders of the Human Potential Movement: Fritz Perls (Gestalt therapy), Abraham Maslow, Alexander Lowen, Will Shuts, John Periocus, Rollo May, Carl Rogers, Moshe Feldenkrais, Ida Pauline Rolf (Rolfing). At the Esalen Institute, he also studied Eastern philosophies and became a yoga practitioner. Rosenberg was particularly influenced by the work of Robert K. Hall, M.D. (Lomi School).
From 1968 to 1976, Dr. Rosenberg was a training therapist and board member at the Gestalt Institute of Psychotherapy in San Francisco. In fact, Rosenberg’s first name for IBP was “Gestalt Body Psychotherapy.” For over eight years, he studied and did Freudian Psychoanalysis with Jean Pouteu, M.D. He worked with the leading therapists of that time: Dr. Philip Cucurudo (Reichian therapy), Jim Simkin, Ph.D., Jack Downing, M.D., (founder of the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco), Elaine Kepner, Ph.D. , (Gestalt therapy), and Janie Ryan, M.A. Dr. Rosenberg was in individual therapy for ten years with Victoria Hamilton, Ph.D., an Object Relations therapist who assisted John Bowlby, of Attachment theory fame. (Dr. Hamilton also trained in Object Relations therapy/theory with R. D. Laing and Donald Winnicott.) All these different therapeutic approaches are seamlessly integrated into IBP’s implementation model.
In 1973, Dr. Rosenberg wrote the highly successful book, Total Orgasm, an energetic approach to realizing the full potential of human sexuality. In 1985, Marjorie Rand, Ph.D., and Diana Asay, M.A., helped organize and formalize the structure of IBP in Dr. Rosenberg’s book, Body, Self and Soul – Sustaining Integration. Dr. Rand also organized and developed their IBP training groups into what is now the IBP Central Institute professional training program. Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. Rand assigned the task of developing IBP institute and practitioner certification criteria, and IBP training program standards, to their current IBP Advisory Board member, Beverly Kitaen Morse, Ph.D., and former board members, Myron Goldenberg, Ph.D., and Tom Paris, Ph.D. In 1986, Dr. Rand became the IBP Director of New Institutes, and in 1995, Dr. Morse became the Executive Director of the IBP Central Institute. Through its books, trainings and workshops, IBP’s reputation as a highly efficient and effective body oriented implementation model for psychotherapy spread worldwide. IBP Institutes were certified in the United States, Canada, and Europe, using a standardized curriculum and a growing group of IBP Certified Teachers.
Dr. Morse was introduced to IBP by Marjorie Rand in 1977, and has been part of IBP ever since. Dr. Morse was a major organizing force in developing IBP theory, practice, and its training program. She is currently the Executive Director of both the IBP Central Institute and the IBP International Institutes.
Dr. Morse began her career as a mother of four, and a foster mother of seven, as well as being an advocate for the foster care system. While raising all her children, she was awarded Woman-of-the-Year for her many contributions to the community at large, by both the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and by the Rolling Hills Caballeros.
She received therapy and training in models such as Self Psychology with Bernard Brickman, M.D., and Jeffery Trop, M.D.; Gestalt therapy and training with Phyllis Shankman, M.S.W., Robert Martin, D.S.W., and Jeffery Hutter, Ph.D.; and Object Relations with Victoria Hamilton, Ph.D. She began her formal education in mid-life as an Animal Husbandry student at Sierra College. From 1974 to 1976, she became a staff tutor at the Learning Assistance Center, where she taught math, English, learning and reading skills, and counseled adult re-entry students; and she later taught Human Sexuality at Ryokan College. Dr. Morse has also taught and led workshops at the Esalen Institute since 1985.
She has studied and continues to utilize relevant Eastern philosophies and practices in the ongoing development and refinement of IBP. Currently, IBP integrates the most effective aspects of Psychoanalysis, Object Relations Theory, Gestalt therapy, Reichian therapy, Self Psychology, Bioenergetics, Feldenkrais, Transpersonal Psychology, and Eastern philosophies and practices into a highly efficient implementation system of psychotherapeutic treatment.
Drs. Rosenberg and Morse, who are married, worked together to develop IBP couples work, which they formalized in 1996, in their book, The Intimate Couple. Drs. Rosenberg and Morse currently have two other books in progress, one on aging well, Navigating the Elder End Zone, and the other on pregnancy losses, Considered Forgotten. Drs. Rosenberg and Morse have private practices in West Los Angeles, and teach IBP Professional Training Programs and IBP Workshops worldwide.
Dr. Jack Lee Rosenberg
(1932 – 2015)
IBP was founded by Jack Rosenberg, PhD. IBP has been a leader in somatic psychotherapy for more than 40 years. Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) integrates the best approaches from Eastern and Western psychological, physiological and spiritual body-mind theories and practices into a highly efficient and effective somatic-based psychotherapeutic system that can facilitate a transformation of consciousness at the core of one’s being.
What IBP Has to Offer
Personal benefits for the average person
Sustaining heightened core self-experience and well-being in the body
Elevating the capacity for love, trust, hope and mutual fulfillment in intimate relationships
Reaching new levels of sexual satisfaction by using the IBP unique energetic-psychological system for relationships
Finding depth and inner comfort through our existential-transpersonal model, especially with aging
Benefits for Mental Health Practitioners
- IBP teaches effective mental health skills like the steps out of fragmentation and somatic practices, including breath, movement integration exercises and somatic self-release techniques.
- IBP helps therapists become compassionate guides with professional competence and tolerance for intense experiences.
- IBP has a firm theoretical base and effective methods of implementation. Yet it is a flexible system in which the individuality of each practitioner is given full support for expression.
- IBP teaches the somatic, psychological and existential means to self-integration and sense of well-being.
- IBP provides the therapist with a highly workable map leading directly to the underlying authentic self as it is experienced in the body.
- IBP trains therapists to implement their therapeutic skills and philosophy in a most direct and practical manner…to include the body, self and soul.
- IBP ignites an intimate familiarity with the unanswerable existential questions and spiritual depths encountered on life’s journey.