Michael Mayer, Ph.D.
Michael Mayer, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Qigong/Tai Chi Teacher
Dr. Michael Mayer specializes in self-healing mehtods for physical and mental health. He is the author of ten publications on bodymind healing including four books, audiotapes on cancer and chronic disease, articles on chronic pain and anxiety, and peer reviewed articles on Qigong and hypertension.His Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD is currently being used in training of trauma therapists by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Medical Director, The Trauma Center, Boston University School of Medicine. His River of Life CD combines a guided imagery practice with somatic awareness, useful for self healing of various disorders. The World Institute for Self-Healing gave him an award for outstanding research and contribution to the advancement of mind-body medicine. He was Dr. Eugene Gendlin's Focusing training coordinator for 10 years, and he has certifications in hypnosis and acupressure. He co-founded the Transpersonal Psychology program at JFK University, and the Health Medicine Institute. Dr. Mayer presents his approach to bodymind healing at professional conferences, hospitals, and workshops at leading venues such as Esalen Institute and at the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. His latest book Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy,has received glowing endorsements by ten leaders in mind-body healthcare.
Conditions Commonly Treated:
· Anxiety, Hypertension, and Stress
· Depression, Insomnia, and Low Energy
· Chronic pain
· Life transitions
· Pre and post surgical hypnosis
· Relationship difficulties
· Learn self-healing methods for health problems
· Reduce or eliminate unneeded medications
· Discover tools for pain relief
· Learn constructive methods of communicating negative feelings
· Transform your inner critic into a helpful coach
· Practice stress reduction techniques and enhance coping skills
· Learn methods from the ancient art of medical Qigong that simultaneously relax and energize
· Work through trauma
· Learn to self-regulate your blood pressure
· Transform old patterns into new life stances
Philosophy / Treatment
Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy, developed by Dr. Mayer over 30 years of private practice, integrates traditional forms of
psychotherapy with leading edge bodymind healing methods from Western and Eastern traditions. Specifically selected
treatments are mutually agreed upon and are adapted to each person's unique needs. Some of these methods may include:
Western Bodymind Healing Methods including guided imagery, medical hypnosis, relaxation methods.Traditional forms of psychotherapy including psychodynamic, self psychology, cognitive/behavioral, Jungian, Transpersonal.
Qigong is a many thousand year old method of cultivating the energy of life through breath, movement, awareness touch,
sound, and guided imagery. Recent research has demonstrated that Qigong has the ability to lower blood pressure, increase
balance, and help with a wide variety of chronic diseases. Many people think Qigong is about graceful movements; but
Qigong also has static practices that simultaneously relax and energize. Dr. Mayer pioneered the integration of Qigong with
Western bodymind healing methods.
Energy Psychology is one leading edge psychological approach that adds self-touch, tapping, and other methods to increaseeffectiveness of treatment.
Focusing, developed by Dr. Eugene Gendlin, is a method of inner accessing that helps you to identify the felt meaning of
somatic symptoms in a way that an energetic shift often takes place as the way your body holds an issue let's go or changes.
Michael Mayer, PhD is a recommended health coach by Dr. Saputo for DoctorSaputo.com. The links below lead to media files that are in the DoctorSaputo.com library that were done with Michael Mayer, PhD
The roots of insomnia should be dealt with rather than just treating with drugs. There are many natural methods to enhance sleep. Qigong can activate relaxed energy by noticing how we breathe. Dr. Mayer shows us how to do this.
Dr. Mayer introduced qigong into psychology. Qigong brings posture, movement, breath, touch and awareness into consciousness. This integrative approach blends body and mind together in psychotherapy and affords new treatments.
There are alternatives to drugs using breath, movement, touch, sound, and imagery. Dr. Mayer incorporates both qigong and psychotherapy to deal with pain. He gives an amazing example of how he does this.
Dr. Mayer introduced qigong into psychology. Qigong brings posture, movement, breath, touch and awareness into consciousness. This integrative approach blends body and mind together in psychotherapy and affords new treatments. Qigong and acupressure are tools used to augment psychological problems.
Holistic medicine is complete medicine. The importance of our thoughts on our biochemistry and physiology are discussed. Examples of pioneers in this field are highlighted. Physical disease is the somatic expression of psychospiritual unrest.
PTSD is far more common than we realize. It is characterized by thought intrusions, panic attacks, insomnia, and many physical signs of agitation. These symptoms can go on for decades. Energy psychology methods are new but effective.
Working with the breath it is possible to "sink the chi" and change from sympathetic to parasympathetic breathing. This in combination with imagery using the "river of life" meditation is very powerful to lower BP.
In western medicine we rely more on drugs, but it is a good idea to look at the meaning of hypertension before relying on drugs. He describes imagery with the "river of life" method that sinks chi as a tool to lower blood pressure.
Integrating qigong with psychotherapy adds another dimension to bodymind healing. The combination of the relaxation techniques and breathwork of qigong integrate well into psychotherapy and in particular pain management. Qigong also brings energy therapy into the body as well. The value of qigong in hypertension is documented with good research.
Qigong is an ancient form of exercise that cultivates the energy of life by synchronizing breath and movement, certain postures, using touch, sound and imagery. Blood pressure is modifyable through the breath and imagery,
One of the founders and developers of Health Medicine shares the story of how the model came into existence. The economics involved with health medicine practice are a limiting factor. The nature and style of Healing Circles is reviewed. Two aspects of these circles were information exchange to connection of the entire group was most satisfying.
Healing Chronic Pain Using Bodymind Psychotherapy
We all suffer from pain at some time in our lives. Bodymind healing psychotherapy focuses on the felt meaning of the pain rather than on only drugs and technologies. Dr. Mayer developed an integrative style of treating pain that uses mainstream psychotherapy as well as qigong. It integrates breath, movement, posture, sound, touch, and often uses acupuncture points. He incorporates these strategies with a technique called the "river of life."
Learning about the role of our emotions in creating pain provides access to powerful tools that can relieve symptoms.
Treating Insomnia with Mindbody Psychotherapy
Many people turn to medication first and then perhaps look for the underlying meaning of insomnia. There are many bodymind psychotherapy strategies that can do a lot to resolve sleeping problems. Using the river of life technique it is possible to shift from a sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance because it is relaxing. The felt sense of the meaning of insomnia is often discovered during this treatment and can help reveal underlying psychological issues that need to be resolved. Drugs suppress the symptoms of insomnia, but they never deal with the underlying reasons for it.
Energy Psychology with Michael Mayer, PhD
Energy psychology is coming into its own as a bonified field of psychology. It originally developed from applied kinesiology and muscle testing. According to Eugene Gendlin, psychotherapy is about energetic shifts, called a felt shift, that happen when someone finds new meaning on a life issue. There are interesting tapping techniques that can activate energy for change, but there are also soothing techniques that relax, comfort, and release feelings that are trapped inside the body and can hold pain and memories that restrict our ability to let go and release the tension etc that is held inside. Body postures are remarkable as expressions of our inner challenges and reflect primordial movements.