Send email to Stephen Shostek, CET. Inquire about counseling, schedule no-cost initial consultation

Portland Counselors with Core Energetics  Body-Mind Therapy

Stephen Shostek, Core Energetics Therapist

  Welcome Page
Counseling and Body-Mind Therapy
  My Background
  About Core Energetics
Classes and Groups
Couples Counseling
Resources & Links
Emergency/Crisis Info and Contacts
  Contact Info
Find Me On Facebook

Links to Core Energetics and Other Personal Growth Resources

Looking for additional information? The internet is rich in information related to body-mind therapy, development and growth, books, articles, retreat centers and other resources. I list some of my favorite sites below, organized by topics. Listing these sites is not an endorsement, per se.

Core Energetics Resources

Other Body-Mind Resources

Personal Development and Spiritual Practice

Retreat Centers

Other Related Topics

Core Energetics Resources

Links to Institutes:

Links to US based institutes include: Core Energetics East (East Coast, USA), Core Energetics South (S.E. USA),

Links to Core Energetics trainings at institutes in Germany and in Switzerland.

Links to Web Sites for Core Energetics Therapists


Marsha Antkies in Ridgefield, CT

Michael Antkies in Ridgefield, CT

Ann Bradney in New York, NY

Jim Bonney in New York, NY

Dana Zarcone in Wilmington, DE

Bill Say in Albany, CA

Michael Bartlett in Santa Fe, NM


Amadis Cammell in London, UK.

Other Core Energetics Resources:

Robert Davis is building and selling the Rollers that are used by Core Energetics and Bioenergetics Therapists.

There are many other Core Energetics therapists, some with web sites and others who can be reached by phone or email. You are welcome to contact me for assistance in finding a Core Energetic therapist in your area or contact one of the training institutes listed above for a list of therapists in your area.

If you are a Core Energetics therapist and would like me to list you on this page I invite you to  contact me with your URL.

Pathwork International

Core Energetics has some concepts and principles in common with the Pathwork Lectures. Here's a link to the International Pathwork Foundation site where you can find newsletters, lectures, and other resources.

Bibliography of Readings Related to Core Energetics Therapy

Some recommended reading in Core Energetics and other body-mind perspectives include:

  • Dychwald, Kenneth, M.D.,  Bodymind, Penguin/Putnam Inc., 1977
  • Lowen, Alexander, M.D., The Language of the Body, Macmillan Publishing Co, 1958.
  • Lowen, Alexander, M.D.,  Bioenergetics,  Penguin Books, 1975.
  • Michel, Elizabeth, M.D.,  Bent out of Shape, Self published, 1997.
  • Pierrakos, John C. M.D., Core Energetics, LifeRhythm, 1990
  • Pierrakos, John C. M.D., Eros, Love & Sexuality, The Forces That Unify Man and Woman, LifeRhythm, 1997
  • Reich, Wilhelm, M.D.,  Character Analysis, Orgone Institute Press, 1945.
  • Reich, Wilhelm, M.D.,  The Function of the Orgasm, Orgone Institute Press, 1942.

Other Body-Mind Resources

Core Energetics was developed from the body-mind principles developed by Wilhelm Reich and from other influences. Some other body-mind approaches that have developed from Reich's principles are listed below.


The International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis describes Bioenergetics as "...a way of understanding personality in terms of the body and its energetic processes. Bioenergetic Analysis is a form of therapy that combines work with the body and the mind to help people resolve their emotional problems and realize more of their potential for pleasure and joy in living."
Core Energetics is a further refinement of Bioenergetics and has much in common with this approach. Links to Bioenergetics training institutes follow: Books related to Bioenergetics can be ordered through the Bioenergetics Press.
The BodyNamic Institute USA describes BodyNamics as  "A unique style of Somatic Developmental [perspective] that evolved from 25 years of research into psychomotor development by an innovative Danish theorist, Lisbeth Marcher. She called her systematic approach “Bodynamic Analysis” and founded the Bodynamic Institute. Marcher’s key insights include the belief in human connection as the primary human drive and the discovery that each muscle, as it awakens in the developmental process, also acquires a [mental, or mind-body] imprint."
Core Evolution:

Siegmar and Cornelia Gerken have developed Core Evolution from their work with Core Energetics, somatic, and other therapies. They describe Core Evolution as: "Core Evolution is a professional body-oriented therapy and a life coaching and teaching system. Its foundation is the comprehensive  understanding of essence, and the recognition that life energy is expressed through our Core, our essential self—the wellspring of all healing, joy, creativity, and wisdom." You can read more about Core Evolution workshops and trainings at their website International Institute of Core Evolution® and Core Soma®

Siegmar and Cornelia Gerken were formerly the directors of the Institute for Core Energetics West, located in Mendocino, CA where they offered trainings in Core Energetics, supervision intensives, and workshops.

The web site describes the Hakomi Method as "The Hakomi Method, developed by Ron Kurtz, is based on five therapeutic principles – Mindfulness, Organicity, Non-Violence, the Mind-Body Connection, and Unity – which give rich meaning and a spiritual dimension to the work."
  • Link to the  Hakomi Institute  where you can find information about the Hakomi method and trainings.
Integrative Body Therapy (IBP)
The Rosenberg-Kitaen Central Institute   describes  IBP as "IBP offers the therapist and client a unique way of tracking body-mind interruptions to the somatic core sense of self, life's most basic guidance system. ...interruptions include emotional patterns and beliefs developed in early childhood that habitually distort present experiences (Primary Scenario), our protective defenses (Character Style) and how we abandon our core selves for love and approval (Agency). Without knowing the difference between... interruptions and core self, we cannot trust our intuition, our inner voice."

The Radix Institute describes Radix  as "...a third-generation Reichian therapy practice derived from the work of Wilhelm Reich and Charles R. Kelley.  Like other somatic or "body-centered"... practices such as Bioenergetics, Hakomi, and Core Energetics, Radix practically applies the principle of mind-body unity using an integrated approach that includes working with the body (somatic), feelings (affective), and thought (cognitive) to effect... change and profound personal growth."

Wilhelm Reich M.D.
Wilhelm Reich (1897—1957) was a student, and later a colleage of Freud's, member of Freud's professional society, and one of the great pioneers in mind-body perspectives. All of the somatic or body-mind therapies trace their development back to Reich's fundamental discoveries and formulations. I list below some recommended readings and internet links to information about Wilhelm Reich's therapy work and also his later scientific work regarding energy systems at the biophysical, planetary, and societal levels.
  • The following 2 books provide background on Reich's principles on body-mind and the underlying energetic understanding of human body-mind experience: Reich, Wilhelm, M.D.,  Character Analysis, Orgone Institute Press, 1945.  Reich, Wilhelm, M.D., The Function of the Orgasm, Orgone Institute Press, 1942.
  • Biographies of Wilhelm Reich: Boadella, David, In the Wake of Reich,  Ashley Books, 1977.  Sharaf, Myron R., Fury on Earth:  A biography of Wilhelm Reich, St. Martin's Press, 1984.
  • Link to the Wilhelm Reich Museum in Rangely, Maine. The museum offers various programs throughout the year and the bookstore sells publications by Reich, some of which are rare and out of print. Reporoductions of Reich's art and paintings are also available from the museum.
  • Link to James DeMeo Ph. D. research web site, and home page for the Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory. Reich referred to the biophysical energy of the human body's energetic processes as Orgone. (The yogic traditions know it as Prana; Chinese medicine calls it Chi.) DeMeo does scientific research to validate and further advance the biophysical research that Reich did with Orgone.
  • Jamerling Ogg maintains the Public Orgonomic Research Exchange. Ogg's site has been the subject of some controversy and I do not necessarily endorse all that you might read here, but list it because I have found it to contain some interesting and insightful materials. 

Associations and Organizations:

  • U.S. A.B.P  - The USABP is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to developing and advancing the art, science, and practice of body-mind therapy.
  • European A.B.P - European organization for body-mind therapy.
  • The International Journal of Body-Therapy - This journal is a joint venture between the EABP and the USABP.

Internet Resources:

  • BoMi is an online guide to over 80 body-centered methods of healing and personal growth. The site contains information about books, holistic practitioner listing, useful addresses and links.

Other General Therapies, Transpersonal and Spiritual Practice Links

Gestalt Therapy:

The internet is rich in information resources for Gestalt therapy. Here are a few links:

"The enemy of development is this pain phobia – the unwillingness to do a tiny bit of suffering." 
-- Fritz Perls in Gestalt Verbatim, p 56.

Humanistic Perspective:

Link to the A.H.P. Click here to read a thoughtful description of the Humanistic Perspective.


Gottman Institute:

John Gottman and Julie Gottman at the Gottman Institute address families and couples in order to help create and maintain greater love and health in relationships. Their work is based on intensive, detailed, and long-term scientific study of why marriages succeed or fail.


Institutions with trainings in Transpersonal therapy include: The Institute for Transpersonal , Saybrook Graduate School. Click here to read the article at ITP titled "What is Transpersonal Perspective?"

The Diamond Approach®  to self realization was developed by A.H. Almaas. He describes it as: "The Diamond Approach is a path of wisdom, an approach to the investigation of Reality and a method of working on oneself that leads to human maturity and liberation. It is a spiritual teaching, a method of connecting with our spiritual nature and bringing it into our life."  His web site is at

The most beautiful experience...

      we can have is of the mysterious.
      It is the fundamental emotion...
      that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
      - Albert Einstein

Buddhist Perspective:

There are many articles about Buddhist Psy and the connection between Western insights and Buddhist principles available on the internet. Likewise, learning centers are being established to offer training and degree programs in Buddhist Psy. I list a few resources below:

“Hatred never ceases through hatred. Hatred ceases through love alone. This is the ancient law.”
--The Buddha

Retreat Centers

Some centers in the western USA that offer programs include: 

Pacific NorthWest:


"Thoughts are endless, and they rush in to fill the yawning well of awareness."
--Jeff Greenwald, from "The Great Indoors", Tricycle, Winter 2004.

Other Related Topics

Barbara Brennan studied with John Pierrakos and her healing work uses a similar characterology approach. Link to the Barbara Brennan School of Healing

SEO Internet directories and links.


Phone: 503-963-8600

Stephen Shostek
819 SE Morrison, Suite 130
Portland, OR 97214

Click here to join my confidential email list for updates about workshops and classes

Your enquiry is always welcome.
Be Well! 

Portland Therapist Counseling Individuals, Couples, and Groups with Core Energetics Body-Mind Therapy

Counseling & Therapy
Core Energetics
Classes & Groups
Couples Counseling
Crisis Info
Contact me

Stephen Shostek, Core Energetic Therapist in Portland, OR. Counseling with body-mind therapy for well-being and personal growth.
503-963-8600.  Send Stephen Email
The contents of this web site are
© Stephen Shostek 2004-2005 / All rights reserved