Raja Selvam, PhD, a senior Somatic Experiencing (SE) trainer and a faculty member at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Lectures and teaches in the U.S., Europe, Israel, India, Russia, Hong Kong, China, and Brazil.
Developer of the Integral Somatic Psychtherapy (ISP) and its companion (Integral Trauma Resolution) approaches, Raja’s increasingly eclectic approach draws from bodywork systems of Postural Integration and Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy, body-psychotherapy systems of Bioenergetics and Bodynamic Analysis, Jungian and Archetypal psychologies, psychoanalytic schools of Object Relations and Inter-Subjectivity, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Affective Neuroscience, and Advaita Vedanta, a spiritual tradition from India.
Raja’s dissertation for his PhD in Clinical Psychology, his second doctoral degree, was on Advaita Vedanta and Jungian Psychology.
His article on treating Indian tsunami survivors for trauma symptoms with the SE-based Integral Trauma Resolution approach (ITR) was published in the September 2008 issue of the journal Traumatology. In that study, almost 90% of survivors treated reported significant or complete improvement in presenting symptoms as well as indicators of PTSD at an 8-month follow-up assessment. Two subsequent studies among Indian tsunami survivors with control groups being readied for submission for publication, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, India, show comparable results.