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Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar

Asaf is an Israeli psychotherapist, teacher and writer. He founded two post graduate relational body psychotherapy programmes: one in Israel (Psychosoma, with Elad Hadad, Shai Epstein, and Shinar Pinkas) and the UK - Touching the relational Edge (under the Entelia Institute), and is regularly teaching worldwide. Asaf created Integrative-Mindbody-Therapy, an integration of relational work, body psychotherapy and trancework. You can see more about his body psychotherapy modality here See here.

Asaf authored two books (A Therapeutic Anatomy, Pardes 2013; Touching the Relational Edge, Karnac 2014) and co-edited two: with Rachel Shalit When Hurt Remains - Relational Perspectives on Therapeutic Failure (Karnac, 2016), and with Liron Lipkies and Noa Oster Speaking of Bodies (Karnac, 2016). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Body Psychotherapy Journal, and an editor for Self & Society, Body Dance and Movement in Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy and Politics International

As a psychotherapist (UCKP registered, EABP accredited), he is a true believer in the transformative power of embodied connection. He works with individual adults and young adults. Having gained substantial experience in working with trauma, dissociation, psychosexual issues, eating disorders and relationship issues, he is also interested in exploring gender and sexual identity issues and am mindful of cultural, power and class influences. You can learn more about the psychotherapy and supervision that he offers here.

Asaf is a father to two girls, a novice DJ, bird watcher and loves dancing and hiking.

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