Pre-Conference Workshop

Creating the Present Situation through our Mutual Embodiment

Michael Craig Clemmens PhD

We create the present situation through our mutual embodiment, whether in our consultations with clients or social engagements. These “threadings” of the relational space emerge prior to our verbal and cognitive articulation. They are “pre-verbal”, initiated prior to awareness, and often remaining the background yet compellingly influence on our experience.

In this workshop, we will explore how our somatic process (stance, movements, and gestures) creates possibilities for connection and boundary simultaneously. A specific focus will be on how we create inclusion and exclusion through somatic engagement.


Michael Clemmens is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Pittsburgh, PA working with individuals and couples. He is a lead faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. He travels extensively nationally and internationally teaching and offering experiential learning opportunities.

Michael is the author of Getting Beyond Sobriety: Clinical Approaches to Long Term Recovery, other articles on Gestalt Therapy, and co-author with Arie Bursztyn of “The Embodied Field: Culture and Body” published in The Bridge: Dialogues Across Culture. His newest publication is “The Interactive Field: Gestalt Therapy as an embodied relational dialogue” is included in the textbook by Routledge. Gestalt Therapy: Advances in Theory and Practice.