John Conger, PhD
International Bioenergetics Trainer
Before having a private practice as a psychologist, I taught High School English in private schools (1960-72). I was ordained as an Episcopalian priest on Nov. 6, 1965. I began teaching high school English at St. Bernards School in New Jersey. After two years I taught at a New York Tutoring School while attending Cooper Union Art School. Through the years I taught at The Pingry School in New Jersey (1964-69), Horace Mann in New York, and finally several years at College Preparatory School in Berkeley. During that time I worked on a doctorate in English at New York University which I never completed.
I completed a doctorate in Psychology in 1974. I was Director of Phoenix House (1974-78), a half-way house for schizophrenic and severely depressed clients. I was licensed in 1976 and began a full time private practice seeing individuals, couples and families.
Dr. Conger is a Psychoanalyst, licensed Psychologist and International Trainer in Bioenergetic Analysis. He has been integrating Bioenergetics with Analytic Psychology since 1982. He is the author of Jung and Reich: The Body as Shadow (1988) and The Body in Recovery: Somatic Psychotherapy and the Self (1994). He was editor of the International Journal of Bioenergetic Analysis (1997-2004). He has taught classes in Freud, Jung, Reich, Somatic Psychotherapy, Jungian Dream Interpretation, and the History of Psychology in local graduate schools for many years including California Institute of Integral Studies and Meridian University
Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California
Certified Psychoanalyst, 2009
Intensive one year trainings: 2000-1 Klein; 2002-3 Bion.
The International Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis
CBT (4 year training) 1982
International Trainer status
California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda, Ca.
PhD in Clinical Psychology, 1974
New York University, New York
MA in English Literature, 1967
Advanced doctoral study
Cooper Union Art School, 1962-64
General Theological Seminary
Analytic and somatic training (AST)
The Ground Seminar is a two-year training of 100 hours per year.
The Advanced Seminar provides an opportunity to become certified as a Bioenergetic Analyst. The Advanced Seminar is conducted in conjunction with The Bioenergetic Society of Northern California.
Image and Energy Seminars
California Institute of Integral Studies. Analytic Somatic Training Courses
Meridian University (formerly Institute of Imaginal Studies). Somatic Therapy Courses.
California Institute for Integral Studies. Supervise interns at the Clement St. Counseling Center.
John F. Kennedy University. Case supervision, Jungian theory, Jungian dreamwork, Freudian theory, Reichian theory and practice, Kleinian theory and the history of psychodynamic theory and practice.
New College. Somatic psychotherapy and Freudian theory.
The International Journal for Bioenergetic Analysis.
The Bioenergetic Review: A Journal of the Bioenergetic Society of Northern California.
American Psychological Association
California State Psychological Association
American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists
The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
The International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis
The Bioenergetic Institute of Northern California
The Psychotherapy Institute of Berkeley
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
The International Psychoanalytic Association
The Episcopal Diocese of California
United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
Kuk Sool Won, Black belt 2002
The Northern California Bioenergetic Society, Certified Bioenergetic Analyst and International Trainer.
The San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, Training program for psychologists working with children.
Rorschach Workshop. John Exner. 40 hours.
Rorschach Workshop. Marguerite Hertz, 30 hours.
Hypnosis Training. Jeffery Zeig, U.C. Santa Cruz
Jung and Reich: The Body as Shadow. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books
The Body in Recovery: Somatic Psychotherapy and the Self. Berkeley: Frog Pub.
Shame and Christianity. A Paper presented at and published by the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley.
“The Body as Shadow” in Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature. Eds Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams,L.A.:Tarcher Inc. 1991
Family Therapy and the Concept of Sprezzatura. Family Therapy, 6(1). 1979
Conversations with my Father. Journal of Pastoral Counseling. 13(2) 1978
(2007) What Bioenergetics and Psychoanalysis can learn from each other. A presentation to the International Bioenergetic Society Conference in Seville, Spain.
(2000) Working with the Body of Shame. A paper and workshop at the Second national conference of the United States Association For Body Psychotherapy, Berkeley, Ca
(1999) Working with The Body of Shame. A five day workshop with the French Society, Brittany.
(1999) Shame and The Divorce of Inside and Outside. A paper presented at the Shame Conference, The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley.
(1999) The Body Concept in Freud, Jung, Winnicott, and Reich. A public and professional day workshop for the C.G.Jung Institute of San Francisco.
(1999) The Four Bodies in Depth Psychology. A professional day workshop at the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, Ca.
(1998) The Body of Shame. A paper presented at the International Bioenergetic Conference in Arles, France.
(1998) The Body of Shame. A paper and workshop for The Bioenergetic Society of Dallas.
(1998) The Body Concept in Jung. A workshop for The Dallas Jung Society.
(1998) Shame and Mask. A paper presented to the Bioenergetic Society and the Jung Society of Dallas.
(1997) Shame and Christianity. A paper presented at the Shame Conference at the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley.
(1993) The Body as Shadow. A paper presented at the Southern California Conference of Bioenergetic Analysis.
(1988) Somatic Psychotherapy: The Body as Shadow. A paper and workshop presented at the New York Open Center.
(1988) The Body as Shadow. A presentation at the Jung Society of San Francisco.
(1987) Humanizing the Narcissistic Style. A workshop on Bioenergetic Therapy presented in response to a conference featuring Stephen Johnson’s presentation and book.
(1987) Somatic Psychotherapy: The Body as Shadow. A two session workshop organized by the Melia Professionals’ Program.
(1984) The Body as Shadow. A paper presented at the Seventh Conference of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, Grossingers, New York.
(1982) Jung and Reich. A paper presented at the Sixth Conference of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, Morelos, Mexico.