Neurobiological Theory and Models

A Help or Hindrance in the Clinical Encounter?


  • Robert Lewis



neurobiology, relational, mirroring, intuitive, paradigm


This paper examines the clinical relevance of recent neuroscience data to the practice of bioenergetic analysis. I conclude that the nonverbal, bodily basis of our approach is affirmed by the evolving picture of a right-brain-to right-brain infant-caregiver dialogue engraving our attachment experience into the right limbic system as a model of relationships to come. But I also conclude that, for most of us, the neurobiological data does not help us in real time to be present with our patient in the clinical encounter. Two clinical vignettes illustrate both the above perspective and the continuing relevance of our basic Reichian/Lowenian model of our patient as the trillion-celled amoeba.

Author Biography

Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis, M.D., in private practice in New York, is a senior trainer on the IIBA faculty, and a member of the clinical faculty of the NYU/Mount Sinai Medical Center. His elucidation of Cephalic Shock and way of working with the head, voice, and diaphragmatic connections to the pelvis, are beyond words. He leads workshops in Europe and the Americas, and residential intensives on Long Island, New York.
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How to Cite

Lewis, R. (2022). Neurobiological Theory and Models: A Help or Hindrance in the Clinical Encounter?. Bioenergetic Analysis, 22(1), 109–126.