Meet Judith (Judi) Moolten
Judith (Judi) Moolten, Judi, educated as a clinical social worker then while working on her PhD became trained and certified in Somatic Psychology became an expert in the body and minds response to fear and stress. Judi opened her own nationally recognized mental and physical health treatment & training company, the Bodymind Institute-IBSR in 2009. Judi spent many years consulting for continuing education companies such as Kripalu, Esalen, Pesi, Omega Institute, nonprofits and non-governmental organizations. She began treating clients for stress and trauma over 20 years ago using CBT, EMDR, talk therapy and mindfulness activities to help them work through their many problems. It was during this time that she realized something was missing. She would conduct individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy with veterans' and found that when they became aroused they would quickly try to move away from the bodily discomfort that was co-occurring during their descriptions of horrific events. This is what led Judi to want to learn more about how the body's reaction to stress or threat moves from freezing, to being frightened and then wanting to calm down as quickly as possible, or flee. She learned that only after the flee happens do they begin to talk about the experience more fully. She found that EMDR, CBT, etc. were not enough to unravel the somatic responses. Cognitive tools just got them going and clients would not fully find relief. She made it her life's work to add something to psychotherapy that was not only meaningful but could heal both the emotional and the physiological wounds. She went on to get a certificate in somatic psychology and add this knowledge to her clinical psychology practice. IBSR was born. Today, Judi uses foundational somatic (IBSR primer) with talk therapy & cognitive processing initially in treatment with individuals, couples, families and groups. She also trains and certifies mental health professionals in IBSR Primer, IBSR, ans IBSR Hybrid. Judi is the originator and developer of the Bodymind Institute-IBSR's signature treatment method, Integration Based Stress Removal (IBSR), IBSR Primer and the IBSR Hybrid. These protocols have been proven to be effective in the treatment for anxiety, panic, depression, stress and trauma. Moolten is Clinical Director, Founder & President of the Bodymind Institute-IBSR and the International Association of Bodymind Trauma Professionals, IABTP.
Judi has as much passion and compassion as she did over 20 years ago for both somatic psychology and behavioral change. Her current work is dedicated to short-term resolution focused outpatient treatment of addiction, relationship problems, grief/loss, anxiety, panic, depression, stress and trauma. Judi currently works with clients for counseling globally via remote methods. Judi also, supervises and certifies mental health professionals while continuing to oversee clinical trials and research in IBSR Primer, IBSR and the IBSR Hybrid.