Patricia Frisch PhD, psychologist, MFT, is an expert in Wilhelm Reich’s characteranalytic and somatic approach, known as Orgonomy, as well as her own unique method that defines the nuts and bolts of clinical practice and enhanced clinical skills. Reichian theory is at the heart of current somatic approaches. Dr. Frisch is founder and Director of The Orgonomic Institute of Northern California (OINC) where she supervises and trains professionals in her method: characteranalysis, somatic interventions, and expanded diagnostic typologies. Her programs include instruction in Masterson’s Disorders of the Self, dream analysis, group therapy and couples therapy. Dr. Frisch created a comprehensive audio training program, which provides Independent Study through long-distance learning and certification options to students in the U.S. and internationally.
Dr. Frisch’s book: Whole Therapist, Whole Patient: Integrating Reich, Masterson and Jung in Modern Psychotherapy, was published in 2018 by Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
She authored the Orgonomy (Reichian Therapy) chapter of SAGE Publications’ (2015) Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy and published a video through SAGE (2015).
She was founder and director of Counseling and Training Consultants, a non-profit which provided communications training for correctional officers and therapy for inmates at correctional facilities in California and Nevada, and supervised mental health professionals in California State Prisons for over 10 years, including a full treatment and training program at San Quentin. She was also a well-received workshop leader at Esalen® Institute for 10 years. She currently maintains an active private practice in Mill Valley, California.