There’s courage involved if you want to become truth

There is a broken open place in a lover

Where are those qualities of bravery and sharp compassion in this group

What’s the use of old and

frozen thought

I want a howling hurt

This is not a treasury where gold is stored

This is for copper

We alchemists look for talent that can heat up and change

Luke warm won’t do

Half-hearted holding back

Well enough getting by

Not here

– Rumi

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

– Rumi


There is a way of breathing

That’s a shame and a suffocation

And there’s another way of expiring,

A love breath,

That lets you open infinitely.

– Rumi

Reichian Theory

When we are open, we experience pleasure, liveliness, and vitality. Many of us, however, find that our lives and relationships feel painfully constricted. We develop coping strategies early in life to ward off difficult, uncomfortable feelings. These defenses become habitual and can inhibit us from experiencing joyful, expansive feelings as well as honest contact with our pain. We become frozen and trapped in our defenses, and can become physically ill. These symptoms are cries for help from our wounded past, a past that may keep us from being fully available to the present. Our contracted self reveals itself in our character structure and body armor. To find our free, authentic self we must become conscious of our armoring – our self-distortions that turn us into unhealthy adults that attack, cling, isolate, dominate and distort reality.

As we shed unnecessary layers of armor and facade we begin to discover our true, creative, naturally sexual and spiritual natures.

What is Reichian / Orgonomic Therapy?

Reichian Therapy, developed by Wilhelm Reich, is a method for character transformation that recognizes the essential functional identity of the mind and body. Also known as Orgone Therapy, Orgonomic Therapy, and Biopsychotherapy, Reichian Therapy recognizes how “armoring” against the free flow of life energy blocks full emotional expression. The Orgonomic therapist works with the principles of psychodynamic psychotherapy to reveal to the patient\client their character attitudes and their character armoring.

The cost of constrictionWith a functionally deep understanding of the mind/body relationship, the Orgonomic Therapist simultaneously analyzes the patient’s character (characteranalysis) as it presents itself through the ways in which they walk, talk, hold themselves, etc., and the chronic muscular tensions that anchor and support this behavior. This is done through relationship-building verbal dialog, description, analysis, and the release of muscular tension through deep massage that allows emotional contact and release. Developed out of Wilhelm Reich’s characteranalytic theory, which views the mind and body as one functional unit, Reichian Therapy is the classical foundation of Somatic Psychology. Reichian Therapy is an intensive, confrontational, personally demanding process for those who wish to profoundly change themselves and their life.

Click to hear WRNW radio’s interview of Dr. Frisch as she talks about Reichian / Orgonomic Therapy

Orgonomic therapeutic process facilitates:

  • Self-awareness and deep insight
  • Emotional and physical release, followed by an increased energy flow
  • Changes in habitual, unhealthy defensive patterns
  • Effective, lasting change

Bio-Psychotherapy includes:

  • Skilled, therapeutic dialog
  • Authentic, supportive, actively engaged relationship with the therapist
  • Characteranalysis: examine and change unproductive defense mechanisms
  • Body work: massage and deep tissue muscular intervention
  • Facilitation of deep feeling expression
  • Restoration of healthy breathing
  • Dream analysis
  • Couple, family therapy and group therapies

Benefits of Orgonomic Therapy:

  • Alleviate symptoms of depression
  • Ease anxiety and panic
  • Decrease stress-related symptoms
  • Assistance with eating, sleep, and other disorders
  • Reduce physical symptoms (headaches, nervous disorders, digestive problems, sexual dysfunction, etc.)
  • Alter destructive relational patterns

Learn more about Reichian Therapy, the price of constriction and the process of expansion here.

Beginning the Expansion

Patricia Frisch, Ph.D., is a very experienced, skilled therapist in Reichian/Orgonomic Therapy. She offers individual, couple, and group therapy through her practice in the California North Bay Area. For her professional biography and contact information, click here.

Free Master-Level Bodywork & Couples Characteranalytic Therapy

There are continued opportunities for you, your friends, families, colleagues and patients to experience free therapy sessions including biophysical somatic interventions under the supervision of Dr. Frisch during training demonstration days. For more information or to sign-up for this opportunity email us at assist@orgonomictherapy.com or call 415-388-0622.

Lower-Fee Therapy Option:

Dr. Frisch has a group of professional licensed therapists, some accredited by OINC and others who are trainees, who offer lower fee services for patients with financial concerns. Locations include Marin, Novato, San Francisco, and the East Bay. Contact her at 415-388-0622 for an appropriate referral.