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I have taken Dr. Frisch’s independent study course for three years. During all that time, I have been in graduate school. While I am impressed with the various theoretical models taught in school, the two models that Dr. Frisch primarily draws from, Reich’s character analytic work and Masterson’s approach, are excellent, highly practical working models. This really comes through when Dr. Frisch discusses cases. Her supervision is razor sharp and to the point, and her advice has repeatedly helped transform my work with clients. The audio CD and MP3 courses are full of valuable information and insight, and luckily, can be listened to repeatedly. Each time I listen to them, I hear something new that helps me in my work. I have had the amazing opportunity to see Dr. Frisch work with clients during her live classes. Her effectiveness, her ability to get to the point and see the essence of what is happening for the client, and her bravery in working with those parts of our characters that are difficult – are all remarkable.
— Michael Pinkerton

Introductory MP3 Training Courses for New Students

FIMO’s 6-course introductory MP3 training series is designed for new students who want to learn characteranalysis. This series can be preparatory for classes in Reich’s somatic interventions. These courses will cover the theoretical and clinical approach of Wilhelm Reich and his somatic techniques. The Masterson Group’s delineation of the Disorders of the Self will also be included in order to represent later research in developmental attachment theory and round out Reich’s diagnostic typology. These training courses are rich with information, include non-confidential discussion and experiential coaching to hear the approach in action, and allow students to self-pace and deepen their learning to the point of mastery. These courses facilitate your entry into more advanced classes that include Reich’s biophysical interventions.

For two samples of Dr. Frisch teaching Introductory Audio Courses, listen here:

Therapeutic Neutrality
The Basics of Therapy

Both from Fundamentals of Wilhelm Reich & Masterson’s Setting the Frame.

The Introductory MP3 Training Series:

1. An Orientation on Breaking through Resistance and Integrating Somatic Psychology into Current Therapeutic Paradigms (2 parts)

In Breaking Through Patient Resistance, Reich understood that therapy will fall apart and patients inevitably move on unless the therapist can work effectively with the patient’s resistance. Reich worked directly with immediacy and efficacy in approaching resistance. Dr Frisch has perfected this approach. Learn how to work with presenting character styles that actually illuminate and manifest the patient’s resistance. Discover ways to pinpoint latent negative resistance and see how it infects treatment. Time: 1:40

Integrating Somatic Psychology into Current Therapeutic Paradigms provides an overview of Dr. Frisch’s method based in part on Reich’s theoretical and clinical approach including characteranalysis and a description of the elements of Reich’s biophysical theory and practice. Reich’s understanding of character and its template in the body will be presented. Many psychodynamic approaches can incorporate some aspects of Reich’s techniques which will enliven and deepen long term or short term treatment. The orientation will include an experiential demonstration of characteranalytic verbal work. Time: 1:47

Price: $115*
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2. Fundamentals of Wilhelm Reich & Masterson’s Setting the Frame.

In this MP3, an edited recording of a half-day introductory training, Dr Frisch discusses Reich’s critical concept of contact, the 3 layers of defense, and other basics of Orgonomy. Dr Frisch will cover the basic nuts and bolts of clinical practice, creating and holding the therapeutic frame, and give details on how to conduct 1st and 2nd session patient interviews. Students will learn how to set up the therapeutic relationship so it can succeed. Role-play with coaching demonstrating the therapeutic work in action is included. Time: 2:44
Price: $120*
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3. Introduction to Diagnosis: Orgonomy and Characteranalysis – Working with Presenting Style, an Inroad into Defense.

This MP3, an edited recording of a half-day introductory training, delineates Reich’s theory and stages of character development, and discusses how trauma leads to blocks creating repressed or unsatisfied zones. Dr Frisch discusses the development of muscular and character armoring and other orgonomic concepts. She outlines Reich’s diagnostic typology and delineates many of his character types. There is discussion between the lectures and an experiential portion, which includes Dr Frisch coaching a dyadic role-play. Time: 3:05
Price: $120*
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4. Introduction to Diagnosis: Disorders of the Self.

This MP3, an edited recording of a half-day introductory training, gives you the basics of developmental self/object relations from James Masterson’s perspective. Reich’s diagnostic focus fit his times with an emphasis on the oedipal phase of development and accompanying, related neurotic impairments. Research in attachment issues and related preoedipal dysfunction adds greatly to the typology of character diagnosis. This provides students a breadth of knowledge in character structure/defenses, which allows their clinical work to be truly discriminating. An introduction to theory and a discussion of Narcissistic Character disorder is also included. Time: 2:56
Price: $120*
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5. Reich’s Diagnostic Categories Part 2: Schizophrenia and the Anal Character.

This MP3, an edited recording of a half-day introductory training, completes Reich’s diagnostic typology so students are armed with all the character structures they will need to accurately assess patients. This MP3 also includes a discussion of schizophrenia from Dr. Mahler’s object relations point of view, to better understand the etiology and inherent nature of this patient. Time: 2:38
Price: $120*
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6. The Difficult Patient: Managing Acting Out.

This MP3, an edited recording of an introductory full-day training, discusses Reich’s foundational concepts of resistance, transference neurosis and latent negative transference. Dr. Frisch delineates the stratification of the layers of defense. The Disorder of the Self diagnoses of Borderline and Schizoid will be completed. Time: 5:11
Price: $200*
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Intro MP3 Training Series Discount Packages:

  • Intro Mp3 Package A will be Courses 1, 2, & 3 and the package price will be $305* ($50 discount)
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  • Intro Mp3 Package B will be Sessions 4, 5, & 6 and the package price will be $365* ($75 discount)
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*Plus applicable taxes.

Students wishing to study the Introductory Training Series must be licensed health professionals or students on track for licensure.

Individual and Shared Mentoring Options:
There are individual and shared mentoring options for all our Audio Series.  Mentoring helps students enhance mastery of the material, provides opportunities to engage experientially with the intervention style, and aids in integrating the work into other paradigms.

Terms and Conditions:
When enrolling in any live class or purchasing an audio CD product from FIMO, you must agree to our Terms and Conditions, a copy of which is downloadable here.


Dr. Patricia Frisch has created a unique, proprietary clinical method which expands Reich’s character typology and seamlessly weaves in portions of Masterson’s theory and practice resulting in a comprehensive system for treating patients and training therapists. Her method, along with the material on this website, materials from her trainings, and Dr. Frisch’s audio CD’s, which are copyrighted through the Library of Congress, are her sole property. Dr. Frisch’s method can only be taught with permission. Please contact FIMO directly at for permission to use the method or materials.
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