Orgonomy/Dr. Frisch’s Method: Independent Study Path

Integrated Clinical Training for Professionals & Students in the U.S. & Internationally

Dr. Patricia Frisch has designed a program that teaches students and professional therapists the how to’s, nuts and bolts of clinical process from A to Z. Her detailed progression from theory to practice makes her Independent Study Path highly practical and useable. She delineates key guiding features: from the important points of the first phone call to what to do in the first session: what to ask, guidelines on important paper work; to figuring out the character of the patient so interventions make sense; to the stages of therapy: beginning, middle and termination; bodywork and dream analysis. Her course discusses critical elements of Reichian Orgonomic therapy and her own unique method — theory to practice.

Dr. Frisch has created an innovative method that synthesizes elements of Reich’s theory and Orgonomy with theories of James Masterson, M.D. and the Masterson Institute. She has integrated preoedipal, Disorders of the Self (personality disorders) with Reich’s character typology to create a comprehensive typology that includes both neurotic and early attachment disorders.

The Orgonomic Institute of Northern California (OINC) now offers U.S. and International students an opportunity to learn Dr Frisch’s integrated method that includes Orgonomy, the classical theoretical foundation of somatic psychology through distance learning courses and private mentorship, as part of the Institute’s Independent Study Path. Students can follow this outlined trajectory of audio CDs, MP3’s, and use Skype or live mentorship to learn theoretical components and listen to experiential segments that demonstrate the art of characteranalysis other techniques.  Skype sessions are also available to international students.  Completion of the Independent Study Path prepares students for the Biophysical Series, which trains professionals in somatic interventions. Dr. Patricia Frisch, Executive Director of OINC, has created her own unique method that integrates current attachment theory and Jung’s approach to the unconscious while maintaining the integrity of Reich’s theories. Her method makes characteranalysis immediately relevant to present day psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Frisch’s entire method is now available in a distance learning format that allows students to self-pace their learning experience and study/review material to the point of mastery.

These CD Classes and MP3 study groups cover extensive theoretical material while facilitating experiential integration through listening to animated clinical discussions and practice dyads. The recordings of live classes, which include case presentations and question/answer periods, give the student an experience of being in class rather than just cognitively absorbing didactic presentations.  All recorded classes and study groups have an ample experiential component where Dr. Frisch coaches mock therapeutic dyads.

Independent Study Path Sequence

(C.E. Credits for Psychologists – see below)

The Independent Study Path Sequence:

1. Introductory Audio Training Courses (6 courses) with associated MP3 Study Group Classes (6 classes) and 4 consulting sessions with Dr. Frisch.

2. Intermediate Audio Training ISP (6 courses) with associated MP3 Study Group Classes (8 classes) and 4 consulting sessions with Dr. Frisch.  (Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Introductory Series)

3. Advanced Audio Training Level 1  ISP (6 courses) with associated MP3 Study Group Classes (6 classes) and 3 consulting sessions with Dr. Frisch. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Introductory and Intermediate Series)

4. Advanced Audio Training Level 2  ISP (7 courses) and 4 consulting sessions with Dr. Frisch. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Introductory and Intermediate Series)

5. Advanced Audio Training Level 3  ISP (3 courses) and 2 consulting sessions with Dr. Frisch. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Level 1 and 2 Series)

Note that several OINC classes, such as the Topical Mentoring may provide demonstrations of bodywork and are open to all students attending any Series. These classes allow students to witness Dr. Frisch and her more advanced students applying orgnonomic techniques along with characteranalytic interventions. When the student has mastered the theoretical and characteranalytic aspects of the method, they may be offered an option to attend extended weekend sessions conducted by Dr. Frisch and devoted to Biophysical interventions.

The Student Experience: Independent Study Path (ISP)

We asked two of our students to tell us of their experience moving through the ISP.

What made you chose the ISP program?

A.P. “Firstly, I was very struck by the Dr Frisch’s synthesis and approach. The training that I had had in my Masters Program, while being very interesting and useful, lacked any sense of spine, self-belief or frame. Content-wise, I feel very drawn to this somatically informed character analytic work for its robust depth and the powerful and transformational therapeutic frame it provides. The ISP program allows for listening at home or in the car and that means less time traveling to workshops/input sessions.”

M.P. “I chose the ISP program because I wanted to study Reich’s work with Dr. Frisch. She is such an effective therapist…” Read more…

Detailed requirements of the Independent Study Path:

Introductory Level

cliff-womanThe Introductory CD Training Courses combined with MP3 recordings of their associated live Study Group classes will give U.S. and international students a necessary and basic overview of Orgonomy and Dr. Frisch’s method. Students will learn how to apply the entire diagnostic typology, as well as the basics of setting up the therapeutic frame, fundamentals of Reich’s theory with the addition of relevant object relations theory, and Jungian theory as utilized in Dr. Frisch’s method. The Series covers the essentials of Reich’s clinical approach and key conceptual material. Characteranalytic interventions are discussed and practiced from the very beginning giving the student clinical techniques they can apply immediately.

Introductory Level class protocol for Independent Study (to be completed in the order listed):

Intro Course #1:
A. An Orientation on Breaking through Resistance. Time: 1:40 (1.5 hrs CE credit).  Price: $60* Buy Now
B. Intro MP3 Study Group #1.  Time: Approx. 2:30 (2.5 hrs CE credit). Price $90.  Buy Now

Intro Course #2:
A. Fundamentals of Wilhelm Reich & Masterson’s Setting the Frame. Time: 2:44 (2.5 hrs CE credit).  Price: $120*. Buy Now
B. Intro MP3 Study Group #2.  Time: Approx. 2:30 (2.5 hrs CE credit). Price $90.  Buy Now

Consultation #1:
1 hour consulting session #1 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Intro Course #3:
1. Introduction to Diagnosis: Orgonomy and Characteranalysis – Working with Presenting Style, an Inroad into Defense.  Time: 3:05 (3 hrs CE Credit).  Price: $120*.
2. Intro MP3 Study Group #3.  Time: Approx. 2:30 (2.5 hrs CE credit). Price $90.  Buy Now

Intro Course #4:
A. Introduction to Diagnosis: Disorders of the Self. Time: 2:56 (2.5 hrs CE Credit).  Price: $120*. Buy Now
B. Intro MP3 Study Group #4.  Time: Approx. 2:30 (2.5 hrs CE credit). Price $90.  Buy Now

Consultation #2:
1 hour consulting session #2 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Intro Course #5
A. Reich’s Diagnostic Categories Part 2: Schizophrenia and the Anal Character.  Time: 2:38 (2.5 hrs CE Credit).  Price: $120*. Buy Now
B. Intro MP3 Study Group #5.  Time: Approx. 2:30 (2.5 hrs CE credit). Price $90.  Buy Now

Intro Course #6
A. The Difficult Patient: Managing Acting Out.  Time: 5:11 (5 hrs CE Credit)
Price: $200*. Buy Now
B. Intro MP3 Study Group #6.  Time: Approx. 2:30 (2.5 hrs CE credit). Price $90.  Buy Now

Consultation #3:
1 hour consulting session #3 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Final Introductory Series Review:  Review Intro Courses 1-6 and prepare a presentation on a theoretical topic of interest that pertains to one or more of the Courses.

Consultation #4:
1 hour consulting session #3 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Students can purchase the audio courses (not the MP3 Study Group classes) for a discounted price as follows:

A. Intro CD Package A will be Courses 1, 2, & 3 and the package price will be $250*  ($50 discount) – Buy Now
B. Intro CD Package B will be Courses 4, 5, & 6 and the package price will be $365*  ($75 discount) – Buy Now

*Plus tax and shipping/handling fees.

More detailed information on the Introductory CD courses, including samples, can be found here: Introductory CD courses

Intermediate Level

The Intermediate CD Training Courses combined with MP3 recordings of their associated live Study Group classes will cover more advanced concepts of the theoretical and clinical approach of Wilhelm Reich and his somatic techniques. The Masterson Group’s delineation of the Disorders of the Self will be expanded upon. Focus on critical elements of the therapeutic relationship, and differential character diagnosis and skill building will be included. Topics include: working with abandonment depression, dream analysis, couples therapy, and various styles of intervention as related to diagnosis.

Intermediate Level class protocol for Independent Study (to be completed in the order listed):

Intermediate Course #1:
A. Fundamentals of Reich & Masterson’s Clinical Approach. Time: 3:51 (3.5 hrs CE Credit) Price: $200*. Buy Now
B. Intermediate MP3 Study Group #1.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $100.  Buy Now

Intermediate Course #2:
A. Differential Diagnosis:  Masterson & Reich. Time: 5:00 (5 hrs CE Credit) Price: $200*. Buy Now
B. Intermediate MP3 Study Group #2.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $100.  Buy Now

Consultation #1:
1 hour consulting session #1 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Intermediate Course #3:
A. Interventions: The Therapist’s Tool Chest. Time: 3:04 (3 hrs CE Credit) Price: $200*. Buy Now
B. Intermediate MP3 Study Group #3.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $100.  Buy Now

Intermediate Course #4:
A. Carl Jung:  Working with Dreams and the Objective Psyche. Time: 1:49 (1.5 hrs CE Credits) Price: $200*. Buy Now .
B. Intermediate MP3 Study Group #4.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $100.  Buy Now

Consultation #2:
1 hour consulting session #2 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Intermediate Course #5
A. Working Through Phase: Abandonment Depression and Couples Therapy. Time: 2:43 (2.5 hrs CE Credit) Price: $200*. Buy Now
B. Intermediate MP3 Study Group #5.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $100. Buy Now

Intermediate Course #6
A. Talionic Impulse in Treatment; Anal Character Types & Characteranalytic Couples Therapy. Time: 2:24 (2 hrs CE Credit) Price: $200*. Buy Now
B. Intermediate MP3 Study Group #6.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $100.  Buy Now

Consultation #3:
1 hour consulting session #3 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Intermediate MP3 Study Group #7: Integration.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $100.  Buy Now

Intermediate MP3 Study Group #8:  Integration.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $100.  Buy Now

Final Intermediate Series Review:  Review Intro Courses 1-6 and prepare a presentation on a theoretical topic of interest that pertains to one or more of the Courses.

Consultation #4:
1 hour consulting session #3 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Students can purchase the Intermediate audio courses (not the MP3 Study Group classes) for a discounted price as follows:
A. Intermediate CD Package A will be Courses 1, 2, & 3 and the package price will be $500*  ($100 discount) – Buy Now
B. Intermediate CD Package B will be Courses 4, 5, & 6 and the package price will be $500*  ($100 discount) – Buy Now

*Plus tax and shipping/handling fees.

More detailed information on the Intermediate CD courses, including samples, can be found here: Intermediate CD courses

Advanced Levels 1, 2, & 3

The Advanced CD Training Courses Levels 1, 2, & 3 combined with MP3 recordings of Level 1’s associated live Study Group classes will cover the theoretical and clinical approach of Wilhelm Reich and his somatic techniques at an advanced level. Material by other theorists, such as Carl Jung and Mahler, will also be included. Subjects covered are expansive and include Jung’s discovery of the self in individuation and transformation, the various types of patients and how they respond to termination, anxiety and developmental trauma and its effects on the formation of the self, working with difficult patients, Reich’s oral unsatisfied block/obesity, characteranalytic group therapy, and more. Advanced Level 3 focuses on somatic/biophysical application.   Advanced Levels class protocol for Independent Study (to be completed in the order listed):

Advanced Level 1

Advanced Level 1 Course #1:
A. Jung: Discovery of the Self in Individuation and Transformation. Time: 1:47 (1.5 hrs CE Credit) Price: $250*. Buy Now
B. Advanced Level 1 MP3 Study Group #1.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $110.  Buy Now

Advanced Level 1 Course #2:
A. Termination; Character Analytic Group Therapy. Time: 2:28 (2 hrs CE Credit) Price: $250*. Buy Now
B. Advanced Level 1 MP3 Study Group #2.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $110.  Buy Now

Consultation #1:
1 hour consulting session #1 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Advanced Level 1 Course #3:
A. Treatment of Early Trauma and its Effect on Development.  Time: 1:22 (1 hr CE Credit) Price: $250*. Buy Now

B. Advanced Level 1 MP3 Study Group #3.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $110. Buy Now

Advanced Level 1 Course #4:
A. Our Most Difficult Patients: Devaluing Narcissist.  Time: 2:43 (2.5 hrs CE Credit) Price: $250*. Buy Now .
B. Advanced Level 1 MP3 Study Group #4.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $110. Buy Now

Consultation #2:
1 hour consulting session #2 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Advanced Level 1 Course #5
A. Schizoid: A Deeper Look.  Time: 2:52 (2.5 hrs CE Credit) Price: $250*. Buy Now
B. Advanced Level 1 MP3 Study Group #5.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $110. Buy Now

Advanced Level 1 Course #6
A. Obesity and Middle Phase of Treatment.  Time: 4:32 (4.5 hrs CE Credit) Price: $325*. Buy Now
B. Advanced Level 1 MP3 Study Group #6.  Time: Approx. 3:30 (3.5 hrs CE credit). Price $110. Buy Now

Consultation #3:
1 hour consulting session #3 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Final Advanced Level 1 Series Review:  Review Intro Courses 1-6 and prepare a presentation on a theoretical topic of interest that pertains to one or more of the Courses.

Consultation #4:
1 hour consulting session #4 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Students can purchase the Advanced Level 1 audio courses (not the MP3 Study Group classes) for a discounted price as follows:

A. Advanced Level 1 CD Package A will be Courses 1, 2, & 3 and the package price will be $600*  ($105 discount) – Buy Now
B. Advanced Level 1 CD Package B will be Courses 4, 5, & 6 and the package price will be $690*  ($105 discount) – Buy Now

*Plus tax and shipping/handling fees.

More detailed information on the Advanced Level 1 CD courses, including samples, can be found here: Advanced Level 1 CD courses

Advanced Level 2

Advanced Level 2 courses do not have MP3 Study Groups associated with them.

Advanced Level 2, Course #1
Borderline Disorders & Working with Anxiety.  Time: 4:43 (4.5 hrs CE Credit); Price: $325.00. Buy Now

Advanced Level 2, Course #2
Eating Disorders as they relate to Reich’s Character Types.  Time: 4hrs (4 hrs CE Credit); Price: $250.00. Buy Now

Consultation #1:
1 hour consulting session #1 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Advanced Level 2, Course #3
Assessing One’s Clinical Skill.  Time: 37min. (.5 hrs CE Credit); Price: $175.00. Buy Now

Advanced Level 2, Course #4
Deepening the Relationship: Working with Dreams. Time: 2:40 (2.5 hrs CE Credit); Price: $200.00. Buy Now

Consultation #2:
1 hour consulting session #1 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Advanced Level 2, Course #5
Understanding Neurosis and Oedipal Issues,  Time: 1:24 (1 hr CE Credit); Price: $200.00. Buy Now

Advanced Level 2, Course #6
Private Practice Success Series.  Time: 3:08 (3 hrs CE Credit); Price: $250.00. Buy Now

Consultation #3:
1 hour consulting session #1 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Advanced Level 2, Course #7
Bodywork Tutorial. Time: 2:04 (2 hrs CE Credit); Price: $250.00. Buy Now

Consultation #4:
1 hour consulting session #1 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Package pricing for Advanced Level 2 CD’s:

Package A contains CD’s 1-3: 3 CD courses for $600 ($150 discount). Buy Now
Package B contains CD’s 4-7: 4 CD courses for $740 ($160 discount). Buy Now

*Plus tax and shipping/handling fees.

More detailed information on the Advanced Level 2 CD courses, including samples, can be found here: Advanced Level 2 CD courses.

Advanced Level 3

Advanced Level 3 courses do not have MP3 Study Groups associated with them.

Advanced Level 3, Course #1
Orientation to Bodywork – First Sessions and Segments.  Time: 2:58 (2.5 hrs CE Credit); Price: $250.00. Buy Now

Advanced Level 3, Course #2
Bodywork #1.  Time: 2:23 (2 hrs CE Credit); Price: $250.00. Buy Now

Consultation #1:
1 hour consulting session #1 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

Advanced Level 3, Course #3
Bodywork #2.  Time: 2:27. (2 hrs CE Credit); Price: $250.00. Buy Now

Consultation #2:
1 hour consulting session #1 with Dr. Frisch.  Please arrange in advance.  Price: $295 for licensed professionals in practice; non-practicing students may pay $200. Please schedule your consultations with Dr. Frisch directly. Payment is due at the time of your session.

*Plus tax and shipping/handling fees.

More detailed information on the Advanced Level 3 CD courses can be found here: Advanced Level 3 CD Courses.

Additional Information

  • Consulting Sessions with Dr. Frisch:  The purpose of these sessions is to ascertain the student’s understanding of the material, answer questions, provide coaching, case supervision and address any other related student need. Sessions are scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time and may be private, or up to 5 students may be attendance, at Dr. Frisch’s discretion. Students may participate via live consultations or by phone, through Skype, or through video teleconferencing. Session duration may be extended with multiple participants. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance, and no shows, must pay in full.
  • Certificates of Completion are available for each Series.  In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, students much complete all work and sessions with Dr. Frisch within 12 months of initiating each series, submit a digital evaluation for each course in the series, have paid all fees, and, in some cases, passed a digital self-test.  Students must also pass a general assessment by Dr. Frisch during the required, scheduled consultation appointments with her. This assessment pertains to their general grasp of the material covered thus far in each program.
  • OINC may offer Certification in Characteranalysis  to licensed, practicing clinicians, and those on track for licensure.  Qualification is on an individual basis after successful completion of all Series and at Dr. Frisch’s sole discretion.
  • 2017 Certificate fees are $20 for each certificate (in addition to course fees).
  • General OINC Policies also apply – Please review our Terms and Conditions.
  • U.S. and international students may only enter the Independent Study track with Dr. Frisch’s permission.
  • Each Series is a prerequisite for the one that follows it.
  • Continuing Education credits may be available for distance learning classes – please contact us prior to your purchase to see if CE credits are available for the courses you wish to take.  All students wishing CE credit for Audio Courses must meet completion requirements, which include submitting an audio course evaluation and, in some cases, passing a comprehension self-test; all within 60 days of the audio course purchase. CE certificate fees  = $20/course.
  • Payment plans may be available and are subject to interest and late payment fees.
  • Scholarship money may be available for students with verifiable financial need.
  • OINC accepts credit cards and checks, in U.S. dollars.

Other policies may apply.  OINC reserves the right to modify this information at any time without notice.

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 her permission. Please contact her directly at patricia@orgonomictherapy.com for permission to use her method or materials.