- A NEW WAY OF KNOWING
F. Cogswell, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who began his adult
career as chief psychologist at the Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont. In
1959, he became a senior research leader at Systems Development
Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.
there, he was instrumental in designing the first computer based
counseling system and designing and developing the first computer
simulation program for the research and design of educational systems.
From 1965-1968, under the tutelage of James FT Bugental, Ph.D., he
experienced humanistic existential psychotherapy, and later studied
Jungian and Bioenergetic psychotherapy.
1982-2002 he received empowerments and training with the Tibetan lamas
and took his Bodhisattva vows with the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche.
In 1993 he published an article in the Journal of Humanistic
Psychology entitled “Walking in Your Shoes™: Towards Integrating A
Sense of Self with A Sense of Oneness”. For the past 15 years he
has continued to research and develop this transpersonal process with
professional colleagues and patients. He now trains professionals in the
use of the Walking in Your Shoes™ method and practices
psychotherapy in Los Angeles and in Santa Barbara, California. Dr.
Cogswell can be reached at email@example.com
Actor, writer and director, Joseph Culp, co-founded
with John Cogswell, Ph.D. in Los Angeles during the late-eighties.
In 1986 he began working with Dr. Cogswell exploring the use of
this “Body/Mind” approach.
Seeing the possibilities for both psychotherapy and performing
arts, they began an experimental research group comprised of some of
Culp’s fellow actors.
1990 Culp and Cogswell had formed a second group to study the effects of
Walking, this time putting performers and therapists together for
their reciprocal abilities; Performers were willing to use their bodies
and emotions freely, while therapists had been trained to be observant
of psychological effects and healing benefits.
Inspired by their findings, Culp
formed the Walking Theatre Group in 1992 to work specifically with
actors, writers and directors using the Walking-In-Your-Shoes™
process. In a workshop
format, members were trained to apply the method to their needs as
performing artists; Actors could walk characters, writers could walk their own work, and director’s could gain deeper insight
and facilitate their vision through the highly effective process.
By using the group and doing multiple “walks” of people and
characters, the members found deeper levels of humanity that could
further inspire their individual work and any project as a whole. It
was in this period that Culp refined the Walking work for training by
creating repeatable “guidelines” that would lead trainees into
Walking with the most freedom, truth and
more information about Joseph's Walking Circle for the creative
arts, visit his web site at www.josephculp.com
Alexandra Katehakis joined the Walking Theatre Group at the invitation of
Joseph Culp. Her
experience with WIYS and her work with John Cogswell changed her life
dramatically. As a result, she
continued to deepen her understanding of
WIYS and has been active in developing this transpersonal bodymind
therapy process for the past fourteen years.
mid-nineties, she co-founded the Walking-In-Your-Shoes™ Group and was
instrumental in the organization of promoting WIYS and facilitating
experiential workshops for the public.
Around 1994, Ms. Katehakis and Janet Lester, Psy.D. began a monthly
WIYS woman’s group called The Full Moon Women’s Walking Group.
Shortly, the individuals reported feeling the effects of WIYS
through the changes developing in their lives and through feeling a more
cohesive sense of community and sisterhood with one another.
In the past two years Ms. Katehakis and Dr. Cogswell have co-lead
WIYS workshops for The Forge Guild and for individuals in Los Angeles.
April 26, 2005 she and John demonstrated Walking-In-Your-Shoes™ at the Science and
Consciousness Conference to a enthusiastic crowd in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Katehakis, MFT, CSAT, CST is a psychotherapist and Certified Facilitator of WIYS
practicing in Beverly Hills. Ms.
Katehakis is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Sex
Therapist specializing in sexuality issues
for couples and individuals and offers Walking-In-Your-Shoes™
Workshops for Individuals in Transition.
She is also a member of The Forge Guild, an international
organization of trans-traditionally oriented spiritual leaders and
teachers. For more information
about her work as a therapist and upcoming events, visit her website at www.alextherapy.com
and her web blog at www.centerforhealthysex.com
For information about her personal value statement go to www.theforge.org
Lauren Martin-Culp is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified
Doula (Birth/Postpartum), and Educator with a therapy practice in Los
original co-founder of the WIYS process, in 1990 she participated in John
Cogswell’s first research
group comprised of therapists and artists studying the transformational
effects of WIYS.
She continued to help develop the process over the last fifteen
years in the Walking Theatre Group, the WIYS Psychotherapist Group led by Dr. Cogswell, and in related WIYS
workshops and seminars.
is a mother of two, postpartum health, birth and newborn specialist.
Her private practice focuses on Couples/Individuals, children and
preparation/postpartum health, newborns, infertility, and adoption.
Lauren is a member of the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology
Studies (GAINS), Dr. Daniel Siegel’s study groups, Postpartum
International & APPPAH (www.birthpsychology.com). She leads
several Mommy/Educational/Support Groups on a monthly basis in Los
Lauren is a member of the California Teacher's Association.
Lauren at Lauren@wellbirth.com
Lauren Martin Culp, M.A., LMFT, Cert. Doula, Cert. Postpartum Doula, Mst.