Dr. Chris Walling, PsyD, MBA, C-IAYT, an award winning researcher and licensed clinical psychologist, has been an active leader in healthcare for nearly two decades. His work integrates the developmental, biological, and somatic aspects of the lifespan. His work in academic medicine has included the administration of multidisciplinary leadership teams in hematology-oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and geriatric psychiatry.
Dr. Walling is the President of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy, the hub of somatic psychology. His clinical focus in the behavioral sciences has examined the intersections of neuropsychotherapy, affect regulation, and body psychology. He has trained with some of the leading experts in contemporary psychotherapy including Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Sue Johnson, and Dr. Allan Schore. He is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Emotionally Focused couples therapist.
Dr. Walling’s service in geriatric psychiatry began as the Executive Administrator for the UCLA Longevity Center and Division of Geriatric Psychiatry in 2010. It was there through his work with world class physician researchers he began to explore the applications of yoga therapy in mental health. He currently serves as Chairman of the Education Advisory Committee for the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation where cutting edge research in the applications of yoga therapy is leading the field of geriatric integrative medicine. He is a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Dr. Walling is the Clinical Director of Soma Psychological Services in Los Angeles, California where he specializes in stress related disorders, trauma, couples work, and addiction recovery. His passion and expertise in mindfulness, and psychological well-being make him a sought after speaker for several Fortune 500 companies where he has helped executives learn how to harness their innate resilience.
- President-Elect, United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
- Member, Los Angeles Psychological Association
- Member, California Psychology Association
- Member, American Psychology Association (APA)
- Member, Clinical Neuropsychology, Trauma, Independent Practice, & Humanistic Psychology Division, American Psychological Association
- Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists
- Member, International Coaching Federation
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, California #28945
Certified Yoga Therapist, International Assoc. of Yoga Therapy #20591489
Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation #9028574
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist