Sessions

 

I offer you a space where you can express what you feel be true, where you can say out loud what so far has remained unsaid and where you can practice making new movements in connection to yourself. Together we look at what your question is, what moves you, what you desire, what hinders you and especially what helps you. In some sessions we spar, in others we support and above all we deepen.

 

Conscious embodiment and connection with ourselves and others happens through experiencing. I therefore combine top-down and bottom-up approaches. A top-down approach starts with thoughts and emotions. A bottom-up approach begins with the body, felt sensations, and instinctive reactions. In body-centered sessions we talk, and we take body signals serious to find access where there are no words.

 

A session is always a co-creation. The effective ingredient is the click in the contact, the methods used are only a small part important as research shows. People change through moments of encounter, we develop when we feel seen and met by another. A first session or introductory meeting is meant to find out if there is a click between us.

Bodymind Integrated Psychotherapy

 

During the 4-year course of Bodymind Integrated Psychotherapy, I learned to work with different methods that I apply in the sessions, such as breathwork, bioenergetics, body drama, group dynamics and body-oriented communication. In addition, I learned about the understanding and importance of the therapeutic relationship and about my personal contribution to it. After completing this training, I began to delve more deeply into trauma.

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™)

 

Paradoxically, the more we try to change ourselves, the more we prevent change. On the other hand, the more we allow ourselves to fully experience who we are, the greater the possibility of change.” ~Dr. Laurence Heller, Founder.

 

NARM is a form of trauma therapy that focuses on healing relational, attachment and complex developmental trauma (C-PTSD). In NARM sessions, we work with survival patterns that create lifelong difficulties in connecting with ourselves and others. These early unconscious patterns get in the way of connection and are linked to a variety of psycho-biological symptoms.

 

The patterns emerge around five life themes that we all encounter in our development: connection, attunement, trust, autonomy, and love-sexuality. NARM places less emphasis on why someone is the way they are, and more on how the survival style distorts what the person is experiencing in the present moment. The here-and-now way of working is based on ‘somatic mindfulness’ and increases our capacity for self-regulation. Thus we create more capacity to be present with ourselves and with others.

Somatic Experiencing (SE)®

 

“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.” ~ Peter Levine, grondlegger SE

 

Somatic Experiencing is a form of body-oriented trauma therapy. SE is a scientifically based method for working with physical and psychological symptoms of stress, shock and trauma. The body’s natural self-regulating systems are addressed.

 

SE focuses on completing the natural reactions to traumatic events and making feelings of powerlessness and despair understandable. Through unprocessed traumatic experiences the natural rhythm, the regulation of the nervous system, becomes disturbed. The resilience decreases. This can lead to all kinds of physical, emotional and psychological complaints. By integrating that stored survival energy, the originally present vitality and resilience gets restored.

 

I started the training in 2019 and am currently an Advanced Trainee. I expect to complete the training in October 2022.

Practical information

 

The session price depends on your income.

With an income of less than € 1200 gross per month: € 80

With an income between € 1200 and € 2800 gross per month: € 90

With an income higher than € 2800 gross per month: € 100

Business rate: € 130, ex 21% VAT

 

Sessions are (partly) reimbursed by most insurers as complementary care from the supplementary insurance, an overview can be found here. A session lasts 60 minutes. Canceling an appointment is free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the session. After that I will charge the full amount.