Next workshop with Vivian:
Who Am I? – The trauma of Identity, 29-30 July 2017, London, for more information click here.
The Trauma of Identity occurs in the formation of our relationship with our mother, and profoundly influences who we can become as adults. Healing this trauma requires care and commitment, and resolving it can change our lives fundamentally.
Love, Sex & Relationships, 23-24 September 2017, London, for more information click here.
Our relationships are a central part of our lives, and our ability to love healthily, and express ourselves sexually in a healthy way are fundamental to our well-being. Our ‘trauma biography’ often includes what IoPT Theory terms the Trauma of Identity, The Trauma of Loving and Sexual trauma. This workshop aims to explore these underlying traumas and help us to develop healthy, loving and good sexual relationships.
Healthy Eating… What does it mean? 4-5 November 2017, London. For more information click here.
~ Food is an essential need of life, but our relationship with food, how we eat, how we feel about food, how we use food… all of this comes from very early in our life.
~ I have come to the conclusion that very few of us have a simple, healthy relationship with food. It can represent many things for us apart from its basic function of nourishing us so that we can live happily and easily. Of course when we thing of food issues we usually think of more serious and major definitions of food disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, obseity, binging etc. But all of these ‘diagnoses’ come on a continuum… and my contention is that many of us could find a place on that continuum that shows that food is more than just nutrition.
All these workshops will be held at The Centre for Healthy Autonomy, Brentford Lock, London.
This is my new Centre, The Centre for Healthy Autonomy. It is in the London borough of Brentford, on the River Brent which flows into the Thames. It is a lovely Centre, quiet and comfortable.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
(Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past)
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EARLY TRAUMA: Pregnancy, Birth and First Years of Life
The new book from Franz Ruppert – Available now.
This book is a groundbreaking contribution to the study of trauma, specifically during the period from conception onwards. It is a collection of essays, three by Franz Ruppert and 16 by different practitioners of his work, all of whom are women. These essays cover a range of issues from the influence of the attitude of the mother and father towards the unborn child, the ‘unwanted’ child, inability to get pregnant, IVF, miscarriages and stillbirths, abortion, adoption, pre- and post-natal depression, attachment failure, marital violence, the medicalisation of pregnancy and birth and so on. This book provides a rich resource of thinking, ideas and research.
The early life of the infant, from conception on, will be the most important therapeutic exploration and consideration of our time, having far-reaching effect on who we are as individuals and as a species, and how we think about our development into the future.
This is an exciting book. Ruppert has drawn together some extraordinary writing; informative and compelling.
Below you will find an interview with Professor Ruppert…
and here is an interview with me by Christine Foong-Wong of Singapore:
This book has been revised and updated… out now.
becoming your true self – a handbook for the journey from trauma to healthy autonomy… whereas the heart of things is primarily aimed at those with a professional interest, psychotherapists, counsellors, constellations facilitators, this book is clearly aimed at anyone with a personal interest. You can find out more about it here. Also available through Amazon and the Book Depository (don’t charge for postage).
“I believe that real love and integrity are at the heart of things. Our desire for truth, reality and wholeness, to be fulfilled, social, dignified and loving beings fires in us the will to carry on, to survive traumatic events, and also the will to risk change.
“Facing unresolved trauma requires courage, determination and steadfastness, and I believe that these qualities, along with the potential for a real love of ourselves and our integrity, also lie, often dormant, at the heart of all humans. Such belief in ourselves, that we can transcend our difficulties, is the force of life that is at the heart of us, side by side with unconscious trauma. As much as we may be the victim of trauma, we are also the hero of our life, the rescuer of ourselves; we are our own knight in shining armour fighting our own dragons for the lost and imprisoned parts of ourselves.” (The Heart of Things)