rudolfsteinerfilm - Interviews
The following twenty-six films, based on some of the interviews at close to their original lengths, are available to view here or on YouTube without charge.
We live in a very conflicted yet potentially progressive time, a time of chaos, transformation and challenges. To move forward and strive for a healthy present and dynamic future, our healing models need to address the whole human being in body, soul and spirit.
As a health professional it is one of my tasks to bring living spiritual qualities to the mainstream health arena through developing greater awareness and more sensitive perception. These are capacities that we must develop.
Usually people contact me during a difficult period of life. Change beckons, urges relentlessly. Opportunity knocks louder and louder until it is heard. We’re all odd and eccentric and have strange personality patterns and physical imperfections, but that kind of variety merely announces the human growth process.
I am one of nine children and raised in the countryside of Victoria, Australia during the 1960’s. I had the very good fortune to be part of a family that valued above all, freedom and independence. Whether that happened by accident or not, I don’t know but I am forever grateful and see this as something that has driven just about everything that I do and have achieved. I also had the supreme fortune of enjoying the most wonderful, happy and exciting Christmas times year after year, so thank you Mum and Dad. I gave the gift of magical and wonderous Christmases to my own children and I re-live this magic year after year myself.
As the world feels increasingly more complex, I draw deeply on my childhood and development, as well as my spirituality, education and profession to keep me grounded, relatively fearless and aligned with my own sets of principles.
Today, I work in several different roles - working with individuals, couples and families in private practice, mentoring parents and also youth. I presently work with clients through the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT), students studying the music and design industry at a tertiary college in Melbourne, consulting with clients through the Employment Assistance Program (EAP) and have recently accepted a role creating and implementing a well-being program for a Melbourne High School.
Working with vulnerable people at close range for a long perioduring my twenties, provided me with a solid blueprint for the future. In this role as a nurse I learnt skills and gained insights of great importance about the nature of illness and the tenderness and ferocity of the human spirit. I also learnt about high standards and the importance of order and hygiene.
Nursing taught me about the depths of social problems.
I learnt to massage whilst I was pregnant with my son in 1994.
Having over 20 years experience, I still massage today, although usually only as indicated as part of Somatic Psychotherapy.
I trained at Metavision Institute, in Bowral Australia and am happy with the choice I made for my education. metavision.com.au
In 2013 I also commenced my Post Grad training in Anthroposophic Medicine/Psychotherapy. This is a natural progression for me after having been involved in Anthroposophy for twenty years through my children’s schools and my own interest.
A large component of this training is vocational and experience based. The level of personal development that ensues is very much aligned with and married to the professional work.
I began Mindfulness practice in 2013 for my private life, and then later trained in more professional levels.
Today, I use Mindfulness in my work directly with clients to teach but also to gain traction during the session.
Late in 2015, I began representing clients through referral and application to VOCAT (Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal) Victoria.
VOCAT is established by Victorian legislation to provide financial assistance to victims of violent crime committed in Victoria.
In this capacity I work directly with those suffering from trauma, assisting them in the re-building of their lives.
A tertiary college for young adults studying the music and design industry, I work as a Wellbeing Counsellor at two of the four campuses.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - a psychotherapy treatment that was originally developed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution.
Registered with EMDRAA.
Learning as I go, excited about the potential of this new role.
Implementing a brand new wellbeing program for this high school, this position promises to be rich and exciting.
I listen. I listen but I don't know. If what I hear is silence. Or god. I listen without knowing if I'm hearing the resonance of empty plains. Or an attentive consciousness that, from the limits of the universe deciphers and watches me. I just know that I go, as the one who is seen. and loved. and known. And that's why in every gesture, I lay Solemnity. And Risk.
'One important point I would like to mention is the need to pay attention to the pace of development.
All development occurs slowly.
The world powers now want to accelerate everything. You can see how that is happening everywhere in our time: people often prefer short-term projects and quick results. This prevents the human 'I' from reaching a fully conscious relationship with new spiritual capacities; I-less people, who do not have inner contact with things but in a way, act automatically. And therefore, a mechanical society. '
- Bernard Lievegoed, - 'The Battle for the Soul
Often in relationships, couples can feel there is a need for a third person who can give a different perspective with a view to valuing the strengths of each person and supporting that strength to nourish the relationship.
I now offer a new service for couples. Less formal, I invite you both to attend a round discussion on your shared needs and experiences. I invite you to join a circle of ideas towards seeding something new.
I attend not as an ‘expert’ but as someone that can join the discussion, and share in the creation of something new.
This is a different approach than the usual “Couples Therapy” scenario. We have differing views, experiences, and values. Spread between three people, there is added space, dimension and room for movement.
Same session fee applies.
Process Oriented Psychology is comprehensive model of psychological tools, skills and theoretical framework based on the assumption that our lived experiences have meaning and purpose.
Process Oriented Psychology is highly practical in everyday life and in psychotherapeutic, coaching, group and social environments. It is also utilised by artists in performance and visual arts.
Processwork is an awareness practice that extends and deepens mindfulness as a tool for inner and outer conflict facilitation. Process oriented innerwork brings creativity, playfulness and depth to a regular meditation practice. Training in process-oriented innerwork develops the facilitator’s capacity to explore their own inner experience while working with a client in order to gain insight into the client’s process, and work more effectively with them. It gives the facilitator and leader exceptional tools for managing conflict and bringing out the hidden resources within disturbances. The practice of innerwork, writes Arnold Mindell, means: “… you are able to work with your life process. You feel ‘up to it’, not trampled by it. You feel like a multi-dimensional person. If you work with the conflicts between the processes, following them congruently, step by step, you will notice another aspect of consciousness: the experience of freedom. Imagine your process as a chariot pulled by a lion: freedom is neither being run over by the chariot nor being eaten by the lion. You drive the chariot and steer the lion.” Arnold Mindell (1990, p. 121)
RELATIONSHIPS - Couples, families, colleagues, friends.
Have you ever wondered what is the common ground or deep story that brings people together in relationship? Have you ever wished for more intimacy, more freedom, or just better skills for negotiating conflicts in relationship? Relationships are the source of both our greatest joys and worst suffering. Everywhere we turn are relationships: families, partners, colleagues, teammates, neighbours, enemies … and at some point everyone seems to be impossible!
Processwork provides a multi-levelled framework and tools for facilitating your own and others’ relationships. In particular, Processwork brings attention to the more unknown aspects of relating and teaches how to catch the gifts within irrational, dreamlike experiences, difficult moods, body symptoms and intractable conflicts.
Process oriented relationship facilitation includes seeing the relationship as a system, creating a container for the unknown to emerge, and participating in relationship interactions with fluidity, curiosity, and openness. Mindell explains: “When you are yourself and at home in the universe, you can bring others home. Then things start working better. When you are deeply in connection with the processmind, you are home. When you are at home then, because of nonlocality, the other person is likely to be more at home as well.
Anthroposophic medicine is an integrative concept for diagnosis and therapy. It combines natural science-based academic medicine with Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy (1861-1925) and is practiced today in over 60 countries. The direct reference to the essence of the human being and his or her mental and spiritual needs focuses this form of medicine on the patient and relates it closely to life. Anthroposophic physicians undergo the ordinary general and specialist medical training and supplement it with the study of the anthroposophical image of the human being and the world. Great value is placed on informing the patient comprehensively about his or her condition and involving him or her as far as possible actively in the recovery process. Anthroposophic medicines can be taken internally, used in the form of subcutaneous or intravenous injections, or in the form of wraps, embrocations, and partial and full baths.
Therapeutic eurythmy, rhythmical massage, art therapies as well as a preventative concept which includes education and self-education make anthroposophic medicine a comprehensive medical system.
Medicine discovery, preparation and use are based on the anthroposophic understanding of the human being and nature. The mistletoe preparations for cancer treatment created through such an approach – Abnoba viscum®, Helixor®, Iscador®, Iscucin®, – are particularly well known in this respect. Therapeutic procedures:
Therapeutic sculpture (clay modelling), therapeutic painting, therapeutic creative speech, music and singing therapy.
Eurythmy therapy introduced into medicine as a new movement therapy.
Rhythmical massage - the rhythmical application of ointments, as well as many different very effective external applications in nursing.
A special form of gymnastics for patients based on Bothmer gymnastics, which has been in existence since the 1920s, is being developed as therapeutic Bothmer gymnastics and Spatial Dynamics.
Psychotherapy and biography work, including advice on self-development and meditative training. Internationally recognised therapy programme for addiction.
Close collaboration with educationalists, support for school physicians, and worldwide practice of the anthroposophic conception of support based on curative education and social therapy in over 350 facilities, including the Camphill movement in 26 European and 12 other countries worldwide.
The following twenty-six films, based on some of the interviews at close to their original lengths, are available to view here or on YouTube without charge.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy. Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions. Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR therapy would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring them in for therapy. Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy. Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years.
EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that, “I survived it and I am strong.” Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.
EMDR therapy combines different elements to maximize treatment effects. A full description of the theory, sequence of treatment, and research on protocols and active mechanisms can be found in F. Shapiro (2001) Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: Basic principles, protocols and procedures (2nd edition) New York: Guilford Press.
EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods: the past, present, and future. Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events. Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions. With EMDR therapy, these items are addressed using an eight-phase treatment approach.
Phase 1: The first phase is a history-taking session(s). The therapist assesses the client’s readiness and develops a treatment plan. Client and therapist identify possible targets for EMDR processing. These include distressing memories and current situations that cause emotional distress. Other targets may include related incidents in the past. Emphasis is placed on the development of specific skills and behaviors that will be needed by the client in future situations.
Initial EMDR processing may be directed to childhood events rather than to adult onset stressors or the identified critical incident if the client had a problematic childhood. Clients generally gain insight on their situations, the emotional distress resolves and they start to change their behaviors. The length of treatment depends upon the number of traumas and the age of PTSD onset. Generally, those with single event adult onset trauma can be successfully treated in under 5 hours. Multiple trauma victims may require a longer treatment time.
Phase 2: During the second phase of treatment, the therapist ensures that the client has several different ways of handling emotional distress. The therapist may teach the client a variety of imagery and stress reduction techniques the client can use during and between sessions. A goal of EMDR therapy is to produce rapid and effective change while the client maintains equilibrium during and between sessions.
Phases 3-6: In phases three to six, a target is identified and processed using EMDR therapy procedures. These involve the client identifying three thirngs:
1. The vivid visual image related to the memory
2. A negative belief about self
3. Related emotions and body sensations.
In addition, the client identifies a positive belief. The therapist helps the client rate the positive belief as well as the intensity of the negative emotions. After this, the client is instructed to focus on the image, negative thought, and body sensations while simultaneously engaging in EMDR processing using sets of bilateral stimulation. These sets may include eye movements, taps, or tones. The type and length of these sets is different for each client. At this point, the EMDR client is instructed to just notice whatever spontaneously happens.
After each set of stimulation, the clinician instructs the client to let his/her mind go blank and to notice whatever thought, feeling, image, memory, or sensation comes to mind. Depending upon the client’s report, the clinician will choose the next focus of attention. These repeated sets with directed focused attention occur numerous times throughout the session. If the client becomes distressed or has difficulty in progressing, the therapist follows established procedures to help the client get back on track.
When the client reports no distress related to the targeted memory, (s)he is asked to think of the preferred positive belief that was identified at the beginning of the session. At this time, the client may adjust the positive belief if necessary, and then focus on it during the next set of distressing events.
Phase 7: In phase seven, closure, the therapist asks the client to keep a log during the week. The log should document any related material that may arise. It serves to remind the client of the self-calming activities that were mastered in phase two.
Phase 8: The next session begins with phase eight. Phase eight consists of examining the progress made thus far. The EMDR treatment processes all related historical events, current incidents that elicit distress, and future events that will require different responses
Stress knows no boundaries – it robs us of sleep, our health and happiness and drives us to make choices we often regret.
The only way to become smarter than stress, is to become it’s observer.
Understanding how the stress response works gives us an advantage by allowing us to take proactive steps. The following three facts will help you think differently about stress and provide some direction for positive action.
1) Your body doesn’t care if it’s a big stress or a little one.
The human body doesn’t discriminate between our frustrated response to a bad cell phone signal or the surge of fear triggered from a near miss on the freeway. Stress affects the body in very predictable ways. The fight or flight stress response begins with a cascade of 1,400 biochemical events in your body.
2)The best strategy for stress is to address it the moment it triggers.
Stress accumulates so addressing it in the moment helps to minimize the strain we put on our body, especially with the smaller irritations that are more manageable. The binge-and-purge approach, like waiting to decompress with an evening workout, extended weekend or vacation, may be too late. While these are great activities for overall life balance, learning to shift a stress reaction in the moment can significantly reduce the cumulative time our body spends in a state of fight or flight.
3) We can learn to retrain how we respond to stress.
We can learn to intercept our reactive responses to life challenges with emotion-refocusing techniques. They’re easy to learn and when practiced often, they can help us to re-pattern the older emotional habits and create a new baseline reference and response. They also help us increase our flexibility so we can remain resilient in the face of challenge.
The definition of Mindfulness practice is simple and precise - Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way. On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
First of all, mindfulness involves paying attention “on purpose” and involves a conscious direction of our awareness. We sometimes (me included) talk about “mindfulness” and “awareness” as if they were interchangeable terms, but that’s not a good habit to get into. I may be aware I’m irritable, but that wouldn’t mean I was being mindful of my irritability. In order to be mindful I have to be purposefully aware of myself, not just vaguely and habitually aware. Knowing that you are eating is not the same as eating mindfully.
Let’s take that example of eating and look at it a bit further. When we are purposefully aware of eating, we are consciously being aware of the process of eating. We’re deliberately noticing the sensations and our responses to those sensations. We’re noticing the mind wandering, and when it does wander we purposefully bring our attention back.
When we’re eating unmindfully we may in theory be aware of what we’re doing, but we’re probably thinking about a hundred and one other things at the same time, and we may also be watching TV, talking, or reading — or even all three! So a very small part of our awareness is absorbed with eating, and we may be only barely aware of the physical sensations and even less aware of our thoughts and emotions.
Because we’re only dimly aware of our thoughts, they wander in an unrestricted way. There’s no conscious attempt to bring our attention back to our eating. There’s no purposefulness.
This purposefulness is a very important part of mindfulness. Having the purpose of staying with our experience, whether that’s the breath, or a particular emotion, or something as simple as eating, means that we are actively shaping the mind.
Left to itself the mind wanders through all kinds of thoughts — including thoughts expressing anger, craving, depression, revenge, self-pity, etc. As we indulge in these kinds of thoughts we reinforce those emotions in our hearts and cause ourselves to suffer. Mostly these thoughts are about the past or future. The past no longer exists. The future is just a fantasy until it happens. The one moment we actually can experience — the present moment — is the one we seem most to avoid.
So in mindfulness we’re concerned with noticing what’s going on right now. That doesn’t mean we can no longer think about the past or future, but when we do so we do so mindfully, so that we’re aware that right now we’re thinking about the past or future.
However in meditation, we are concerned with what’s arising in the present moment. When thoughts about the past or future take us away from our present moment experience and we “space out” we try to notice this and just come back to now.
By purposefully directing our awareness away from such thoughts and towards the “anchor” or our present moment experience, we decrease their effect on our lives and we create instead a space of freedom where calmness and contentment can grow.
Mindfulness is an emotionally non-reactive state. We don’t judge that this experience is good and that one is bad. Or if we do make those judgements we simply notice them and let go of them. We don’t get upset because we’re experiencing something we don’t want to be experiencing or because we’re not experiencing what we would rather be experiencing. We simply accept whatever arises. We observe it mindfully. We notice it arising, passing through us, and ceasing to exist.
Whether it’s a pleasant experience or a painful experience we treat it the same way.
Cognitively, mindfulness is aware that certain experiences are pleasant and some are unpleasant, but on an emotional level we simply don’t react. We call this “equanimity” — stillness and balance of mind.
Results of Mindfulness practice -
I am a trained Mindfulness Educator and Practitioner. I began Mindfulness practice in 2010, and I have undergone several courses of study in Mindfulness Meditation Practice.
Mindfulness has expanded my visions for myself and for the world and through this I can remain calm and highly sensing through presence, whilst going about the work I need to do.
I cannot over-emphasise the gifts to find in a daily practice of Mindfulness.
Please contact me and we can tailor a course for you or your corporation/business/school.
“What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Many times a client will come to see me for psychotherapy, however it becomes clear in the first session that this person requires a mentor, at least for a time.
This is a client who might feel lost or confused or simply stuck. A grandmother who is not sure how to connect to her depressed grandson, a divorcing couple who want to remain friends, a girl who can’t decide if she loves him or not, a boy who is between jobs and feeling disheartened. Situations like these often ask for someone who has the wisdom, maturity and distance to enable mentoring. It is a service which may involve short term participation.
It is a role I take on with many clients who present with uncomplicated but important junctures in their lives, and choices are to be made. Mentors provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modelling.
It requires a warm heart, masses of encouragement, and the light of understanding.
Mentoring sessions are available on request.
“We are a bridge between what is past and what is future existence
The present is an instant; is a momentary bridge.
Spirit becoming Soul in enfolding matter
Is from the past.
Soul becoming Spirit in germinal vessels
Is on the path to the future.
Grasp what is to come through what is past;
Have hope of what is growing through what has emerged.
And so apprehend existence in growing
And so apprehend what is growing in what is.” Rudolf Steiner.
"How much do we really know about ourselves?" as William Bryant puts it in his groundbreaking work "The Veiled Pulse of Time" is one of the main questions that we will encounter when turning to biography work.
Biography study helps to get somewhat closer to this subject by lifting into our consciousness, patterns and significant threads that can be revealed from the treasure chest that holds our biography as if someone (we ourselves?) has discarded a bunch of memories and thrown them into this chest and time has added some dust and made some of the pictures fade.
One of the mysteries that we all encounter in our lives, even though we might not always be aware of it, is indeed our own biography. In our day to day life, we might pay little attention to this mystery, and only if dramatic events enter our life and cause us to stop and reflect, we may become aware of underlying currents or tendencies that reveal themselves to us upon examining our lives.
Using a diary or journal, or at least to reflect from time to time on our life, is an important practice in becoming more conscious of our biography.
We turn to our life’s story in a particular way, trying to detect patterns and gain insights into our biography by looking at it through the lens of the seven year periods. While during the first three seven year periods obvious and significant changes occur at the transition from one into the next, as the change of teeth around age seven, and the entry into grade school at that time, or the onset of puberty around age fourteen, later in life we might not be so aware of these transitions, and we might need to make extra efforts in order to become conscious of these changes in ourselves and in our biography.
“The human biography is a symphony which each individual personally composes." Lievegoed
While each person's path in life is a unique and individual 'work of art', the human being meets certain milestones - from the period of adolescence to old age - which are universal in nature. Regardless of background, critical outer and inner stages must be passed through.
Biography study leads the client through sequentially structured lessons that will help to process, help to heal and help to clarify the life story and at the same time introduce and deepen the understanding of Anthroposophical biography work. The booklet will be made available as a free download or it can be ordered via Sophia Institute Publishing as a (private edition) full color paperback or hardcover printed book (private edition/accessible only to the student).
This is of interest to anyone who wants to work on self-development through bringing consciousness to the riddles of our biography, and thereby work on healing through awareness.
"The Veiled Pulse of Time" by William Bryant
"Phases" by Bernard Lievegoed
"Theosophy" by Rudolf Steiner
"Facing Karma" by Rudolf Steiner
"Biographical Work: The Anthroposophical Basis" by Gudrun Burkhard
"The First Three Years of The Child: Walking, Speaking, Thinking" by Karl König
“Soulways” by Rudolf Treichter
I think when you choose to make an appointment, commit time and money however long and however much, there comes with it an expectation or at the very least a hope that you are heading in the right direction.
(**If you have booked in to see me out of blind faith or desperation, your expectations may not be met, so choose wisely - see this excellent document on How to Choose a Therapist, by colleague Liz Scarfe - cultivatingconfidence.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Ultimate-Guide-to-Finding-the-Right-Therapist.pdf)
Assuming you would like to continue, you can expect -
1) To be seen and heard. For many of my clients, their first meeting with me is also the first time they can say they have experienced either. Often the initial experience of becoming visible and vocal can be of enormous relief.
2) To learn spiritual principles, delivered through warmth in a language you can understand!
3) To be engaged in this together. It’s an active and alive engagement and outcomes are as much your effort as they are mine.
4) To be met by a human being that is not using a prescribed set of methods and expected outcomes.
5) To be taught valuable skills. Integral to our relationship you will be offered and taught skill-sets for your own private use. Skills that will allow you to engender your own self-powered growth.
6) To be at times, challenged. You will learn to feel safe in the changes.
7) To participate at times in mindfulness practices.
8) To be offered a cup of tea or a foot bath!
9) You can expect to be assisted and treated non-judgementally.
10) To be informed of your rights, and to sign a confidentiality Agreement.
11) To be investing in a therapist that is qualified, insured and a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. (PACFA), the Australian Anthroposophical Medical Association (AAMA) and the EMDR Australia Association. (EMDRAA)
12) To experience change within and around you.
13) To be asked to work, and to be fully supported when the going gets tough. For some clients, I enable phone availability between sessions for added support.
14) To demonstrate initiative and imagination.
15) To experience surprises about yourself.
In the early 90’s, when I taught scuba diving, it was a common perception of my students that I knew everything there was to know about the sea. They would so regularly ask me, “What type of fish is that?” that I eventually designed a new hand signal to use underwater to convey when I didn’t know. Which was often.
They were so in awe of the new world opening up to them, they unwittingly made me the god in charge of that world, as well as the experience!
I draw parallels between this and how clients may see the therapist. We are often unconsciously put in the position of the expert, but more than that. We are often seen as being protected somehow from the abrasions and scrapes that go along with life.
I am so much like you. My humanity is as sweet and sour as yours, my struggles as real and also my triumphs.
Further to that, I am aware that therapists are very often ‘wooden’ in their endeavours to be equanimous, so the person that meets you is well intentioned but lacking a living warmth.
I believe that today's therapy necessitates deep creativity between the participants within an environment of fluid movement. For there is no point at all in meeting the individual or the masses with knowledge, wisdom, or support they cannot absorb into their own sensibilities.
"Real medicine can only exist when it penetrates into knowledge which embraces the human being in respect to body, soul and spirit."–Rudolf Steiner
"A day ago I had an online session with Anne Ligthart,(Skype) and I'm still feeling the benefits. Sense of stability and ease - although my circumstances are shifting. Quiet confidence. Good sleep. In a very brief time Anne pinpointed a core fear, held me to the point, and supported me while I did the work. It's made such a difference already. And she's given me strategies to keep helping. Thank you so much, Anne. You're like a magic secret weapon ..." - Kath, New Zealand. April 2015
“What an extraordinary experience I have had using Anne's amazing gifts. I first contacted Anne when I needed some help and direction - goodness, I got so much more. Not only did I feel great from her expertise and guidance but I learnt skills which I just wanted to keep learning. I have just completed a 12 hour workshop with Anne and I have re-enrolled into Anne's new upcoming classes…Thank u Thank u!!" - Helen, Brisbane, Australia, March, 2015.
“Dear Anne, We would like to thank you for all your advice, care, support and kindness over the last months. You have given us strength to handle our situation in the best possible way. I really don't know where we would all be right now without you. You have been available for us...and we appreciate this very much Anne. We will be forever grateful for all you have done to date....with special thanks.” - M and S Robertson, Melbourne Australia, February 2016.
“A perfect trapeze act between skilled professional and human being..impressed and grateful.” - Joe Stratton, Yarra Glen, Australia 2017.
"Sending you lots of love and blessings Anne, and l thank you from the bottom of my heart for this course and your wisdom. Feeling such love and open heartedness in my life, so grateful to you. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New year with your family. I will be attending the next lesson on Sykpe. Xo” - Kerryl, Victoria Australia. December, 2015.
"I first saw Anne about 7 months ago. I was unsure of my place in my relationship with my partner, was anxious for my young family’s future, felt a lack of connectedness and on reflection was very unsteady within myself. My partner and I had tried relationship counselling previously and did not gain much if anything from it. We felt that we had failed at this and that there was no solution to our relationship issues. I was given a flier for Anne’s counselling service and gave it a shot on a whim motivated by the thought that I would need some support and guidance through separation. I initially went to see Anne on my own knowing virtually nothing about her work practices.
After doing a few sessions with Anne I felt like a weight was lifting and I was able to start clearing away thoughts and emotions that had been holding me back from life and relationships. After sessions I felt invigorated and had clarity. Sometimes quiet literally things looked brighter and clearer. The work we did was thorough and Anne used techniques that suited me perfectly. Anne sensed what I needed from the sessions and was able to work the session around where I was at (and my baby!). I felt that Anne actually cared about her work and about me and my family whilst being professional. I felt at ease with Anne immediately and was able to share things with her easily knowing I wasn’t being judged. With the use of movement, drawing, and EFT I could feel things had shifted within a couple of weeks. As the sessions progressed my sense of self and what is important to me became clearer. I felt stronger.
I am able to see where my past experiences and relationships have influenced my behaviours. There is no judgement or blame attached to these through the work. In fact the work has softened my perceptions of these. It is a truly empowering process as I am able to reflect on difficult past experiences and relationships with a peaceful sense of inquisition and reflection.
Through Anne’s guidance I have improved my ability to communicate with others. I am learning to identify my needs and work towards meeting these. I am able to express and communicate in a more confident, clear and less defensive way. I have had several comments about this from loved ones. I didn’t realise how much my perceived expectations of others dictated my behaviour and direction in life. I now find myself seeking and creating experiences that suit my true form and I feel alive. My relationships feel deeper and richer because I feel like I am myself finally. I can now honestly say that I love myself now also!
I have let go of things that have been niggling and causing underlying anxiety for years. I have been able to quieten the thoughts that create anxiety and self-doubt whilst still acknowledging them. This quiet space has allowed the good stuff to come in.
… I will continue the journey developing on the skills Anne has taught me. I am truly grateful to Anne as are my family!” - Judy, Melbourne, Australia, January 2015
“Over the past few months, I’ve had the good fortune to work with Anne Ligthart. It has been such an amazing experience, I wish I had had access to her counselling, insight and wisdome years ago. Anne take an holistic approach to the person, and has helped me in so many ways, it is impossible to put in to words. However in summary, she has…
Improved my marriage and relationship with people in general
Made me realise how the past has affected my behviour
Helped me understand how I affect other people and they affect me
Motivated me to improve my lifestyle
Helped me to take responsibility for my own life
Made me realise how not being true to myself has affected my life and others
In general made me a much more relaxed and happier person
I highly recommend working with Anne if you are wanting to improve your lot in life.” Sincerely, Arthur R. Warburton, Australia. August, 2016.
“I have been seeing Anne for over 18 months now. I see her every fortnight without fail. Over the first 6 months, Anne helped me to move through a very painful divorce and redundancy together, and her consistency and skill was the only support that held me throughout. I have seen therapists in the past that have not been able to sustain presence, insight and genuine care; every session with Anne is always fresh and alive and I feel as though she is completely present with me. Now I come to see her regularly for my own wellbeing and to learn from her - she has the depth and skillset of Mary Poppins carpet bag! I am grateful and glad to be living in the same community where she lives and works. Thank you Anne, thank you. XX Melanie W., Wandin 2018.
“There have been numerous times in my life that I have experienced intense fear, one of them being held at gunpoint in my car, while I was robbed in the middle of peak hour traffic in Marrakesh.
Anne conducted three initial sessions with me to map out a plan of action together, and after this session alone, I felt relieved to have a plan. In the first session she also gave me skills to use immediately to relieve some of my feelings. Within four sessions I began to feel lighter, and more self assured. Using EMDR to treat trauma, Anne is helping me through terror and pain I have carried for most of my life.” Martha S. 2018