Inner Adventures Colin P Sisson
Diploma Somatic Psychotherapy
The College For Experiential Psychotherapy
Certificate Training & Assessment
Certificate Sand-play Therapy
Institute of Therapies for Emotional Transformation
PACFA Reg. Clinical 22674
Ass. member ASPA
Volunteer coordinator for MHPN
(Mental Health Professional Network) Blue Mountains
Elisabeth van der Veer
I am a Body Oriented Psychotherapist trained at the College of Experiential Psychotherapy in Sydney between 1994 and 1998.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, which was impacted by the ravages of the second world war, I migrated with my young family to Australia where I have lived since, making this country my home and bringing up three sons with all the usual trials and tribulations of parenthood.
As Zorba the Greek said: "The full catastrophe".
My background covers a wide range of experience of employment, generally in the areas of relationships, people skills and customer service.
In 1990 I found my way to Rebirthing/breathwork as it was taught at that time by Colin P Sisson, who developed a more gentle form of the work which he called Breath Integration, as he describes in the book by that name. This approach, which was nothing like the spectacular drama filled stuff that caught headlines in the seventies, raised my curiosity as to what other kind of trauma, abuse and unresolved negative experiences we might store away in our body tissue, causing us unconscious grief, tension and pain.
So after finishing my training in the modality, I put out the word and started guiding clients through this gentle healing process, teaching them to trust the work so they could "Rebirth" themselves and continue the journey of self-healing, by releasing held toxic experiences gently.
The amazing results of a simple breathing technique appeared so miraculous to me that I decided to explore further training. I sold my home in the ACT and moved to Sydney's Inner west to attend the Somatic Training offered at The College for Experiential Psychotherapy. This Diploma course which apart from teaching psycho-dynamic therapy, included varying forms of bodywork and trauma-resolution. Some of the teachers were Psychiatrist Dr Anthony Richardson, Somaticist Dr Julie Henderson, Kathy Kain senior instructor in Ortho-Bionomy, now a lecturer on the team of Peter Levine, and the late Robyn Speyer who taught us Bio-dynamic massage and Vegetotherapy, who had studied with Gerda Boyesen and many others.
With the emerging science of Neuro-biology discovering and demonstrating more and more the importance of the Body-Mind connection the wealth of knowledge of these dedicated teachers was an absolute blessing for us as students and is now affirmed on almost a daily basis by the current research in this constantly evolving field.