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Raymond Foong

Raymond FoongMy body is awake in my sleep

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night screaming in your sleep disturbing your family members and having no idea what triggers it. This was my introduction to sleep terror. It had an intense, autonomic arousal with motor activity that results in anxiety and post-traumatic disorders.

Lack of sleep produce brain exhaustion and it affects the mental, emotional states, which can trigger hallucination and depression. Long-term effect might include increase risk of chronic illness, diabetes and heart diseases. This unconscious symptom affects the bodily systems of respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and endocrine, just to name a few.

In my practice, I found out for sleep terror, that the body, which seemed to be asleep is not at rest. Very often the source of trauma manifests itself and yet the client has no recollection of what the dream and the active movements of shock the body went through is about. Sometimes it involves kicking, shouting, yelling, sleep walking, sometimes hurting of the partner sleeping in the same bed. The body is still conscious in sleep.

The body forms the framework where the reference to the above symptoms could be traced back to an early trauma source. Dissociation was the response.

In my session, we explore “Who are you in the terror and fear that wakes you?” “What is the unconscious response that needed to be heard and understood?” I want to support you using Franz Ruppert’s Intention method to uncover the answers.


Raymond Foong, born 1968, Singapore, IoPT Therapist, Master in Social Science (Counselling), coaching and training since 2004, Co-Pioneer of IoPT workshops and professional training in Asia together with Christine Wong. Raymond worked with groups and individual using Method of Intention for the last 3 years. Professionally supervised by Prof Franz Ruppert, Christine Wong and Vivian Broughton. Practice in Singapore 
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Birgit Assel

Birgit Assel

Identity-oriented Psychotraumatheory and -therapy (IoPT) in One-to-One Sessions

A one-to-one session with a client needs a different setting than a group session does. In this case the IoPT-Method is applied in a different way. The differences in a one-to-one session are necessary because there are no other persons available to interact besides the client and the therapist.
Within a one-to-one session the focus is on bilateral interaction. In order to build up a deep relationship between client and therapist the therapist has to be able to be in a cleared up inner relation with himself (or herself) at first.

Within my workshop I would like to explain and show how the IoPT-Method can be applied in a one-to-one session and how the therapist can create a situation of stability and security for the client to support his/her therapeutic process.

Birgit Assel, social worker, trauma therapist, co-author in the book of Franz Ruppert “Early Trauma”, over 20 years of professional experience, since 12 years the focus is on trauma therapy in cooperation with Franz Ruppert. Birgit Assel established her own training center for basic and advanced education in trauma therapy as well as supervision for experienced therapists.
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