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Harald Banzhaf

Harald Banzhaf

Trauma, Illness and Healing

A trauma splinters the integrity of body and mind and interrupts the coherent body-mind connection necessary for health. There is a disintegration of feeling, sensing and thinking on different levels. Neither cognitive recognition nor emotional feeling/sensing alone is enough to integrate these separate areas again.

A trauma recovery can only succeed if the so-called visceral sensations, in other words the materially stored experiences from the stomach, the heart and the neck signal us that the threat and the nightmare is over and there is no danger anymore.

Therefore, it is necessary to involve the body with all its scars and wounds, to allow it to show and express itself and thereby gradually liberate itself from the burden and all its stress it has borne throughout its lifetime. As a result, it can gradually succeed that a wide variety of physical symptoms are no longer needed and can be transformed into power and life-giving energy.

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Dr. med. Harald Banzhaf, Specialist in General Medicine, Sports and Preventive Medicine, Environmental, Occupational, Social Medicine, Naturopathy and Acupuncture, Manual Medicine, Applied Kinesiology, Modern Mayr Medicine. Since 1996 office and clinic for integrative medicine and head of the medical center Zollernalb. Lecturer at the University of Tübingen. Since 2007 certified MBSR teacher. Seminars for development and healing. Initiator of the project "mindful medicine". 2-year Train-the-Trainer program in Mindful Leadership at the University of Witten-Herdecke. Since 2011 identity-oriented constellation work and trauma therapy according to Prof. Dr. Ruppert, Munich with regular training and intervision. Trainer for healthy leadership in business and healthcare. Co-author of "Meditieren heilt" together with Prof. Dr. Stefan Schmidt and "Mein Körper, mein Trauma, mein Ich" together with Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert.

Magriet Wentink und Wim Wassink

Magriet Wentink und Wim Wassink

Regulation and Dysregulation of emotions by both - client and therapist - during the constellation-process

Probably you have experienced it in an IoPT seminar: A client seems to be very motivated to work with his/her intention, which is obviously important to him/her, but the process is stalled. "The survival parts are still too strong," it says, or "still too little in contact with the self." Often one could also say in such situations, "the fear is still too large". Such statements obviously assume that it is the client's anxiety. However, what if the therapist's fear is unconsciously the same? What if, as a result, the way in which the therapist regulates his or her own feelings during the IoPT constellation, influences the client's process? Facilitators and therapists are mostly traumatized people themselves. It can be concluded from trauma research that it is likely that even their anxiety centers in the brain could be easily activated, and thereby their own survival strategies could be activated when they look closely at a client's trauma process. Even if they are already experienced therapists and even if they have already worked on their own traumata.

How do we enable ourselves as a therapist / facilitator to make the process as effective as possible for our clients? A workshop about the regulation and dysregulation of emotions, by both, the client and the therapist in a mix of theory, observation, experience and reflection, with a lot of input for your own practice.


Margriet Wentink, born 1963. Training in NLP and hypnotherapy, child therapy and art history. Training and supervision at Franz Ruppert since 2005. Co-author of the book: "Early trauma". Two books about more generational trauma in the Netherlands.

Wim Wassink, born 1944. training in special education, individual psychology and NLP. Supervision at Franz Ruppert.

Since 1996, Margriet and Wim have their own center for multi-generational psychotraumatology operating in Interakt in Tiel (NL), since 2006, they work with the method of Franz Ruppert which they have introduced in the Netherlands. Together they have translated several books of Franz Ruppert into Dutch. They offer individual therapy, group seminars and training in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Practice in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. 
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