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Annemarie Denk

Annemarie Denk

My Pain, my Trauma and I

Everyone knows acute pains. They will disappear after a short time. However, if these short-term pain persists longer, scarcely appeals to medical treatment and becomes chronic, the life of people suffering from these pains can become increasingly intolerable.

In Germany, about 25% of the population receive lasting pain relief care. However, rarely sustainable improvement occurs. The pain, that once was a protective warning signal, has long lost its natural function. It has moved into an excessive, often chronic pain, which makes those affected helpless and turns them into victims. It often bears no relation to the organic results and usually shows various forms. Scientifically, we now know that the areas for emotional and physical pain are in the same part of the brain. This gives an indication that body and mind cannot be separated. Therefore, to what extent are emotional stress and early trauma the cause of chronic pain, to which an enhanced physical component has been attributed? Can it be that the so strongly felt pain has a completely different context and it improves when we deal with our unloved and traumatized inner parts? After a short presentation with practical examples, there will be the opportunity to look at one's own pain issue with the help of an IoPT-constellation.


Annemarie Denk, Dipl. Soz. Päd. (FH), qualified social pedagogue, individual, couple and family therapist, health educator, medical studies, hypnotherapy. Since 1998, active in medical practices (focus on pain, stress, relaxation, infertility, psycho-oncology), in the treatment of pain of the Paracelsus Klinik Munich and in private practice. 2012 training in Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Therapy with Franz Ruppert. Co-author of the book "Early trauma" and of the book „My body, my trauma, my I“. Individual and group work.
Practice in München. 
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Cordula Schulte

Cordula Schulte

The fear of being a mother and unintentional childlessness

When women are unable to have children or decide not to, this is still looked down on in our society. Apparent "functioning" involves having a family, being successful in one's career – and ideally also in the context of a happy relationship. This illusion of the "ideal family" with at least one child is supported in our society without women really asking themselves why they want something or why not.

When a woman consciously decides against becoming a mother, she often gives reasons, which have something to do with objective factors, such as career planning. Rarely, and then only very late, is it acknowledged that because of traumatic experiences she is afraid to have her own children and accompany them as they develop their lives. It is the fear of embracing her own feelings, the relationship and the bond with a child due to traumatic experiences in early childhood or even pre-birth.

My workshop is concerned with the question of what happens in a woman's body if she fails to become pregnant despite her great desire to have a child. Often there are no medical explanations for childlessness and there are actually no evident obstacles to pregnancy. In my practice, I have accompanied a number of women who are trying, or have tried, desperately to bring about a pregnancy using all the medical possibilities available. There are now fertility centres and many more facilities and the message conveyed is that everything is possible. It is mostly not considered that the woman's body and her psyche use all the means available to counteract this, and no one asks why this is so. If we approach this subject using the intention method we invariably find a traumatic experience in early childhood.

In this workshop, we will also examine to what extent the topic of "stillbirths and miscarriages" affects this subject and where there are overlaps. After my theoretical introduction, there will be an opportunity for one intention constellation.


Cordula Schulte, born 1952, married, 2 children, 2 grandchildren. Naturopath for psychotherapy with my own practice in Essen (single and group therapy). Lecturer and seminar leader (DPS). Since 2009 continuous training and supervision in Identity-oriented psychotrauma therapy with Prof. Franz Ruppert, co-author of "Early Trauma". Psychotherapy Practice in Essen.

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