Cultivate awareness of the processes of body and mind. Both your body and mind are the greatest instruments you work with in this lifetime.
How wonderful of you to find this website. My name is Ben and I am a body-oriented therapist (in training).
As a sensitive person, who used to not be in contact with my body, I often found life to be very overwhelming in many ways during most of my life. I was also looking for a sense of purpose, a drive for what to do in this world, and how to make a difference. With body-oriented therapy, I found the tools and practices to be in contact with my body, and I found a sense of purpose in life.
People fascinate me, in their diversity and uniqueness. Authenticity, gentleness, compassion, connection, understanding, confidence, visibility, growth, desire, boundaries, vitality, sensuality, protection, capacity, longing, loyalty, choice – all of these are vital aspects of the human experience. Helping others to be the person they want to be, make the choices they want to make, motivates and moves me deeply.
I choose to specialise in guiding people who feel blocked or stuck, and unable to express the identity of who they are or who they want to be – people with identities that fall outside of the dominant cultural norm, be it in terms of sexual orientation, gender identity, choice of relationship structures, race, neurodiversity.
As a therapist-in-training, I am pleased to be able to offer sessions to you for a low rate.
I look forward to getting to know you!
To heal is to touch with love that which we previously touched with fear.– Stephen Levine –
A session of body-oriented therapy takes approximately 75 minutes, up to a maximum of 90 minutes. At the start of each session we look at what to focus on. What is going on in your life right now? What would you want to do and look at during the session?
While there is time and space to talk, body-oriented therapy is also about experiencing. This may be in the form of bodily exercises, for more contact with your body and emotions, or breath techniques, or systemic work. All working methods intend to mobilize you, to be more present and connected. You should notice the difference within 5 to 10 sessions in your daily life. An improved connection with and between body and mind, knowing how to be in contact with and handle your emotions, and more focus to move towards the directions you want to head to.
It is hard to move forward when you keep re-reading the previous chapter.Time to write a new pattern into your life!
Do you feel overwhelmed by the challenges of life?
Is it difficult for you to be in contact with your emotions, or not to be overwhelmed by them – especially unwanted emotions?
Are you experiencing a lot of stress, or stress-related complaints?
Do you feel alone and isolated, particularly because your feel your identity and choices are not understood by those around you?
Do you have bodily pains and issues your doctor cannot help you with, because they may be psychosomatic? Or do you have difficulties accepting the limitations of your body?
Everyone has a different story, different needs. You may recognise some of the themes mentioned above, or your problems might be different. Integral Psychotherapy may be able to help you. Don’t hesitate to contact me, and we can see if I can help you.
Ben van Kempen
Body-oriented Therapy Practice