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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Mahatma Gandhi

I GROUND MY WORK in the belief that we all conceal within ourselves the wisdom needed to re-balance ourselves and the world around us.

This conviction holds mostly a experiential background, by way of personal healing combined with motherhood and extensive research in chi kung, trauma healing (Somatic Experiencing®), and pre and perinatal trauma.

I facilitate chi kung, either as weekly sessions or workshops in the area of Amsterdam and Portugal and offer individual or parents-and-babies/kids sessions of therapeutic work for early trauma.

I love to partner with committed man and women, pregnant women, parents, babies and children, in supporting their inner processes of self-regulation, connection and healing.

Driven to find out more about herself, Raquel was led to studies in Conflict Mediation, Chi Kung, Coaching, Somatic Experiencing, Baby Integrative Therapy
coupled with personal research and experiential knowledge.

Raquel’s growth was however, essentially boosted by the experience of childbirth. This extraordinary life passage became the gateway to her life purpose. Raquel felt empowered as never before, by her body instinctual wisdom. This journey continued with parenting and her work as a coach and somatic practitioner till now.

Raquel is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner since 2013 and has engaged with the Neuroleadership Institute in advanced coaching skills (course accredited by the International Coach Federation).

As a chi kung facilitator, she practices and studies for more than ten years with Peter den Dekker. Peter den Dekker is the author of the book The Dynamics of Standing Still.

As an integrative baby therapist, Raquel finished her training with Conscious Embodiments back in 2017. She keeps on pursuing specialised training in the field of pre and perinatal psychology and relational neurobiology, in order to best support parents and babies. She is a current member of the Association of Pre and Peri Natal Psychology.

She found/finds inspiration in diverse teachers and mentors, such as Peter Levine (the founder of SE), Alé Duarte, Maggie Kline (co-author of “Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes”), Peter Den Dekker, Didi Overman, Penny Simkin, Stephen Porges, Matthew Appleton, Thomas Harms etc.