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“Civilisation will start on the day when the well being of newborn babies will prevail over any other considerations.”

Wilhelm Reich





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INTEGRATIVE BABY THERAPY -LISTENING TO THE “BABY STORY”
One unique aspect about this approach, is the perception of conception, in-the-womb experience, childbirth and attachment from the baby’s perspective.

All babies arrive with a story. A story that unfolded before words were formed, during conception, being in the womb and birth.
.And so, they tell it through baby body language, memory crying and emotional expressions.

Listening, understanding and supporting this communication, helps the baby or child to safely navigate the overcharged pieces of his/her experience, regulate the nervous system, become more present and generally, embody the sense of triumph over helplessness. At the same time, the relationship between baby/child and the parents is also strengthened.

OLDER CHILDREN (age 2 to 9) can express, during sessions, their “secret” baby story by way of movement, creative expression, storytelling and play.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS EXTRA HELP? When, in the course of the life-forming experiences of being born the baby goes through stressful circumstances, he or she may be left with unprocessed issues which, if not integrated, remain in the body like an imprint.

Fortunately, once the baby is born and in order to restore equilibrium, it can communicate his or her experiences by a specific baby body language, emotional expression or memory cry

Example of behaviours that may translate the unheard “baby story”:

- avoidance of eye contact
- too little tone or too much tension in the muscles
- startle response to sound or movement
- jerky arms, legs and head
- constant, weak or absent crying
- inconsolable crying
- arching
- hitting the umbilicus area or touching certain parts of the head repeatedly
- nursing/feeding difficulties

There are also physical symptoms such as colic, asthma, digestive problems, eczema, etc. which can be related with the intensity of earlier experiences.

Older children, can manifest their unresolved “baby story” by exhibiting:

- hyperactivity
- coordination and balance difficulties
- tantrums
- inappropriate agression/timidity
- inability to make eye contact
- tactile defensiveness (desire not to be touched)
- excessive clinging
- avoidance of eye contact

If the “baby story” is met with consciousness, empathy and the right resources, the baby/child can release tension and relax. Many physical symptoms may resolve or lessen and the bond with parents may deepen by the experience of mutual understanding. 

Integrative Baby Therapy, supports the integration of the pre and perinatal experiences, so that they can be processed in a safe and embodied way whilst opening up new possibilities of presence, health and contact.

It draws from a number of sources including Pre and Perinatal Psychology, Body Psychotherapy and Craniosacral Therapy. It is also informed by recent research in areas such as self-regulation, neurobiology, epigenetics, biodynamic embryology, field theory, attachment theory, traumatology, consciousness research and cross-cultural studies.


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SESSIONS last between 1h00-1h45 and it takes place at the Centrum and East area of Amsterdam. More information will be send to you after Raquel receives your contact.


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note: I’m not practicing counseling or psychotherapy. I am happy to work with people who are in therapy, although this is not a requirement to work with me. I enjoy collaborating with psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and other practitioners in your support network. Practitioners are welcome to contact me to discuss the suitability of referring a client to me.